What It’s All About: Girls on the Run has a mission of educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. How do they work towards this awesome mission? By combining an interactive curriculum with running for a 10- or 12-week after school program for girls in third through fifth grade.
Through 24 lessons, girls learn life skills centered around understanding themselves, valuing teamwork, and understanding how they connect with and shape the world at large. Each lesson is supported with a running game or exercise so the girls gain the valuable life skills while improving their fitness. At the end of the program, the girls run a 5K (3.1 miles) race, with each girl individually paired with a “running buddy.” Emotional and physical empowerment rolled up in one program? Sweet!
Though the program is aimed at elementary school-aged girls, teens can get involved by either being a volunteer assistant coach at a program or, if you’re over 15 years old, you can sign up to be a running buddy. It’s a low-commitment, big payoff way to volunteer and play a role in supporting and inspiring a young girl!
Find out more and learn about locations near you at the Girls on the Run website
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