Our Curriculum


Girls on the Run is a lot more than a running program. We are not your average sports program, or just another fun after school activity. GOTR incorporates physical activity to teach very specific and well-defined social and personal skills. We have a Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.


To achieve that mission we deliver our message to young girls through volunteer coaches and mentors. Our 10-week character building program of experiential learning through running teaches very specific and well-defined social and personal skills. The program culminates in a non-competitive 5K race event which gives the girls a chance to shine and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment


The 20-lesson curriculum is divided into three sections that explore the following three concepts:


  • A girl's self awareness,
  • her relationship with others and
  • her interaction with her community.

Curriculum Structure


Each lesson is divided into activities with specific functions to enhance the learning process.


A lesson begins with a "Getting on Board" activity, which brings the girls' focus to the topic of the day.


The girls then do a "Warm-Up" activity, which again focuses on the day's topic, but does so in a manner which actually serves to warm up their muscles, joints and cardiovascular system.


A "Processing" question and answer time follows the warm-up activity. The girls stretch while specific questions are asked to bring out the relevance of the "Warm-Up" activity to the topic. The goal of processing is to help the girls make connections and see how the lessons apply to their lives. Processing is the most important piece of each lesson. Processing relates the activities to the "real world" and requires good listening skills.


A "Workout" activity follows where the girls do a variety of running workouts that incorporate a game or a team goal that keep it fun.


The lesson concludes with the girls answering some final "Processing" questions related to the "Workout" Activity while they complete cool-down stretching.


Each session will "Wrap Up" with the coach expressing positive comments about individual and group behaviors. Each session also finishes with energy awards that recognize positive individual and group behaviors (awards are invented and decided upon by the girls).


Lesson plans are clearly laid out with required materials listed at the beginning. The 20-lesson curriculum is divided into three sections that explore a girl’s self-awareness, her relationship with others and her interaction with her community.