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10 of Our Favorite Things That Happened in 2016

By Kenzie Kramer on 12/21/2016 | General

2016 has been a big year for Girls on the Run! This year, we celebrated our 20th birthday, 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! With the year soon coming to an end, we’re reflecting on our ten favorite things that happened this year:

We chatted with FLOTUS about Girls on the Run!

When GOTR girl Aniya attended Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at The White House, she talked to Michelle Obama about Girls on the Run during a Q&A session! The First Lady shared how her Let's Move campaign is a national ally for Girls on the Run and Aniya invited FLOTUS to attend an upcomming Girls on the Run 5K event. 

We were included in a special birthday celebration!

Actress Andrea Barber, who you may know best from her role as Kimmy Gibbler from Full House and Fuller House, shared her birthday celebration with Girls on the Run by hosting the Gibbler Gallop, a SoleMates fundraiser! Andrea’s 40th birthday celebration connected runners who are also Gibbler fans and raised over $7,000 for Girls on the Run.

We went the Extra Mile!

This fall, ASICS, our national partner, created the Extra Mile campaign to support Girls on the Run. Since the average run on their Runkeeper app is three miles, ASICS challenged people to go the Extra Mile and run four miles for Girls on the Run. For each person who completed the challenge, ASICS donated a pair of shoes to GOTR – resulting in 50,000 pairs of shoes donated! To raise awareness about the event, ASICS athletes took over Columbus Circle in NYC and welcomed GOTR girls and supporters to run the Extra Mile with them on treadmills. To celebrate the TCS New York City Marathon, ASICS also had a one-mile run the morning after the marathon!

We met Olympians!

At some of our fall 5K events, participants were greeted by inspiring Olympic athletes! Track star Sydney McLaughlin, who is just 17 years old, visited a Girls on the Run 5K event for Girls on the Run New Jersey East and Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist for soccer and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, supported girls at Girls on the Run Collier County’s 5K event.

And we were blown away by a GOTR coach at the Olympics!

One of the most memorable moments during the 2016 Rio Olympics was when distance runner Abbey D’Agostino helped up New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin after a fall. Along with being the most decorated Ivy League athlete in track and field and cross country, D’Agostino was also a Girls on the Run coach during her time at Dartmouth.

We were on your TV!

Thanks to our partnership with FOX Sports Supports, television viewers across the country heard about Girls on the Run through PSAs and mentions during live sports events. Some FOX Sports employees shared their personal connection to Girls on the Run during broadcasts and others attended our 5K events!

We met a famous author!

This year, best-selling author Jennifer Weiner released her first children's book, The Littlest Bigfoot. Weiner, who is a GOTR supporter, invited Girls on the Run participants to a special VIP experience before her book signings in some cities and created a bonus chapter of the book that was just for GOTR girls!

We ran with Kathrine Switzer!

Kathrine Switzer made history as the first woman to register for and run the Boston Marathon in 1967. Throughout 2016, Switzer visited multiple Girls on the Run councils to share how her experience with the Boston Marathon has impacted her life and participated in a few fun run events with GOTR supporters!

We rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange!

To celebrate the 20th birthday of Girls on the Run, Girls on the Run NYC was invited to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. GOTR girls and supporters in New York were there to celebrate the momentous occasion!

We expanded to all fifty states!

This year, we were able to add our fiftieth state to the United States map – Wyoming! Girls on the Run Wyoming hosted their first season and 5K event this fall and is already preparing for their spring season.

We're looking forward to 2017 and all that's to come for Girls on the Run! You can help more girls recognize their limitless potential by making a gift to Girls on the Run today

Kenzie Kramer

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Kenzie is the Communications Coordinator for Girls on the Run International, where she manages the Remarkable! blog and newsletter. She's excited to be sharing content that connects readers to the GOTR vision and inspires them to bring the joyfulness of the core values into their lives. In her free time, she enjoys baking, biking and running with her dog. 

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