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The mission of Girls on the Run is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
Girls on the Run of Northwest Washington is a council of Girls on the Run International and an affiliate of the Whatcom Family YMCA.
Girls on the Run is an experiential learning program for 8 to 12 year old girls that combines training for a 5k runing race with life-changing, self-esteem enhancing, uplifting warm-ups and workouts that encourage emotional, social, mental and physical development. The 24 lesson curricula empowers girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building as well as a commitment to enhancing their communities, as of which helps them become strong contented and self-confident women. Lessons include topics to enable girls to grow strong during adolescence. Topics include dealing with body image and the media, resisting peer-pressure, making healthy decisions, and contributing to the community. Each session is lead by trained female volunteer coaches that guide and mentor girls through the fun and uplifting curriculum.
Girls on the Run is NOT a program that trains girls to compete at an elite running level. It is NOT a program targeting obesity, although an indirect outcome of the program will be a healthier, fitter and more "alive" girl! Girls in the Run coaches do NOT need to be elite runners. Any woman, who lives a healthy lifestyle and is committed to improving the lives of girls, can serve as a GOTR coach!