Our Mission:

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

The Program:

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.  Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age.  They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them.  Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships.  And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.  At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event.  This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.  Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.  Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.


  • Girls on the Run program: girls in 3rd-5th grade and their families
  • Girls on Track program: girls in 6th-8th grade and their families
  • Program Facilitators: coaches, volunteers, women of all ages and their families

National Recognition for Girls on the Run®:

Featured on CNN, NBC, ESPN, Real Simple, I-Village Live and in the following national publications: Shape Magazine, O, People, Better Homes & Gardens, Runner’s World, Fitness Magazine, Running Times, Cooking Light, Walking, Parent, American Girl, Healthy Kids, Glamour, Women’s Day, Redbook, Southern Living and extensive local media throughout the United States.

Program Design:

  • Three 24-lesson curriculums teach life skills through group processing, running games and workouts. The three-part curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes understanding ourselves, valuing teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
  • Girls choose and conduct a community service project
  • At each season’s conclusion, the girls complete a 5k running event as a group

Measurable Results:

  • Academic evaluations of the program show a statistically significant improvement in body image, eating attitudes and self-esteem
  • Evidence also indicates an improved sense of identity and an increasingly active lifestyle for program participants


Girls on the Run International is proud to partner with Athleta, Secret deodorant, Horizon Fitness, Skintimate, and Goody Products. Our national sponsors provide vital support to advance the mission of our organization. We also rely on grants, individual donations and fees. Girls on the Run® councils operate as independent 501(c)3 organizations or affiliate with established501(c)3 organizations. Councils are funded by program fees, individual contributions, corporate support and grants. The program is fee-based, however financial assistance is available to ensure the program is accessible to all who are interested.


Girls on the Run® councils collaborate with a variety of non-profit organizations, including community hospitals, recreation centers, public and private schools, YWCA’s, YMCA’s, Boys & Girls Clubs, health departments, law enforcement organizations, running & fitness clubs and universities.

Curricula Organization

The curriculum is divided into three parts:

  • The first eight lessons are centered on the girls getting to know themselves. Examining their values, their likes and dislikes, and who they envision themselves to be. As the girls get to know themselves, they are also sharing with each other. Lesson topics and learning goals include ‘fueling our healthy pace’, ‘centering: the importance of slowing down’ and ‘celebrating gratitude.’
  • The next eight lessons concentrate on team building, being supportive, learning to listen and cooperate, etc. Lesson topics and learning goals include ‘standing up to peer pressure’, ‘gossiping hurts everyone’ and ‘it’s okay to choose my friends.’
  • The last eight lessons relate to the world at large. This includes making a contribution to your community and learning to recognize and deal with the negative messages we often receive from the world (media awareness, negative peer pressure, etc.) Lesson topics and learning goals include: ‘learning about community’, ‘tuning into a new message (media literacy)’ and the development and implementation of a group community project.

The 24 lessons conclude with the opportunity to participate in a 5k event.

Seasonal Programming

Girls on the Run of Greater Rochester will offer a spring and fall program in 2013:

  • Spring Session: Ten week program meeting twice per week from March to May, ending with a 5k celebration event on June 1, 2013.
  • Fall Session: Ten week program meeting twice per week from September  to November, ending with a 5k celebration event on November 23, 2013.