Welcome to Girls on the Run – Maine
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit prevention program for girls in the 3rd through 5th and 6th through 8th grades. Our purpose is to provide girls with the tools they need to meet and navigate the challenges of adolescence, to inspire them to set and accomplish goals, and to encourage them to incorporate a physical activity into their daily lives. The 10-week, 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire the girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions.
All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
Girls on the Run – Maine is thrilled to have been so quickly welcomed into the Greater Portland Community! The parents of girls in the program have been very pleased with the changes they have seen in their daughters as a result of their participation in Girls on the Run. Here are just a few of the many positive responses we have received this Fall season.
“My daughter looked forward to each and every practice, and always had a smile on her face when practice was over. She felt like a valued member of the team.”
“She became more self-assured and unwilling to take stuff that she felt was unjust. She’d speak up about it.”
“My third-grader is much more emotionally intelligent, and she discovered that she loved running. She ran the whole 5K with a big smile on her face.”
“My daughter was more welcome in social situations at school, and on the school bus. It helped to have her involved in typical activities, and actually participate, rather than just watch others participate.”
“The best part for me as a parent was seeing how, each day went to GOTR, she came home energized and have surprised herself with what she was capable of doing. What a gift to her and to us, her family, to see her image of herself and her abilities blossom the way it has. We were thrilled to see the program reinforce the idea of intentional kindness we’ve tried to teach our children. We feel so lucky this program has come to our community. “
“She gained confidence and made new friends. She was sad to see it end. Can’t wait until next season!”