Our History

St. Louis Council History

Girls on the Run St. Louis was established as a way to help girls recognize their extraordinary potential and thrive in a world that often sends them unhealthy and unrealistic messages. Founded in 2002 by St. Louis mother, Jill Indovino, Girls on the Run St. Louis has grown significantly in both numbers and impact. After reading an article in Runners World magazine regarding the organization and its focus upon empowering, educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of healthy living, Jill felt compelled to bring it to St. Louis. What began with 20 girls meeting on a park bench in Clayton Shaw Park has grown tremendously.
 
Now more than 10 years down the road from the park bench, Girls on the Run St. Louis is proud to have served more than 20,000 girls, giving them the skills they need in their critical years to grow into strong, confident, empowered young women. The program is now in more than 290 schools across 23 counties in eastern Missouri and western Illinois, and the organization’s 5k race has become the largest timed 5k in St. Louis. Today, Girls on the Run St. Louis is one of the largest councils in North America.
 

Awards and Recognition

Girls on the Run St. Louis received the Active Living Award from Trailnet and the Galvanizing and Connecting Grassroots Organizations Award from Jinna Development Corporation (JCORP) for creating an environment for model community life. Additionally, the organization was a finalist for the Ladue News Charity Awards, recognized as helping tomorrow’s women develop self-esteem and a healthy body image.