Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia is the largest independent local affiliate of Girls on the Run International, and was founded in 2000. That first Fall season, we served 27 girls in two Northern Virginia schools. Throughout the past 13 years, thousands of volunteers have helped to empower over 40,000 girls with the confidence and character they need to become healthy, strong women. Today, Girls on the Run of NOVA serves approximately 6,500 girls annually at more than 200 schools in eight Northern Virginia counties and independent cities (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park).
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 501(c)(3) organization was born.
With the help of over 55,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North America each year. In 2012, Girls on the Run hosted 253 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, Self Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Parenting, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR and ESPN.
Corporate sponsors for Girls on the Run International include Athleta, Secret deodorant, and Garmin.
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.
(Please visit Girls on the Run International for more information.)