Girls on the Run

Sunshine, sprinkles of rain & beautiful sunsets. That’s right, we’ve had spurts of spring weather and jumped right into warm summer-like days. This just means one thing: races, races, races. Let the outdoor training season begin! (I am aware you hardcore runners have been running outside since… well, you never stopped in the snow.) As we continue to shed our winter habits we come to find that every weekend a nearby town is hosting their 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, tough mudder – you name it, the list goes on and on.
The day before a big race is always a mix of nerves & excitement. Last October I geared up for my second half marathon of the year – IMT Des Moines. (Great course, just not a fan of the mini .1 detour we had…. you know what I’m talking about, right?) As I toured the Expo to pick up last minute goodies, grab a timing wristband, I was introduced to a great organization: Girls on the Run.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing every girl with the opportunity to create a world where “where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”

GOTR is an absolutely amazing opportunity that makes sense and I am so excited to share this with you. GOTR meets two times a week taught by certified GOTR coaches teaching life skills through interactive lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum 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 & motivate girls, encourage lifelong health & fitness and build confidence. At the end of each season the girls, running buddies & coaches complete a 5K – they reach their goal! As GOTR states: “The result – making the seemingly impossible, possible, and teaching girls that they can.”


In just two Friday (May 9th) our girls will be running their 5K. If you’re in the Des Moines area that evening – we could use some more running buddies to help each girl cross that finish line! So whether you’re a walker, jogger or runner, take a peek at your various local councils and get involved.

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