About the Program

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program (PA-PYD) designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. The mission of Girls on the Run St. Louis is to empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living. Our program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grades inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
The Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
Updates for Spring 2021 Season:
  • Due to current circumstances, Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole programs will both consist of 16 lessons (about 8 weeks) this season.
  • The curriculum has been adapted to seamlessly transition between in-person and virtual-based, coach lead programming, depending on the needs of the site and any restrictions to in-person activities put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Registration fees have been decreased by 25% at all sites this season only. More info about fees and financial assistance can be found here
  • Girls have the opportunity to register for an ALL-virtual community team for either Girls on the Run (3rd-5th) or Heart & Sole (6th-8th). Check out our registration page for more info and to sign up!
  • Practices will begin the week of March 22nd. If this occurs during a site's spring break, practices can begin later. The week of April 5th is the latest a team can begin practices.
  • As part of registration, all program participants (site-based and virtual) will be registered to participate in the end of season Virtual 5K celebration. The Virtual 5K can be completed individually or may be done at a site depending on the guidelines in place at the time of completion. The 5K celebrations will be completed between May 15-31, 2021.


Over the course of the program girls will:
  • Develop and improve competence
  • Feel confidence in who they are
  • Develop strength of character
  • Respond to others and oneself with care and compassion
  • Create positive connections with peers
  • Make a meaningful contribution to community
  • Such life skills will prevent unhealthy and risky behaviors, such as physical inactivity and negative body image, and promote physical, mental, social and spiritual health.


Girls on the Run is so much more than an after school program. It is a philosophy. It not only impacts the girls who participate in the program, but also the volunteer coaches who deliver it and the many community members who support our program and mission. This provides an environment for all girls and women that nurtures, develops, and celebrates their strengths.