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Girls on the Run Southcentral

Who We Are

Ways You Can Get Involved:

• Volunteer as a Coach! Time commitment: 1.5 - 2 hours twice weekly for 10 weeks.

  • Join a committee: Finance, Marketing & Communication, Program, Fundraising & Events

• Raise funds for your local council by participating as a SoleMate through our adult charity running program. Visit for more information.

• Volunteer as a Running Buddy and run with a girl at her 5K race on April 30, 2016! 

• Hold a fundraiser (silent auction, wine tasting, etc.) to benefit your local council. Funds can be used for scholarships, capacity building, marketing…you name it!

• Collect items for your local council’s “coach boxes” – paper, markers, snack for girls, girls running shoes,  etc.

• Be creative – Girls on the Run councils are always looking for exciting new ways to raise funds, market the program, and reach a greater number of girls in their community!



What We Do

10 weeks. 24 lessons. 600,000 girls and counting (200+ in ALASKA!)


Our Mission

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.


Our Vision

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.


So what does Girls on the Run® do?

One girl put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain."  We inspire girls to know and activate their limitless potential and to boldly pursue their dreams.  No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.


How do we do it?

We use a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.  The games and activities first help 3rd through 8th grade girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world.

And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. Don't be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection, and see beaming smiles across the radiant faces of our girls.

Me + Relationships + Community

Meeting twice a week in small teams of girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is delivered by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large

Power through Service

Acknowledging that accomplishment has many flavors, each team creates and executes a local community service project. This experience demonstrates to girls the unimaginable strength that comes from helping others.


Up and Running

At Girls on the Run, running is not just a metaphor. We use this activity to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their adult running buddies, complete a 5k running event. In some cities this is a huge community-wide event and in others, it's an intimate and inspiring gathering of friends and family. The results are the same—making the seemingly impossible, possible.


Simple, engaging and extraordinary. The result? Healthy, confident girls who can.


  • Girls on the Run program: girls in 3rd-5th grade and their families 
  • Girls on Track program: girls in 6th-8th grade and their families
  • Adult program facilitators, coaches, running buddies and volunteers serve as positive role models for the girls 

The Growth of Girls on the Run International:

  • Founded in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • From 3 councils in 1998 to 208 councils in 47 states and Canada in 2013
  • From 200 participants in 1998 to nearly 130,000 in 2012
  • From 1 site in 1996 to over 6,000 sites in 2012
  • More than 55,000 volunteers deliver the program
  • 40% of program participants received scholarship funding in 2011
  • 253 Girls on the Run 5K events with more than 214,000 participants in 2012

Program Design:

  • Our 24-lesson curriculums teach life skills through group processing, running games and workouts. The three-part curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes understanding ourselves, valuing teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
  • Girls design and conduct a community service project 
  • At each season’s conclusion, the girls complete a 5k running event as a group 

Measurable Results:

  • Evidence-based evaluation of the program shows a statistically significant improvement in body image, eating attitudes and self-esteem 
  • Research also indicates an improved sense of identity and an increasingly active lifestyle for program participants.

Girls on the Run councils collaborate with school districts and a variety of non-profit organizations including hospitals, recreation centers, public and private schools, YWCA’s, YMCA’s, Boys & Girls Clubs, health departments, law enforcement organizations and universities.  

Council Locations: 
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Canada.

National Recognition for Girls on the Run:

Featured on CNN, NBC, ESPN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News and in the following national publications: Self, Marie Claire, Women’s Day, Redbook, Women’s Running, Shape, O Magazine, People, Better Homes & Gardens, Glamour, Runner’s World, Fitness, Cooking Light, Parent, American Girl, Southern Living, and extensive local media throughout the United States.


National Partners:

Girls on the Run is proud to partner with Athleta, Secret deodorant, Goody hair products, Garmin and Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Our national partners are vital to advancing the mission of our organization. We also rely on grants, individual donations and fees.