Girls on the Run!

I wanted to talk to you guys a bit about this amazing not-for-profit organization that I discovered a few months back.  “Girls on the Run” started as an idea in 1993, when founder Molly Barker was seeking a way for young girls to learn their value and self-worth in a world where unhealthy and unrealistic messages often surround us. (source).

Girls on the Run (GOTR) started in North Carolina as a pilot program, teaching school-aged girls “to be joyful, healthy, and confident, using a fun experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.” It focuses on a set of core values that “prepare these young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.” (source). Today, Girls on the Run has spread to over 200 cities across North America, all based in elementary schools. At the end of each season there is even a Girls on the Run 5k where the girls, their coaches, and their families can get to together for a celebration of their achievements! GOTR also offers scholarships for those girls who’s families cannot afford to cover the cost of the program. Such a fantastic charity!

When I first heard about this incredible organization I knew that I just had to be a coach. I immediately began searching for volunteer positions available in my area. It was much to my dismay when I learned that my closest chapter, Girls on the Run Greater Toronto Area (GTA) did not include my city, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario (or any surrounding cities for that matter!) I immediately began to look into how I could help to bring this fantastic program to benefit the girls in my area.  I sent an e-mail to GOTR GTA and a few weeks later I got a phone call from GOTR Council Director, Rina DeDenato. Rina had some fantastic news! GOTR Greater Toronto Area is now GOTR Ontario and Kitchener-Waterloo is one of the first areas selected for a new pilot project looking at the development of new GOTR locations! Can you feel my excitement?  ….CAN YOU?

They all wear bib #1. Cutest.

What can you do?

  • If you live in K-W and you want to get involved, shoot me an e-mail! I’d love to see you at the information meeting going down on October 2nd at 7pm! Changemakers Coop, Party Room, 3289 King Street East, Kitchener, ON, N2A 4A6
  • Alternately, if you live in K-W and you have an elementary-school aged daughter who you think may be interested, let me know the name of her school so we can work on bringing the program there specifically!
  • If you live in the US or Ontario, Canada, and you have a daughter or know a girl who would benefit from the program, get her signed up! Not available at your school? Submit an application.  (Ontario).
  • Are you a runner? Become a coach! US volunteer opportunities are posted here and Canadians can send a quick e-mail from here.

I hope this encourages some of you to get involved with this incredible organization. Let’s get the word out so we can help our young girls feel empowered!


Happy Friday!






  1. Amazing x283848382929

  2. Hi Danielle! I found you via GOTR’s Facebook page. I’m planning to attend the information session in October as well and look forward to hearing more about the pilot project. After hearing so many great things about the GOTR organization, I am eager to find out how I can get involved! I’m hoping to learn about how the program will develop in more Ontario cities; I currently live in London, ON and think it would be a great fit for the girls in this area!

    • That is fantastic! Hopefully we can help to expand it as far as possible, such a great program! I will see you in October!

  3. Hi Danielle – found you on twitter! I love this idea, love running, and have a daughter in elementary school who also loves running! What age/grade is this targeted to? Hopefully I am able to come out to the meeting, I’ll have to make child-care arrangements or tote the kids along. Either way I am VERY excited about this!!!
    As a side note, check out or check out @run4rmh on twitter to find out what is running through K/W area this October!!!!

    • Hi Sarah!! The program is for girls in grades 3 through 8. I’m sure you could tote the kids if you need to! I hope to see you there! Checking out the site, very very cool!


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