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 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.
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 Southern Maine! 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 Spring season.
“Well, the girl likes to run now! She has a smile from ear to ear when she does and the rest of the family cannot catch up.”
“I was proud of my daughter for going back to finish the celebratory run with her friend who was the last one to finish. I think that level of support and encouragement is something she learned from the program.”
“Less comparing herself to others. No more statements of “I can’t do it”. I think it helped her to value her own uniqueness. I would love to see this program for more kids.”
“She was very worried about being able to run (she initially didn’t want to sign up), and she gained confidence as the season progressed. She says she definitely wants to do it again in the fall.”
“I saw many changes in my daughter. Thinking things through, striving to do her best, she even is doing better with school academics!”
“I definitely noticed a change in her confidence level. She also seems to be taking more responsibility for her actions and overall seems to have matured a lot in the past three months.”