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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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5 Ways to Beat the Heat and Conquer the Run

By Emma Davis 08/01/2018 | Wellness Tips

It’s 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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Women Who Wow Us: Jay Ell Alexander

By Asha Ellison 07/12/2018 | 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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Meet Superstar SoleMate Olive Cecchi

By Grace Weaver 06/21/2018 | 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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Running with Reason: How One Woman Found Friendship by Going the Distance

By Carolina Muriel 06/01/2018 | 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

05/29/2018 | 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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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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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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Women Who Wow Us: Mary Wineberg

02/16/2017 | 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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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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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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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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Meet the ASICS Athletes Positively Impacting Communities

10/26/2016 | 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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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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By Kenzie Kramer 08/09/2016 | 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 for their advice on how they continue to pound the pavement during sweltering summer heat.

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Six Smart Tips to Stay Motivated to Run This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer 08/09/2016 | 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 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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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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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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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Post-Run Smoothie Recipe

By Hilliary Meisner 06/14/2016 | 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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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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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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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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Winter Running Tips

By Kenzie Kramer 02/12/2016 | 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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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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Get Ready for Fall Running with these 6 Tips

By Kara Deschenes 09/15/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

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

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Exercise for a Good Cause with Charity Miles

By Suzanna McCloskey 08/31/2015 | 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 08/27/2015 | 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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My Journey as a Girls on the Run SoleMate

By Suzanna McCloskey 08/11/2015 | 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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One in a Million: Casey Cortese

By Suzanna McCloskey 05/19/2015 | 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: Tracy Gariepy

By Suzanna McCloskey 05/12/2015 | 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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One in a Million: Katherine Slingluff

By Suzanna McCloskey 05/05/2015 | 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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Wellness Tip: Run-Day Pointers

By Pamela Young 04/23/2015 | 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: Krista Davis

By Suzanna McCloskey 04/15/2015 | 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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One-in-a-Million: Kathrine Switzer

By Pamela Young 02/16/2015 | 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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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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