Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We use the power of running to provide girls with the tools to:
Celebrate their unique self
Honor their voices
Recognize their gifts, and
Activate their personal power
Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, founded in 1996, by Molly Barker, a visionary, Ironman triathlete. Today, there are over 200 locations across the U.S. & Canada, with new locations added each year. Girls on the Run combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) event with healthy living education. We use exercise, positive reinforcement and encouraging role models to help girls discover the confidence they need in those critical pre-teen years and beyond. Through interactive activities such as running, playing games and discussing important issues, participants learn how to celebrate being their unique and real selves. Our hope is that every girl believes and can say, "I belong just the way I am."
Program registration for our 2014 season will open at 8:00 am on Saturday, December 7, 2013!
Registration will open at 8:00 am on Saturday, December 7, 2013!
If you are interested in starting a program or becoming a coach or have other questions, please contact Program Director Miyoko Beetem.
Give a Girl the Gift of Running!
Help us make Girls on the Run accessible to all girls by providing running shoes to girls in need!
Our goal is that any girl who wants to participate in Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley programs is able to, regardless of financial status. We provide scholarships to families in need but we need your help to get these girls running! Your donation not only helps us provide scholarships to get more girls involved but provides them with brand new shoes so they can participate in the program and be more active in their daily lives!
We are proud have the continued support of Sereno Group as our 2014 Program Sponsor! Thanks to Chris Trapani and Ryan Iwanaga, as well as agents Rebecca Smith, Kim Richman, Ed Graziani, Marc Roos, Christy Ying and Raylene Kahn for their support of Girls on the Run programs! Sereno has been a part of our program for over 6 years and we are happy to have them as our partners. We look forward to welcoming a few more agents to our sponsorship team by the end of December!
Interested in becoming a 2014 Program or 5K sponsor? Please contact GOTR Executive Director Kathleen Nestler for more information.
CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all of our amazing Girls on the Run, Girls on Track, GOTR & GOT coaches, parents, families, sponsors, volunteers, and community members who made our 10th Annual Girls on the Run 5K on Saturday, May 18th, 2013, such a great day! We are so proud of and grateful for each and every one of you! Visit our 5K Events page or our Facebook page for photos and more!
Celebrating record numbers and over 6,000 girls served from 2002-2013! 2013 marked our 12th year of programs in the Silicon Valley area! 2014 promises to be another fantastic year. We are looking forward to growing to more than 70 program sites and close to 1,500 girls and 350 amazing volunteer coaches for our 2014 season.
COACHES are the backbone of Girls on the Run and we could not do any of this without all of the amazing volunteer coaches who dedicate lots of time, energy and enthusiasm to the program! A special thanks to our Team Adelaide members, who are past and present coaches that step up to do even more for GOTR throughout the year. Visit our Become a Coach page for more information about coaching!
Thanks to our national sponsor, Athleta, for all that they have done to support us locally. We had an incredible time partnering with Athleta this summer as we launched our SoleMates program in conjunction with the inaugural Athleta Esprit de She 5K/10K run in Palo Alto on August 1st, 2013.
Become a SoleMate! Sign up for any event and use the power of running to make a difference in a girl's life. Visit our SoleMates page to learn more!
Thank you to our 2013 Girls on the Run 5K sponsors! Click here and scroll down to see a list of all of our amazing 2013 GOTR 5K sponsors. Click here to see a list of all of our 2013 sponsors and grantors.
Join our mailing list! If you would like to receive information on our upcoming programs and events, please be sure to sign up for our newslettersand visit our GOTR News page to see some great articles on Girls on the Run and our fun DVD!
Visit us on Facebook! Check us out on Facebook and be sure to "like" us! We post pictures and videos about our program too and it's a great way to keep up to date on what's happening here in Silicon Valley!