Girls on the Run: Live, Dream, Run.

Girls on the Run

The impossible is possible. We can pursue our dreams. One step at a time.

Girls on the Run is a non-profit that is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The nonprofit aims to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident by using a fun and experienced-based curriculum centered around running.

Established in 1996, Girls on the Run started with one school that has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The organization is powered by over 100,000 volunteers across the country. These volunteers host more than 350 end-of-season 5k events across the U.S.

Girls on the Run offers a 3rd through 5th grade program that provides lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development for all attendees. They also develop important strategies and skills to help girls navigate life experiences. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.

And at the end of each three month session,  girls participate in the Girls on the Run 5k event. This event is a celebratory, non-competitive event that culminates the experience of the Girls on the Run curriculum.

The Heart and Sole program creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. This curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to including: addressing the whole girl, body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection, building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help, and more.

If you’d like to volunteer or learn more about Girls on the Run  contact them here.

This week at Portland Radio Project we featured Girls on the Run as part of our award-winning Community Voices series. You can listen below to interviews with key members of the organization:

Mckenzie Miller, Program Director

Helen Leiser, Executive Director


Tim Billado

Tim Billado

Multimedia Major at Portland Community College. Student of broadcasting and lover of local music and art. Originally from Burlington, Vermont
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