More Than a Running Program

Posted by KMiller in on Mon 02/01/2021 12:55

At Girls on the Run, we envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. She may start out in life with confidence, but often that confidence is shaken by messages in the media or her peers, which can lead to negative self-talk. Our program has become a movement of people from all walks of life who encourage us to inspire girls, and each other, to be joyful, healthy and confident by having fun and working towards our goals together

Everytime she takes a step forward, she chooses to be a Girl on the Run by striving to practice our set of Core Values. How does it work? Ask the following questions of yourself from your perspective as a kid, and then as the adult you are now:

Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making. Do you feel powerful? Does anyone help you observe the impact and importance of your decisions?

Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness. What are the benefits of learning and working in a diverse environment?

Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions. Have you ever taken the opportunity to thank someone for making you feel good by demonstrating that they understand what you need to be happy/successful?

Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health. How do you love and show-up for yourself? Do you invest time in self-care?

Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent. What is it about our shared culture that may make this difficult at first?

Stand up for ourselves and others. How could practicing acts like this make you a stronger person and make our world a better place?


How did you do? We may already practice at least some of these Core Values, but what if you had the encouragement and tools to put them all into practice for 8-10 weeks while training to complete a 5K at your goal pace? How would that change your life? Your community? 

When you enroll your girl or make a contribution to our scholarship program, you become a partner in our mission and together we make a strong impact on the next generation of women! Thanks to you she will develop and improve competence, feel confident in who she is, develop strength of character, respond to others and herself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.

You’ve helped her untap her limitless potential! Thank you!