Welcome to Girls on the Run of Ottawa & Allegan Counties!
Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th 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.
The Girls on the Run mission is “We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running”.
Girls on the Run combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with healthy living education. Our program instills self-esteem through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training – all of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
Girls on the Run of Ottawa & Allegan Counties currently serves over 1500 girls throughout the spring seasons. We are the 4th largest Girls on the Run program in the nation, serving about 70 school sites and growing.
Girls on the Run is a lot more than a running program! It is our goal to help all girls grow into physically, emotionally, mentally and socially healthy women, to dream and achieve goals, and to become contributing members of the community.
Girls on the Run of Ottawa & Allegan Counties is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International, which has network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run of Ottawa & Allegan counties is also a program of Center for Women in Transition, a non-profit agency that responds to, reduces and prevents domestic and sexual violence against women. The Center for Women in Transition has provided prevention programs, crisis and supportive services in Ottawa and Allegan counties for more than 35 years.