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Girls on the Run

Founded in 1996, Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit organization that has served over 2.1 million girls across North America, with over 155,000 girls served in 2022.

Meeting in small teams or connecting virtually, trained volunteer coaches inspire girls to build confidence and develop essential social, emotional and physical skills to successfully navigate life experiences through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. 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.

2022 Achievements

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External Review

Through a nine-month partnership, the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC) reviewed the Girls on the Run programming and experience to find:

92% of participants said that because of participating in Girls on the Run, they feel they can speak up and share their opinions.

97% of participants feel that they can be themselves at Girls on the Run.

96% of coaches felt that participants on their team developed positive relationships with their teammates.

96% of coaches felt that Girls on the Run had been a valuable experience for them.

Inclusive Movement

Girls on the Run collaborated with Move United to help bridge the gap between individuals with and without disabilities while they are young. Run, hop, roll, walk, push or skip – participants of all abilities have a place on our teams.

A Place of Belonging

Girls on the Run prioritized the hiring of diverse individuals in 2021-2022 for new and/or vacant staffing positions at the national organization, aiming for a goal of 50% people of color across all new hires at the national organization. The organization surpassed this original goal, hiring 18 people of color out of 25 new hires (72%). This progress brought overall representation among people of color at Girls on the Run headquarters staff to 50% as of July 2022, with 43% of leadership and 46% of the organization’s Board of Directors served by people of color.

Investing in Councils

GOTRI headquarters garnered funds from various partners and passed $1.5 million of those funds to councils.

Removing Language Barriers

Girls on the Run developed recruiting materials in Spanish and French to reach and invite more non-native English speakers onto our teams.

New 10-week Middle School Program

GOTR introduced another 10-week version of our Heart & Sole curriculum created to meet the poignant needs of middle schoolers who want to feel like they belong.

Simone Biles Dream it. Do it. Be it.

More than 10,000 Girls on the Run fans participated in the Dream it. Do it. Be it. virtual event which featured a keynote from Simone Biles. The uplifting and unforgettable evening also included speakers sharing how no dream is too big and that together, through commitment and conviction, anything is possible.

How to Support GOTR

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Find a Council Near You

With a council network serving over 70% of the United States, there’s likely a council near you! Discover ways to support your local Girls on the Run, from being a coach, signing up for the 5K or even volunteering at a local event. Inspire and empower girls by volunteering as a coach. Connect with your local council to get involved today!

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Donate to GOTR

Stand up, speak out, give back. By making a gift to Girls on the Run today, you will ignite a spark in her to recognize that her actions and words are powerful. Give today!

Donors can choose whether to support the national need or direct funds to their local program.

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Know a Girl who can Benefit?

Girls on the Run encourages girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Our tested curriculum blends physical activity with skill development that enables girls to adapt to whatever comes their way. In today’s unpredictable world, the strategies learned at Girls on Run are more important than ever.


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