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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Relentless Search

By Mandy Murphy 09/27/2016 | 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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What Is a Day at The White House Without a GOTR Cape?

By Carrie Johnson 09/27/2016 | 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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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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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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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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#WearWhiteInWinter

By Carrie Hanson 12/07/2015 | General

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

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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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The Importance of Standing Up for Yourself

By Megan Gildin 10/02/2015 | 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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Bloom Where You Are: Flex Your Self Compassion Muscle

By Mandy Murphy 09/22/2015 | 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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Welcome Back to GOTR!

By Megan Gildin 09/02/2015 | 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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Transforming the Fitspiration Concept

By Celi Merchant 06/02/2015 | 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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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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A Message to My 8-Year-Old Self

By Amy Ellrod 04/17/2015 | 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: Mikki Stevens of Red Hot Mamas

By Suzanna McCloskey 04/01/2015 | 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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The Things We Say

By Celi Merchant 02/10/2015 | 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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Hello to 2015!

01/01/2015 | 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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Powering Up the Next Generation of Girls

08/25/2014 | 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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