Girls on the Run is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls in third through eighth grade. The program combines training for a 3.1-mile running event with uplifting workouts that improve self-esteem. The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development in order to empower girls at an early age in order to prevent at-risk activities in the future. At-risk activities include substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, early onset of sexual activity, sedentary lifestyle, depression, suicide attempts and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.

The Program

Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in third- through eighth-grade girls. Our core curriculum addresses many aspects of a girl’s development - their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.


  • To provide life-changing, high-quality programs for girls
  • To provide life-changing and high-quality experiences to the women developing and delivering the programs
  • To promote and provide an environment that allows girls and women to reach their full potential
  • To positively transform how girls and women perceive themselves and their place in society

What can I expect my daughter to get out of the program?

  • The girls are placed into teams of no more than 15 with at least two GOTR coaches.  Lessons take place shortly after school and are held on the host site’s campus.
  • The program runs for 10 weeks and lessons occur twice weekly for 1½ hours, culminating with an end-of-season 5k run and celebration.
  • The cost of the program is $75 per participant, per season; scholarships available upon written request.
  • The girls complete the program with a stronger sense of identity, a greater acceptance of themselves, a healthier body image and an understanding of what it means to be part of a team.
  • The program is evaluated nationally each season through surveys and statistical analysis by Dr. Rita DeBate at The University of South Florida, Tampa.

What are parents saying about GOTR?

“My daughter is more aware of healthy eating and setting and reaching a goal."

"GOTR has helped my daughter increase her confidence and has taught her to take pride in her accomplishments."

"GOTR taught my daughter how to be a team player."

"The coaches were so positive. My daughter gained self-esteem with her peers."

"The program taught my daughter the importance of taking care of herself. “


For general information about Girls on the Run, check out the Girls on the Run website. To learn more about Girls on the Run of Tucson, check out the website at or email program coordinator, Sylvia Brown, at