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3 Easy Ways to Make the Most of Spring

By Asha Ellison on 4/8/2019 | General

The sun is shining (in most places, anyway), birds are chirping and warmer temperatures are steadily rolling in. Springtime is finally here!

There is no better time than now to open the windows, dust off your favorite leisure equipment and prepare to do something that invigorates your soul!

If you’re looking for ways to take advantage of longer daylight hours and less inclement weather days, we’ve got you covered with three fresh ways to embrace the sunshine this spring.

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Finding Tracy: How One Mom Evolved Through Girls on the Run

By Tracy Akanni on 4/4/2019 | General

My eldest daughter signed up to participate in Girls on the Run three years ago. I read through the parent manual she brought home and thought this was a great program to inspire young girls to believe in themselves, be caring friends and to encourage others. It wasn’t until I attended the 5K celebration at the end of the season that I truly understood what this program could do for our girls. What a sense of accomplishment they had when they crossed the finish line!

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Women Who Wow Us: Haley Moss

By Asha Ellison on 3/14/2019 | General

Some girls are born unstoppable -- one of them is Haley Moss!

Steadfast and determined, 24-year-old Haley is paving the way, breaking the mold and making the world more inclusive for women and girls everywhere! Just this year, Haley made history as the first “openly autistic lawyer” in Florida and this is only the beginning of her incredible journey! Read more to learn more about this talented and prestigious woman who wows us!

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Finding Sisterhood and Mentorship at Girls on the Run

By Mayanthi Jayawardena on 3/12/2019 | General

Think of a woman who inspires you. This can be anyone from your mother to Michelle Obama. Go with the first person that comes to mind and then reflect on them. Why does she inspire you? What do you admire most about her? Why (and how) has she impacted your life?

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A Brighter World for Women and Girls

By Asha Ellison on 3/8/2019 | General

Happy International Women's Day!

While women should always be celebrated, there is something about reflecting on our collective, global contributions on IWD that makes me want to shout down the house! Women and girls are pillars of the communities in which we live– we are the dreamers, the doers, the healers, builders, visionaries and we lead the charge, daily, to inspire change in a world where we’ve made substantial progress, but total equity is still out of reach.

I have reason to believe that will soon change.

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The Time is Now: Begin Again

By Stephanie Galeotti on 3/1/2019 | General

Close your eyes and imagine that you are 10 years old again. What messages did you receive and internalize? What did you tell yourself and truly believe deep down? What did you aspire to be? What did you imagine your adult life would look and feel like?

Now, fast-forward to 2019. Have you given up on those dreams and goals you once had?

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5 Galentine's Day Ideas to Celebrate Your Girlfriends

By Asha Ellison on 2/11/2019 | General

Love is a many-splendored thing! It’s even better when you’re sharing in it with those who know you best – your girlfriends!

Sure, Galentine’s Day is over but it's never too late to celebrate the lovingly platonic relationships we cherish with the strong, beautiful women who empower, encourage and support us 365 days of the year.

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15 Quotes to See You Through a Hard Day

By Emma Davis on 2/4/2019 | General

Every once in a while, we each experience a gloomy, no-good, terrible day. Those days when everything seems to go awry and it can be difficult to keep our heads up. But, don't fret. There's hope!

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A New Year’s Resolution to Empower the Girls We Love

By Sharon Kathryn D’Agostino on 1/21/2019 | General

Most of us realize that storytelling has helped shape our lives. We have found encouragement and inspiration listening to stories told to us by our parents, relatives, friends, teachers, coaches, classmates, colleagues and sometimes even strangers. Listening to these stories may have reminded us that we were neither alone in some of our experiences and aspirations, nor in our fears and self-doubts. Stories have often sparked new ideas in our lives, helped us see new possibilities or find potential solutions to problems we faced.

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Motivational Moments: Bravery

12/11/2018 | General

My feet pounded against the cold hard sand. My heart raced as a bolt of lighting struck the ground. The wind thrashed but I refused to back down.The world seemed to be spinning faster than usual, knocking me off balance. The winds took over me and thrashed me in the air. The waves came crashing in and towered over me. Today was the most terrifying day.

It happens every ten years on December 31. 

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How Gratitude Transcends the Holiday Season

By Asha Ellison on 11/21/2018 | General

As the end of the year quickly approaches, it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. As we find ourselves juggling jam-packed social schedules, hurrying to finalize projects at work and staring down, what seems to be, unrelenting pressure to manage all of our responsibilities, we often forget to stop and practice gratitude.

That’s right: gratitude.

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3 Tactics to Build Lasting Friendships

By Emma Davis on 10/23/2018 | General

I used three strategies to make intentional friendships this past summer. These were the results.

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Say it Loud: The Power of the Girl Voice

By Asha Ellison on 10/11/2018 | General

International Day of the Girl is all about celebrating girl power and encouraging girls to leave their mark on the world! This year, during the #LetsTellHer campaign for International Day of the Girl, Girls on the Run highlighted super girls like Kindhearted Kenidra who sounded off against gun violence, Magnificent Megan who lent her voice to safety, the Wise Wijsens who successfully spoke out about saving the environment and Amicable Acacia who helped heal the hurting with encouraging dialogue and a focus on friendship.

But, these five girls aren’t done using their voices to positively impact people and communities all across the globe. They continue on, in solidarity with every girl who leads the way to change each day.


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8 Ways to Encourage Girls to Use Their Voices

By Allison Riley, PhD on 10/1/2018 | General

When my daughter was a baby, she had no problem using her “voice” to tell everyone within earshot what she needed – she “communicated” without hesitation when she was hungry, tired or generally discontent. Now age three, she still speaks her mind at home, but I often wonder if she will take that same confidence with her into the world. Will she proudly and assuredly raise her voice to share her opinion? Will she stand up for others and convey her needs? While I cannot see the future, I know this is not something we as parents, teachers, coaches and others working with girls can afford to leave to chance.

This is why movements like the #LetsTellHer campaign are so important. Earlier this year, Girls on the Run urged men and women to change the way we speak to girls. As we approach International Day of the Girl, we are encouraging girls to own their voices and change the narrative themselves.

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6 Ways Girls Use GOTR Lessons in Everyday Life

By Kelly Frazee on 9/20/2018 | General

Six years ago, when I first became a coach for Girls on the Run, I was also in graduate school pursuing my teaching degree. I looked forward to days I got to coach GOTR and see the girls work cooperatively, run longer or faster than they thought they could, and cheer for and support one another. Seeing them at practice “choosing to be a Girl on the Run,” as they were taught in one of their lessons, was rewarding and made me proud to observe the intentional choices that would help them grow into thoughtful, encouraging and strong women. Yet, it wasn’t until I was coaching GOTR and working as an upper elementary school teacher, that I really saw the profound impact the program had on our girls. 

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How One Runner Changed My Life and Started a Movement

By Laura King Edwards on 9/7/2018 | General

Ten years ago, my little sister, Taylor, came home from school and announced that she wanted to join Girls on the Run. In doing so, she followed nearly 1 million girls across the nation who had gained more confidence, developed strength of character and trained to participate in a 5K event — all while having fun. 

Except my sister was different. 

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Whatever the Obstacle

By Stacie Sather on 8/15/2018 | General

Several years ago, my daughter, Sunshine, and I went for a hike. While walking, she noticed something unusual. Something that struck her curiosity. 

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How to Foster Friendship with Your Teenage Daughter

By Anna Marsh on 7/20/2018 | General

Being a mother of two girls, I know the difference developing a friendship can make in a relationship with a child. Being a friendly mom helps build a sense of trust between you and your children, especially if you are a mom to a daughter.

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25 Creative Ways to Ask Kids About Their Day

By Haley Warner on 6/22/2018 | General

How we engage with children matters!

It’s time to take casual “how was your day” conversations to the next level and make them more meaningful.

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Running with Reason: How One Woman Found Friendship by Going the Distance

By Carolina Muriel on 6/1/2018 | 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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#GirlsAre Strong

By Carol Thomas on 5/16/2018 | General

Girls on the Run is committed to creating programs that are accessible and inclusive for all girls. Meet Sadie, a ten and a half year old from Birmingham, Alabama who is participating in her first season of Girls on the Run and isn't letting her disabilities hold her back.

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Meet Three Girls on the Run Participants Who Are Doing Extraordinary Things

By Kenzie Kramer on 5/16/2018 | General

At Girls on the Run, we believe girls have the power to change the world – no matter their age! Whether they’re running 5Ks, supporting their teammates or giving back to their communities, each season we see firsthand how girls are capable of extraordinary things.

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Coach Turns to Girls on the Run Lessons After Boston Marathon Disappointment

4/27/2018 | General

Forced to drop out of the Boston Marathon just nine days before the legendary footrace, Girls on the Run coach Lisa Abramowski found strength in the very lessons she'd long instilled in her students and GOTR girls.

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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

By Asha Ellison on 4/19/2018 | General

We love Earth Day! For us, it’s a day where we can go outside and appreciate Mother Nature. After all, she has been incredible to us humans – providing us with natural food, shelter, beautiful scenery, animals and so much more.

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25 Compliments to Give Other Than Good Job

By Haley Warner on 4/17/2018 | General

We teach girls that what they say and how they say it matters, no matter their age. When kids reach an accomplishment, go beyond just “good job” so they know their actions are powerful and important. 

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At What Age Do Girls Start Receiving Limiting Messages?

By Grace Weaver on 4/4/2018 | General

While we can’t shield girls from every stereotype about women or negative comment, we can tell them they are full of power and potential, teach them to think critically about the messages they receive each day, and support them as they navigate their way through adolescence and adulthood.

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#LetsTellHer to Use Her Voice

By Sunshine Richards on 3/21/2018 | General

Too often, we fail to see the value young girls bring to the table. It’s time to tell her to use her voice, even when the world doesn’t seem to be listening.

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Meet the Girls on the Run Coach Running the World's Most Iconic Road Race

3/19/2018 | General

Jackie Baker is a veteran Girls on the Run coach and fourth grade teacher whose classroom motto is “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” She was recently selected to run the Boston Marathon as part of an all-teacher team sponsored by the race’s Official Cramp Relief Sponsor, Hyland’s. Check out the video and interview below to find out why Jackie was chosen for this honor from a field of more than 1,600 applicants nationwide.

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5 Ways to Inspire Leadership in Children

By Asha Ellison on 3/16/2018 | General

We have to teach our children how to find the balance between staying true to themselves while also challenging them to grow. Through these challenges, we help our children learn adaptability, effectiveness, self-control, kindness, assertiveness and how to better manage themselves and their influence on others.

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Girls on the Run Changes Lives - Here's How

2/26/2018 | General

Girls on the Run has helped our girls find their inner beauty and their confidence. We are shaping them into leaders and learners both in and out of the classroom. If I've done the math right, this spring, we will mark our 167th Beechwood Girl on the Run. They will go on after the season is over and realize that they can do anything they put their mind to and they will make this world more awesome.

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Model Behavior: Making What We Say Match What We Do

By Asha Ellison on 2/8/2018 | General

We must task ourselves to be open-minded about our sisters. We must practice empathy, have respect for, and acknowledge that women have different preferences, styles, worldviews, and experiences that contribute to who we are and how we present ourselves. Just because another girl may look, dress, or think differently than you, it doesn’t mean she is inferior. If you take away another girl’s right to exist as she is, without fear of castigation, then you, too, are surrendering your right to the same protections and freedoms.

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Peer Pressured: Making Intentional Decisions When Faced with Social Influence

By Asha Ellison on 1/23/2018 | General

When I think of all the things that have significantly impacted my life, peer pressure is at the bottom of the list. I have always been a pretty strong-minded and self-sufficient person but, when I initially sat down to think about just how little an impact peer pressure has had on my life, it was a little alarming. 

“Surely, this can’t be normal,” I thought to myself.

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Self-Care Isn't Selfish

By Liz Wian on 12/21/2017 | General

When I was younger, flying cross-country was an ordinary experience; my dad lived in California and I lived with my mom in North Carolina. I remember at a very young age, sitting on the plane with my CD Walkman and favorite stuffed animal in tow, attentively listening to every word the flight attendant said prior to takeoff. I made note of the emergency exists he pointed out and lifted my seat to see if it truly could become a floatation device. Then, I heard him instruct us to do something that seemed completely incorrect: the adult passengers were told to put on their own oxygen masks before assisting children or other people with theirs.  

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What Are You Waiting For?

By Asha Ellison on 12/21/2017 | General

From fitness and food to fashion and finance, it seems everyone has something they want to improve on in the year ahead. While New Year’s resolutions are common, I can’t help but wonder, “What is everyone waiting for?”

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What Makes a Girl, a Girl?

By Asha Ellison on 12/13/2017 | General

Does she have to wear her hair in curls? Or must it flow, sleek and straight? Is she required to face the world with makeup and keep her nails perfectly polished? Are pink and purple the only colors to choose from when she’s selecting a favorite? And what does it mean if she just happens to prefer jeans to dresses? Does living her life with preferences that challenge feminine stereotypes make her less of a girl?

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Using Gift Giving as an Opportunity to Connect

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 11/30/2017 | General

Gifts are expressions of love and hopefully connection. All of us want more opportunities to connect with our families, grow closer and learn more about each other. Let’s use this time as a way to introduce our authentically unique children to our families and vice versa.

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Don't Look Back

By Asha Ellison on 11/30/2017 | General

Some of the greatest lessons we will ever learn come from our daily experiences or loved ones. I’m grateful that one of the most important lessons I ever learned came from my eldest brother when I was about 10 years old. The advice he gave me during that season of life became the foundation upon which I further built my confidence and determination.

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How You Can Use Instagram to Empower Your Daughter

By Jessica Thiefels on 10/25/2017 | General

Instagram can cause anxiety and stress for you as a mom, even more so for your daughter, who’s growing up in a judgmental, image-centric society. The reality is, she’ll probably find a way to use it, whether you want her to or not.

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Who Has Star Power? You Do!

By Lisa Keller on 9/19/2017 | 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 Questions to Consider When Signing Your Child Up for an Afterschool Program

By Allison Riley, PhD on 8/14/2017 | General

Over the course of a typical school year there are around 525 hours between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. As an afterschool professional with over ten years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating out-of-school time programs, I’ve seen the afterschool hours spent in many different ways. I’ve seen youth participate in sports, church programs, tutoring and school-based programs and, as the Senior VP of Programming and Evaluation at Girls on the Run International, I’ve seen girls transform through youth development programs. 

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Standing Together to Support All Girls

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 8/9/2017 | 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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It's Been 40 Years Since Title IX but There’s Still More Work to Be Done

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 6/22/2017 | 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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Can Someone Please Explain to Me What Girly Means?

By Kenzie Kramer on 6/20/2017 | 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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We Should Sweat the Small Stuff

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 5/25/2017 | 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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Working Hard to be Joyful

5/25/2017 | 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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What is Joy, Really?

By Joy Hartman on 4/18/2017 | 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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When You Grind, You Shine

By Diana Patton on 3/20/2017 | 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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The Power of Self-Awareness

By Elizabeth Kunz on 2/16/2017 | 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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Girls on the Run Coach Changes Girls' Lives for 15 Years

By Kenzie Kramer on 1/24/2017 | 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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Girls on the Run Didn't Make My Daughter Love Running, but It Did Shape Her Soul

By Jennifer Borch on 1/4/2017 | 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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Lessons That Last a Lifetime

By Cammy Nelson on 1/4/2017 | General

It’s easy to become an adult and forget the lessons learned in GOTR. It’s safe to lean into fear and step back when I’m nervous or when I start to doubt my own abilities.  Then I remind myself that it’s all about baby steps.

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10 of Our Favorite Things That Happened in 2016

By Kenzie Kramer on 12/21/2016 | General

2016 has been a big year for Girls on the Run! This year, we served nearly 200,000 girls, completed over 11,000 Community Impact Projects and were able to provide almost 44 percent of program participants with scholarships!

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There Is No Better Friend Than a Sister

By Camille Grimsley on 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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Have You Heard of the Chicken Run?

By Sydney Mack on 11/7/2016 | 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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How to Encourage Girls to Go After Their Dreams

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 11/7/2016 | 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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Eight Quotes to Remind Us to Express Gratitude This Season

By Jami Bunton on 11/7/2016 | General

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what you have to be grateful for. At Girls on the Run, we encourage everyone to express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions. Here are eight quotes about gratitude that are great reminders to express what we are grateful for in our lives.

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Protect and Empower

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 10/26/2016 | General

Parenting is a constant pull between protecting and empowering. Just like our program teaches, I want our daughter to be confident (but not too), competent (in things that matter), caring (but have boundaries), connected (to good and supportive people), show character (especially when it’s hard) and above all live a life that contributes to the world in a meaningful positive way. She’s 3½. Yes, a tall order.

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Three Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From Girls on the Run

By Francine Labiran on 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 on 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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How to Raise a Strong Woman

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD on 10/11/2016 | General

Over the past 15 years since having my daughter Allie, I have worked hard to raise a strong woman; a woman who can see past the negativity and unrealistic expectations that come with life.  In teen world, the unending effort to fit in, to be noticed and to be liked can quickly change into a vortex of self-doubt and negativity. In adult world, the buzz words in female circles are perfection, work-life balance, doing it all and having it all which result in a very daunting outlook for a young girl. So here are ten ways I’m working to raise a strong woman:

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Daring to Be Different

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD on 9/12/2016 | 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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Do’s and Don’ts for Prepping for Back to School Season

By Risa Barash on 8/16/2016 | General

With two school aged kids and a successful business to run, Risa Barash is not immune to the back to school prep work blues. Risa shares her tips for an easy back to school transition.

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Four Fun Ways to Close Out Summer

8/15/2016 | General

As we turn our calendars to August, whether we are ready or not, the first day of school and end of summer is right around the corner. Looking ahead to the final weeks, there is still plenty of time for some unique summer fun while you have the kids home.

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"Raise Your Hand If You Think You're Beautiful"

By Robin Sizemore on 4/13/2016 | 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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Put It in the Pavement

By Kira Montuori on 4/7/2016 | 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 on 4/6/2016 | 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 on the Run Changed My Perspective on Life

By Anna S. on 2/29/2016 | 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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Thankful for My Running Shoes

By Caroline Holbrook on 1/18/2016 | 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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A First-Time Coach's Journey

By Lena Estey on 1/14/2016 | General

Coach Lena shares how her GOTR season helped her to embrace love in her life. 

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How You Helped Us Make An Impact in 2015!

By Suzanna McCloskey on 12/17/2015 | General

Thanks to our generous supporters, Girls on the Run was able to accomplish several key initiatives this year that allow us to reach more girls from coast to coast. We served our 1 millionth girl, launched our new middle school program — Heart & Sole — and created the GOTR Giving Platform for peer-to-peer fundraising.

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By Carrie Hanson on 12/7/2015 | General

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

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Ode to Coaching

By Pamela Young on 5/7/2015 | General

Pam Young, Girls on the Run International's creative specialist and editor of Remarkable! just finished her first stint coaching a Girls on the Run team. The experience made a lasting impact. She reflects on it and salutes every Girls on the Run coach past and present.

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Storybook: Going the Distance

5/1/2015 | 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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For International Women's Day

By Pamela Young on 3/8/2015 | General

It's International Women’s Day, and the theme is “Make it Happen.” Life is bursting with examples of women making it happen in momentous strides or in small personal gains—many more than we could ever publish here. But on this International Women’s Day, we hope you enjoy these few stories of remarkable women and girls who have crossed our path. #InternationalWomensDay #MakeItHappen

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Video: One Girl at a Time

2/28/2015 | General

Starring girls, coaches, parents and an alumna from our program, our 2015 video shares Girls on the Run's vision and how we're working to make it a reality, one girl at a time, for a million girls and counting!

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Insight from Our Girls

By Pamela Young on 1/29/2015 | 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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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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When Girls Keep Moving Forward: 5k Reflections

By Pamela Young on 12/19/2014 | General

This fall, roughly 64,000 girls participated in one of more than 170 celebratory 5ks that conclude the Girls on the Run program season. What's that like for the girls involved? Here's the view from a new Girls on the Run council who just held their first 5k. 

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GOTR Spirit & Giving Spirit

By Pamela Young on 12/16/2014 | General

Each program cycle, every Girls on the Run team gives to their community through a community impact project the girls decide and do together! This giving spirit fits especially well during this season of holidays where gifts and giving are center stage. How will your GOTR spirit feed your giving spirit this season?

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Activity: Helping Your Girl Take a Stand Against Bullying

By Pamela Young on 10/13/2014 | General

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. What can you do with your daughter or the girls in your world to help them recognize and respond to bullying? Here are some talking points and a fun activity to do together.

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How to Talk to Your Girl About Difficult Events

By Michelle Klavohn on 9/9/2014 | General

It can be tricky to navigate conversations about sensitive issues. A traumatic event like 9/11. A death in the family. Parents splitting up. These events are hard to discuss with children for a number of reasons, but it's an important part of nurturing their growth. These guidelines might help you find a sense of direction for approaching difficult subjects.

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2 Ways to Navigate Back-to-School Challenges

By Michelle Klavohn on 8/28/2014 | General

A new school year can spur many emotions for a parent watching a child confront new scenarios. It can be challenging, especially when you see the girl you care about facing a difficult situation. But how you respond contributes an important piece of the education that comes her way.

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