Girls on the Run of Stark County, Ohio offers transformational physical activity-based positive youth development programs for girls in 3rd through 5th grade (Girls on the Run) and girls in 6th through 8th grade (Girls on Track). We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games.
The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete our celebratory 5k running event—the Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk at Walsh University. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8 to 20 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls, their coaches, and their running buddies, complete the GOTR 5k Run/Walk. Completing this 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.
The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.
"One thing I loved about GOTR is that GOTR is a place where you can really be yourself."
—Spring 2013 Girls on the Run Participant