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Who Has Star Power? You Do!

By Lisa Keller 09/19/2017 | 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 09/01/2017 | 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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Women Who Wow Us: Rachel Bonnetta

08/28/2017 | 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 Ways to Teach Kids to Value Improvement Over Winning

By Allison Riley, PhD 08/28/2017 | 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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Measuring the Remarkable Impact of Girls on the Run

By Elizabeth Kunz 08/14/2017 | 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 08/09/2017 | 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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Kindness is Free!

By Lisa Keller 07/26/2017 | 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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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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It's Been 40 Years Since Title IX but There’s Still More Work to Be Done

By Heather Pressley, PhD 06/22/2017 | 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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Women Who Wow Us: Geanna Culbertson

06/20/2017 | 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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Can Someone Please Explain to Me What Girly Means?

By Kenzie Kramer 06/20/2017 | 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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Five Mantras to Help You Activate Your Limitless Potential

By Kenzie Kramer 06/14/2017 | 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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Women Who Wow Us: Kate Parker

By Kenzie Kramer 05/25/2017 | 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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Working Hard to be Joyful

05/25/2017 | 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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We Should Sweat the Small Stuff

By Heather Pressley, PhD 05/25/2017 | 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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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 is Joy, Really?

By Joy Hartman 04/18/2017 | 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

04/04/2017 | 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"

04/04/2017 | 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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Meet the Girls on the Run SoleMate Who Raised Over $100,000

By Kenzie Kramer 04/04/2017 | 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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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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When You Grind, You Shine

By Diana Patton 03/20/2017 | 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

03/20/2017 | 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 03/02/2017 | 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 02/22/2017 | 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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The Power of Self-Awareness

By Elizabeth Kunz 02/16/2017 | 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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Let Go of the Weight of Judgement

By Kira Montuori 02/14/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Judgement is a fool. It is meant to hold people back, sidetrack them from doing what they love and dim their light. Judgement 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 01/26/2017 | 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 01/24/2017 | 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 01/24/2017 | 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 01/24/2017 | 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 01/24/2017 | 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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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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Girls on the Run Didn't Make My Daughter Love Running, but It Did Shape Her Soul

By Jennifer Borch 01/04/2017 | 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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5 Ways That GOTR Girls Positively Impacted Their Communities This Season

By Kenzie Kramer 12/15/2016 | 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 12/15/2016 | 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 12/14/2016 | 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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Raise Your Hand if You Want a Do Over

By Diana Patton 11/29/2016 | 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 11/29/2016 | 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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Why It’s Fun, and Valuable, to Get Scrappy

By Natalie Swan 11/29/2016 | 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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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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Girls on the Run Changes the Lives of Adults, Too

By Hana Bieliauskas 11/15/2016 | 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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Why I Give to Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer 11/15/2016 | 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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How to Encourage Girls to Go After Their Dreams

By Brittney Storm Rankin 11/07/2016 | 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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Have You Heard of the Chicken Run?

By Sydney Mack 11/07/2016 | 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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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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Three Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From Girls on the Run

By Francine Labiran 10/12/2016 | 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 10/12/2016 | 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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5 DIY Halloween Costumes That Kids Can Make

By Kenzie Kramer 10/11/2016 | 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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Uncover a Challenge in This Throwback Playground Game

By Kenzie Kramer 09/27/2016 | 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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Daring to Be Different

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD 09/12/2016 | 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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Make a Commitment to Find Your True Identity

By Diana Patton 09/12/2016 | 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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GOTR Girls Invited to Meet Bestselling Author

09/01/2016 | 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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Is Your Tween Ready for School?

By Joy Hartman 08/24/2016 | 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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321 for Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer 08/24/2016 | 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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Supporter Sings His Heart Out for Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer 08/24/2016 | 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 08/17/2016 | 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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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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What We Tell Ourselves Matters

By Kira Montuori 08/04/2016 | 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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GOTR Supporters Go for Gold

By Kenzie Kramer 08/04/2016 | 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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Help Your Girl Keep Learning This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer 07/18/2016 | 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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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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Soak Up Summer with GOTR Bingo

By Jami Bunton 07/13/2016 | 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 07/12/2016 | 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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Five Reasons You Should Coach for Girls on the Run

By Kenzie Kramer 06/23/2016 | 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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GOTR Girls Give Back

By Kenzie Kramer 06/09/2016 | 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 05/27/2016 | 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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What Were You Born to Do?

By Kenzie Kramer 05/23/2016 | 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 05/20/2016 | 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 05/16/2016 | 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 05/09/2016 | 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 04/26/2016 | 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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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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Women Who Wow Us: Erin Bried

By Kenzie Kramer 04/12/2016 | 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 04/08/2016 | 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 04/07/2016 | 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 04/06/2016 | 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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Girls Set Goal of Making Recess Fun and Accessible for All Students

By Kenzie Kramer 03/22/2016 | 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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4 Motivating Videos to Start Your Morning Off Right

By Kenzie Kramer 03/08/2016 | 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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Bloom Where You Are: The Importance of Boundaries

By Mandy Murphy 03/08/2016 | 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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The Race That Matters

By Kira Montuori 03/01/2016 | 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. 02/29/2016 | 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 02/17/2016 | 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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Women Who Wow Us: Morgan Ovens

By Kenzie Kramer 02/11/2016 | 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 02/10/2016 | 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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5 Instagrammers You'll be Glad Your Teenager is Following

By Kenzie Kramer 02/03/2016 | 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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Thankful for My Running Shoes

By Caroline Holbrook 01/18/2016 | 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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25 Ways to Stay Positive Any Day

By Julie Wunder 01/13/2016 | 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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The Finish Line Is Just the Beginning

By Suzanna McCloskey 12/10/2015 | 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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Why I Own a Tutu and Tie-Dye My Own Socks

By Jeff Masilun 11/18/2015 | 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 11/16/2015 | 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 11/13/2015 | 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 11/12/2015 | 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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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: September Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey 09/09/2015 | 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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Projects We Love from the GOTR Giving Platform: August Edition

By Suzanna McCloskey 08/05/2015 | 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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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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What's New with the One in a Million Celebration?

04/10/2015 | 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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Activity: One in a Million Coloring Sheet

02/20/2015 | 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 02/19/2015 | 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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Insight from Our Girls

By Pamela Young 01/29/2015 | 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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A Year-End Opportunity to be Remarkable!

By Pamela Young 12/31/2014 | 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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Holiday Greetings from Girls on the Run

12/25/2014 | 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 12/23/2014 | 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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Activity: GOTR Spirit Coloring - Journaling Sheet

By Celi Merchant 08/15/2014 | 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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