Why Your Daughter Should Join Girls on the Run

Elementary and middle school are some formidable years, especially for girls and especially in 2016.


Every single day, young girls are told how they should look, act, feel, and be. This information comes at them from peers, parents, the Internet, celebrities and even kid-friendly TV programming. That’s a lot for a little girl to handle!


Girls on the Run is the answer to the pressures your daughter is facing. Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade.


The program isn’t just about running. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.


The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K 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.


Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, GOTR teaches life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 20-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.


GOTR is the kind of after school program that not only keeps your daughter engaged, but also teaches her to love herself, others, and her community. The local chapter of GOTR serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties. Click here to see if your daughter's school has a program.


For more information on Girls on the Run in Savannah and the surrounding areas, pick up the latest copy of South magazine.