Girls on the Run© is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in 3rd through 5th grade. Our mission is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. We do this by combining training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with healthy living education.
Our program instills self-esteem and strong values through life skills development, health education, mentoring and physical training. Our active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers and community helps make this happen.
In five years, the Kent County Girls on the Run program has grown rapidly. More than 700 girls participated in the 2009 season. We also hosted a Girls on Track program for middle school girls at two of our sites in 2009. Girls on Track members train toward a running goal in conjunction with age-appropriate discussions about topics such as eating disorders, alcohol and tobacco use, personal/Internet safety and harassment.
This is more than a running program. We’re here to encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development in girls.