Who we are


Girls on the Run

Welcome to Girls on the Run! – a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running."


The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.


Girls on the Run is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200+ locations across the United States and Canada.


Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.


Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.


Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.


Our History


How Girls on the Run Began

Girls on the Run® was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Girls on the Run® curricula, the heart of the program, provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. The earliest version of the 24¬ lesson curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of thirteen brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then seventy-five. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501c3 organization was born.


With the help of over 55,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North America each year. In 2012, Girls on the Run hosted 253 end-of-season 5k events across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run has been featured in many media outlets including People, Runner’s World, Redbook, Women’s Day, O Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Self Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Parenting, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR and ESPN.


The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but rather in the words of the girls who participate. “Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain.” “I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.” “At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!”


That is success.


Funding

Girls on the Run and STRIDE of Coastal Carolina is funded by fees, donations, grants and assistance from the Wilmington Family Y. The programs rely entirely on the generosity and support of local individuals, businesses and organizations.


This is a map of our service area and the other Y's under our council.

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Below is a list of cities that are in each county.


Brunswick

Ash
Bolivia
Calabash
Leland
Oak Island
Ocean Idle Beach
Shallotte
Southport
Sunset Beach
Supply
Winnabow

Carteret

Atlantic
Atlantic City
Beaufort
Cedar Island
Davis
Emerald Isle
Gloucester
Harkers Island
Marshallberg
Morehead City
Newport
Salter Path
Sealevel
Smyrna
Stacy
Stella
Williston

Columbus

Bolton
Brunswick
Cerro Gordo
Chadbourn
Delco
Evergreen
Fair Bluff
Hallsboro
Lake Waccamaw
Riegelwood
Tabor City

Craven

Bridgeton
Cherry Point
Cove City
Dover
Ernul
Havelock
New Bern
Vanceboro

Jones

Comfort
Maysville
Pollocksville
Trenton

New Hanover

Carolina Beach
Castle Hayne
Kure Beach
Wilmington
Wrightsville Beach

Onslow

Camp Lejeune
Holly Ridge
Hubert
Jacksonville
Mccutcheon Field
Midway Prk
Richlands
Sneads Ferry
Swansboro
Tarawa Terrace

Pender

Atkinson
Burgaw
Currie
Hampstead
Maple Hill
Rocky Point
Willard

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