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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Shannon!

By Asha Ellison on 07/03/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Shannon Murray! This spirited journalist from Dallas, Texas is one of sixteen inaugural National Coach Ambassadors for Girls on the Run. An avid traveller, Shannon is a Tex-Mex aficianado who loves a good home-cooked meal from her mom and will out-quote any so-called Clueless fan! Read more to find out what this passionate, veteran Girls on the Run coach is currently watching on TV!

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Nikita!

By Asha Ellison on 06/19/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Nikita "Niki" VanDenBosch! Niki represents Kent County, Michigan where she lives as a doting mother, volunteers as a veteran Girls on the Run coach, serves as one of sixteen inaugural National Coach Ambassadors for the organization and works as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Coach Niki loves the kids! Read more to find out which snowy place is her favorite place in the world!

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Jennifer!

By Asha Ellison on 06/05/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Jennifer Tymkin! The spunky mom of three and educator hails from Raleigh, North Carolina. Jennifer enjoys inspiring happiness in others -- in fact, she considers herself talented in the art of striking up conversations with strangers and people smile! She, along with sixteen other inaugural National Coach Ambassadors for Girls on the Run, is making a difference in the lives of girls in her community and around the nation. Read more to learn who she'd swap lives with for just a day!

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Nicole!

By Asha Ellison on 05/22/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Nicole Ey! This superstar elementary school principal represents for Glen Spey, New York. Nicole, one of sixteen inaugural Girls on the Run National Coach Ambassadors, knows just what it means to lead with love and leave a lasting impact wherever she goes. She's a dedicated educator, veteran Girls on the Run coach and knows how to create show-stopping bulletin boards -- but don't take our word for it! Read more to learn Nicole's leadership quote to live by!

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Missy!

By Asha Ellison on 05/08/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Missy Boser! This health and wellness maven is one of sixteen inaugural National Coach Ambassadors with Girls on the Run! Hailing from Maple Grove, Minnesota, Missy is a veteran Girls on the Run coach, blogger and business architect! A fun fact about Missy? Her hidden talent is making impeccable spreadsheets (that is a true talent!), but you'll have to keep reading to find out who she'd trade places with for a day!

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Rita!

By Asha Ellison on 04/24/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Marguerita "Rita" Cheng from Montgomery County, Maryland! This passionate powerhouse knows what it means to face your fears and overcome obstacles. Rita, a wife, mother, financial management expert, lover of Latin beats, veteran Girls on the Run coach and inaugural National Coach Ambassador, knows what it means to go the distance. Read more to learn which musical artists help her cross the finish line!

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Laurie!

By Asha Ellison on 04/11/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Laurie Hicks! This superwoman and self-described "Army Brat" hails from San Antonio, Texas. Laurie is passionate about her work as a veteran Girls on the Run coach and inaugural National Coach Ambassador. She also loves her family and serves as an ambassador for Black Girls Run! Read more to learn why Germany is her favorite place in the world!

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3 Easy Ways to Make the Most of Spring

By Asha Ellison on 04/08/2019 | General

The sun is shining (in most places, anyway), birds are chirping and warmer temperatures are steadily rolling in. Springtime is finally here!

There is no better time than now to open the windows, dust off your favorite leisure equipment and prepare to do something that invigorates your soul!

If you’re looking for ways to take advantage of longer daylight hours and less inclement weather days, we’ve got you covered with three fresh ways to embrace the sunshine this spring.

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Finding Tracy: How One Mom Evolved Through Girls on the Run

By Tracy Akanni on 04/04/2019 | General

My eldest daughter signed up to participate in Girls on the Run three years ago. I read through the parent manual she brought home and thought this was a great program to inspire young girls to believe in themselves, be caring friends and to encourage others. It wasn’t until I attended the 5K celebration at the end of the season that I truly understood what this program could do for our girls. What a sense of accomplishment they had when they crossed the finish line!

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Jill!

By Asha Ellison on 03/27/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Jill Helmer! This positive, upbeat and compassionate mother from Emmaus, Pennsylvania is all about giving back to the community and making connections with those who are compelled to make the world a better place. Jill, along with fifteen other inaugural National Coach Ambassadors, has a unique perspective --and personality-- worth experiencing. Read more to learn Jill's quotes to live by!

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Women Who Wow Us: Haley Moss

By Asha Ellison on 03/14/2019 | General

Some girls are born unstoppable -- one of them is Haley Moss!

Steadfast and determined, 24-year-old Haley is paving the way, breaking the mold and making the world more inclusive for women and girls everywhere! Just this year, Haley made history as the first “openly autistic lawyer” in Florida and this is only the beginning of her incredible journey! Read more to learn more about this talented and prestigious woman who wows us!

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Camilla!

By Asha Ellison on 03/13/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Camilla Nichols-Uhler! This National Coach Ambassador, representing the beautiful country of Sweden, is all about enjoying great music, finding peace, collecting passport stamps and making the world a better place for children and young girls. Read more to find out why Warwick, New York brings her so much joy!

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Finding Sisterhood and Mentorship at Girls on the Run

By Mayanthi Jayawardena on 03/12/2019 | General

Think of a woman who inspires you. This can be anyone from your mother to Michelle Obama. Go with the first person that comes to mind and then reflect on them. Why does she inspire you? What do you admire most about her? Why (and how) has she impacted your life?

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A Brighter World for Women and Girls

By Asha Ellison on 03/08/2019 | General

Happy International Women's Day!

While women should always be celebrated, there is something about reflecting on our collective, global contributions on IWD that makes me want to shout down the house! Women and girls are pillars of the communities in which we live– we are the dreamers, the doers, the healers, builders, visionaries and we lead the charge, daily, to inspire change in a world where we’ve made substantial progress, but total equity is still out of reach.

I have reason to believe that will soon change.

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The Time is Now: Begin Again

By Stephanie Galeotti on 03/01/2019 | General

Close your eyes and imagine that you are 10 years old again. What messages did you receive and internalize? What did you tell yourself and truly believe deep down? What did you aspire to be? What did you imagine your adult life would look and feel like?

Now, fast-forward to 2019. Have you given up on those dreams and goals you once had?

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Haley!

By Asha Ellison on 02/27/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet "Happy Haley" Manus! This vivacious National Coach Ambassador calls Wingate, North Carolina home. Haley is full of life and love! Serving as one of sixteen inaugural NCAs, her passion for health and physical education sets her apart (she's even won campus recreation awards). Read more to learn why she wouldn't want to trade lives with anyone else!

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Saundra!

By Asha Ellison on 02/12/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Saundra Johnson! Her outgoing personality, passion for working with children and her work with Girls on the Run Corporate Partner, Black Girls Run!, make her an invaluable part of the Girls on the Run family. Representing Newport News, Virginia, Saundra is one of sixteen inaugural National Coach Ambassadors who not only support, but live, a joyful, healthy and confident lifestyle! Read more to see what this avid traveler inspires us!

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5 Galentine's Day Ideas to Celebrate Your Girlfriends

By Asha Ellison on 02/11/2019 | General

Love is a many-splendored thing! It’s even better when you’re sharing in it with those who know you best – your girlfriends!

Sure, Galentine’s Day is over but it's never too late to celebrate the lovingly platonic relationships we cherish with the strong, beautiful women who empower, encourage and support us 365 days of the year.

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15 Quotes to See You Through a Hard Day

By Emma Davis on 02/03/2019 | General

Every once in a while, we each experience a gloomy, no-good, terrible day. Those days when everything seems to go awry and it can be difficult to keep our heads up. But, don't fret. There's hope!

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Joy Changes the Atmosphere

By Dayle Mueller on 01/31/2019 | Coach's Corner

How a Girls on the Run 5K impacted the way one intern viewed life. Joy truly has the power to transform any circumstance.

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Kelli!

By Asha Ellison on 01/29/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Kelli McClain! Not only is she an inaugural National Coach Ambassador for Girls on the Run, she is also a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., which is a National Partner of the Girls on the Run organization. Kelli is warm-hearted, caring and service-driven. As such, she is passionate about carrying out the mission of building strong, healthy and joyful girls through coaching and philanthropy! 

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A New Year’s Resolution to Empower the Girls We Love

By Sharon Kathryn D’Agostino on 01/20/2019 | General

Most of us realize that storytelling has helped shape our lives. We have found encouragement and inspiration listening to stories told to us by our parents, relatives, friends, teachers, coaches, classmates, colleagues and sometimes even strangers. Listening to these stories may have reminded us that we were neither alone in some of our experiences and aspirations, nor in our fears and self-doubts. Stories have often sparked new ideas in our lives, helped us see new possibilities or find potential solutions to problems we faced.

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Gabby!

By Asha Ellison on 01/15/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Gabrielle Rossi! Hailing from Jersey City, New Jersey, Gabrielle is one of sixteen inaugural National Coach Ambassadors with Girls on the Run. Her fun and vibrant personality, passion for nonprofit management and contagious optimism are just a few qualities that make her an inspiring Girls on the Run coach! 


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3 Ways to Activate Your Star Power

By Kelly Frazee on 01/10/2019 | Coach's Corner

In one of the earlier Girls on the Run lessons, we teach girls that they are like stars in the sky. Each one may look the same but, in actuality, each star is unlike the others around it. We tell them to focus on one star and make it theirs. Then, we tell them to visualize that star shining bright inside them. We guide them to associate that beautiful, bright and powerful light with their own uniqueness. We discuss with the girls that no one can take away their brightness or the individual things they bring to the world when they activate their Star Power.

The girls learn that with this star comes power. They also learn how to access their Star Power when they feel gloomy, like their star is being covered by a cloud.

We feel like this as adults too, right? 

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Holly!

By Asha Ellison on 01/01/2019 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Holly Smith! There is nothing conventional about her -- from her amazing tattoos to her work as a nurse. Hailing from Willits, California, Holly is one of sixteen National Coach Ambassadors picked to represent the diverse coaches of Girls on the Run. Read on to learn more about the west coast wonder-woman!

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Ciara!

By Asha Ellison on 12/18/2018 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Ciara Lucas! She is a vibrant television news reporter who is passionate about empowering girls, women and serving in the community. Read on to learn more about this powerhouse National Coach Ambassador hailing from Savannah, Georgia!

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Step by Step, Sis to Sis

By Glynis Braun on 12/17/2018 | Poetry in Motion

“You’ll practice many times how to stop, think, breathe, and respond. 

You’ll leave confident enough to run a 5K and beyond!” 

“After GOTR you’ll have different friends that weren’t yours before, 

And you’ll have the BEST coaches who always have surprises in store.” 

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The Giving Goes On: How GOTR Girls Gave Back in Fall 2018

By Asha Ellison on 12/13/2018 | Giving Back

Girls on the Run programming is unparalleled in many different ways. While our programs inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, we also encourage empathy through civic engagement. During each 10-to-12-week season, program participants complete a Community Impact Project (Girls on the Run) or an Extending the reach of the Girl Wheel activity (Heart & Sole), which allows girls to make a positive impact on local communities and the world.

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Motivational Moments: Bravery

12/10/2018 | General

My feet pounded against the cold hard sand. My heart raced as a bolt of lighting struck the ground. The wind thrashed but I refused to back down.The world seemed to be spinning faster than usual, knocking me off balance. The winds took over me and thrashed me in the air. The waves came crashing in and towered over me. Today was the most terrifying day.

It happens every ten years on December 31. 

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National Coach Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Molly!

By Asha Ellison on 12/02/2018 | 2019 National Coach Ambassadors

Meet Molly Johnson! Hailing from Troy, Ohio, Molly is one of sixteen inaugural National Coach Ambassadors with Girls on the Run. Her fun personality and caring heart have made a huge impact on the life of girls in her community and beyond!


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What a Mirror Really Shows

11/25/2018 | Coach's Corner

My story begins with my friends that coached for Girls on the Run. For several years, they mentioned that I should coach as well. All I knew about it was the name – and the name intimidated me, because I am basically the opposite of a runner. Don’t get me wrong, I am athletic, but running for the sake of running has never interested me. How could I coach girls to do something I had no interest in? Little did I know, this program is about SO much more than running a 5K. 

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How Gratitude Transcends the Holiday Season

By Asha Ellison on 11/20/2018 | General

As the end of the year quickly approaches, it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. As we find ourselves juggling jam-packed social schedules, hurrying to finalize projects at work and staring down, what seems to be, unrelenting pressure to manage all of our responsibilities, we often forget to stop and practice gratitude.

That’s right: gratitude.

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What Makes You Happy?

By Monica Fragale on 11/08/2018 | Coach's Corner

For me, the answer is simple and something I never would have expected.

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Inspiring GOTR Girls to Go the Distance

By Kelly Frazee on 10/28/2018 | Coach's Corner

As GOTR coaches, we’ve all been there: It’s a few weeks into your season, the amount of time spent running is increasing, and you start to hear, “Do I realllyyyyy have to run today?”

Even the most confident girls can feel overwhelmed by a long-distance run. So, how do we motivate the girls to run or “walk with a purpose”, as I like to say, when that’s the last thing on their mind? Keep reading for ideas to help your girls overcome their resistance to running!

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NEW! Motivational 5K Cheer Signs

By Asha Ellison on 10/28/2018 | Coach's Corner

Hip! Hip! Hooray!

Pretty soon you and your girls will make your way to the end-of-season 5K event! This is the time where teams come together and celebrate the accomplishment of girls setting a goal to and preparing to cross the finish line. This moment, celebrated with friends, family, teachers/school administrators and other members of the community, will be the beginning of many more victories GOTR girls will experience in their lives!

You encouraged your girls well and kept them motivated along the way. You helped your girls find their confidence in moments of uncertainty; you ran a lap or two with them to troubleshoot or ponder the complexities of girl-life and you inspired them to go many an extra mile. You observed your girls helping each other, finding their Star Power and embracing the concept of extending the Girl Wheel.

Your girls have made incredible strides toward their seasonal feat – but it doesn’t stop here!


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3 Tactics to Build Lasting Friendships

By Emma Davis on 10/22/2018 | General

I used three strategies to make intentional friendships this past summer. These were the results.

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Keeping Up the Fight

By Cammy Nelson on 10/17/2018 | Wellness Tips

One of my favorite speakers often talks about the necessity of thanking our experiences for what they make us. I didn’t realize how true this practice was until I experienced crippling anxiety. It’s easy to look back on our lives and hold on to the moments that hurt us. We might catch ourselves blaming exes for breaking our hearts, our parents for being human when they were only trying to do the best they could or even our childhood for being painful or traumatic.


It’s also not an easy task to pick yourself up when it seems life has knocked you down – but it’s possible! I’m living proof of that.


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Say it Loud: The Power of the Girl Voice

By Asha Ellison on 10/10/2018 | General

International Day of the Girl is all about celebrating girl power and encouraging girls to leave their mark on the world! This year, during the #LetsTellHer campaign for International Day of the Girl, Girls on the Run highlighted super girls like Kindhearted Kenidra who sounded off against gun violence, Magnificent Megan who lent her voice to safety, the Wise Wijsens who successfully spoke out about saving the environment and Amicable Acacia who helped heal the hurting with encouraging dialogue and a focus on friendship.

But, these five girls aren’t done using their voices to positively impact people and communities all across the globe. They continue on, in solidarity with every girl who leads the way to change each day.


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8 Ways to Encourage Girls to Use Their Voices

By Allison Riley, PhD on 09/30/2018 | General

When my daughter was a baby, she had no problem using her “voice” to tell everyone within earshot what she needed – she “communicated” without hesitation when she was hungry, tired or generally discontent. Now age three, she still speaks her mind at home, but I often wonder if she will take that same confidence with her into the world. Will she proudly and assuredly raise her voice to share her opinion? Will she stand up for others and convey her needs? While I cannot see the future, I know this is not something we as parents, teachers, coaches and others working with girls can afford to leave to chance.

This is why movements like the #LetsTellHer campaign are so important. Earlier this year, Girls on the Run urged men and women to change the way we speak to girls. As we approach International Day of the Girl, we are encouraging girls to own their voices and change the narrative themselves.

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Living Well: Yoga for Runners

By Nina Yu on 09/25/2018 | Wellness Tips

National Women's Health and Fitness Day provided a wonderful opportunity to jump-start a yoga practice and add yoga to any running routine! Targeted yoga poses can stretch and strengthen the muscles used during a run, as well as those muscles that aren’t activated much when running. Yoga can also increase flexibility and improve range of motion. Try incorporating yoga before or after a run to warm your body up -- or to cool it down!

In this article, you will find great yoga poses to incorporate into your physical activity routine.


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6 Ways Girls Use GOTR Lessons in Everyday Life

By Kelly Frazee on 09/19/2018 | General

Six years ago, when I first became a coach for Girls on the Run, I was also in graduate school pursuing my teaching degree. I looked forward to days I got to coach GOTR and see the girls work cooperatively, run longer or faster than they thought they could, and cheer for and support one another. Seeing them at practice “choosing to be a Girl on the Run,” as they were taught in one of their lessons, was rewarding and made me proud to observe the intentional choices that would help them grow into thoughtful, encouraging and strong women. Yet, it wasn’t until I was coaching GOTR and working as an upper elementary school teacher, that I really saw the profound impact the program had on our girls. 

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5 Simple Post-Run Snacks for Kids

By Jessica Thiefels on 09/13/2018 | Wellness Tips

Post-run snacks are  important. In addition to water, there are two post-run nutrients for kids: protein and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates help refill their empty energy tanks, while protein helps repair their tired muscles.

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How One Runner Changed My Life and Started a Movement

By Laura King Edwards on 09/06/2018 | General

Ten years ago, my little sister, Taylor, came home from school and announced that she wanted to join Girls on the Run. In doing so, she followed nearly 1 million girls across the nation who had gained more confidence, developed strength of character and trained to participate in a 5K event — all while having fun. 

Except my sister was different. 

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7 Ways to Achieve Back-to-School Bliss

By Emma Davis on 08/21/2018 | GOTR Picks

It’s August and many children have returned to school. If your children haven't yet done so, soon you will be getting kids on the bus, packing lunches and ensuring homework is done on time. So how do you transition from fun in the sun to a structured school routine? These tips can help!

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A Touch of Magic

By Sharon Stone on 08/19/2018 | Coach's Corner

The culminating 5K at the end of each Girls on the Run season is my absolute favorite day! First as a parent, then as coach, and now as a program coordinator, the day doesn’t pass without goosebumps of awe and inspiration. When all 25 teams, 300 girls and their families come together for this event, the venue just oozes with girl power!

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Whatever the Obstacle

By Stacie Sather on 08/14/2018 | General

Several years ago, my daughter, Sunshine, and I went for a hike. While walking, she noticed something unusual. Something that struck her curiosity. 

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Getting Started with Meditation

By Nina Yu on 08/05/2018 | Wellness Tips

One of the core values at Girls on the Run is to nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health. Meditation is a great way to do all three of these! Meditation is all about being in a state of awareness. I’ve started incorporating meditation into my daily routine and have seen the benefits in all aspects of my life. 

Meditation might seem difficult to someone who is just beginning the practice. Here are some simple tips to help you get started today!

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5 Ways to Beat the Heat and Conquer the Run

By Emma Davis on 07/31/2018 | Wellness Tips

Although fall is quickly approaching, in many places it’s still hot, humid and so bright outside that finding motivation to get outdoors seems to be in short supply. When it comes to running, these are not exactly the weather conditions that encourage you to take on an aerobic trek. So how does one stay motivated to run and beat the heat? There are a few ways to power through it!

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How to Foster Friendship with Your Teenage Daughter

By Anna Marsh on 07/19/2018 | General

Being a mother of two girls, I know the difference developing a friendship can make in a relationship with a child. Being a friendly mom helps build a sense of trust between you and your children, especially if you are a mom to a daughter.

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Women Who Wow Us: Jay Ell Alexander

By Asha Ellison on 07/11/2018 | Remarkable! People

If the age-old adage that attitude reflects leadership is true, then it’s no wonder that Black Girls RUN! is thriving! After all, the women-only running organization, dedicated to encouraging and providing resources to new and veteran runners, is led by the dynamic and talented Jay Ell Alexander. As the CEO and Owner of BGR!, she is driven, community-focused and committed to empowering all women (especially African-American women – who experience higher rates of obesity) to live healthier lives.

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Internet Safety with Miss O & Friends

By Asha Ellison on 07/05/2018 | GOTR Picks

A safe social haven for girls? Yep. It’s a real thing!

In today’s technology-driven world, it’s important for a girl to have a safe space—a place where she can be her authentic self. Miss O and Friends is an online community where girls are free to engage with their peers without fear of cyberbullying, exposure to risky content or having to be anyone other than themselves.

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25 Creative Ways to Ask Kids About Their Day

By Haley Warner on 06/21/2018 | General

How we engage with children matters!

It’s time to take casual “how was your day” conversations to the next level and make them more meaningful.

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Meet Superstar SoleMate Olive Cecchi

By Grace Weaver on 06/20/2018 | Remarkable! People

Olive Cecchi proves that no age is too young to do big things, work hard to accomplish your goals, make a difference in your community and have a little fun along the way! The 13-year-old rising 8th grader from Las Vegas, Nevada is the second youngest girl to ever complete the Leadville Marathon.

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How Junior Coaching Inspired Me to Change the World

By Lilia Becker on 06/18/2018 | Coach's Corner

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “I have a dream.”

My dream is to close the gender gap around the globe. I dream of a world where women have an equal opportunity for education, jobs, health and political positions. I dream of a world where men and women receive equal pay for equal work.

And, just as Dr. King said, “The time has come."

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How GOTR Girls Gave Back This Spring

By Asha Ellison on 06/14/2018 | Giving Back

Each season, GOTR girls make a positive contribution to the communities they call home through community service. Girls are given the chance to plan a Community Impact Project which provides them an opportunity to recognize the power and potential they have to make an impact on their neighbors, and neighborhoods, all around the world. From gardening at their schools to helping the homeless, GOTR girls made impressive strides during this season.

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Running with Reason: How One Woman Found Friendship by Going the Distance

By Carolina Muriel on 05/31/2018 | General

I really enjoy “me time” while running.

Solo running gives me time to focus on my next race, think through situations in my personal life or just allows me to completely lose myself in my music. In fact, I’ve trained for three marathons on my very own. But, sometimes, long runs, as with life, are hard to get through alone.

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Girls on the Run Coach Weathers Nasty Conditions in Boston

05/28/2018 | Featured Columns & Series

This year's Boston Marathon saw record low temps, heavy rain, and wind gusts of more than 25 miles per hour. It saw elite runners wearing elaborate face masks, spectators donning nuclear power plant suits, and dozens of cases of hypothermia. But in a race that saw DNFs from former Boston runner-up Galen Rupp and two-time Boston winner Lelisa Desisa, Girls on the Run Coach Matthew Wells weathered the storm, crossing the finish line in 3:29:59.

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Challenge Yourself to a Month of Kindness

By Asha Ellison on 05/21/2018 | Giving Back

At Girls on the Run, we believe kindness is one of those things you should toss around like confetti. When we leave a little sparkle wherever we go, we empower others to pay honorable deeds forward. Just imagine the impact that type of goodness could have on the world.

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#GirlsAre Strong

By Carol Thomas on 05/15/2018 | General

Girls on the Run is committed to creating programs that are accessible and inclusive for all girls. Meet Sadie, a ten and a half year old from Birmingham, Alabama who is participating in her first season of Girls on the Run and isn't letting her disabilities hold her back.

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Meet Three Girls on the Run Participants Who Are Doing Extraordinary Things

By Kenzie Kramer on 05/15/2018 | General

At Girls on the Run, we believe girls have the power to change the world – no matter their age! Whether they’re running 5Ks, supporting their teammates or giving back to their communities, each season we see firsthand how girls are capable of extraordinary things.

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Coach Turns to Girls on the Run Lessons After Boston Marathon Disappointment

04/26/2018 | General

Forced to drop out of the Boston Marathon just nine days before the legendary footrace, Girls on the Run coach Lisa Abramowski found strength in the very lessons she'd long instilled in her students and GOTR girls.

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Five Creative Ways To Thank Your Girls on the Run Coaches

By Haley Warner on 04/25/2018 | Announcements

Girls on the Run coaches are the heart of Girls on the Run. Not only do they illustrate what it means to be a Girl on the Run, they encourage girls to live joyful, healthy, and confident lives while creating lasting memories for girls along the way. 

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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

By Asha Ellison on 04/18/2018 | General

We love Earth Day! For us, it’s a day where we can go outside and appreciate Mother Nature. After all, she has been incredible to us humans – providing us with natural food, shelter, beautiful scenery, animals and so much more.

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25 Compliments to Give Other Than Good Job

By Haley Warner on 04/16/2018 | General

We teach girls that what they say and how they say it matters, no matter their age. When kids reach an accomplishment, go beyond just “good job” so they know their actions are powerful and important. 

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Five Ways to Make Your Team’s Practice 5K Memorable

By Kenzie Kramer on 04/16/2018 | Fun & Games

Hair coloring, face painting, dancing, cheer stations – each Girls on the Run 5K event is packed with motivating moments that remind girls they’ve put in the work and are ready to complete their first 5K! But before girls get to the start line, they have a ten-week season with twenty practices where they run, learn new skills and grow as a team, including one practice where they complete a practice 5K to prepare for their big culminating event.

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At What Age Do Girls Start Receiving Limiting Messages?

By Grace Weaver on 04/03/2018 | General

While we can’t shield girls from every stereotype about women or negative comment, we can tell them they are full of power and potential, teach them to think critically about the messages they receive each day, and support them as they navigate their way through adolescence and adulthood.

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#LetsTellHer to Use Her Voice

By Sunshine Richards on 03/20/2018 | General

Too often, we fail to see the value young girls bring to the table. It’s time to tell her to use her voice, even when the world doesn’t seem to be listening.

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Meet the Girls on the Run Coach Running the World's Most Iconic Road Race

03/18/2018 | General

Jackie Baker is a veteran Girls on the Run coach and fourth grade teacher whose classroom motto is “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” She was recently selected to run the Boston Marathon as part of an all-teacher team sponsored by the race’s Official Cramp Relief Sponsor, Hyland’s. Check out the video and interview below to find out why Jackie was chosen for this honor from a field of more than 1,600 applicants nationwide.

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5 Ways to Inspire Leadership in Children

By Asha Ellison on 03/15/2018 | General

We have to teach our children how to find the balance between staying true to themselves while also challenging them to grow. Through these challenges, we help our children learn adaptability, effectiveness, self-control, kindness, assertiveness and how to better manage themselves and their influence on others.

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10 Running Mantras to Help You Train for Your 5K

By Haley Warner on 03/14/2018 | Wellness Tips

Whether you're training for your first 5K or your fiftieth, a mantra can be that extra support you need while running. An uplifting saying can ignite the fire within you and motivate you to finish strong. What will be your race mantra?  

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Girls on the Run Changes Lives - Here's How

02/25/2018 | General

Girls on the Run has helped our girls find their inner beauty and their confidence. We are shaping them into leaders and learners both in and out of the classroom. If I've done the math right, this spring, we will mark our 167th Beechwood Girl on the Run. They will go on after the season is over and realize that they can do anything they put their mind to and they will make this world more awesome.

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5 Ways to Nurture Emotional Wellness Today

By Asha Ellison on 02/21/2018 | Wellness Tips

With so much technology surrounding us, it is easy to get lost in the matrix of media messaging. While it’s become the norm to be plugged in to communication at all times, instant access to technology, paired with the demands of our personal lives, can leave us feeling frazzled and frustrated. We are connected to everything from world news to pop culture and politics. We receive mixed messages from doctors and influencers to family and friends about topics such as health, fitness, finance and quality of life. Oftentimes, we feel like we can’t keep up or, worse, that we don’t measure up.

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Model Behavior: Making What We Say Match What We Do

By Asha Ellison on 02/07/2018 | General

We must task ourselves to be open-minded about our sisters. We must practice empathy, have respect for, and acknowledge that women have different preferences, styles, worldviews, and experiences that contribute to who we are and how we present ourselves. Just because another girl may look, dress, or think differently than you, it doesn’t mean she is inferior. If you take away another girl’s right to exist as she is, without fear of castigation, then you, too, are surrendering your right to the same protections and freedoms.

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The Best Tool for Setting Goals That Are Both Challenging and Achievable

By Kenzie Kramer on 01/29/2018 | Wellness Tips

As a coach for Girls on the Run, one of my favorite things is watching each girl realize she’ll be doing a 5K. This typically happens at the first practice when girls share what they already know about Girls on the Run: we do fun cheers at the end of practice, we play games that are related to the theme of the day, we can go at whatever pace as long as we’re challenging ourselves, and we run/walk a 5K at the end of the season. At the start of the season, it’s rare to see a ten-year-old girl who looks confident about completing 3.1 miles, but after ten weeks of going a little further each day, the same tentative girls are the ones ready and waiting at the start line of their first 5K.

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Five Female Athletes Who Are the Definition of Strong

By Asha Ellison on 01/24/2018 | Remarkable! People

Nothing speaks more to the heart of Girls on the Run than celebrating strong, extraordinary girls and women. A strong girl is one who tries new things (activates her limitless potential), follows her heart (boldly pursues hers dreams), empowers others and continues to be a pacesetter for change – crushing stereotypes, breaking records and doing the unthinkable.

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Peer Pressured: Making Intentional Decisions When Faced with Social Influence

By Asha Ellison on 01/22/2018 | General

When I think of all the things that have significantly impacted my life, peer pressure is at the bottom of the list. I have always been a pretty strong-minded and self-sufficient person but, when I initially sat down to think about just how little an impact peer pressure has had on my life, it was a little alarming. 

“Surely, this can’t be normal,” I thought to myself.

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10 Mantras to Help You Reach Your 2018 Goals

01/11/2018 | GOTR Picks

Every January, social media feeds and conversations with family and friends are filled with "new year, new me" attitudes. From finally going for a lofty goal to making a small day-to-day change, it seems like everyone has something they want to improve. Ready to be a goal-getter in 2018? A motivating mantra is a great place to start.

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GOTR Spirit in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

By Molly Mayo on 12/21/2017 | Announcements

We never could have planned for a natural disaster, but what came next was unexpected in the best of ways. Before Harvey had even left the Houston area, we were already hearing from Girls on the Run councils and teams from across the country who were looking for ways to help and checking in to make sure we were okay.

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Self-Care Isn't Selfish

By Liz Wian on 12/20/2017 | General

When I was younger, flying cross-country was an ordinary experience; my dad lived in California and I lived with my mom in North Carolina. I remember at a very young age, sitting on the plane with my CD Walkman and favorite stuffed animal in tow, attentively listening to every word the flight attendant said prior to takeoff. I made note of the emergency exists he pointed out and lifted my seat to see if it truly could become a floatation device. Then, I heard him instruct us to do something that seemed completely incorrect: the adult passengers were told to put on their own oxygen masks before assisting children or other people with theirs.  

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What Are You Waiting For?

By Asha Ellison on 12/20/2017 | General

From fitness and food to fashion and finance, it seems everyone has something they want to improve on in the year ahead. While New Year’s resolutions are common, I can’t help but wonder, “What is everyone waiting for?”

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10 of Our Favorite Things That Happened in 2017

By Kenzie Kramer on 12/18/2017 | Announcements

It’s been quite a year for Girls on the Run! In 2017, we celebrated twenty one years since the start of our programs. Our 220 councils served over 200,000 girls across the United States with over 14,000 teams led by 53,000 remarkable volunteer coaches. There were many memorable moments in 2017 thanks to the awe-inspiring girls in our programs and the coaches and supporters who make Girls on the Run possible, but here are just a few that stick out.

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What Makes a Girl, a Girl?

By Asha Ellison on 12/12/2017 | General

Does she have to wear her hair in curls? Or must it flow, sleek and straight? Is she required to face the world with makeup and keep her nails perfectly polished? Are pink and purple the only colors to choose from when she’s selecting a favorite? And what does it mean if she just happens to prefer jeans to dresses? Does living her life with preferences that challenge feminine stereotypes make her less of a girl?

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Using Gift Giving as an Opportunity to Connect

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 11/29/2017 | General

Gifts are expressions of love and hopefully connection. All of us want more opportunities to connect with our families, grow closer and learn more about each other. Let’s use this time as a way to introduce our authentically unique children to our families and vice versa.

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Don't Look Back

By Asha Ellison on 11/29/2017 | General

Some of the greatest lessons we will ever learn come from our daily experiences or loved ones. I’m grateful that one of the most important lessons I ever learned came from my eldest brother when I was about 10 years old. The advice he gave me during that season of life became the foundation upon which I further built my confidence and determination.

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How I'm Building Trust with My Teenage Daughters

By Mandy Murphy on 11/28/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Navigating a sustained connection with my teenage girls is proving to be more challenging than I anticipated! I am being led to dig a little deeper into my understanding of relationships, boundaries and communication – all areas I have formally and casually studied. In this messy time, I have felt a wide range of emotions and make sense of it all by telling myself things from “this is a natural part of their development and the evolution of our relationship” to “I am doing something completely wrong.” In short, I have often found myself bewildered, but do find comfort in knowing that I am not alone as I am learning that this is a common experience of mothers of teenage girls. 

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How You Can Use Instagram to Empower Your Daughter

By Jessica Thiefels on 10/24/2017 | General

Instagram can cause anxiety and stress for you as a mom, even more so for your daughter, who’s growing up in a judgmental, image-centric society. The reality is, she’ll probably find a way to use it, whether you want her to or not.

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Seven Tips for Getting Your Kid to Put Their Phone Away and Be Active

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 10/23/2017 | Wellness Tips

Technology is an enormous part of kids’ lives today and, while it has many benefits, the negative effects include increased sedentary behavior and a decreased physical activity. In many schools, children are using laptops or other electronic devices for most of the day and kids continue to get smartphones at a younger age.

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How Can I Help My Daughter Have a Healthy Body Image?

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 10/23/2017 | Wellness Tips

Raising a girl with a healthy body image is complicated but worth it. If she can be free of limiting, external expectations about her body, then she can be free to truly be herself and free to truly pursue her potential. 

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Self-Love Starts with Liking Yourself

By Michelle Barichello on 10/15/2017 | Wellness Tips

Self-love begins with liking yourself, and this only gets harder as we become adults. Let’s encourage girls to see the beauty of hanging out with themselves now so they’ll become their own best friends for life.

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At Seven Years Old, This Girls is Already Helping All Girls Be Joyful, Healthy and Confident!

By Kenzie Kramer on 10/04/2017 | Remarkable! People

At Girls on the Run, we believe you’re never too young to make an impact! Emelie, a seven-year-old future GOTR girl in New Jersey, has already gotten a start on giving back to her community - hosting two lemonade stands raising over $700 to support Girls on the Run New Jersey East!

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Who Has Star Power? You Do!

By Lisa Keller on 09/18/2017 | General

One of my most treasured Girls on the Run lessons to coach is the Star Power lesson. During each season, the Star Power lesson inspires the girls to practice using visualization to positively impact their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The lesson also teaches strategies to activate and enhance our Star Power plus how we can help others activate theirs.

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Five Remarkable Women Who Are Defining Beauty on Their Own Terms

By Kenzie Kramer on 08/31/2017 | Remarkable! People

How do you define beauty? Each Girls on the Run season, girls are asked to share what they think beauty means. After talking through their initial responses about outer beauty (“My babysitter is beautiful because she looks like Cinderalla!”), girls are asked to think about what characteristics make up inner beauty. Oftentimes, girls know what inner beauty means and their responses include someone who treats others with kindness, is brave, or isn’t afraid to be themselves. Now, more than ever, girls have opportunities to see women who stand up to beauty norms and celebrate what makes them different.

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Five Ways to Teach Kids to Value Improvement Over Winning

By Allison Riley, PhD on 08/27/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run senior vice president of programming and evaluation Allison Riley shares how she encourages her daughter to learn in a mastery climate, even at a very young age.

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Women Who Wow Us: Rachel Bonnetta

08/27/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

As a host for FOX Sports, Rachel Bonnetta is leading the way for women working in the sports industry and encouraging girls who are interested in pursuing sports careers to boldly pursue their dreams. Learn more about Rachel’s career and hopes for sports broadcasting.

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Five Questions to Consider When Signing Your Child Up for an Afterschool Program

By Allison Riley, PhD on 08/13/2017 | General

Over the course of a typical school year there are around 525 hours between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. As an afterschool professional with over ten years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating out-of-school time programs, I’ve seen the afterschool hours spent in many different ways. I’ve seen youth participate in sports, church programs, tutoring and school-based programs and, as the Senior VP of Programming and Evaluation at Girls on the Run International, I’ve seen girls transform through youth development programs. 

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Measuring the Remarkable Impact of Girls on the Run

By Elizabeth Kunz on 08/13/2017 | Announcements

In 2016, Girls on the Run commissioned an external, independent study to evaluate the impact of program participation.  The third-party study was led by Dr. Maureen (Mo) Weiss, a Professor in the School of Kinesiology, and Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Child Development, at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Weiss and her team used a rigorous approach to evaluate the effectiveness of Girls on the Run on positive youth development

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Standing Together to Support All Girls

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 08/08/2017 | General

Girl Squad. Stand Together. Build each other up. Positive mindset. These are what Girls on the Run is all about. Sometimes, because of our name, people see us as “only” a running program but Girls on the Run is so much more than that!

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Women Who Wow Us: Jody Jackson

08/06/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

FOX Sports Arizona reporter and anchor Jody Jackson started her love for sports young - both in the stands as a fan of South Florida teams and as a dancer and baton twirler down on the field. At a young age, Jackson set a big goal of wanting to be a reporter and has boldly pursued her dream, now working with FOX Sports for 17 years. Jackson shares how sports have impacted her life and how she stays positive in her career.

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Take Care of Your Body With These 6 Quick Warm-Ups and Cool Downs

07/26/2017 | Wellness Tips

For most of us, squeezing in time to do something good for our bodies each day can be a challenge and when you’re tight on time, the first things that typically get cut are the warm-up and cool down. Getting your body loosened up and giving it time to slow down gradually are crucial for taking care of your muscles! Give your body a little extra love by adding one of these quick and easy pre- and post-workout routines to your next run.

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Kindness is Free!

By Lisa Keller on 07/25/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

The simple act of kindness ought to be second nature to all of us. Nonetheless, it can be challenging at times to express it. The idea of kindness can get lost in our everyday lives - we might not make eye contact with someone so we don’t say hello, we avoid helping someone as we may not know if we are being overbearing or perhaps, we find it easier to say nothing rather than give kudos to a friend.

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Women Who Wow Us: Karyn Bryant

07/25/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Sports have always been a big part of life for television host Karyn Bryant. During her childhood and teen years, Bryant's involvement year-round in sports taught her the values of confidence and teammwork. Now, sports aren't only a part of Bryant's personal life, they're also her career! Bryant shares how she's helping to change the world of sports broadcasting as the anchor for MAMA H.E.A.T and host of UFC Tonight and how the skills she learned playing sports have helped her in her career.

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I Learned Anything is Possible Because I Ran a 5K

07/20/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run has teamed up with Say it Forward, a platform that encourages women and girls to share their stories in hopes of inspiring other women and girls. The story below was submitted to Say it Forward by Coach S. See more Girls on the Run stories here and submit your own story here.

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It's Been 40 Years Since Title IX but There’s Still More Work to Be Done

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 06/21/2017 | General

I was a child in the 70s and Title IX didn’t mean anything to me because I had no idea what it was or did, but the law meant something to me in my lived experience: I could play baseball on the boys’ team.  

While most identify Title IX with women in sports, it’s actually an educational amendment that “prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded program or activity.” Under activity is where sport comes in. 

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Can Someone Please Explain to Me What Girly Means?

By Kenzie Kramer on 06/19/2017 | General

In my spare time, I work at a yoga studio where I clean, organize things and jam out to music between classes. Last week, while I was folding clean towels, a sweaty man came out of his yoga class and greeted me with a nod. After setting his yoga blocks on the counter, he took a big swig of water and let out an exhausted breath. Putting on my customer service hat, I asked him how his class was. His response: “You know, that class is pretty girly but it is tough!” 

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Women Who Wow Us: Geanna Culbertson

06/19/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Geanna Culberston is an award-winning author and sponsor of Girls on the Run Los Angeles. Through her books, The Crisanta Knight Series, Culbertson tells stories of a strong female protagonist who is defining her own destiny. 

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Five Mantras to Help You Activate Your Limitless Potential

By Kenzie Kramer on 06/13/2017 | Fun & Games

During each Girls on the Run season, GOTR girls learn about the power of positive self-talk. Through lessons lead by volunteer coaches, girls discuss how they can turn negative thoughts into positive messages and use these messages to keep them motivated was they work toward their goals.

Do you have a goal in mind that you're trying to reach? Keep these positive messages in mind to help you activate your limitless potential and achieve what you're working toward.

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We Should Sweat the Small Stuff

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 05/24/2017 | General

The bathtub in our house has been clogged for about a week. So, a couple of days ago, I got out some tools to fix it and started in. My four year old daughter saw me and said, “Let Daddy fix it.” Daddy? Why Daddy? Because it’s a fixing thing? Why not Mommy?

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Working Hard to be Joyful

05/24/2017 | General

Girls on the Run has teamed up with Say it Forward, a platform that encourages women and girls to share their stories in hopes of inspiring other women and girls. GOTR staff member Liz Johnson shared her story of how she welcomed more joy into her life. See more Girls on the Run stories here and submit your own story here

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Women Who Wow Us: Kate Parker

By Kenzie Kramer on 05/24/2017 | Remarkable! People

When photographer Kate Parker chose twenty images of her daughters for a gallery show, not one of them sold. Now, Parker has created a book out of those photos and more photos showing the true strength and beauty of girls. 

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Reflections of a Happy Hair Captain

By Lisa Keller on 05/24/2017 | Giving Back

At all Girls on the Run 5K events across the country, there’s a special area called the Happy Hair Station. The station is a fun-filled, high-energy environment where you can get your hair “happy” with colored hair spray and accessories. The Happy Hair Station is a magical place for all the Girls on the Run girls, coaches and community members to experience!


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Five Things to Know Before Your Kid Goes to Camp

By Kenzie Kramer on 04/17/2017 | Fun & Games

The end of the school year is just around the corner - which means summer camps will be coming up shortly after! Whether it’s a day camp or sleepover camp, getting everything your child needs in order can be hectic. Help your kid have a great time at camp with these five simple tips.

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Your Story Matters

By Sharon Kathryn D’Agostino on 04/17/2017 | Announcements

Girls on the Run has teamed up with SayitForward.org, a story-telling platform that encourages women and girls to share their stories of overcoming adversity. 

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What is Joy, Really?

By Joy Hartman on 04/17/2017 | General

The Girls on the Run mission statement starts with, “We inspire girls to be joyful…” But what is joy, really? Thanks to the movie Inside Out, we may have a pretty adorable image of a spunky, energetic, blue-haired bundle of happiness as a permanent picture of how joy may actually look. But what is joy?

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From Boston Strong to Nancy Strong

04/03/2017 | Remarkable! People

Nancy Heydinger is the executive director of Girls on the Run Vermont. This year, Hyland’s Leg Cramps offered Girls on the Run International three bibs for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Nancy, a longtime GOTR supporter, submitted her story of what running the Boston Marathon would mean to her and was selected to receive a bib to represent Girls on the Run at this year’s marathon.

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"What I Lack in Speed, I Make up for in Heart"

04/03/2017 | Remarkable! People

Beth Gillespie is the founder and former council director for Girls on the Run East Central Illinois. This year, Hyland’s Leg Cramps offered Girls on the Run International three bibs for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Beth, who has been involved with Girls on the Run for nine years, submitted her story of what running the Boston Marathon would mean to her and was selected to receive a bib and represent Girls on the Run at this year’s marathon. Beth is currently using her training to inspire other middle-of-the-pack runners to boldly pursue their dreams and is a part of the Hyland's all-women team.

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Meet the Girls on the Run SoleMate Who Raised Over $100,000

By Kenzie Kramer on 04/03/2017 | Remarkable! People

During each Girls on the Run practice, girls are asked to set a lap goal of how many laps they’ll complete that day, slowly but steadily increasing their goal at each practice. With each Ironman event that Girls on the Run Cincinnati SoleMate Jessica Leonard has completed, she has also set goals for herself – first challenging herself to raise $10,000, growing it to $20,000 and eventually totaling $100,000. To date, Jessica has completed four Ironmans and raised an astonishing $104,000!

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Three Team Unity Items Your GOTR Team Will Love

By Kenzie Kramer on 03/20/2017 | Fun & Games

Throughout the ten-week Girls on the Run program, girls develop a stronger sense of self, learn to show care toward others and give back to their communities, all while working toward their goal of completing a 5K! To celebrate the connections made with teammates, many Girls on the Run teams wear a special unity item to their 5K event. 

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Ten Mantras to Get You Through a Difficult Run

By Kenzie Kramer on 03/20/2017 | Wellness Tips

When training for a race or another event, have you ever had the experience where completing a certain distance feels like an effortless walk in the park, but the next day the same distance feels like running up a mountain in a hail storm? During Girls on the Run, girls learn about the power of positive self-talk and how telling ourselves positive affirmations can help us in difficult situations. For those days when it feels like you're running through a hail storm, channel positive self-talk by having a mantra - something to repeatedly tell yourself to encourage you to keep going. 

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When You Grind, You Shine

By Diana Patton on 03/19/2017 | General

Diana Patton shares why it's necessary to put in the hardwork and grind in order to successfully reach your goals. 

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Women Who Wow Us: Daina Trout

03/19/2017 | Remarkable! People

Business woman, kombucha brewer, and Girls on the Run supporter Daina Trout boldly pursued her dreams by starting a business alongside two friends. Daina’s kombucha business, Health-Ade, recently collected donations and inspiring notes for GOTR girls when they traveled across the country for a yoga festival. We recently caught up with Daina to learn more about her bold decision to start a business, her passion for quality kombucha, and her heart for supporting Girls on the Run.

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Calling All Remarkable Women (That's You!)

By Kenzie Kramer on 03/01/2017 | Announcements

Wednesday, March 8th marks International Women’s Day; a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The impact that women make in the lives of others, in our communities and on the world are immense and immeasurable - spanning from scientific exploration to artistic creation to mentoring the next generation of leaders.

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Girls on the Run Coaches Are Truly Remarkable

By Kenzie Kramer on 02/21/2017 | Remarkable! People

Girls on the Run encourages girls to embrace their differences and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Just like GOTR girls, GOTR coaches each bring their own unique experiences and backgrounds to their Girls on the Run teams.

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Five Fun Lap Counter Ideas for Your Girls on the Run Season

By Kenzie Kramer on 02/20/2017 | GOTR Picks

We all need a little extra motivation sometimes! To help girls track how many laps they’ve run and to encourage them to push themselves, Girls on the Run coaches can have girls write check marks on their arms with washable markers or hand out a small item after each lap. Here are just a few of the creative ways we’ve seen coaches help their girls track their progress.

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The Power of Self-Awareness

By Elizabeth Kunz on 02/15/2017 | General

At Girls on the Run, we believe that there is one simple shared reality that all parents and caregivers have. They want the best for their children. This is why Girls on the Run plays such an important role in the communities it serves. We provide a safe, warm and welcoming place for all girls. We don’t tell girls what to think, we inspire them to realize that they are inherently full of potential with significant gifts to reveal to the world. 

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Women Who Wow Us: Mary Wineberg

02/15/2017 | Remarkable! People

As an Olympic gold medalist, Girls on the Run coach Mary Wineberg is able to show the girls she coaches how far hard work and dedication can take them. Coach Mary shares why Girls on the Run shares a special place in her heart and how her experience as an elite athlete influences her as a coach for Girls on the Run Cincinnati

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Let Go of the Weight of Judgment

By Kira Montuori on 02/13/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Judgment is a fool. It is meant to hold people back, sidetrack them from doing what they love and dim their light. Judgment is heavy and it’s like carrying bricks in your backpack and you can’t fly carrying bricks.

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Girls on the Run Advocate Leaves a Legacy of Courage

By Kenzie Kramer on 01/25/2017 | Remarkable! People

Girls on the Run San Diego board member and coach Monika Allen was best known for her colorful tutus, even more vibrant personality, and courage throughout her battle with brain cancer. 

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“Do What You Can and Never Give Up!”

By Kenzie Kramer on 01/23/2017 | Remarkable! People

When marathon-runner Cheryl Hile’s neurologist told her to lower her expectations, Cheryl refused to accept the advice. 

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Girls on the Run Coach Changes Girls' Lives for 15 Years

By Kenzie Kramer on 01/23/2017 | General

When Girls on the Run coach Kira Wilsterman was told by another teacher that Katie, a third grader on her team, had used the lessons she learned in practice to stand up for herself and others, Kira knew that the time she spent with the girls on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons was worthwhile.

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Women Who Wow Us: Beatriz and Virginia Lozano

By Kenzie Kramer on 01/23/2017 | Remarkable! People

Growing up, Beatriz and Virginia Lozano rarely saw themselves reflected in their history books. The sisters are now changing the narative of history classes by creating resources for kids that show women's impact on U.S. history and engaging students through games and other interactive learning tools.

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Dreaming Is Imagining Yourself in Other Places

By Diana Patton on 01/23/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Most people declared a dream recently in the form of a New Year’s resolution but that dream will merely remain a fantasy or a make-believe place until you begin to visualize yourself living out your dream. A vision takes on life and begins to create shape in your mind. You have to pick up that project and see yourself finishing it.

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Girls on the Run Didn't Make My Daughter Love Running, but It Did Shape Her Soul

By Jennifer Borch on 01/03/2017 | General

When I signed up to coach Girls on the Run nine years ago, I fantasized about the running bond I would develop with my daughter. My back-of-the-pack rebel walker would have none of it. Girls on the Run may not have sold my daughter on running, but it shaped her soul.

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Lessons That Last a Lifetime

By Cammy Nelson on 01/03/2017 | General

It’s easy to become an adult and forget the lessons learned in GOTR. It’s safe to lean into fear and step back when I’m nervous or when I start to doubt my own abilities.  Then I remind myself that it’s all about baby steps.

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8 Things You Should Know When Preparing for Your First 5K

01/03/2017 | Wellness Tips

Running your first 5K can be an intimidating goal for girls and adults alike. Each year, thousands of Girls on the Run participants cross the finish line of their first 5K event. Along with the girls who are completing their first 5K, many of the running buddies who are with them are also accomplishing their goal of running a 5K!

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10 of Our Favorite Things That Happened in 2016

By Kenzie Kramer on 12/20/2016 | General

2016 has been a big year for Girls on the Run! This year, we served nearly 200,000 girls, completed over 11,000 Community Impact Projects and were able to provide almost 44 percent of program participants with scholarships!

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5 Ways That GOTR Girls Positively Impacted Their Communities This Season

By Kenzie Kramer on 12/14/2016 | Giving Back

Each season, Girls on the Run participants across the country identify what communities they are a part of and work together to come up with a project that they can complete to positively impact one of the communities. Whether they’re doing something for their classroom or for military members overseas, completing a team Community Impact Project helps girls recognize that they can make a difference in other people’s lives.

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Doing "Good4Girls"

By Lauren Cunningham on 12/14/2016 | Giving Back

Hundreds of women and community leaders came together through the power of fitness to raise awareness and funds for Atlanta’s chapter of GOTR!

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There Is No Better Friend Than a Sister

By Camille Grimsley on 12/13/2016 | General

My experience in a sorority and at Girls on the Run taught me that sisterhood is not exclusive to biology or any one particular group. Sisterhood is everywhere.

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Why It’s Fun, and Valuable, to Get Scrappy

By Natalie Swan on 11/28/2016 | Giving Back

While training for the 2015 Chicago Marathon, I chose to fundraise for Girls on the Run. The message of empowering young girls through running spoke to me and I wanted to make a difference. Fundraising proved tough, especially since many of my friends and peers got involved in other organizations trying to accomplish their fundraising goals. Realizing I needed to infuse creative, out-of-the-box thinking, I got together with a best friend of mine.

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Raise Your Hand if You Want a Do Over

By Diana Patton on 11/28/2016 | Remarkable! People

We've all had moments in life when we wish we could have a do over. Motivational speaker Diana Patton shares her story of a not-so-best moment and how she's been resilient in pursuing her goals. 

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Gratitude on the Run

By Jennifer Helfrich on 11/28/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

These girls may not understand it now, or even think about it in the future, but they have each taught me something about every single one of the lessons we have discussed; about teamwork, about real beauty, about friendship, about positivity, about compassion, about physically and mentally healthy behaviors, and yes, about gratitude.

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How Girls on the Run Made Me a Joyful, Healthy and Confident Woman

By Carolyn Pandolfo on 11/28/2016 | Remarkable! People

As a Girl on the Run, I learned the value of teamwork, community service, and encouraging others to succeed. I also learned how being healthy is the key to a strong heart and an open mind. The lessons I learned inspired me to want to help others the same way GOTR helped me. 

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Why I Give to Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer on 11/14/2016 | Giving Back

During each Girls on the Run season, girls are encouraged to think about what they’re grateful for and share ideas about how they can express gratitude through their words, thoughts and actions. At Girls on the Run, we’re grateful to have the support of passionate individuals whose investment in our program helps ensure that all girls have the opportunity to participate. Thanks to our generous donors, over 44% of the girls in our program receive scholarship support so that they can become a girl on the run. 

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Printable Signs to Cheer on Your GOTR Girl During 5K Day

By Kenzie Kramer on 11/14/2016 | Fun & Games

A Girls on the Run 5K event is a celebration like no other running event! Each 3.1 mile fun run brings together girls from different schools, their families and community members for an exciting day of big accomplishments. For many participants, these events are the first 5K that they’ve been a part of! If you know a girl participating in an upcoming Girls on the Run 5K, come out and show your support for her goals with one of these printable cheer signs. 

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Girls on the Run Changes the Lives of Adults, Too

By Hana Bieliauskas on 11/14/2016 | Giving Back

When you make even a small impact on the life of one girl, your whole world changes. Having served as a Head Coach, 5K Marketing Chair and now as a Board member for Girls on the Run, in two very different geographic locations, I’ve found that young girls everywhere share the same curiosity, drive, honesty and eagerness to learn and discover—and some girls and experiences will leave a mark forever. 

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Have You Heard of the Chicken Run?

By Sydney Mack on 11/06/2016 | General

A Girls on the Run coach shares how finding our true identities is a journey that lasts long past adolescence. 

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How to Encourage Girls to Go After Their Dreams

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 11/06/2016 | General

We all want the girls in our lives go after their dreams, but the media, our celebrity culture and social media can send mixed messages that affect their confidence. Here are some tips to encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece, younger sister or any girl you know to have the confidence to work toward her goals. 

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Eight Quotes to Remind Us to Express Gratitude This Season

By Jami Bunton on 11/06/2016 | General

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what you have to be grateful for. At Girls on the Run, we encourage everyone to express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions. Here are eight quotes about gratitude that are great reminders to express what we are grateful for in our lives.

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Finding My Passion Through Girls on the Run

By Whitney Cipolla on 11/06/2016 | Remarkable! People

Girls on the Run helped me realize as a college student that I wanted to continue to work with youth to help kids reach their full potential.

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Meet the ASICS Athletes Positively Impacting Communities

10/25/2016 | Remarkable! People

During each Girls on the Run season, girls learn the importance of building relationships with people who support their goals and ambitions, much like the Girls on the Run national partners like ASICS. Not only does ASICS support the Girls on the Run mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident – but their athletes do too! During Girls on the Run, girls learn about being grateful for all that they have and about the importance of contributing to their communities. Keep reading to learn more about ASICS athletes’ passion for giving back to their communities and see what ASICS and Girls on the Run are up to next!

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Protect and Empower

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 10/25/2016 | General

Parenting is a constant pull between protecting and empowering. Just like our program teaches, I want our daughter to be confident (but not too), competent (in things that matter), caring (but have boundaries), connected (to good and supportive people), show character (especially when it’s hard) and above all live a life that contributes to the world in a meaningful positive way. She’s 3½. Yes, a tall order.

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Healthy Family Traditions to Start This Fall

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 10/16/2016 | Fun & Games

Take advantage of autumn's crisp temperatures and bright blue skies by participating in healthy activities with your family and friends. Think outside your normal routine to create meaningful traditions, reduce stress and get a fresh perspective on life.

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Three Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From Girls on the Run

By Francine Labiran on 10/11/2016 | General

Girls on the Run empowers young girls and women to be their unique selves, set goals, be confident, and so much more. Although the program includes running, the weekly lessons encourage participants and coaches to recognize their Star Power, build connections and develop healthy habits. I’ve been a coach for the past two years and in that time I’ve had the opportunity to teach (and learn) valuable life lessons from a group of amazing girls and inspiring coaches.

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Changing the Way We Compliment Our Girls

By Cheryl Unterschutz on 10/11/2016 | General

Driving to work the other morning I saw a woman standing on the side of the road at the bus stop. She was wearing a beautiful, colorful dress and head scarf. She had a muscular body. My first thought when I saw her was, "She seems like a powerful and strong woman!" Defining what I saw in those terms caught my attention! Normally, when we see women and girls we evaluate them based on their outward appearance. We use terms such as beautiful, pretty, ugly, thin, fat, etc. I have been as guilty as anyone at doing this. 

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How to Raise a Strong Woman

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD on 10/10/2016 | General

Over the past 15 years since having my daughter Allie, I have worked hard to raise a strong woman; a woman who can see past the negativity and unrealistic expectations that come with life.  In teen world, the unending effort to fit in, to be noticed and to be liked can quickly change into a vortex of self-doubt and negativity. In adult world, the buzz words in female circles are perfection, work-life balance, doing it all and having it all which result in a very daunting outlook for a young girl. So here are ten ways I’m working to raise a strong woman:

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5 DIY Halloween Costumes That Kids Can Make

By Kenzie Kramer on 10/10/2016 | Fun & Games

At each Girls on the Run practice, I try to ask each girl on my team at least one question about what’s going on in their life. “How was school today?” and “Did you do anything fun this weekend?” tend to elicit one-word answers from some girls but last week, my most recent line of questions about Halloween had even the quieter girls on my team eager to share. Each girl that I talked to told me about all of the details of their costume and why they chose the costume that they did. I learned about their favorite book characters, people they admire and how cool zombies are among some third grade girls. 

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Six Inspiring Girls You Should Know About

By Jami Bunton on 10/09/2016 | Remarkable! People

October 11 marks the fifth International Day of the Girl Child, a day that focuses attention on girls’ challenges and triumphs. In December 2011, the United Nations designated this day to bring attention to girls’ rights and the issues that face girls around the world. At Girls on the Run, we strive to present positive role models to girls to show girls how they can boldly pursue their dreams. 

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Five Tips for Raising an Emotionally Strong Girl

By Joy Hartman on 10/05/2016 | Wellness Tips

We seem to have measurements for everything these days. In the first seconds of life, our kids’ physical health is measured with weight and length. In schools, we have standardized tests and grades to measure our kid’s academic strengths.  But how can we measure our kid’s emotional strength? 

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Three Tips for a Healthy Fall

By Francine Labiran on 10/03/2016 | Wellness Tips

Fall is here, and that means cooler weather, cozy sweaters, changing colors, and a great time to revamp your healthy lifestyle! These three tips will have you feeling great throughout the entire season and help make this your best fall yet.

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The Relentless Search

By Mandy Murphy on 09/26/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

Pulling into the drop-off line at my daughter’s and step-daughters’ new high school, I found myself desperately wanting to pour encouragement and wisdom into their excited and nervous bodies. They recently started their freshman year and this passage feels oddly huge. Their adult sized bodies and full backpacks climbed from the car, and out of nowhere I found myself quietly saying: “Trust yourself. You have all you need within you already. Stay true to yourself.” 

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Banana Nice Cream

By Hilliary Meisner on 09/26/2016 | Wellness Tips

As the days begin to get shorter, and the nights a bit cooler I find myself grasping to all things summer!  While fall is one of my favorite times of year, I have to say it is sad to see summer come to an end.  So in an effort to hold onto summer for as long as I can, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite warm weather treats! 

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Uncover a Challenge in This Throwback Playground Game

By Kenzie Kramer on 09/26/2016 | Fun & Games

During Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole practices, girls participate in lessons that help them grow and develop new skills that help them outside of the programs. These skills include showing gratitude, ways to manage stress and practicing positive self-talk. At the end of each lesson, girls are encouraged to apply what they learned to situations outside of practice. Think you're up for a Girls on the Run challenge? 

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What Is a Day at The White House Without a GOTR Cape?

By Carrie Johnson on 09/26/2016 | Announcements

When we had the chance to attend a summit about Trauma-Informed Approaches in School: Supporting Girls of Color and Rethinking Discipline last week, we said “yes”!

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Make a Commitment to Find Your True Identity

By Diana Patton on 09/11/2016 | Remarkable! People

Running provided the perfect escape from the nonstop chaos that swirled inside of my life while growing up. The more I ran, the clearer I became. The solitude of working through my thoughts allowed me to take my dreams to action. Now, running helps me encourage and inspire women to push past abuse, adversities and challenges as a full-time inspirational speaker.  

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Daring to Be Different

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD on 09/11/2016 | General

I am proud of my life.  I have a successful career and a wonderful family. It's a good life. Getting here wasn't a piece of cake, however. There is a backstory that exemplifies my favorite mantra: You can start late, be different, be uncertain, and still succeed.

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A Serendipitous Tale

By Jennifer Helfrich on 09/11/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

As I am about to start coaching the very first season of Girls on the Run in my community, I cannot help but reflect on the events that have led up to this moment.  The word “serendipity” occurs often when I think about GOTR, and even more often when I talk about it.  

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Impacting Girls' Lives as a Girls on the Run SoleMate

By Tracy Gariepy on 09/06/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

I’m a SoleMate. I love saying that! Running has always been something so meaningful to me, because it means so many different things to me: It’s my chance to decompress or ramp up for something. It’s what I do to feel strong. It’s what I do when I feel sad or happy. It’s my time to be alone when I want to, or something I can share with my friends. I have awesome amazing epiphanies when I run and I want to burst with pride when I see someone I love (or even a complete stranger!) reach one of their running goals.

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GOTR Girls Invited to Meet Bestselling Author

08/31/2016 | Announcements

Big or small, everyone has struggled to find their place at some point. In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner’s new book The Littlest Bigfoot, self-conscious Alice Mayfair is having trouble finding a support system after starting at yet another new school. Alice finds a friend in Millie Maximus, a Bigfoot who is fascinated by humans and is hopeful that they’ll accept her fearless nature and yearning to be a star. 

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Ten Stress-Less Mantras to Remember

By Kenzie Kramer on 08/28/2016 | GOTR Picks

The autumn season is full of change – school starts back up, extracurricular activities are in full swing and the lazy days of summer are a distant memory. Big changes are usually complemented with big stress including jam-packed schedules and seemingly never-ending to-do lists. During Girls on the Run, girls learn to “Stop and take a BrThRR” when they face peer pressure, which reminds them to stop, breathe, think, respond and review. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, stop, take a BrThRR and remember one of these ten stress-less mantras. 

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321 for Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer on 08/23/2016 | Remarkable! People

In Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole, girls engage in lessons about being supportive teammates and choosing to encourage others. Recently, five members of the Girls on the Run charity running program SoleMates put these lessons to use and teamed up to support each other on a 321 mile bike ride across the state of Missouri, raising over $8,000 for Girls on the Run programs in their state.

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Is Your Tween Ready for School?

By Joy Hartman on 08/23/2016 | Heart & Sole

School supplies? Check. Class schedule. Done. First day of school outfit. Yep. What else? As much as your daughter will tell you she will have everything she could possibly need after a quick trip to the mall to stock up on all of the latest fall fashions, we all know deep down there is so much more she is going to need to prepare for school. Middle school can be a difficult time with changing friendship dynamics. How can you prepare them for that? It’s easier than you think! Hang in here for a second. 

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Supporter Sings His Heart Out for Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer on 08/23/2016 | Remarkable! People

Girls on the Run wouldn’t be possible without the help of our generous supporters. Fundraisers and individual donations help Girls on the Run International and our councils in all fifty states create programs for girls, provide scholarships for girls who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate in programs and much more. We’re grateful for all that our supporters do and are amazed by the ways that they use their own passions to support girls in their communities. 

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Finding Strength in Connectedness

By Kenzie Kramer on 08/16/2016 | Remarkable! People

When Girls on the Run of Gaston County Executive Director Kathleen Boyce started working with Girls on the Run, she was seeking more meaningful work and an opportunity to give back to her community. While she was inspiring girls in her community to be joyful, healthy and confident, Kathleen was also raising her own four daughters, each of whom have impacted Girls on the Run in their own way.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Prepping for Back to School Season

By Risa Barash on 08/15/2016 | General

With two school aged kids and a successful business to run, Risa Barash is not immune to the back to school prep work blues. Risa shares her tips for an easy back to school transition.

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Four Fun Ways to Close Out Summer

08/14/2016 | General

As we turn our calendars to August, whether we are ready or not, the first day of school and end of summer is right around the corner. Looking ahead to the final weeks, there is still plenty of time for some unique summer fun while you have the kids home.

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Empowering Girls to Take Care of Themselves and Each Other

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 08/08/2016 | Heart & Sole

Let’s face it. Very few people view adolescence positively. It’s seen as something to just get through. Teens are depicted as turning away from adults and toward negative peer groups, making rash decisions and acting impulsively. Adolescence is negatively portrayed in the media, especially when it comes to girls. The mean girl persona permeates social media, music and movies. 

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Six Smart Tips to Stay Motivated to Run This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer on 08/08/2016 | Wellness Tips

Nothing crushes your motivation to run as much as stepping outside and realizing that the weather is not what you anticipated. When the temperatures rise, so does the temptation to stay inside with the air conditioner on full blast. For tips on how to stay motivated to lace up, we talked to running bloggers about how they continue to pound the pavement during sweltering summer heat.

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Building Strong Girls as a Girls on the Run Coach

By Kenzie Kramer on 08/08/2016 | Giving Back

As a Girls on the Run national partner, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority’s members support strong girls through volunteering and fundraising for Girls on the Run. Through their philanthropic efforts last year, Gamma Phi Beta members raised over $400,000 to support girls’ limitless potential and dedicated hundreds of hours to volunteering with local Girls on the Run councils. Erin Coates, one of the Gamma Phi Beta members who has volunteered as a coach, became involved with Girls on the Run after serving as Philanthropy Chair for her chapter. 

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GOTR Supporters Go for Gold

By Kenzie Kramer on 08/03/2016 | Remarkable! People

In Girls on the Run, girls are encouraged to set big goals and boldly pursue their dreams. This year’s Olympics, the ultimate “dream big” athletic event, will bring together athletes from around the world who have dedicated their lives to their sport and have worked hard to follow their dreams of becoming Olympians. At Girls on the Run councils across the country, we’re fortunate to have Olympians as both role models and supporters for girls in our programs.

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What We Tell Ourselves Matters

By Kira Montuori on 08/03/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

What we tell ourselves matters.  In fact, the internal dialogue is probably the most important voice we hear.  Our inner words define our inner relationship and our relationship with ourselves defines every other relationship in our lives. 

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Women Who Wow Us: Coach Tanya

By Kenzie Kramer on 07/17/2016 | Remarkable! People

As a result of radiation from Chernobyl, Tatsiana Khvitsko was born without fully developed legs. Now, as a double blade runner, Coach Tanya inspires girls to boldly pursue their dreams.

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe

By Hilliary Meisner on 07/17/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

At Girls on the Run, we learn all sorts of lessons that we can use in our everyday life.  Lessons like how to stand up for ourselves and our beliefs, how to be a leader in our communities and how to make healthy choices to help keep our bodies and minds strong. 

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Help Your Girl Keep Learning This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer on 07/17/2016 | Heart & Sole

Summer vacation is intended to be a break from classes but that doesn’t mean that your child’s learning has to go on a hiatus. In the Girls on the Run middle school program Heart & Sole, girls learn about the importance of balancing what is called their Girl Wheel - made up of brain, heart, social, body and spirit. To nurture our all-around wellness, it’s important to maintain all parts of our Girl Wheel, even when school is not in session!

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Five Ways You Can Support Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer on 07/17/2016 | Giving Back

In the past 20 years, Girls on the Run has touched the lives of over 1.2 million girls. The impact the program has had wouldn’t be possible without the help of generous supporters who dedicate time, items and funds to help more girls be a part of a team and have a safe space where they can learn more themselves, learn how to treat others with care and have an opportunity to give back to their communities. With the start of the fall season just around the corner, now is a great time to get involved with Girls on the Run in your community and help support the next generation of world changers.

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Soak Up Summer with GOTR Bingo

By Jami Bunton on 07/12/2016 | Fun & Games

Summer is in full swing, and although your kids are excited to not be in school, “I’m bored” may be a commonly heard phrase. Even with the endless possibilities of fun activities, sometimes it can be hard to think of something to do–especially with so much more time to fill! 

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How Your Family Can Give Back This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer on 07/11/2016 | Giving Back

When you think of summer, it’s likely that ideas of relaxing and taking things easy come to mind. While nurturing your emotional wellness is crucial, the laid back schedule and extra time means that summer can also be a great time to give back. At Girls on the Run, we teach girls the value of contributing to their communities and having a positive impact on others and this summer we’re encouraging you to gather your family and friends to work together on a way to impact your community.

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I'm with Geese

By Kira Montuori on 07/06/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

When I was a college gymnast, my coach sat down our team and shared the Lessons from Geese. I wasn’t too enthused because when you’re in college, you think you have a leg up on geese. Umm… y’all, geese should rule the world. I learned a lot in college (which looks vaguely similar to memorized /regurgitated). I retained the Lessons from Geese. I’ll try to sum up the main points in my best Cliff Notes rendering of how geese JUST. GET. IT.

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Five Reasons You Should Coach for Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer on 06/22/2016 | Giving Back

When I was asked if I would coach my first Girls on the Run team this past season, I didn’t know what to expect but I was pretty excited about getting a shirt that said “Coach” across the back. Aside from the apparel, there are many other great reasons to coach for GOTR. Here are just a few. 

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Stop. Breathe. Think… to Calm the Storm

By Kira Montuori on 06/21/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

The mom of a Girls on the Run participant shares how a lesson from the program has become key for helping her daughter navigate stressful situations. 

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Post-Run Smoothie Recipe

By Hilliary Meisner on 06/13/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

Treating our bodies well and fueling our healthy pace is a year-round commitment and one I like to take seriously. At Girls on the Run, we learn that there are many choices we have to make in a day. Fueling my body with nutritious food is one decision I try to make on a daily basis.

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GOTR Girls Give Back

By Kenzie Kramer on 06/08/2016 | Giving Back

This season, Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole girls completed over 8,100 projects across the country to help people in their community be joyful, healthy and confident! Here are just a few of the remarkable ways that girls contributed.

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Dropping the Pressure to Do Big

By Mandy Murphy on 05/26/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

Many of us feel pressure to do something big with our lives. By focusing on doing something big, we can be missing all of those little moments when being ourselves is probably the biggest possible thing we could do. 

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That Time an Elephant Joined Me for My Run

By Leigh-Ann Mueller on 05/24/2016 | Wellness Tips

When the temperature rises, it can feel like a ten ton elephant is weighing you down while you run. Triathlete and coach Leigh-Ann Mueller shares five tips for safely adjusting to warm-weather running. 

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What Were You Born to Do?

By Kenzie Kramer on 05/22/2016 | GOTR Picks

This year, Girls on the Run is celebrating 20 years of inspiring girls to activate their limitless potential. One of our core values at Girls on the Run is to express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions which is why we're asking YOU to join us in expressing joy over this milestone birthday. 

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Women Who Wow Us: Jamie Brown

By Kenzie Kramer on 05/19/2016 | Remarkable! People

Jamie Brown has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. What started with her childhood lemonade stands has grown into starting a book series that encourages kids to recognize their potential and use their creativity to positively influence the world around them. Learn more about Bea is for Business and how Jamie is inspiring the next generation of go-getters. 

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Get Your Daily Dose

By Kira Montuori on 05/15/2016 | Wellness Tips

I don't like taking medicine.  My go-to remedies of choice are sleep and exercise.  When I'm out of balance with either… well, it's not so pretty.  

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What Is the Best Exercise for Girls?

By Joy Hartman on 05/08/2016 | Announcements

You might think the answer is running since you are reading the Girls on the Run blog. It’s not. Could it be swimming, soccer, tennis, volleyball? Nope. Well, not really nope. More like all of the above. Don’t you hate trick questions? The real answer is play. 

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Six Mantras to Keep You Happy and Healthy

By Caroline Holbrook on 04/25/2016 | Announcements

With summer quickly approaching, that means the end of the school year is just around the corner. From pushing through those final weeks of school, time can seem to slip away and the days can easily become filled with stress. Choosing to remind ourselves of our self-worth, while also remembering to take a step back when life gets a little chaotic is something that everyone needs to do. Here are six mantras to inspire everyone to finish out the school year and the Girls on the Run season strong!

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Zucchini Muffins

By Hilliary Meisner on 04/24/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

At Girls on the Run we make the choice to be a Girl on the Run.  We make the choice to be joyful, happy, healthy and confident young women!  Now think about your typical day. How many choices would you say you make in the span of 24 hours?  I am sure I make over 100 choices/decisions in the span of one day.  Choices like what do I want to wear, what do I want to eat, when should I go to bed, etc. Let's take a look at a decision we make at least three times a day, I am talking about the decision to make healthy food choices!  When making choices about how I am going to fuel my body, I like to pick wholesome foods that will help me reach my fullest potential, but I also like to make sure the food I am eating tastes great!

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Three Fun DIYs for 5k Day

By Kenzie Kramer on 04/14/2016 | Fun & Games

At Girls on the Run 5ks, participants are encouraged to embrace the motto "Girls on the Run is so much fun!" with their attire. Teams from different program sites bond together through a team unity item that they wear during the event and girls can prepare for the event with their own goofy attire. Whether girls prefer fluffy tutus or sporty sweatbands, the 5k day gives them a chance to express themselves through their own outfits and connect with their team through a unity item.

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"Raise Your Hand If You Think You're Beautiful"

By Robin Sizemore on 04/12/2016 | General

A Girls on the Run coach shares her experience of spending a season with her team and helping the girls to recognize their strengths and beauty. 

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Women Who Wow Us: Erin Bried

By Kenzie Kramer on 04/11/2016 | Remarkable! People

When former magazine editor Erin Bried searched newsstands for a publication that her young daughter could enjoy, she was disappointed in what she discovered. Bried was hoping to see stories that would grow her five-year-old's curiosity but instead she came across articles about growing her hair. Determined to provide girls with media that helps them develop their interests and talents, Bried is using her 16 years of editorial experirence at SELF, Glamour and Women's Sports & Fitness toward starting her own magazine, Kazoo.

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Born to Support: Triplet Sisters' Teamwork Contributes to Program's Success

By Kenzie Kramer on 04/07/2016 | Remarkable! People

During the Girls on the Run season, girls learn to encourage and support their teammates through games and goal setting during practice. Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana’s Executive Director Jill Schlueter-Kim has had an extra support system during her time with the program - her triplet sisters Jane and Jodi. 

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Put It in the Pavement

By Kira Montuori on 04/06/2016 | General

In the almost 18 years from that time, I’ve run a lot.  I still get nervous for long runs and so far I've survived all of them (Please note: Survived does not necessarily mean completed) And the running has taught me a lot along the way. To be honest, I don’t love running.  In fact, most times I’d rather do anything else.  But I’ve learned that running is good for me.  

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Help Your Girl Get the Most Out of Her Girls on the Run Experience

By Caroline Holbrook on 04/05/2016 | General

Supporting your GOTR girl while sharing and encouraging some of the strategies listed below can help make sure her experience is a memorable one. 

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5 Free Apps for Runners to Try

By Kenzie Kramer on 03/24/2016 | GOTR Picks

Technology and added screen time are usually seen as inhibitors for healthy habits. However, that's not always the case! With the help of a few free apps, your smart phone can help you lead a more active lifestyle and encourage you to push yourself further and faster on your next run. 

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Girls Set Goal of Making Recess Fun and Accessible for All Students

By Kenzie Kramer on 03/21/2016 | Giving Back

When the Girls on the Run team at Littlebrook Elementary School in Princeton, New Jersey was prompted for their Community Impact Project ideas, some of the girls were inspired by a field trip that they had taken to Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum and chose to raise funds for playground equipment that's adapted for children with handicaps. 

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Easy Sweet Potato Dessert

By Kenzie Kramer on 03/16/2016 | Wellness Tips

Sweet potatoes are known for Thanksgiving side dishes and as a delicious french fry alternative. Luckily, this tasty root vegetable is also loaded with vitamin A and fiber and when they're not topped with marshmallows and loads of butter, are a good-for-you veggie to fill your plate with. 

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Bloom Where You Are: The Importance of Boundaries

By Mandy Murphy on 03/07/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

On initial consideration, a boundary calls up images like a wall, a fence or a line. The literal side of me identifies boundaries with something that keeps something in or out. It implies rigidity. It feels solid. It is defined. Apply these concepts to life and it makes sense why boundary setting can be so challenging. Life is messy and fluid. Change is constant, and we all know that things rarely unfold exactly as we planned. So, why would we think it possible to build a wall in an oceanic-like current called life? 

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4 Motivating Videos to Start Your Morning Off Right

By Kenzie Kramer on 03/07/2016 | GOTR Picks

One of our core values at Girls on the Run is to nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health. If you're not a morning person, the blaring sound of your alarm is oftentimes the low of your day and can throw you into a bad mood. Start out your day by checking in on your emotional health and set yourself up for a successful day by watching one of these motivating videos first thing in the a.m. Most of them take up less time than making your pot of coffee!

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Make-Your-Own Pizza Night

By Hilliary Meisner on 03/03/2016 | Fun & Games

Some of my best memories with my family and friends have happened in the kitchen or at the dinner table enjoying a great meal and conversation.  Food brings people together and that is one of the main reasons I enjoy cooking so much. At Girls on the Run, one of the 5 Cs we learn about is connection, and the importance of connecting with others.  As I mentioned above, food brings people together so today I am going to share my ideas, tips and tricks for throwing a build-your-own pizza night for your family and friends.  Because life is all about connecting with others!

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The Race That Matters

By Kira Montuori on 02/29/2016 | Wellness Tips

The other day my daughter asked if she could get a Fitbit. In my head I rattled off 28 reasons why this is a 'FO SHO NO'.  But don’t get me wrong, I think they’re great.  I have one. I'm not opposed to my daughter seeking to achieve, win, succeed and rise above.  In fact, I strongly and consistently encourage her to do so. I do, though, have deep reservations of doing so at the cost of a friendship. 

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Girls on the Run Changed My Perspective on Life

By Anna S. on 02/28/2016 | General

No one is alone in the battle that is life. No one, I promise you. But I must admit that I didn’t fully understand that my whole life. I was quiet and sometimes lonely. I wasn’t alone, but I didn’t realize it. Not until I joined Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run changed my perspective on life.

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5 Random Acts of Kindness That You Can Do Today

By Kenzie Kramer on 02/16/2016 | Giving Back

One of our GOTR core values is to express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions and although we think that every day is a great day for spreading joy, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Random Acts of Kindness focuses on the little things that we can do throughout our day that can have a big impact on other people's lives. Something as simple as holding the door open for a stranger can have a positive impact on spreading kindness in your community. 

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Born to Inspire: A GOTR Coach Celebrates Her 90th Birthday

By Suzanna McCloskey on 02/14/2016 | Remarkable! People

At Girls on the Run, we’re turning 20 this year and celebrating our birthday all year long. The past 20 years of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident would not be possible without the hundreds of thousands of volunteer coaches who have donated their time to Girls on the Run. But we’re not the only ones celebrating a birthday. Coach Beverly, a coach with Girls on the Run Orlando, is turning 90 today, and we want to celebrate her as an inspiring example of someone willing to activate her limitless potential at any age!

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Winter Running Tips

By Kenzie Kramer on 02/11/2016 | Wellness Tips

With winter's chilly temps and short days, it's tempting to pass up running in exchange for a cozy blanket and couch time. As we all know, exercise is key for overall well-being and running is a great way to get up and get moving. To help make getting outdoors feel more doable, we talked to four running bloggers about their must-know tips for wintertime running. 

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Women Who Wow Us: Morgan Ovens

By Kenzie Kramer on 02/10/2016 | Remarkable! People

Singer and songwriter Morgan Ovens uses her talents to connect with teenagers and encourage them to follow their dreams. Through sharing stories of her own challenges, she inspires self-acceptance and spreads the message of self-worth not stemming from physical appearance. 

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15 Ways to be Your Own Valentine

By Kenzie Kramer on 02/09/2016 | Wellness Tips

When life gets busy, it's easy to forget an important relationship in our lives: The one with ourselves. Self-care is a necessary part of living a balanced life but can quickly fall by the wayside when we get wrapped up with work, family and other responsibilities. 

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Printable Valentines Your Friends Will Love

By Kenzie Kramer on 02/08/2016 | Fun & Games

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and although the holiday's focus is typically on romantic love, it can also serve as a reminder to recognize all types of love in our lives including family and friends. At Girls on the Run, we encourage girls to express joy, optimism and gratitude through their words, thoughts and actions and for this February 14th, we're inviting you to as well!

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5 Instagrammers You'll be Glad Your Teenager is Following

By Kenzie Kramer on 02/02/2016 | Heart & Sole

Selfies, filters and Emjois are the new norm for today's teenagers. Despite the bad reputation that social media has earned, it can also provide an opportunity for girls to seek out positive messages and expand their worldview.

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Active Cures for Cabin Fever

By Val Newcomb on 02/02/2016 | Fun & Games

Get your family up and moving even on the dreariest of days! Together Counts, our National Alliance, shares four ways to banish the phrase "I'm bored!" from your next snow day. 

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace - Snacking

By Hilliary Meisner on 01/28/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

Healthy snacking is a smart way to keep your body happy and fueled. Hilliary from Brunch N'Cupcakes shares snacks that you can toss together in minutes plus a recipe for homemade energy bites that you can easily customize with your favorite ingredients. 

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Thankful for My Running Shoes

By Caroline Holbrook on 01/17/2016 | General

Girls on the Run didn’t just give me a twelve week program, a cool t-shirt, or a couple new friends; it gave me a new outlook on taking care of myself, and what that means mentally and physically.

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A First-Time Coach's Journey

By Lena Estey on 01/13/2016 | General

Coach Lena shares how her GOTR season helped her to embrace love in her life. 

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25 Ways to Stay Positive Any Day

By Julie Wunder on 01/12/2016 | Wellness Tips

So much of our own happiness depends on how we deal with our day-to-day experiences.  Life can be hard, but choosing to stay positive is a key to living a joyful life.  And if you are joyful, that is even more positive energy you can feed back into worthy causes like Girls on the Run!

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Fueling our Healthy Pace - Bake it Forward Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread

By Hilliary Meisner on 12/17/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

GOTR girls not only learn about how to be healthy, joyful and happy girls, they also learn how to be strong community leaders through our community impact projects. Cooking Light Blogger, Hilliary Meisner shares their Bake It Forward concept as a way to show others you care during the holiday season.

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How You Helped Us Make An Impact in 2015!

By Suzanna McCloskey on 12/16/2015 | General

Thanks to our generous supporters, Girls on the Run was able to accomplish several key initiatives this year that allow us to reach more girls from coast to coast. We served our 1 millionth girl, launched our new middle school program — Heart & Sole — and created the GOTR Giving Platform for peer-to-peer fundraising.

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Keep the Winter Blahs Away with a Happiness Quote Each Day

By Carrie Hanson on 12/13/2015 | Fun & Games

The winter blahs can creep up on you if you’re not careful, but eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of rest, exercise and fresh air can help. In addition, try writing a happiness quote on your office whiteboard or on a sticky note on your computer monitor or bathroom mirror to remind you to choose joy.

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The Finish Line Is Just the Beginning

By Suzanna McCloskey on 12/09/2015 | Remarkable! People

Nikkia Young, Volunteer Events Chair for Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond, recently accomplished the feat of completing her first marathon and explains why she doesn’t want you to feel sorry for her when you learn she was the last person to finish. 

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By Carrie Hanson on 12/06/2015 | General

A 10-year-old GOTR girl helps her mom learn a lesson about confidence and fashion. 

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Fueling our Healthy Pace - Post-5k Chili

By Hilliary Meisner on 12/01/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

We're introducing the Fueling our Healthy Pace series, a collection of healthy recipes for GOTR families.

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Why I Own a Tutu and Tie-Dye My Own Socks

By Jeff Masilun on 11/17/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Read on to hear from a Girls on the Run dad about his rewarding experience coaching and the special bond he shares with his daughters—especially when they run together.

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Join Girls on the Run in Celebrating #GivingTuesday!

By Suzanna McCloskey on 11/15/2015 | Announcements

Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday brings together networks of people, corporations, small businesses and nonprofits to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter charitable giving during the holidays. On December 1, Girls on the Run invites you to celebrate Giving Tuesday with our #GiveGOTR campaign!

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Making a Difference: Community Impact Projects

By Jen Gardner on 11/12/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

At Girls on the Run, girls learn that small acts, as well as big ones, can ignite positive change within a community and that they hold the power to make these changes. 

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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: November Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey on 11/11/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Did you know you can make an impact and raise money for Girls on the Run using the GOTR Giving Platform? Engage your network of friends and family to give to Girls on the Run by creating your own fundraising project or give to support an existing project today!

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Tips for a Healthier Halloween

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 10/27/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Help your child enjoy a safe, healthy Halloween - including candy! - with these tips.

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Wellness Tip: Practicing Joy

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 10/25/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

You don't have to have perfect life circumstances or feel happy every moment of every day to lead a joyful life. It may be cliché, but joy is not a destination--it is a journey. The more you practice joyfulness, the more naturally joyful you will become. Try these 10 tips to experience more joy in your life.

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Could You Be the Match for Coach Shahonna?

By Suzanna McCloskey on 10/19/2015 | Announcements

Mother, encourager, optimistic, determined. Those are just a few ways to describe Coach Shahonna, a two-season Girls on the Run coach who is in search of a bone marrow donor and critically needs your help.

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5 Tips to Extend Education Outside the Classroom

By Kara Deschenes on 10/13/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Compliment your child’s education with this advice to keep students engaged in the world around them!

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Empower a Girl, Change the World

By Jessica Willard on 10/07/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Empower a girl, change the world! Girls on the Run is designed to inspire every girl to recognize her inner strength and activate her limitless potential. When girls are empowered, they can change their futures, their communities, and even the world!

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Raise Your Voice for Girls Education

By Jessica Willard on 10/05/2015 | Announcements

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. When girls stand united and raise their voices, they have the collective power to change the world!

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The Importance of Standing Up for Yourself

By Megan Gildin on 10/01/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

A message to GOTR girls: Stand up for yourself, be confident and take time to thank those around you that have allowed you to stand tall.

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10 Tips for Raising Healthy Kids

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 09/23/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Establishing healthy habits at an early age can help your child stay healthy for a lifetime. Try these 10 tips to raise a healthier kid.

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Bloom Where You Are: Flex Your Self Compassion Muscle

By Mandy Murphy on 09/21/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Why is being compassionate with ourselves so challenging? Mandy Murphy explores this phenomenon and underscores the importance of adopting self-compassion as a daily practice.

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Get Ready for Fall Running with these 6 Tips

By Kara Deschenes on 09/14/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Take advantage of autumn’s delight with these tricks to ramp up your running this season!

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Creative Ways to Help Your Child Express Herself

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 09/10/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

One of the best ways to boost your child's confidence is to encourage healthy self-expression. Use the following tips to help your girl be more creative and expressive.

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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: September Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey on 09/08/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

You can make an impact and raise money for Girls on the Run using the GOTR Giving Platform! Engage your network of friends and family to give to Girls on the Run by creating your own fundraising project or give to support an existing project.

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Have the Best School Year Yet!

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 09/03/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Help your Girls on the Run girl have her best school year yet. These tips will help her start and finish the year on the right foot.

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Welcome Back to GOTR!

By Megan Gildin on 09/01/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

"This year, as we return to school and start a new GOTR season, I would like to reframe the mixed emotion that comes with the new school year by focusing on our core value of embracing our differences and finding strength in our connectedness."

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Exercise for a Good Cause with Charity Miles

By Suzanna McCloskey on 08/30/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Make your miles count by downloading the free Charity Miles app to raise money for Girls on the Run while you move! Our supporters from all over the country love raising funds for Girls on the Run through Charity Miles. Hear from some of them in their own words!

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Make Running a Family Sport

By Kara Deschenes on 08/26/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Inspired by your Girls on the Run girl?  Join the fun with these tips for families looking to adopt a healthy lifestyle together!

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Getting Ready for Back-to-School Routines

By Kara Deschenes on 08/23/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

As summer comes to an end, help your kids make the transition back-to-school with these easy tips!

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

By Jessica Willard on 08/17/2015 | Wellness Tips

Snacking can help kids maintain their energy, provide fuel for after-school activities and fill in the nutrition gaps of their diets. While it may seem convenient to parents to stock up on multi-packs of packaged potato chips or sugary candy, opt instead for wholesome snacks which give your child the nutrition her developing body needs.

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My Journey as a Girls on the Run SoleMate

By Suzanna McCloskey on 08/10/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

When training for my second marathon, the 2015 Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee, I wanted to make a positive impact on my community while running, so I decided to fundraise as a Girls on the Run SoleMate.

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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: August Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey on 08/04/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

You can make an impact and raise money for Girls on the Run using the GOTR Giving Platform! Engage your network of friends and family to give to Girls on the Run by creating your own fundraising project or give to support an existing project.

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Pointers from the Program: The Whole Girl

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 07/30/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

It is difficult for teens to see themselves in complex ways. Most often girls will focus on one or two areas, typically their physical appearance, school or peer relationships. However, when they do they run the risk of feeling and living in a one dimensional world, and when that world goes awry (which it will), then they believe their whole life is ruined. Our new middle school program, Heart & Sole introduces girls to the idea that they are multi-dimensional and that they have many parts which make them whole.

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GOTR Girl Awarded Full Scholarship to Space Camp

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/29/2015 | Remarkable! People

Sarah Hoffer, a three-year participant with Girls on the Run Orlando, is a true example of what it means to “boldly pursue your dreams.” She was recently awarded a full scholarship to attend the Aviation Challenge at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp.

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GOTR Summer: Week Five

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/28/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

For week five of #GOTRSummer, we're sharing tips for incorporating healthy eating habits and acts of kindness into your day.

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Summer Reading

By Amy Ellrod on 07/22/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Make summer reading exciting for your child with these engaging tips and resources!

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GOTR Summer: Week Four

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/21/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

For week four of #GOTRSummer, we're sharing tips for healthy outdoor activities and regular physical fitness.

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Lighting A Fire

By Minka Misangyi on 07/14/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Minka Misangyi, Council Director for Girls on the Run of Bexar County has watched Girls on the Run catch fire in her community and grow into something bigger than herself and her council.

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Wellness Tip: Cultivate Supportive Connections

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/14/2015 | Wellness Tips

At Girls on the Run, we believe in nurturing our physical, emotional and spiritual health. One way to stay emotionally and spiritually strong is by cultivating supportive, positive relationships.

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GOTR Summer: Week Three

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/13/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

It's week three of GOTR Summer! Each week, we will be updating the GOTR Summer page with photos, healthy tips and weekly challenges to help you stay connected with Girls on the Run! 

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One in a Million: Kennedy Vaughan

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/12/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

The earliest version of the Girls on the Run curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of thirteen brave girls, including Kennedy Vaughan. Little did she know what a pivotal role she was playing in the program that has now served more than 1 million girls!

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One in a Million: Kind Campaign

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/07/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

In 2009, Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson decided to create a documentary and nonprofit that would become Kind Campaign and reach hundreds of schools and communities nationwide. Here’s what Lauren and Molly have to share about being one in a million.

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One-in-a-Million Moments Announcement

By Amy Ellrod on 07/06/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Thank you to everyone who showed their support for Girls on the Run and let us know which of our One-in-a-Million Moments inspired you the most! The team that received most votes was from Girls on the Run San Antonio, who collected and donated guitars to the Warrior Cry Music Project.

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GOTR Summer: Week Two

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/06/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

It's week two of GOTR Summer! Each week, we will be updating the GOTR Summer page with photos, healthy tips and weekly challenges to help you stay connected with Girls on the Run! 

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Summer Growth Activities for Girls

By Megan Gildin on 07/05/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Megan Gildin, Girls on the Run International's Positive Youth Development Specialist, encourages you to use this summer to find ways for your girl to live the lessons she learned at Girls on the Run and continue to nurture her physical, emotional and spiritual health.

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GOTR Summer: Week One

By Suzanna McCloskey on 07/01/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

How are you enjoying your #GOTRSummer? Just us in celebrating GOTR Summer by sharing your summer photos, getting healthy tips and staying connected with the GOTR mission!

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One in a Million: Jessica Leonard

By Suzanna McCloskey on 06/28/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Jessica Leonard, a SoleMate charity runner for Girls on the Run Greater Cincinnati, is well on her way to meeting her fundraising goal and raising $100,000 in scholarship dollars for Cincinnati girls. Here's what Jessica has to share about being one in a million.

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One in a Million: Nicki Maher

By Suzanna McCloskey on 06/25/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

ALEX AND ANI strives to create meaningful jewelry that empowers those who wear it. As Vice President of the Charity by Design division of ALEX AND ANI, Nicki Maher works to strengthen charitable organizations' missions by partnerships with ALEX AND ANI.

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Behind the Scenes: GOTR Coach is One in a Million

By Suzanna McCloskey on 06/24/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

It is only because of our incredible coaches that we have been able to reach the milestone of serving one million girls, and we are grateful to each and every one of them! Read on to watch the video featuring Coach Rae and see the special bond she has formed with her team.

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Running With My Daughter

By Patrick Callahan on 06/20/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Read on to hear from Girls on the Run International board member Patrick Callahan about his daughter Maddie's first race with Girls on the Run and the special bond the two share—especially when they run.

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One in a Million: Laura Post

06/18/2015 | Announcements

The LEGO Group is a Girls on the Run National Sponsor committed inspiring girls everywhere to achieve their limitless potential by using a LEGO-based activity that will spark meaningful conversations. Here's what Laura Post, Vice President of Global Insights for the LEGO Group, has to share about being one in a million.

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One in a Million: Jo Ann Stoda

By Suzanna McCloskey on 06/16/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Famous Footwear is a Girls on the Run National Sponsor committed to getting girls everywhere started off on the right foot. Here's what Jo Ann Stoda, VP of Retail Marketing for Famous Footwear's parent organization, has to share about being one in a million.

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Behind the Scenes: GOTR Alum is One in a Million Video

By Celi Merchant on 06/14/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Beth is the one-in-a-million alum featured in our One in a Million video. Read on to learn more about her story, including how Girls on the Run has stayed with Beth throughout her life, and watch the video featuring her.

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GOTR Girl Nassir Speaks at Campaign to End Child Obesity

By Amy Ellrod on 06/11/2015 | Remarkable! People

GOTR Girl Nassir shared how Girls on the Run has boosted her physical-activity and her confidence at the Campaign to End Child Obesity’s 8th Annual Breakfast with Champions. Read her entire speech here.

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One in a Million: Toni Carey

By Suzanna McCloskey on 06/09/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Toni Carey co-founded Black Girls RUN!, a Girls on the Run Volunteer Alliance, in 2009 to inspire African American women to make their health a priority and provide encouragement and resources to new and veteran runners. Click here to find your nearest Black Girls RUN! running group and join the movement.

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Bloom Where You Are: Lessons on Our Power

By Mandy Murphy on 06/08/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

On a recent Saturday, Mandy Murphy watched her 7-year-old daughter testing for her first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Doa demonstration that culled together two years' worth of strength, knowledge and skill. As Mandy watched in awe as her daughter achieved her goal, she realized the full power of her daughter's self-confidence. One of the reasons Mandy founded the Girls on the Run of the Triangle, NC council 15 years ago was to help girls build and strengthen that essential foundation of self-confidence and encourage them to believe in their inner power.

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Behind the Scenes: GOTR Girl is One in a Million

By Celi Merchant on 06/07/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Frida is one in a million. We reached out to Frida's coach about having her help with the filming of oour One in a Million video, and she let us know how special Frida is. Read on to learn more what makes Frida one in a million and watch the video.

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What Makes You One in a Million Contest Winners

By Celi Merchant on 06/03/2015 | Announcements

In celebration of our One in a Million campaign, we invited our current Girls on the Run participants to answer the question “What makes you one in a million?”  We received hundreds of entries for the contest and were astounded with all of the incredible responses we received. We are excited to announce the 3 winners of the contest. 

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Transforming the Fitspiration Concept

By Celi Merchant on 06/01/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Looking for a quick way to feel self-conscious? Do an image search for “fitspiration.” You’ll be hit with bad advice, false promises and extreme workout demands laid over images of exceedingly toned bodies in very little clothing. Rather than feeling bad about yourself, let's transform the concept and focus on what does inspire us to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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One in a Million: Megan Grassell

By Suzanna McCloskey on 05/26/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Megan Grassell started Yellowberry to make unique, age-appropriate bras for growing bodies after being frustrated with the styles that were available for her younger sister. Megan aims to transform the bra industry for teens while helping them become more confident, empowered young women. Here’s what Megan has to share about being one in a million.

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Girl Up Leadership Summit: Stand up. Speak up. Rise up.

By Suzanna McCloskey on 05/21/2015 | Announcements

Three days. 225 participants. One life-changing opportunity. From July 13-15, join Girl Up in Washington, D.C., for the fourth annual Girl Up Leadership Summit! Registration is now open for this unique opportunity to build your leadership and advocacy skills while connecting with young leaders from across the country and around the world.

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One in a Million: Casey Cortese

By Suzanna McCloskey on 05/18/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Earlier this year, Karen "Casey" Cortese completed the Triple 7 Quest, an attempt to run seven half marathons on all seven continents in seven days as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run Rockies. Despite travel delays in Antarctica, she met her goal (even running her first full marathon in the process!) and, best of all, raised funds for the Rockies council to bring Girls on the Run to more local girls. Here’s what Casey has to share about being one in a million.

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One in a Million Moments

By Celi Merchant on 05/17/2015 | Announcements

At Girls on the Run we know that empowered girls can change the world, and our curriculum helps our girls discover that. During the course of each 10 to 12-week program cycle, every Girls on the Run team completes a community impact project. The creativity and compassion the girl’s show through these community impact projects makes each one a shining, one-in-a-million moment for our organization and for the causes these projects support!

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One in a Million: Tracy Gariepy

By Suzanna McCloskey on 05/11/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

In addition to being a wife, a mother of three and health enthusiast, Tracy Gariepy serves as a Brand Ambassador for running and fitness projects at Vibram USA, a National Partner of Girls on the Run. Tracy has found a way to fully experience the world through running and has spread that joy and passion for staying active to her children. Here’s what Tracy has to share about being one in a million.

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Ode to Coaching

By Pamela Young on 05/06/2015 | General

Pam Young, Girls on the Run International's creative specialist and editor of Remarkable! just finished her first stint coaching a Girls on the Run team. The experience made a lasting impact. She reflects on it and salutes every Girls on the Run coach past and present.

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One in a Million: Katherine Slingluff

By Suzanna McCloskey on 05/04/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

When Katherine Slingluff, a photographer and mother of two living in Brooklyn, registered for the 2014 New York City Marathon as a SoleMates charity runner for Girls on the Run NYC, she did not know what big things would be in store for her. She crossed the finish line as the one-millionth finisher in the marathon’s 44-year history and is now guaranteed entry into the race for life! Here’s what Katherine has to share about being one in a million.

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Storybook: Going the Distance

04/30/2015 | General

Girls on the Run leads girls through a 10- to 12-week program that teaches them skills for navigating their lives with confidence and joy—all the while, using running as a learning tool and to help girls experience setting and reaching healthy goals. It’s a journey toward greater emotional and physical health. For you viewing and reading pleasure, check out this online storybook, Going the Distance, about the journey our girls experience during a season in Girls on the Run.

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One in a Million: Nancy Green

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/29/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

As a National Partner of Girls on the Run, Athleta's support is instrumental in helping Girls on the Run inspire girls to reach their limitless potential. Nancy Green, President and General Manager of Athleta, helps Athleta evolve and soar to new heights each day. Nancy has three decades of retail experience, as well as expertise in serving as an impactful mentor for future leaders.

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Wellness Tip: Run-Day Pointers

By Pamela Young on 04/22/2015 | Wellness Tips

Girls on the Run uses running as a learning tool and a way for girls to experience that big things are possible when you keep moving forward. Not surprisingly many of our coaches, volunteers, supporters and staff find empowerment in running as well. For this month’s Wellness Tip, we asked some of the avid runners on our staff to share the go-to techniques they use immediately preceding and following a run.

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One in a Million: Nicole Jones

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/20/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

This week, we hear from Cigna Executive Vice President and General Counsel Nicole Jones, JD, about what makes her one in a million. Jones, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and a JD from New York University, has held increasingly responsible leadership roles throughout her career and always aims to lead with an open heart.

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One in a Million: Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/17/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Filmmakers and TV producers Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook met in 2007 when working on a national teen filmmaking program and soon realized they shared a passion for female empowerment. The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things is their first feature-length documentary, which chronicles the journey of five female filmmakers as they drive across America to interview inspirational women from all walks of life. Sarah and Dana want to change the world by empowering people through storytelling. Here’s what Sarah and Dana have to share about being one in a million.

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A Message to My 8-Year-Old Self

04/16/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to go back in time or to send a message to your younger self with perspective you’ve gained along the way? Girls on the Run International's Amy Ellrod has. Here's what she'd have to say and why.

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One in a Million: Krista Davis

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/14/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, a National Partner of Girls on the Run, is filled with passionate members that provide hands-on volunteer support to Girls on the Run councils in the sorority's quest to Build Strong Girls. In honor of National Volunteer Week, we're featuring Gamma Phi Beta International President Krista Davis, a One-in-a-Million woman who knows the importance of volunteers. Here’s what Krista has to share about being one in a million.

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What's New with the One in a Million Celebration?

04/09/2015 | Announcements

The festivities continue for Girls on the Run serving one million girls! As the girls in our program are preparing for the 5k events that celebrate the conclusion of each program season, we are celebrating serving our millionth girl with two virtual festivities! Here's how to join in the fun.

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One in a Million: Jodi Norgaard

By Suzanna McCloskey on 04/06/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

As a Girls on the Run coach for four years and mother of three, Jodi Norgaard knows the importance of girls receiving positive messages about physical, mental and emotional health. When she saw a need for age appropriate, properly proportioned toys carrying that positive message, she decided to start Dream Big Toy Company and create Go! Go! Sports Girls dolls as a fun and educational way to celebrate healthy habits.  Here’s what Jodi has to share about being one in a million.

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One in a Million: Mikki Stevens of Red Hot Mamas

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/31/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Red Hot Mamas is a one-of-a-kind comedy dance group founded 22 years ago by Mikki Stevens, now in her 60s, when she inspired a group of five women to dance in their hometown Fourth of July parade for the purpose of encouraging and motivating other women through uplifting fun. The group has since gone on to perform in two Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades by invitation, two U.S. President Inaugurations, The London New Year’s Day Celebration and many other events. Most group members range in age from 30 to 60 and all exude a zany zest for life. Here’s what Mikki has to share about being one in a million.

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Pointers from the Program: Let’s Rethink Adolescence

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 03/29/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Adolescence gets a bad rap. Too often it seems we treat this as a period to just survive—for kids and parents. But what if we saw this time as a time of cultivation? Growth? A period unto itself where we weren’t just rushing our children through. What if we used the time to actively connect, tend and nurture?

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One in a Million: Jill Dailey

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/23/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

As the Co-Founder and President of The Dailey Method fitness studio, Jill Dailey helps people transform their lives through fitness with classes that combine ballet, pilates and yoga. Jill has moved The Dailey Method from a one-room studio in San Francisco's Marina District to an international fitness enterprise with 56 studios on three continents and counting, all while staying true to her original goal of improving the lives of those she teaches. Here’s what Jill has to share about being one in a million. 

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Wellness Tip: Breaking the Stress Cycle

By Pamela Young on 03/22/2015 | Wellness Tips

Through science, we’re realizing that the phrase “can’t handle the pressure” is more accurately applied to our bodies than our minds. When threatened or stressed, our bodies mount a chemical response, and when that response persists or recurs frequently, it can affect our physical wellness in serious ways. Here are a few proven tips to help manage your body's stress load.

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One-in-a-Million: Andréa Williams

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/19/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Andréa Williams, a nurse from Annapolis, Maryland, is one of the eight women on the Bike Like a Girl team, which will participate in the Race Across America transcontinental bicycle race in June. As the second 8-woman team in Race Across America history, Bike Like a Girl is participating with the goal of raising money and awareness in support of empowering girls and women through cycling. Here’s what Andréa has to share about being one in a million.

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One-in-a-Million: Kristen Snyder

By Pamela Young on 03/16/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

In this Q&A we hear from a recent Girls on the Run participant, 12-year-old Kristen Alexis Snyder. Kristen participated in Girls on the Run in Charlotte, North Carolina in the 4th grade. Hear what Kristen, now in 7th grade, has to say about being One in a Million.

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Bloom Where You Are: Who Are You?

By Mandy Murphy on 03/15/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Mom, spouse, professional, vegetarian, runner . . . sometimes the things with which we identify become what we embrace as our identity. But what we are is not the same as who we are, and embracing it too strongly can limit deeper fulfillment. In this installment of the Remarkable! column Bloom Where You Are, Mandy Murphy explores bringing your awareness to a place of real connection with yourself and others.

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One-in-a-Million: Renée Trudeau

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/07/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally recognized life balance coach, speaker and award-winning author who believes our inner life should be as rich as our outer life. Renée has led transformational events for women for 20 years and has certified facilitators in more than 10 countries to administer workshops based on her acclaimed curriculum.This week, learn what Renée has to say about being one in a million.

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For International Women's Day

By Pamela Young on 03/07/2015 | General

It's International Women’s Day, and the theme is “Make it Happen.” Life is bursting with examples of women making it happen in momentous strides or in small personal gains—many more than we could ever publish here. But on this International Women’s Day, we hope you enjoy these few stories of remarkable women and girls who have crossed our path. #InternationalWomensDay #MakeItHappen

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One-in-a-Million: Xochitl Hernandez

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/06/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Nationally, women make up only 3.5 percent of firefighters. In Austin, Texas, where Xochitl Hernandez works for the Austin Fire Department paving the way for other women firefighters, that percentage has nearly doubled in the past six years. Here are her thoughts about being one in a million.

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One-in-a-Million: Jess Weiner

By Suzanna McCloskey on 03/01/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

For the past 20 years, Jess Weiner has encouraged people to share their individual stories through her work as a social entrepreneur, speaker, writer and educator. As Dove’s Global Self-Esteem Ambassador for nearly the past decade, she has become an expert on inspiring confidence in women and girls. Here's what Jess has to share about being one in a million.

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Video: One Girl at a Time

02/27/2015 | General

Starring girls, coaches, parents and an alumna from our program, our 2015 video shares Girls on the Run's vision and how we're working to make it a reality, one girl at a time, for a million girls and counting!

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Be The Light

By Hadleigh Painter on 02/26/2015 | Remarkable! People

Hadleigh Painter is a 16-year-old Girls on the Run alumna who tours nationally with the Reality Dance Jam Tour. She is their official anti-bullying voice, speaking from the stage at their performances. She's also working to found an anti-bullying nonprofit organization in conjunction with haute couture designer Luis Machicao. We asked Hadleigh to be a guest author, sharing what she says to other teens about bullying.

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One-in-a-Million: Sha'Condria Sibley

By Pamela Young on 02/25/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

We’re Celebrating the milestone of serving one million girls by showcasing some one-in-a-million women who have made exceptional contributions to empowering girls and women. This week, learn what poet and performer Sha’Condria “iCon” Sibley has to say about what makes her—and all of us—one in a million.

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Activity: One in a Million Coloring Sheet

02/19/2015 | Fun & Games

Girls on the Run is celebrating serving our one-millionth girl! Because we know that every girl is uniquely one in a million, here's an "I Am One in a Million" coloring sheet you can print for your girl (or you!) to enjoy.

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Can-Do Spirit Leads to Disney 5k!

By Pamela Young on 02/18/2015 | Remarkable! People

Third-grader Genevieve (Genna) Brennan is no stranger to obstacles, but her can-do spirit and positive attitude shine throughout everything she does, including Girls on the Run. Cigna, a National Partner of Girls on the Run, offered the opportunity for one amazing girl on the run to participate in the Disney Family Fun Run 5k in Orlando, and Genna’s story and qualities of leadership and perseverance made her their first choice! 

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One-in-a-Million: Kathrine Switzer

By Pamela Young on 02/15/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

This year, Girls on the Run will serve its one-millionth girl! We’re honoring this milestone by celebrating what makes each of us one in a million and by showcasing some one-in-a-million women who have made exceptional contributions to empowering girls and women—beginning with Kathrine Switzer, the iconic sports and social advocate whose participation as the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon made sports history in 1967.

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One in a Million!

By Pamela Young on 02/14/2015 | Announcements

At Girls on the Run, we envision a world where all girls know their limitless potential. And more than that, we are working to make that vision a reality. That is why we’re so excited to share that Girls on the Run will serve our one-millionth girl this year! We invite you to celebrate with us! Here's how. 

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The Things We Say

By Celi Merchant on 02/09/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

“At least, you don’t have man hands!” That's what Celi, our marketing manager, recently heard exchanged between two friends, and it got her thinking about the ways women sometimes bond over negative self talk. Here are her thoughts.

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Remarkable Women in Black History

By Pamela Young on 02/05/2015 | Remarkable! People

So many remarkable women of color have helped shape both the history of the black community and progress toward women’s empowerment. In recognition of black history month, here are just a few examples of women of color born at or before the turn of the nineteenth century who made strides for the black community against the odds of the time.

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Insight from Our Girls

By Pamela Young on 01/28/2015 | General

Girls on the Run exists to inspire joy, health and confidence in the girls we serve. Why? Let’s let them tell you. In these snippets from essays and letters we received this past year, you’ll soon understand why we often say “our girls say it best.”

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Athleta Asks "Who Powers You?"

01/27/2015 | Announcements

Until Monday, February 16, tag or tweet a woman who powers you with #PowerToTheShe, and challenge her to rally someone else to the cause. For every post or photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram Athleta will donate $1 to Girls on the Run. All the way up to $25,000. So who powers you?

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Wellness Tip: Fortifying Your Child's Immune System

By Pamela Young on 01/22/2015 | Wellness Tips

In the thick of cold and flu season, many of us are breaking out the over-the-counter products that promise to give our immune systems a boost. But what about our kids? How can we put them on the best footing to avoid whatever illness is making its way around the school? Here are seven tips to keep their sick days in check.

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Remarkable!'s Top 10 Stories of 2014

01/06/2015 | GOTR Picks

As it says in the tag line, we launched this blog to “fuel the limitless potential in ourselves, our girls and our world!” So what have you been fueling up with this year? As Remarkable! heads into 2015, here’s a look at the 10 most-read stories since our launch in August.

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Hello to 2015!

12/31/2014 | Announcements

Thanks for every story you've read and shared in this first year of the Remarkable! blog. Our wish for you in the coming year? No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable!

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A Year-End Opportunity to be Remarkable!

By Pamela Young on 12/30/2014 | Announcements

Today is the day that you can make sure one more girl discovers and activates the limitless potential she has within her. Today is the day that you can help a girl learn to be the leader of her life, with skills that will help her navigate her world with confidence and joy. Here's how and why.

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What's the Buzz? The 10 Posts Our Facebook Fans Liked Most in 2014!

By Celi Merchant on 12/29/2014 | GOTR Picks

Each month, we share a popular social media post in our Remarkable! e-newsletter to keep you in the loop on what’s inspiring and engaging GOTR supporters. In 2014, we shared news about powerful girls and women, inspirational stories and great parenting advice. Here are the top 10 posts that got you buzzing this year!

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Holiday Greetings from Girls on the Run

12/24/2014 | General

This time of the year holds holidays for many cultures and faiths. Whatever your traditions this season, we wish you and your loved ones joy, health and confidence! Speaking of joy, here's a sampling of quotes we think will make you smile.

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DIY: Making a Paper Fortune Teller

By Pamela Young on 12/22/2014 | Fun & Games

Do you remember making and playing with paper fortune tellers? Here's a template you can print, fold and color to make your own paper fortune teller! It's a simple craft activity to do while your kids are home for winter break... or even if you're just in the mood for some nostalgic fun. Enjoy!

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Congrats to the 2014 Wondergirl Award Winner!

12/21/2014 | Announcements

Every year, we recognize a Girls on the Run alumnae who is embracing joy, health and confidence in her life. This year's Wondergirl Award winner is Janet Taves! Here's what she had about how Girls on the Run impacted her then and now.

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When Girls Keep Moving Forward: 5k Reflections

By Pamela Young on 12/18/2014 | General

This fall, roughly 64,000 girls participated in one of more than 170 celebratory 5ks that conclude the Girls on the Run program season. What's that like for the girls involved? Here's the view from a new Girls on the Run council who just held their first 5k. 

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Wellness Tip: Getting Beyond Resolutions

By Pamela Young on 12/18/2014 | Wellness Tips

If you dissect the term "resolution," it literally means to repeat a solution. It's no wonder so many of us end up making (and breaking) the same resolutions over and over again. But that doesn't mean you can't make meaningful changes in the coming year. Here's a different approach.

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GOTR Spirit & Giving Spirit

By Pamela Young on 12/15/2014 | General

Each program cycle, every Girls on the Run team gives to their community through a community impact project the girls decide and do together! This giving spirit fits especially well during this season of holidays where gifts and giving are center stage. How will your GOTR spirit feed your giving spirit this season?

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Giving Tuesday: We Give Because...

12/01/2014 | Announcements

This year Girls on the Run joins in the global Giving Tuesday movement to draw attention to the ways people can and do give to our organization. Whether you give your time, your dollars or your word of mouth to Girls on the Run, we invite you to help us celebrate Giving Tuesday! It's simple. Here's how.

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Giving with Girls at Heart

11/30/2014 | GOTR Picks

When it comes to holiday shopping, we invite you to take a deep breath and step out of the frenzy. We also hope our online Holiday Gift Guide can help. It's teeming with Girls on the Run spirit and budget-friendly gifts that also support our mission of empowering girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.

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Pointers from the Program: Encouraging Girls to Make Thoughtful Decisions

By Allison Riley, PhD on 11/28/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

Elementary and middle school girls make complex decisions each day. Should I go with the crowd or stand up for what I believe? Should I continue the gossip chain or choose to stop it with me? At Girls on the Run help our girls learn to make intentional and thoughtful decisions when it comes to themselves, their relationships and their community.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

11/26/2014 | Announcements

At Girls on the Run, gratitude is important. So when this season of thanks and giving comes each year, we gladly embrace the chance to reflect on our blessings and express our thanks!

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Tips to Make the Most of Holiday Running Events

By Pamela Young on 11/24/2014 | GOTR Picks

From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, the holiday season is full of running events. So here are our picks of some tips to help you make the most of your running experience this holiday season!

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Leveraging Our Differences

By Douglass L. Jackson, DMD, MS, PhD on 11/19/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

“Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness” is one of six core values at Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run International Board member Douglass Jackson, DMD, MS, PhD, whose work focuses on diversity, inclusion and cultural competency, shares how that value is expressed through our program.

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DIY: Making a Gratitude Jar with Your Child

By Pamela Young on 11/18/2014 | Fun & Games

Are you looking for an activity to do with your kids while they’re out of school for the Thanksgiving holiday? Here’s one that not only offers arts-n-crafts time but also helps your little ones start to develop an attitude of gratitude! Another bonus? You can do it with supplies you probably already have at home.

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SoleMate Katherine Is Millionth Finisher in NYC Marathon

11/03/2014 | Remarkable! People

On November 3, SoleMate Katherine Slingluff, was the one-millionth finisher in the 44-year history of the NYC Marathon! Girls on the Run is proud of all of our SoleMates who fundraise while training for and participating in marathons, triathlons, fun runs and other athletic events. Read on about Katherine's significant finish.

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Fun Tips for a Healthier Halloween

By Celi Merchant on 10/30/2014 | GOTR Picks

Trick-or-treating is a fun-filled tradition for many kids. It can also be an exciting way to get the recommended 60-minutes of daily physical activity! To make for the best Halloween possible, here are some creative ideas for health and safety.

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Wellness Tip: Strong Because...

By Pamela Young on 10/22/2014 | Wellness Tips

Girls receive many messages from media, peers and other influencers—and many of them do nothing to build confidence. What if your girl could strengthen her own voice against the chatter? Here’s an activity that can help the girl in your world learn to be a positive voice for herself.  (Hint: It also works for grown ups.)

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Wondergirl Q&A: Callie Jane

10/21/2014 | Remarkable! People

Each year, we recognize a Girls on the Run alumna who is embracing joy, health and confidence in her life. Callie Jane is one of three Wondergirl Award winners from 2012. Recently, we asked her to share some perspective on her Girls on the Run experience. We think you'll enjoy her answers.

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Bloom Where You Are: The 'Not Enough' Fallacy

By Mandy Murphy on 10/16/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

Bloom Where You Are—written by our director of professional development, Mandy Murphy—is a column that shares thoughts and insight about wellness and personal development. This first installment explores the "not enough" perspective that many women embrace to the detriment of their own wellbeing.


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Wondergirl Q&A: Beth

10/14/2014 | Remarkable! People

Each year, we recognize a Girls on the Run alumna who is embracing joy, health and confidence in her life. Beth Gordon is one of three Wondergirl Award winners from 2012. Recently, we asked her to share some perspective on her Girls on the Run experience.

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Activity: Helping Your Girl Take a Stand Against Bullying

By Pamela Young on 10/12/2014 | General

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. What can you do with your daughter or the girls in your world to help them recognize and respond to bullying? Here are some talking points and a fun activity to do together.

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Wondergirl Q&A: Amanda

10/07/2014 | Remarkable! People

Each year, we recognize a Girls on the Run alumna who is embracing joy, health and confidence in her life. Amanda Kappele is one of three Wondergirl Award winners from 2012. Recently, we asked her to share some perspective on her Girls on the Run experience.

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Wondergirl Q&A: Cammy

By Celi Merchant on 09/29/2014 | Remarkable! People

Each year, we recognize a Girls on the Run alumna who is embracing joy, health and confidence in her life. We are now accepting entries for the annual Wondergirl Award through October 31! In this quick Q&A, learn more about our 2013 Wondergirl, Cammy Nelson.

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GOTR Spirit Video: What's the Best Part of my GOTR Team?

09/26/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

What is the best part of a Girls on the Run Team? In this video for GOTR Spirit Day, our girls tell you what they like about their teams.

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GOTR Spirit Video: What Have I Discovered About Myself?

09/25/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

In this series of videos celebrating Girls on the Run Spirit Day, September 26, girls share their GOTR spirit in their own words. In this video they explain what they've discovered about themselves through their participation in Girls on the Run.

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Wellness Tip: Boost Their Day & Yours with Sidewalk Talk

By Pamela Young on 09/24/2014 | Wellness Tips

Did you know that doing good things for others is also good for your own health? Here’s a “win-win” post-back-to-school wellness tip you can use to help you and the school-aged kids in your world. All you need is a sidewalk or paved walkway, some chalk and some goodwill.

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GOTR Spirit Video: What Makes My Girls on the Run Team Strong?

09/24/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

We believe that "our girls say it best." In today's GOTR Spirit video leading up to Girls on the Run Spirit Day September 26, some of our girls share what makes their Girls on the Run Team strong.

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GOTR Spirit Video: Advice from Our Girls

09/23/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

If you could give a girl a piece of advice, what would it be? That's what we recently asked some of our girls on run. GOTR girls learn to value and voice their thoughts. In the second video of our series leading up to a national Girls on the Run Spirit Day, September 26, here's some of the advice they shared.

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GOTR Spirit Video: What Makes My Team Unique?

09/21/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

GOTR girls learn to value and voice their thoughts. That's why we often say, "Our girls say it best." In this series of videos leading up to a national Girls on the Run Spirit Day, September 26, girls share their GOTR spirit in their own words. First up, hear what they think makes their teams unique.

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Running Our Lives

By Elizabeth Kunz on 09/16/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run International's CEO, Elizabeth Kunz, looks beyond running to share what Girls on the Run is about at its core and how activity and movement fit into the picture. Are you "at one" with Girls on the Run? Read on to find out.

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Who's Got Spirit? You!

By Celi Merchant on 09/15/2014 | Announcements

GOTR Spirit is leading with an open heart, inspiring joy, impacting our community and the many other uplifting values that grow from activating our limitless potential. We have opportunities to live out our GOTR spirit every day… but on GOTR Spirit Day, September 26 2014, we have the chance to celebrate it together from coast to coast!

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How to Talk to Your Girl About Difficult Events

By Michelle Klavohn on 09/08/2014 | General

It can be tricky to navigate conversations about sensitive issues. A traumatic event like 9/11. A death in the family. Parents splitting up. These events are hard to discuss with children for a number of reasons, but it's an important part of nurturing their growth. These guidelines might help you find a sense of direction for approaching difficult subjects.

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Pointers from the Program: How Girls Learn to Stand Up for Themselves & Others

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 09/03/2014 | Featured Columns & Series

One of the core values of Girls on the Run is “Stand up for ourselves and others.” But how do we equip our girls to activate that value in their own lives, especially in a world that often teaches them that putting others’ needs first is what's expected of girls and women, and standing up for yourself is selfish or pushy? Confidence is part of the formula.

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Running Strong

By Pamela Young on 09/02/2014 | Remarkable! People

Avery runs at life with courage and confidence! After multiple cranial-facial surgeries, Avery could no longer participate in many of her favorite athletic activities. Through Girls on the Run Avery has found a love for running at her own pace, and it has lifted her spirits and built her confidence. Now she and her mom, Allie, run together.

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6 Apps to Nurture Her Physical, Emotional or Spiritual Health

By Celi Merchant on 08/28/2014 | GOTR Picks

Kids spend an average of seven hours per day in front of a screen. Some of this screen time can be directed toward nurturing your girl's physical, emotional and spiritual health. Here's our pick of six apps that help encourage healthy behaviors.

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2 Ways to Navigate Back-to-School Challenges

By Michelle Klavohn on 08/27/2014 | General

A new school year can spur many emotions for a parent watching a child confront new scenarios. It can be challenging, especially when you see the girl you care about facing a difficult situation. But how you respond contributes an important piece of the education that comes her way.

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Wellness Tip: Setting the Stage for Sleep

By Pamela Young on 08/26/2014 | Wellness Tips

Sleep does everything from giving our brains a chance to refresh, to boosting our immune function and influencing the release of important regulatory hormones. Fostering good sleep is an important part of nurturing our physical health. Here are a few practices that can play a role in your overall sleep strategy.

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Powering Up the Next Generation of Girls

08/24/2014 | Announcements

At Girls on the Run, the finish line is just the beginning. Our national partner Athleta has collaborated with Kate T. Parker, the talented photographer behind Strong is the New Pretty, to create a series of images that capture pivotal moments of the Girls on the Run experience.

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Small Shoes. Big Feat.

By Pamela Young on 08/17/2014 | Remarkable! People

Meet eight-year-old Ella, who is training for her third triathlon as a GOTR SoleMate! SoleMates raise money for Girls on the Run while participating in the athletic event of their choice. Ella may be our youngest SoleMate, but she’s big on inspiration and results!

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Wellness Tip: Positively Impactful

By Pamela Young on 08/16/2014 | Wellness Tips

Sometimes we can be hard on ourselves, but turning negative self-talk in a positive direction has been proven to improve mood and outlook. And it's a habit you can learn!

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Wellness Tip: Growing Gratitude

By Pamela Young on 08/14/2014 | Wellness Tips

Gratitude is good for you. Research shows a direct link between gratitude and happiness, good health and even financial stability. Best yet, gratitude is something you can actively develop. Using a gratitude jar is one simple way to do that. Here’s how it works.

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Activity: GOTR Spirit Coloring - Journaling Sheet

By Celi Merchant on 08/14/2014 | Fun & Games

At Girls on the Run, we like to say “our girls say it best!” Here's a GOTR Spirit coloring/journaling sheet to help girls unleash their creativity and express themselves in a fun way.

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Welcome to Remarkable!

By Pamela Young on 08/13/2014 | Announcements

We empower our girls with the mantra, “No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable!” So it’s with this mantra that we launch Remarkable!, the blog and monthly e-newsletter to fuel the limitless potential in all of us. Remarkable! is about living our core values as an organization and inspiring you to live yours.

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