Girls on the Run Atlanta wrapped up their fall season with the 2018 Girls On The Run 5k presented by Piedmont Healthcare at Georgia State University Stadium. We braved the cold to run and let the girls reap the rewards of their training. All of their hard work paid off as they all finished and showed everyone how strong they are. As a coach for two seasons, I am still in awe of the commitment and benefits that Girls On The Run gives to all of the girls on our team. I saw walkers who couldn’t do a lap when they started the program turn into some of our fastest runners on the team. I encourage everyone to become a coach or get involved with GOTR. It really is a great experience. And as they say at Girls On The Run Atlanta: The finish line is just the beginning!
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a nonprofit dedicated to helping young women fulfill their potential by decreasing the percentage of at-risk activities and empowering a generation of self-aware girls who are tomorrow’s role models for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. GOTR offers a life-changing, experiential learning program that combines training for a 5k with character building and self-esteem enhancing activities. The program objective is to reduce the display of at-risk behaviors among participants by providing the girls with the tools to make healthy decisions and form positive self-images. GOTR serves girls in 3rd to 8th grades in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett. Approximately 52% of participants receive a full or partial scholarship. GOTR is proud to have never turned a girl away because of her family’s financial status. Nationally, there are 200+ councils in all 50 U.S. states using the same curriculum and program structure. Girls in Title 1 schools can participate on a full scholarship and receive the program, 5k registration (for the participant & family member) as well as a pair of running shoes. Find a location near you HERE and learn more about Girls on the Run HERE.