At Girls on the Run of NOVA, we are creating a community of girls empowered to be their best, by teaching them the skills they need to be strong, confident, and healthy women. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving more than 50,000 girls since 2000, GOTR NOVA works to engage the entire community to positively impact the health and well being of the girls of Northern Virginia, their families and school, and the volunteer coaches who serve them. GOTR NOVA is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, a network of more than 200 councils in the U.S. and Canada. By connecting our councils’ deep local roots with our strong national unity, Girls on the Run has become a powerful movement that is making a difference in the holistic health of girls, families and communities across North America. Together, we are inspiring girls to know their limitless potential and boldly pursue their dreams.
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Girls on the Run is a program for elementary and middle school girls that combines a 20-lesson curriculum addressing the psychological, sociological and physiological aspects of physical activity, with training for a 5K run. Teams meet twice a week, before or after school for 10 weeks.
Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.
MORE THAN A RUNNING PROGRAM
When a girl joins Girls on the Run, what lies ahead is a life-changing experience that inspires girls to know and activate their limitless potential. Here’s what makes the Girls on the Run experience stand out above the rest.
Research studies show that Girls on the Run promotes the physical, mental, social and spiritual outcomes that help prevent unhealthy and risky behaviors in adolescent girls.
Two 75-90 minute sessions per week, delivered before or after school for 10 weeks for just $175 — less than $7 per hour, plus free entry into the 5K (scholarships available).
Whether it’s training to run with your daughter in the 5K, cheering her on at the finish line, or reinforcing GOTR lessons using conversation starters from our Grown Up Guide, there are many ways you can be part of your daughter’s GOTR experience.
GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K
This unique, end-of-season event brings together thousands of NoVA girls, their families, and community members for a celebratory 5K run. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment of the program, when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
Women with a desire to make a difference in the lives of girls volunteer their time as GOTR coaches to train and mentor the girls throughout the season.
Running, stretching and team building games are woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.
A nationally acclaimed curriculum that prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living, with lessons on positive self talk, choosing friends, nutrition and fueling pace.