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Causes: Children & Youth, Girls Clubs, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Youth Development

Mission: Girls On The Run of the Triangle is an active character development program for girls that combines running and physical activity with important life lessons that focus on physical, emotional, mental and social health while building self-esteem and leadership skills.

Results: Results showed that the new measures were reliable with our group of girls and that they could be administered in much less time than our past measures. We conducted the analyses with the sample of girls who scored below the national mean on each construct. Girls who started with lower scores on each construct showed statistically significant and meaningful improvements on the 5Cs + 1 and physical activity and sedentary behaviors. For the total sample, percentage improvement across constructs was 31-50.5%, whereas 55.4-74.1% of girls improved who began with lower pre-season scores. Findings provide evidence that the new measures are appropriate for evaluation going forward with girls ages 7-13 years and that Girls on the Run is having a positive impact on youth development, particularly for girls who need the program the most.

Target demographics: girls ages 8-13

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,550 girls on over 100 teams located in schools and partner organizations all across the Triangle region.

Geographic areas served: Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties in North Carolina

Programs: characther development and physical activity to activate their limitless potential and become joyful, healthy, and confident.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been coaching a Girls on the Run team in the Triangle for five seasons. Even though I have been reassigned to teach at a different school in my district, I felt so strongly about the program, that I offered to coach again this year. The response from my team has been tremendous. We've doubled the size of our team, and the girls benefit so much! I've gotten a great deal of positive feedback from parents and the girls themselves about how the program has benefitted them. They feel more confident, feel part of a team, are empowered, and have such a sense of accomplishment between the running and the completion of our community service project. Coaching is one of my favorite roles and I can't begin to describe how much the experience has impacted me.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is committed to its mission of helping girls discover their limitless potential. The program is rich and often life-changing for girls. Both of my daughters participated in Girls of the Run and loved it. I've said many times that I wish the program had been around when I was young.

Sofi G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run is a great organization helping young girls love to run and build their self-esteem! I wish I had been able to participate in Girls on the Run as a child!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization not only serves an important function -- inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident -- but it is an extremely well-run organization. The staff, the volunteers and the board members are wholly committed to the mission and to ensuring that each girl has a life-changing positive experience, from the coaching sessions to the 5K. I am proud to serve such an amazing organization, and only wish they had GOTR when I was in grade school!

George44

Board Member

Rating: 5

My daughter is in her second season of the program and loves it. She has improved self-esteem and personal fitness.
The season ending 5K helps not only 3rd-8th grade girls exceed their personal goals, but folks from around the community are inspired to get out and finish a 5K.
Girls on the Run is one of the most recognized and inspiring non-profits in North Carolina. Parents, participants, and coaches are the heart of the organization!!! #CarrieOn #BeInspired

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GOTR of the Triangle is my go-to referral for girls and women who want to improve fitness, self-esteem, and leadership. As a professional in the Specialty Running Industry and pastor of an outdoor church, I trust GOTR to take care of any child I send their way. Grown Women looking for a place to tap in and make a difference as a volunteer coach??? GOTR is your platform.
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Board Member

Rating: 5

GOTR is an amazing nonprofit that benefits girls in 3rd-5th grades. It empowers the girls and gives them the tools to deal with a range of issues that will benefit them their whole lives. I have had a niece in the program and my little girl can't wait to become old enough--I would recommend this to anyone.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I wish GOTR had been in existence when I was a child! The program, while geared around running, is about so much more--building confidence, dealing with media images, understanding complicated life events from a kid's perspective, learning how to feel things honestly. And the sense of accomplishment at the end of a program--after the participant runs and completes a 5k at age 8, 9 or 10--is something that will remain with the child for the rest of her life. In 12 weeks, so much can happen for a young person: this program can help make these important years positive. Further, for volunteers and coaches, GOTR offers a great outlet for giving back to our communities in really fun ways!

Ann_144

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have followed GOTR for years and been involved in Quintiles sponsorship from its beginning. I love the concept and the mix of physical activity and empowerment and when the opportunity to contribute as a board member came along, I jumped! Since getting an inside seat, my admiration have grown even more! The sincerity and intention of the staff, coaches and volunteers is unmatched. The collective impact on our communities will be felt for generations. My daughter will be in 3rd grade next year and can hardly wait to sign up.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Girls On The Run is, quite possibly, the most underrated small non-profit in the Triangle. Their life skills and running programs offer powerful lessons to 3rd through 8th grade girls. My only wish is that their programs could be available to each and every girl in the triangle region.

Bob_109

Board Member

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! My daughter has run three GOTR 5K's and has grown so much in confidence, even though she's not even old enough to participate in the program itself yet. There is nothing like being surrounded by a diverse sea of slightly older girls showing their strength, confidence and community! I am serving my second year on the board of this organization and can attest to their commitment to serving as many girls as possible and helping thousands of girls in our area reach their potential. I feel so lucky to be part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GOTR is so much more than a running program, and its positive impact extends to coaches, volunteers, parents and the community. As a GOTR of the Triangle coach, I had the opportunity to see first-hand how accomplishment and camaraderie impacts the confidence and spirit of girls and truly does empower them to be themselves. The positivity is contagious. The insecurities and anxieties that can start to set in for girls at this age can be powerful. Addressing everything from bullying to unrealistic media images to the importance of service and community, GOTR reaches girls at a critical time in development and gives them the confidence and tools to live a happy and healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally.