Background

Welcome to Girls on the Run® Nashville! The Inaugural program began in Fall 2007.

Girls on the Run® (GOTR) Nashville and Girls on Track® (GOT) Nashville are 12-week after school programs for 3rd through 8th grade girls. The program uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Through interactive activities such as playing games, running, discussing health, wellness and other important issues, participants learn how to celebrate being girls. The girls are empowered with a greater self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building to help them become strong, confident, well-balanced young women.

Each session is led by trained coaches who guide and mentor girls through a fun and uplifting curriculum. Coaches teach specific life lessons such as dealing with body image and the media, resisting peer pressure, making healthy decisions and contributing to the community. Along the way, the girls train for a 5k (3.1 mile) run/walk event in which they participate as a group. Anecdotal evidence indicates an improved sense of identity, self-esteem, body image, eating attitudes and an increasingly active lifestyle.

History of Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run® (GOTR) was founded in 1993 by Molly Barker, MSW and four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete. Girls on the Run® is a non-profit organization with the mission of educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The innovative, experiential program combines training for a 5k event with life-changing self-esteem enhancing lessons that enhance social, physical and mental health in adolescent girls.

Today, there are Girls on the Run® programs in over 150 cities across North America, with tens of thousands of girls and women participating. GOTR have been featured in many media outlets including People, Runner’s World, Redbook, Women’s Day, O Magazine, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR, ESPN and Forbes.