Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Girls on the Run is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 225 councils across the United States and Canada.

We use the power of running to provide girls with the tools to:

  • Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
  • Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
  • Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
  • Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and others

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."

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GOTR in the News

Jan 1, 2017
Article: "Building Confidence and Relationships" (Queen of the Castle Magazine) Read more...
Jun 1, 2016
Photos of the 2016 Girls on the Run 5K are featured in the On the Scene section of 5ive for Women magazine! (5ive For Women Magazine) Read more...
May 19, 2016
Nearly 900 people attend 10th annual Girls on the Run event. (WEAU News) Read more...
May 12, 2016
Council Director, Kim Gillett of Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley joined Hello Wisconsin to talk about an upcoming 5K. (WEAU Hello Wisconsin) Read more...
Jan 7, 2016
Kim Gillett and Teri-Gene Conlin in Mom's Everyday interview. (Mom's Everyday) Read more...
Jan 7, 2016
Listen to Kim Gillett's interview on Wisconsin Public Radio's, Spectrum West with Alan Ross.

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Sep 17, 2015
Girls on the Run (GOTR), which has operated in Eau Claire County since 2006, has expanded to include Chippewa County (Chippewa Valley Post) Read more...
Aug 24, 2015
GOTR Chippewa Valley appearance on 'Daybreak'. (WQOW-18) Read more...
Apr 1, 2015
GOTR Article: "Fleet Female Feet" (Volume One Magazine) Read more...
Mar 13, 2015
If the Shoe Fits... Run! Night (WEAU News) Read more...
Mar 12, 2015
GOTR Two-Part Interview with Judy Clark on Community Calendar (WEAU TV-13) Read more...
Jan 9, 2015
GOTR Interview with Heidi (WQOW TV-18)
Jan 8, 2015
GOTR Interview on Mom's Everyday, 6:58AM (WEAU TV-13)
Jan 1, 2015
Article: "Running Toward Empowerment - How Looking Back Moves Them Ahead" (Queen of the Castle Magazine) Read more...
Dec 27, 2014
GOTR in the Eau Claire Leader Telegram (EC Leader Telegram) Read more...
Feb 10, 2014
Girls on the Run hosts Health Night! (WEAU News) Read more...
Feb 4, 2014
Today Interview: Girls on the Run (WEAU News) Read more...
Feb 1, 2014
Article: "Local Group Gives Girls a Running Start" (Queen of the Castle) Read more...
May 22, 2013
Mind Over Body (WEAU News) Read more...
Mar 23, 2012
After-school Running Program Teaches Girls Self Respect. (WQOW News) Read more...
Jun 28, 2011
Girls on the Run featured on NBC's "Making A Difference" series! Sonali Rajan, a Girls on the Run coach for Girls on the Run of Manhattan, was featured along with her team of GOTR girls on the NBC Nightly News series "Making a Difference!" (NBC News) Read more...
Apr 26, 2011
Running program builds girls' confidence and self respect (WEAU News) Read more...