At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k event.
Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that by adolescence, girls’ confidence drops about twice as much as boys’. Friendships become more complicated and challenging, girls’ perception of their academic ability declines, the likelihood of anxiety and depression increases and participation in physical activity plummets.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
We believe that every girl is inherently full of power and potential. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who will change the world.
Lessons are designed to build girls’ self-worth and help them feel greater confidence in who they are. Activities help girls recognize their personal strengths and teach them how to stand up for themselves and others.
By gaining awareness of the power they possess to make intentional decisions, girls learn to choose positive actions which demonstrate respect and responsibility towards themselves and others.
Throughout each season, girls learn to respond to others and themselves with care and compassion. Lessons and activities further develop their abilities to sympathize and empathize both within and beyond their social groups. CONNECTIONS
Girls on the Run lessons focus on cooperative skills and team building through a positive group setting. Girls learn firsthand how to create positive connections with parents and caregivers, teachers, peers and their communities.
Our program provides skill-building experiences to nurture girls’ physical, social and emotional competencies that they apply in other areas of their lives such as home, school, and in the neighborhood. Completing a 5k at the end of the season gives them a tangible opportunity to apply all that they have learned.
When girls develop and strengthen these life skills, they can thrive. More importantly, they can then develop a final skill: CONTRIBUTION. Girls on the Run inspires girls to build lives of purpose and to make a meaningful contribution to community and society. This comes to life through a key element of the curricula when each team creates and executes a community service project.
3rd-5th grade program
3rd-5th grade program
Girls on the Run is our program for girls in 3rd-5th grade that encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Each season, girls gain a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them, the value of teamwork and healthy relationships and how they can have a positive impact on the world. Girls also make a meaningful contribution to their community through a team-organized Community Impact Project. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation for fitness and healthy habits and teach life skills including treating others with care, practicing gratitude and managing emotions. Each season culminates with a Girls on the Run 5k event. This celebratory, non-competitive event provides girls with a sense of accomplishment and instills the value of goal setting at a young age. See site meeting days, times, and registration costs below.
6th-8th grade program
6th-8th grade program
Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s middle school program that meets the unique needs of girls in 6th-8th grade. It takes place only during the fall for tex weeks. The program considers the whole girl - body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection - in a positive, structured space where girls can learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy and strengthen connections. Running is incorporated into each lesson to encourage physical wellness and teach life skills such as team building, creating a support system, standing up for themselves and others and decision making. The girls prepare for a celebratory Girls on the Run 5k event at the end of the program. This non-competitive event fosters goal setting and a sense of confidence through accomplishment to last a lifetime.
Site info & registration
Site info & registration
Spring 2017 sessions are underway and now closed for registration.
Fall 2017 Dates and Site Locations
Dates: September 11 - November 18th
Note: Girls on the Run sites will be limited to the first 15 to sign up, So register online now or download these registration forms and mail it in your with your payment to PO Box 7016, Ketchum, ID 83340:
Important Program Information:
Important Dates: As a part of the program girls will participate a final 5k event to be held on Saturday, November 18th. Family members are encouraged to come, be a running buddy and cheer the girls on.
Program cost includes: 5 days of lessons and activities conducted by certified GOTR Coaches (15 hours of instruction), 5 days of community service project work with organizations like the Hunger Coalition and Blaine County Senior Center, lunch and snacks will be provided, 1 official Camp GOTR t-shirt, participation in the camp-ending athletic event, a water bottle, and a finisher's medallion. Space is limited to 30 girls!
This one week program inspires girls rising to be 3rd-5th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident through a variety of creative and interactive outlets. The program is divided into two parts. In the morning, girls explore a life skills topic through physical activity, collaborative games and creative expression, including writing, acting and art. In the afternoon, the team engages in a community impact project or interacts with community role models to learn about leadership. Community impact project partners include the Hunger Coalition, Blaine County Senior Connection, 4H's Healthy Living Advocates, Hailey Library's Ticker Time Project, and the City of Ketchum's Sun Valley Solar Eclipse events!
The program culminates with a celebratory event where families can share in the girls’ accomplishments by joining them in a one-mile fun run and a creative showcase of their original work from the program. Girls will gain skills to navigate their world, improve their health and confidence, make friends, have fun and contribute to their community.
High School & College
High School & College
We encourage and appreciate students at this level getting involved as volunteers and coaches. These opportunities include:
Girls on the Run International has implemented several internal and external research studies evaluating program impact since 2002. In 2016, the organization embarked on a rigorous national-level, longitudinal study of program effectiveness conducted by Dr. Maureen Weiss. This study is detailed in the narrative below as well as in a summary report in the designated link. A video, which communicates the study findings can be found here. Manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals are being prepared Dr. Weiss and her research team.
In 2016, Dr. Maureen Weiss, University of Minnesota, conducted an independent study evaluating the impact of Girls on the Run (GOTR) on positive youth development. The findings provide strong evidence that GOTR has a positive impact on girls during the program and beyond, and makes a stronger impact than organized sports and school physical education in teaching life skills. The intentional life skills curriculum and coach training program are key to our impact and are exemplars for other youth programs.
There were two main study questions: (1) Do GOTR participants differ from a comparison group of girls not in GOTR on developmental outcomes and life skills? (2) Do GOTR participants show improvements from pre- to post-season on developmental outcomes and retain improvements three months after season’s end?
Study participants included 3rd to 5th grade girls in GOTR and girls who had never participated in GOTR, matched by grade and school. Survey measures included the 5Cs, physical activity, and life skills transfer. Focus groups interviews with girls, coaches, parents/guardians, and school personnel delved into depth on life lessons and outcomes attained through participating in GOTR.
Key findings: (1) GOTR girls compared favorably to non-GOTR girls on connection, caring, coach autonomy support, and life skills transfer, (2) GOTR girls improved from pre- and/or post-season to follow-up on confidence and connection, and sustained ability to use life skills learned in GOTR from post-season to follow-up, and (3) GOTR girls starting below the pre-season average made dramatic improvements on all developmental outcomes from pre- to post-season and in most cases from post-season to follow-up. Focus group findings complemented survey data and provided in-depth narrative on season-long improvements.
In summary, findings using a matched comparison group, a longitudinal design, and multiple methods provided strong evidence that GOTR is effective in promoting season-long and lasting improvement in developmental outcomes. The intentional life skills curriculum and comprehensive coach training offer strong explanations for findings of program impact and can serve as exemplars for other after-school programs.
Grown Up Guide
Each girl will receive a "Grown-up" guide to bring home. It includes a general overview of each of the 20 lessons is included as well as questions and conversation starters you can use at home to reinforce the learning goals of the curriculum. By stimulating conversations that build upon each lesson topic, we hope to further weave the Girls on the Run mission into the daily lives of the girls and the adults who care for and love them.
Why is this important? While children can be affected and inspired by their teachers and friends, it is parents and caregivers who have the ultimate influence in their lives. As you discuss the lessons, you will reinforce the goals of the Girls on the Run program while also deepening your connection with one another. If you are returning to Girls on the Run for the second, third or even sixth time, we strongly encourage you to continue asking your girl these questions. She is growing up and continually changing, and while the questions remain the same, the answers will evolve.
The resources below are a listing of helpful books and websites that address the issues that today's girls are facing. For more information about any of these organizations, please visit their website by clicking the link provided.
“A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies, and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls and, of course, for girls themselves! The site was founded on the belief that all children should have the opportunity to read books, play with toys, listen to music and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honor their diverse capabilities."
Your daughter looks up to you and what better way to make her even more proud than to hit the pavement to run your first 5k with her at your local Girls on the Run end-of-season 5k. Not sure where to start? Your daughter isn't the only one that deserves an amazing support system, you do too! Join the Black Girls RUN! Movement!...a running organization dedicated to getting all women active and healthy. With 70 groups and more than 150,000 members nationwide, we'll help you train for your first 5K step-by-step. To learn more about Black Girls RUN! or to find a group near you, visit www.blackgirlsrun.com.
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. To help kids keep their online interactions safe, productive, and positive, this site offers up-to-date research and guidance on social media basics. Learn about the latest apps and websites, and get tips on talking to your kids about sharing, posting and avoiding digital drama.
Making Caring Common (MCC) helps educators, parents and communities raise children who are caring, respectful, and responsible toward others and their communities. MCC uses research and the expertise and insights of both practitioners and parents to develop effective strategies for promoting in children kindness and a commitment to the greater good, to influence the national conversation about raising and educating caring, ethical children, and to develop partnerships that elevate the MCC message.
The National Eating Disorders Association is dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research.
“The PBS Parents Guide to Raising Girls will help you understand your daughter's inner and outer worlds. You'll find out how to help her grow up powerful, self-confident, and self-aware — with a critical eye towards the messages the media is marketing to her.”
The Together Counts program is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO–led organization, that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity, by 2015. The website features a blog and home, school and community focused resources.