If you’re not familiar with Girls on the Run, it was founded in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996 by Molly Barker. The mission of the organization is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. (Can you see why I’m obsessed with GOTR?) The impressive 20-lesson curricula (over the course of 10 weeks) was developed to empower the girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team building and a commitment to enhancing their communities, all in order to help them become strong, content, healthy, confident women.
I’ve had the opportunity to attend a few “practices” and to see these lessons first-hand. The lessons are delivered by trained female coaches through interactive activities such as running, playing games, and discussing important issues and include topics like dealing with body image and the media, resisting peer pressure, making healthy decisions and contributing to the community. After the ten weeks are over, the program concludes with all of the girls, along with running buddies, walking or running a 5K!
Locally, Girls on the Run Twin Cities is an independent 501c3 youth development program that was founded by Mary Uran and Kori Fitschen in 2011.
For the first time ever, Girls on the Run Twin Cities has opened their 5K race up to community runners!! If you’re interested, you can register here. The race is taking place on Saturday, November 16th at 9 a.m. — nearly 100 girls and their running buddies, as well as 300 community runners will be running.
- The run starts and ends near the Nokomis Community Center at Lake Nokomis.
- There will be a fun group warm-up before the race and food and festivities after the race.
- Registrants receive a race t-shirt.
- This is a fun run and will not be chipped or timed.
I have one free race entry to give away! To enter, leave a comment below telling me why you think programs like Girls on Run are important. Good luck!
(I will choose a winner on Thursday and announce who won on Friday, 9/27.)