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Girls on the Run

May 09, 2016 09:50 ET

Girls on the Run Expands to All 50 States

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - May 09, 2016) - With the addition of a new council in Wyoming, girls in all 50 states will soon have the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run, a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Girls on the Run has been nurturing girls' emotional, social, mental and physical wellness for 20 years using curricula developed specifically for girls in 3rd through 8th grade.

"It warms my heart to see the positive impact that Girls on the Run has had over the last 20 years on the lives of so many girls," says Girls on the Run International CEO Elizabeth Kunz. "Bringing our mission and vision to life would not be possible without the dedicated commitment of over 100,000 volunteers across the country."

The Girls on the Run program for elementary schoolers and the Heart & Sole program for middle schoolers are both led by trained volunteer coaches who meet with small teams to teach important life skills like always trying your best, standing up for yourself and community service. In addition to building life skills like confidence, caring and connection, by the end of the ten week program, the girls are physically and emotionally prepared to complete a 5k. Each season culminates with a celebratory 5k event that brings together family, friends and community members to acknowledge the girls' effort with the ultimate goal of unleashing confidence through accomplishment.

Girls on the Run started 20 years ago with just 13 girls and has grown into a national movement serving over 185,000 girls each year, including its 1 millionth girl in 2015. With the addition of the new council in Cheyenne, Wyoming Girls on the Run now has 227 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is able to expand its transformational programming to reach even more girls.

"We're so excited to bring such a proven curriculum to the girls of Wyoming, not only to aid in building their confidence and character, but also to inspire the feeling of accomplishment by completing a 5k," says Cindy Bradley, Council Director of Girls on the Run Wyoming. "This is such a natural partnership for the Equality State, which trail blazed women's suffrage. By empowering our girls of today, we are empowering our communities of tomorrow."

The most recent expansion of Girls on the Run also includes new councils in Hartford, Conn., the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Flathead County, Mont. To find more information about getting involved with Girls on the Run in your area, find your local council here.

About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd - 8th grade girls that has served over one million girls across the country. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The 10-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Carrie Hanson
    Vice President, Marketing & Communications
    704-376-9817 ext 104 | office
    404.259.9801 | mobile
    chanson@girlsontherun.org