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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of Girls on the Run-DC (GOTR-DC) is to provide preteen girls (grades 3-8) in Washington, DC, and Prince George's County with an innovative experiential learning program that pairs a proven character development curriculum with running instruction. The life skills curriculum equips girls with the information and empowerment they need to meet life’s pressing challenges: from peer pressure to bullying, body image to healthy relationships and healthy living. During each 10-week program (offered fall and spring) girls will develop and improve competence, build confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and self with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. The girls also set goals and challenge themselves physically as they prepare for a culminating 5K race, where the finish line is just the beginning.

Results: Nearly 2,200 girls became Girls on the Run in DC last year and learned they have limitless potential. The curriculum, which is written by educators, piloted, tested and rolled out across 225 councils encourages girls to make thoughtful decisions, improves their self-confidence, body image and increases their physical activity along with imparting life skills that can be applied now and into adulthood.

Target demographics: girls in 3rd - 8th grade learn to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that integrates running.

Direct beneficiaries per year: nearly 2,200 girls across all 8 wards of Washington, DC, and in Prince George's County, MD

Geographic areas served: Washington DC and Prince George's County, MD

Programs: the life skills curriculum which equips girls with the information and empowerment they need to meet life’s pressing challenges: from peer pressure to bullying, body image to healthy relationships and healthy living.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run is such an amazing organization! I was so excited to run a half marathon this past spring with their Solemates program, and felt so supported with all of the training and fundraising materials and consistent check-ins. The more I learned about the important cause and their mission, the more motivated I was to train and contribute in any way I could. I'd love to be more involved in the future and run another race as a Solemate. Thanks for all you do, GOTR!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this organization and their 5k! I went to their race to volunteer and had a great time seeing the girls have a wonderful day. Great mission

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thank you so much for your support! Volunteers like YOU make the work we do possible! We hope to see you at our Fall 5K on November 18th at Anacostia Park!

Tessa Elizabeth B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Girls on the Run! I went to a workout class for them a while back and loved learning about what they do. I would love to get more involved but they have many ways around DC to give back. Way to go GOTR!

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thanks so much for your support, Tessa! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed our workout class:) Feel free to email grace@gotrdc.org to learn more about our volunteer opportunities! Also, please visit our website at www.gotrdc.org to learn more. We hope to see you at our Fall 2018 5K on November 18th at Anacostia Park! More info here: https://www.raceplanner.com/registrationinfo/event/7NJ37R7BI83P0UX

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group with an amazing goal! I went to a couple fundraiser fitness classes and profit shares with GOTR - such a fun way to help girls in the area be there best selves! I'm looking forward to working with them more this year. Thanks for all you do GOTR !!!

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thanks so much for your support! We're so glad to hear you have enjoyed our fundraising fitness events! Your support is what allows us to serve 2,200 girls a year! Please visit our website at www.gotrdc.org to learn more ways to get involved. We hope to see you at our Fall 2018 5K on November 18th at Anacostia Park! More info here: https://www.raceplanner.com/registrationinfo/event/7NJ37R7BI83P0UX

Lydia M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an amazing event, I recommend to all my friends! So inspirational to see all the girls, volunteers, family and friends get so involved in this race. The day is filled with so much fun, acitivities, music and obviously the best part- the RUN!!!

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thank you for your support, Lydia! We're so glad to hear that you had an amazing at the experience at our 5K. Participants like you made it a great day! We hope to see you at our Fall 2018 5K on November 18th at Anacostia Park!

Sarah A.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved all of the Girls on the Run - DC events I have attended. Whether it's running at the biannual 5k or attending a workout class in support of the organization, they do a great job at putting on events in support of young girls in the DC area. What an amazing cause to teach girls that they are strong and can do anything!

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thanks so much for your support, Sarah! We are so grateful to have supporters like you to help us serve girls across DC and Prince George's County! We hope to see you at our Fall 2018 5K on November 18th at Anacostia Park! More info can be found here: https://www.raceplanner.com/registrationinfo/event/7NJ37R7BI83P0UX

Donor

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run DC is an amazing organization with great people working for them. They organize wonderful benefit events that bring the community out to support a good cause for young girls in the area.

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thanks so much for your kind words! We hope to see you at our Fall 2018 5K on November 18th at Anacostia Park! More info can be found here: https://www.raceplanner.com/registrationinfo/event/7NJ37R7BI83P0UX

Aedan R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of my favorite non-profits -- making a difference in young girls' lives from an early age to encourage a new generation of strong, empathetic, and courageous young women. Have loved coaching, volunteering, and running with these girls and women.

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thank you so much for your kind words and support, Aedan! We are so grateful for supporters like you that allow us to empower and inspire girls across DC and Prince George's County! We hope to see you at our Fall 2018 5K on November 18th at Anacostia Park! More info can be found here: https://www.raceplanner.com/registrationinfo/event/7NJ37R7BI83P0UX

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first year as a Girls on the Run coach was amazing! As a primary grade teacher in my school, I knew the girls I was coaching, but did not have many interactions with them. After our season began, the relationships I formed with the girls, and the relationships they formed with one another, was so powerful. The girls and coaches were so excited for school to end and practice begin. This is even after some of the girls stayed for an hour more of instruction or have already had an athletics practice prior to our session! Their personal growth and triumphs were rewarding and really carried into all facets of their life. Hearing of how they could apply the skills they gained and see them become confident young ladies was so rewarding.

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thank you so much for your kind words, Morgan! It is because of passionate and positive Coaches like you that we are able to serve our girls! You are providing them with such an amazing and important experience. We are so grateful for your support and service and are touched to hear of the impact the program had had at your school!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GOTR DC is SUCH a great program! Being a GOTR coach has enabled me to do two things I love - running and being a role model for younger girls. It is a nice balance of curriculum and being active. The girls really look up to their coaches and it is so rewarding to watch how they grow throughout the season. The end of the season 5ks are awesome, especially the one in the spring around the mall!

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thank you for your kind works! We're so glad to hear that coaching has been such a positive experience for you. We are so grateful to have you serve as a positive role model to our girls and allow them to have this experience. We hope to see you at our Fall 5K on November 18th at Anacostia Park, and our Spring 5K on June 2nd at Freedom Plaza!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been aware of GOTR for several years as I would occasionally see my neighborhood school's team practicing and thought "what a great concept." Recently my exposure to the program has been as a parent of two girls that participated for four straight seasons. Watching my two girls experience the program has been fantastic. I always knew that the exercise portion was something that could make a girl feel better about themselves, but the whole curriculum has been wonderful to observe. My girls have talked about the lessons and shared their perspectives on how the conversations have helped them navigate some tough social dynamics. They feel stronger physically and emotionally because of the program. GOTR is a wonderful addition to their education!

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thank you so much for sharing! We always love to hear the impact of the program on our families and girls and are touched to hear what GOTR has provided your daughters. We hope to have you and your daughters involved for many seasons to come - as runners at our 5Ks or junior coaches for our teams!

Keisha6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering with Girls on the Run during their spring 5k run event. I was so inspired by the camaraderie and positive energy - it was absolutely magnetic. I love GOTR's mission of creating confident and capable young ladies. I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to participate in the program.

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GraceK 10/18/2018

Thank you for your kind words, Keisha!! We are touched to hear that our 5K inspired you and are so grateful for your support. We hope to see you at our Fall 5K on November 18th at Anacostia Park. More info can be found here: https://www.raceplanner.com/registrationinfo/event/7NJ37R7BI83P0UX

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Girls on the Run DC for over 5 years and I have brought it to two different schools in DC. This incredible program provides an amazing experience for so many girls across varying backgrounds and social economic status. As a coach and site liaison, I have seen our girls grow in self confidence, self esteem and developing a more healthy lifestyle. The lessons are engaging and the girls are always so excited to reach their goal in distance as they work up to their 5k. You know you've made an impact when you go by the local park and see the girls running with a family member encouraging their own family to be more active! Furthermore, my current school is 100% sponsorship and support my girls get from GOTR-DC is truly amazing, from having a corporate sponsorship to providing my team with shoe scholarships. This program is truly amazing and has such a strong positive impact in girls lives.

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GraceK 10/16/2016

We're very grateful for your passion for the mission and the girls. Thank you for helping change girls' lives!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls on the run DC is one of my favorite non profits in DC. The mission is so simple: help little girls of all wards feel more confident and stronger through the use of a creative running program that also teaches them healthy habits. I love that girls of all 8 wards follow the exact same program and that many girls (60-70%) are on scholarships from girls on the run. They get to all run together for the 5K which is awesome! The staff is passionate and very supportive, going above and beyond to support volunteers. Getting involved always brightens my day!!

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GraceK 10/16/2016

We're truly honored by the amazing support of our community in giving girls the chance to participate and learn life skills that will help them now and into adulthood. Thank you for your remarkable support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run has been an incredible experience for so many girls across the country. As a coach for over 10 seasons, I have seen our girls grow and learn so much about themselves over the years. The lessons are so beneficial in promoting self-esteem, healthy lifestyles and positive relationships. The girls are so proud of their accomplishments and watching the smiles on our girls faces as they cross the finish line of the 5K is priceless. The program has done so much for my students and I'm so glad we've been able to positively influence so many girls with this amazing program!

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GraceK 10/16/2016

Thank you! Because of you, girls in our community learn that they have limitless potential!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GOTR has had my heart for many, many years. As a native North Carolinian, where the program originated, I learned about the program through my father who died in 2005 after a battle with cancer. As the father of two girls, he connected deeply with the mission of GOTR and encouraged me to get involved since he knew I was passionate about running. In celebration of his legacy, I became a coach and a founding board member of the local DC Board. It has been an extraordinary privilege to watch the organization grow and mature through the years. Thoughtful leaders have helped the program expand its reach, thus impacting thousands of girls lives.

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GraceK 10/14/2016

We are so honored to have your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run - DC is one of my favorite nonprofits! I had the great pleasure of joining the founding board of the organization and have witnessed the incredible growth and impact GOTR has made in DC. There is outstanding leadership on staff and on the board and they do an excellent job of recruiting coaches and volunteers to support the program. Every parent I have ever talked to has always raved about the program and the positive impact it has had on their daughter. I have participated as a buddy runner in their 5K races and I am always inspired by the girls and their enthusiasm and determination. I strongly encourage everyone to get involved with this organization...run in the 5K race, be a buddy runner, participate in the SoleMates program, coach a team, be a donor...you won't regret it! Girls on the Run is so much fun!

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GraceK 10/14/2016

Thank you! We're grateful for your support and passion for the program.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run - DC is a phenomenally well-run and positive program for young girls! Having interacted with this organization as both a coach and now a board member, I have seen firsthand that every aspect of the program is thoughtfully aligned to the mission and focused on providing a great experience for as many girls as possible in DC, along with their families and the many volunteers that happily give their time to support this great work. Every season, the hundreds of girls who participate walk away with a broadened mindset and useful tactics to become healthy, confident and joyful young women!

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GraceK 10/14/2016

We love our volunteers who bring joy to young girls each and every day! Thank you for your dedication.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful program and experience, both for the participants and the volunteers. It's incredibly gratifying to watch the girls learn and grow across the season, and a ton of fun for everyone involved - especially the 5k! The coaching structure is well-organized and supportive, providing every resource needed along the way.

Mary463

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run is a phenomenal organization that provides it's volunteers with superb resources to provide first rate training to grade school aged girls to not only enable them to successfully complete their first 5K, but also to empower them to stand up against peer pressure, bullying, and a variety of social issues facing young women today. Girls on the Run also puts on a first-rate 5K at the culmination of each semester's training program that is simply excellent. I cannot say enough good about this organization and what it does for young women and the way it equips its volunteers to execute the mission.

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GraceK 10/14/2016

Thank you for your heartfelt comments! It makes us smile when volunteers like you join our organization to change girls' lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful nonprofit with low overhead and great recruitment of repeat and new volunteers!

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GraceK 10/14/2016

Thank you very much for taking the time to comment and for giving back to the girls in our community through volunteerism!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As someone who has worked in the field of education for over 10 years, I’ve always believed in giving back and acting in a way that will better the lives of others. My involvement with Girls on the Run - DC is no exception. I had the opportunity to coach and act as the site liaison for Girls on the Run in spring 2015 at a school in NE DC. I had prior exposure to Girls on the Run, so I knew what an incredible organization it was, and I was excited to get involved on a deeper level. As I started coaching, practices became the highlight of my day. We only had six girls on our team, but they were so committed. Practice provided a safe space for them to talk about things that they couldn’t always talk about in the classroom walls. They actively participated in lessons and we could see them becoming more self-confident with every conversation and every run. All of our girls completed the 5k at the end of the season and every parent of our girls came to support them. In a school that often struggles with family engagement, I think this showed how important this was to the girls and their families.

Although every girl on our team grew throughout the season, there was one particular girl who really came out of her shell over the course of the season. She was the quietest girl on the team, as well as the only 8th grader, and she often would not speak up in practice. She also needed a lot of encouragement to run in practice. As the season went on, she became more comfortable and opened up more in practice. The other girls on the team would encourage her, both to speak up and to run. I often ran with her in practice to encourage her to run for longer periods of time before walking because I knew she could do it. She was awarded a spirit award by her teammates at the end of one of the practices, and you could see how much it meant to her by the smile on her face. I was especially proud to see her finish the 5k at the end of the season.

To continue my giving to Girls on the Run, I decided to become a SoleMate for the Marine Corps Marathon this past fall. It was my 6th full marathon and raising money for one of my races is something that I’d been wanting to do for awhile. Seeing the impact Girls on the Run has on young girls and knowing how many girls in DC need a scholarship to participate, I knew my money raised would be meaningful. I was able to raise over $1000 through the generosity of my friends, and I feel great knowing that will allow more girls to participate. I look forward to continuing to give back to Girls on the Run and continuing to make a difference for girls throughout the District!

If you want to support Girls on the Run-DC, consider volunteering at the upcoming community 5k, coaching at a local school in the spring, or making a donation here http://cfp-dc.org/dy0I.

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GraceK 10/14/2016

You're a remarkable example to the girls in the program. Thanks you for your story and sharing the impact the program makes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a community coach with Girls on the Run for four seasons over the last five years. As a nonprofit professional, I've always been impressed by how smoothly GOTR operates. They've been the ideal program to volunteer for -- they have a clear sense of mission and provide an incredible opportunity in the community, they make volunteering as easy as possible for interested coaches, and they are incredibly organized when it comes to complex logistics, like the 5K for 1000+ girls and their parents. Staff has always been flexible and responsive, such as when nearly 30 girls at my school site wanted to participate in the program. They were open to us nearly doubling the size of our team and supported us by recruiting new community coaches so we could provide a safe and fun opportunity for every girl. The program is also fantastically designed for its target audience -- 3rd-5th grade girls--and provides coaches with all the materials, from curriculum to balloons and stickers, that we need to implement it. I've consistently been impressed with how the girls immediately "get" the program and start incorporating lesson tenets into the way they approach challenges and opportunities in their daily lives. It's been a great experience every year, and I'm looking forward to next year.

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GraceK 10/14/2016

Our coaches are so crucial to delivering the program to the girls in DC! Thank you so very much for your comments.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Great organization to work with and raise funds for young girls.

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GraceK 10/14/2016

Thank you for supporting young girls in DC! We raise funds for 60-70% of the girls in DC in order for them to be able to participate, and your support is crucial to giving them this chance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great way to engage young girls in exercise and awesome curriculum to help them apply life skills.

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GraceK 10/14/2016

Thank you for volunteering to create a community where young girls can become strong leaders of tomorrow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a coach for GOTR for three years and have had a very positive experience. The program targets many important situations kids encounter as they are growing up. It helps give them the skills and confidence they need to move through these challenging situations, while adding the importance of physical activity and nutrition. It is a well organized and balanced program.

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GraceK 10/14/2016

We ❤ our coaches!!! Thank you very much for giving girls the opportunity to find their confidence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with GOTR-DC has been extremely fulfilling. The girls are eager to learn and practice their run. They feel so accomplished towards the end of the semester. For some of the girls that had a chance to join for the second semester, they were able to encourage family members to run with them. It has been an amazing experience and I'm looking forward to the upcoming school year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GOTR has had an amazing impact on my students. This will be my fourth season coaching, and I think this is one of the best afterschool programs that girls in elementary school can be involved with. The girls learn basic principles of fitness, but also how to live a healthy lifestyle throughout the course of the program. We noticed the girls in school using positive techniques to solve conflicts, deal with bullying, and supporting each otherwith positive language during the school day. The effects of the program are long-lasting and easily observable. Also, the sense of accomplishment that the girls feel after finishing the end of the season 5K race is amazing! This race helps the girls learn a can-do attitude. The staff at GOTR is great, they are extremely responsive and ready to help whenever and however they can. The program offer scholarships for girls need as well as free shoes. So, the program is accessible to all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GOTR is an incredibly powerful program for the young girls in our school! The curriculum is well paced and well organized and builds self-esteem and coping skills while also teaching perseverance and cooperation skills. The GOTR office is efficient and well-organized and logistics always run smoothly. They support coaches well and empower us to empower our girls!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a coach with Girls on the Run for several seasons and each season is more rewarding then the next. This a great organization for Youth Development and Character Building for Girls. The staff is great. The program is highly organized and effective.

It is amazing to see the girls blossom over a season and to see them become part of a team and form bonds with other girls through team discussions and running. At the very beginning of the season, there are always a few quiet girls, and without fail, a few weeks in, they want to share and are as excitable and outgoing as the others, and their individual personalities come out. This idea of helping girls bring out their personalities and get rid of that self-conscious exterior that many of us carry with us is part of what brings me back season after season.

Grace, who is now a 6th grader summed up exactly what Girls on the Run aims to achieve in an end of a season note: "Dear Coach Elyse, Thank you for making it possible to do Girls on the Run. I felt like I couldn't do it, but you urged me on and made me feel like the one and only Grace. You made the impossible, possible."

If you aren't able to commit to coaching, the organization has many one day volunteer opportunities and social fundraising opportunities such as Solemates.

This is easily the most rewarding and best non-profit that I have volunteered with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Girls on the Run for about two years now. I had first found out about the organization by the Northern Virginia branch. We use their same race course and had learned a lot about the race aspect but never the program. Once Girls on the Run DC moved into our office space, I quickly learned all about the program and wanted to know how I could get involved. I am now a coach at one of the GOTR-DC locations and am LOVING the experience. I never realized how much girls at this young age have to go through at school and with their friends until I was entrenched in the age group again. Its hard to believe you forget so quickly. I have been motivated and inspried by these girls that come out twice a week to RUN and learn more about themselves and how to react to the dangers of being a teenage girl. I have never run a 5k and cannot wait to run with my girls. What a great program and GREAT EXPERIENCE this has been for me!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a current coach for GOTR-DC. I began coaching this past fall and have had nothing but a wonderful experience. The service this provides the girls, the modes, healthy lifestyle choices and enrichment is beyond words. My girls know the mission, and the big goal. Nothing beats seeing their faces on race day when they step over the finish line. They know they can achieve whatever they put their minds too!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run makes a critically important difference in the lives of young girls and its work is truly commendable. My dear friend is a Girls on the Run coach and her stories have moved me to tears. Furthermore, I have watched her personally learn more about the importance of self-esteem (through her experience as a coach), and she's used the strength and perspective gained to inspire her friends and family - and it's helped in a major way! Girls on the Run doesn't just help its immediate participants - it has stakeholders it doesn't even know about.

1 Kate B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a GOTR coach for three years and I love it! The girls learn to be confident with who they are. The lessons and runs during practice teach important life skills. Running the 5 K at the end of the season is an amazing way to celebrate all that the girls have accomplished. I love watching the girls dye their hair, cheer each other on, and blot over the finish line. They are still smiling days after the race. Today I held practice and here are a few comments the girls made:
- I wrote my running goal in my journal, so it is serious. I need to accomplish it.
- The rubber bands from practice yesterday reminded me I was beautiful all day.
- You are five times beautiful.
I'm constantly hearing remarks like this from the girls. This program empowers them.

1 Rupert H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have 2 daughters. One has done GOTR and one is in the program now. I have found that both children have increased their awareness of both the importance of taking care of themselves physically as well as the respect and friendship due their peers covered in the curriculum. It is most noteworthy at the biannual 5K where their comradery with one another and their obvious pride at achieving the goal of completing the 5K is proof of the programs success (at least for me). GOTR is an essential tool in providing balance for young impressionable girls at a vulnerable period in their childhood.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Girls on the Run DC when I moved to Washington DC almost 2 years. After helping out with the spring 2010 race, I was so inspired by the energy, enthusiasm, and empowerment of the organization that I wanted to help out more!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run empowers girls to recognize, celebrate and achieve their personal best. GOTR instills the confidence needed to meet one's goals, and promotes a positive, healthy image that is critical for the longerm physical and emotional well-being of young people, in particular girls. It also creates a strong sense of community; the idea that while each individual crosses the finish line, the victory is not theirs alone, but one in which all of one's peers and coaches played a significant role through ongoing and active encouragement and support. GOTR is a positive force in a world of complicated and daunting messages about beauty, fitting in and being cool. The lessons learned will last a lifetime.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

GOTR is an amazing program which builds young girls' self-esteem and fosters healthy life choices through group discussions and running.

As a volunteer coach and parent of a GOTR participant, I see the workings of program from the inside and out. As a coach, I see the impact the program has on the girls on my team. Sure, there are those girls who are the front-of-the-pack runners who amaze me with their speed, but it is those girls for whom running is a real challenge that inspire me and show the power of the program.

For the first few practices, there was a core group of girls who did not believe they could run. They thought they were too slow and not good enough to keep up with the other girls. By practice #10, these girls, through their perseverance and self-confidence, ran more than they ever had in any practice. They finished with some physical discomfort from the run, but you would never know it from the elation and pride displayed on their faces. It was so great to see.

The icing on the cake was when I asked each girl to make a sign for herself - describing something she likes to do, is good at, or about herself. One girl drew a sign with three simple, yet powerful words - "I have confidence".

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

We have so enjoyed Girls on the Run. It's been an amazing experience for our girls to learn independence, gain self confidence and get healthy outdoor exercise.

Kristen and the team at DC GOTR have been great to work with -- I am the site coordinator for Lafayette and have continually been impressed with their enthusiasm and high level of organization.

The parents and families involved are also very enthusiastic to have GOTR at Lafayette, the largest elementary school in DC. And we plan to continue to offer GOTR to our girls.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter was a participant in Girls on the Run in its early days in Washington, D.C. Despite that she is now too old for GotR, she comes out for every race; she and I usually serve as course marshals, standing somewhere in the "out back" part of the race course and directing the runners as they come by.
In recent races, she has taken to directing traffic for most of the race. When only the stragglers are still coming by, she finds a girl who is having a particularly hard time of it. She leaves her position and joins the struggling girl, often taking her by the hand. Thus encouraged, the girl finds the energy to get back in the race and make it the rest of the way; the two of them complete the race together.
I have seen with my own eyes what a difference GotR has made in the life of one girl in particular, and a number of others in passing (literally: they passed right by me). I'm on the board to see that it keeps doing that.