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Posts tagged with "5K"

How One Runner Changed My Life and Started a Movement

By Laura King Edwards 09/07/2018 | 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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A Touch of Magic

By Sharon Stone 08/20/2018 | General

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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#GirlsAre Strong

By Carol Thomas 05/16/2018 | 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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Five Creative Ways To Thank Your Girls on the Run Coaches

By Haley Warner 04/26/2018 | 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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Five Ways to Make Your Team’s Practice 5K Memorable

By Kenzie Kramer 04/17/2018 | 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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10 Running Mantras to Help You Train for Your 5K

By Haley Warner 03/15/2018 | 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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Five Female Athletes Who Are the Definition of Strong

By Asha Ellison 01/25/2018 | 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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Take Care of Your Body With These 6 Quick Warm-Ups and Cool Downs

07/27/2017 | 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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I Learned Anything is Possible Because I Ran a 5K

07/21/2017 | 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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Reflections of a Happy Hair Captain

By Lisa Keller 05/25/2017 | 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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"What I Lack in Speed, I Make up for in Heart"

04/04/2017 | 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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Ten Mantras to Get You Through a Difficult Run

By Kenzie Kramer 03/21/2017 | 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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Three Team Unity Items Your GOTR Team Will Love

By Kenzie Kramer 03/21/2017 | 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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Five Fun Lap Counter Ideas for Your Girls on the Run Season

By Kenzie Kramer 02/21/2017 | 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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Lessons That Last a Lifetime

By Cammy Nelson 01/04/2017 | 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

01/04/2017 | 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 12/21/2016 | 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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Printable Signs to Cheer on Your GOTR Girl During 5K Day

By Kenzie Kramer 11/15/2016 | 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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Finding My Passion Through Girls on the Run

By Whitney Cipolla 11/07/2016 | 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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Building Strong Girls as a Girls on the Run Coach

By Kenzie Kramer 08/09/2016 | 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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Women Who Wow Us: Coach Tanya

By Kenzie Kramer 07/18/2016 | 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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That Time an Elephant Joined Me for My Run

By Leigh-Ann Mueller 05/25/2016 | 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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Three Fun DIYs for 5k Day

By Kenzie Kramer 04/15/2016 | 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 04/13/2016 | 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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5 Free Apps for Runners to Try

By Kenzie Kramer 03/25/2016 | 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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Easy Sweet Potato Dessert

By Kenzie Kramer 03/17/2016 | 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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Lighting A Fire

By Minka Misangyi 07/15/2015 | 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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Running With My Daughter

By Patrick Callahan 06/21/2015 | 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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Ode to Coaching

By Pamela Young 05/07/2015 | 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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Storybook: Going the Distance

05/01/2015 | 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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