Our History

How Girls on the Run Began

Girls on the Run® was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Girls on the Run® curricula, the heart of the program, provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. The earliest version of the 24­ lesson curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of thirteen brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then seventy-five. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501c3 organization was born.

With the help of over 120,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 168,000 girls in 225+ cities across North America each year. In 2014, Girls on the Run hosted 333 end-of-season 5k events across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run has been featured in many media outlets including People, Runner’s World, Redbook, Women’s Day, O Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Women's Running, Self Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Parenting, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR and ESPN.

National Partners for Girls on the Run International include Athleta, LEGO, Cigna, Gamma Phi Beta, Vibram and SmartWool.

The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but rather in the words of the girls who participate. “Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain.” “I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.”  “At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!” 

That is success. 

Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley History

Since starting its inaugural program with eight participants in the fall of 2006, Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and an independent council of Girls on the Run International, has grown into a council that is projected to serve girls at 28 different schools in the spring of 2018. The goal is to continue to expand the program's reach so it is accessible to all preteen girls in the Chippewa Valley who desire to participate.

GOTR-CV has been offered at the following elementary schools during our 10-week spring program: Altoona (Gr 3), Altoona (Gr 4-5), Augusta, Augusta, Cadott, Crestview, Fall Creek, Fall Creek MS, Flynn, Jim Falls, Lakeshore, Locust Lane, Meadowview, Montessori, Northwoods, Osseo, Putnam Heights, Robbins, Roosevelt, Sherman, Southview (CF), Stanley, Stanley, Stillson (CF), YMCA.

Contact us if you are interested in starting a site at your school in the Chippewa Valley!