Any girl can be a runner. And every girl can benefit from the healthy, empowering experience of running and racing towards a goal. Committed to inspiring pre-teen girls to respect themselves and their bodies, Girls on the Run combines training for a 5K road race with uplifting workouts and team-building exercises at over 100 elementary and middle schools in Montgomery County. Some 5,000 girls from diverse backgrounds will join the pack this year, 25% of whom are on free or reduced-price lunch (an indicator of poverty) and cannot participate in most after-school activities because of the associated expenses; for these young athletes, the program is offered at low to no cost and GOTR even provides running shoes. Committed to "full person" health, GOTR couples physical activity with prevention of high-risk behavior and promotion of self-esteem and body size satisfaction and each practice ends with encouragement and positive reinforcement from the all-volunteer coaching team. Let's cheer on these strong young athletes, all the way to the 5K finish line.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: Adolescence

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 11%; Asian American, 7%; Caucasian, 57%; Latino/Hispanic, 9%; Multicultural, 10%; Native American, 1%; Other, 6%

Population(s) Served: Women/Girls

Schools They Work In: Argyle MS; Ashburton; Baker, John T. MS; Bannockburn; Barnsley; Barrie ; Beall; Bells Mill; Belmont; Benjamin Banneker MS; Bethesda; Beverly Farms; Bradley Hills; Brooke Grove; Brookhaven; Brown Station; Burning Tree; Burnt Mills; Cabin John MS; Candlewood; Cannon Road; Carderock; Cedar Grove; Chevy Chase; Clarksburg ; Clearspring; Clopper Mill; Cloverly; Cold Spring; Concord Hill; Cresthaven; Daly; Damascus; Darnestown; Diamond; Dr. Charles R. Drew; Dufief; East Silver Spring; Echelon Academy; Fairland ES; Fallsmead; Farmland; Farquhar MS; Feynman School; Flora Singer; Flower Valley; Forest Knolls; Fox Chapel; Francis Scott Key MS; Gaithersburg; Garrett Park; Georgian Forest; Gibbs, Wiliam B. Jr.; Glenallan; Goshen ; Grace Episcopal; Great Seneca Creek; Greencastle; Greenwood; Harmony Hills; Highland; Highland View; Holy Cross; Holy Cross H&S; Holy Redeemer; Hoover MS; Jackson Road; John T. Baker MS; Jones Lane; Julius West MS; Kemp Mill; Kensington Parkwood; Kingsview MS; Lakelands Park MS; Lake Seneca; Lakewood; Laytonsville; Little Bennett; Loiederman MS; Luxmanor; Martin Luther King Jr. MS; Maryvale; Matsunaga; McAuliffe; McLean; McNair; Meadow Hall; Mill Creek Towne; MJBHA; MJBHA Heart & Sole; Montgomery Village MS; Neelesville MS; North Bethesda MS; North Chevy Chase; Oak View; Oakland Terrace; Olney; Our Lady of Mercy; Parkland MS; Pine Crest; Piney Branch; PlumGar Community Recreation Center; Poolesville; Potomac; Rachel Carson; Resnik; Ritchie Park; Robert Frost MS; Rock Creek Forest; Rock Creek Valley; Rock View; Rockwell; Rolling Terrace; Rosa Parks MS; Rosemont ; Sandy Spring; Sargent Shriver; Seven Locks; Sherwood; Sligo Creek; Sligo MS; Somerset; South Lake; St. Andrew Apostle; St. Barts; St. John the Evangelist; St. Peters; St. Peters Heart & Sole ; Stone Mill; Stone Ridge; Stonegate; Strathmore; Summit Hall; Takoma Park MS ; The German School ; The Siena School ; Thurgood Marshall; Travilah; Twinbrook; Washington Christian; Washington Grove; Waters Landing; Watkins Mill; Wayside; Weller Road; Westbrook; Westland MS; Westover; Wheaton Woods; Whetstone; William Tyler Page; Wilson Wims; Wood Acres; Woodfield; Woodlin; Woods Academy; Wyngate W/F; Wyngate Tu/F

Awards & Recognition

Maryland State Advisory Council on Physical Activity Excellence Award 2011
Catalogue for Philanthropy 2011-2012
Montgomery County Nonprofit of the Year Award 2014
Catalogue for Philanthropy 2015-16


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