Girls on the Run raises $55K during recent event

Girls on the Run fundraising participants

Girls on the Run of Snohomish County raised $55,000 during its recent Sneaker Soirée event.

The funds raised will ensure that the program can reach interested girls regardless of their family’s financial status.

“Because of our incredible supporters, we get the opportunity to empower more girls in our community to be their best selves and to make healthy decisions in their own lives,” said Megan Wolfe, Girls on the Run Snohomish County executive director. “I am extremely grateful for everyone who supports our mission to inspire girls to be healthy, joyful, and confident.”

The organization started in the Edmonds School District in 2015 with 40 girls in third through sixth grades. Since then, the program — which aims to build confident girls through a fun, experience-based curriculum that integrates running — has reached 1,600 girls in its first four years and expanded to 42 schools, including one private school, in seven school districts.

Girls on the Run has a goal of registering 900 girls in third through eighth grades in the spring 2020 season — an increase of 185 girls over spring 2019. Thanks to its successful fundraising, the organization will be able to offer financial aid to 50 percent of the girls and keep its registration fee low. The support also will help Girls on the Run provide running shoes and running clothes for participating girls in need and offer sports hijabs to the girls who need them.

Girls on the Run is an international program that meets in Snohomish County after school for 10 weeks each spring. Trained volunteer adult coaches present girls with strategies and skills for navigating through life — particularly through their pre-teen and adolescent years — and demonstrate the value of teamwork, healthy relationships, and fitness. Girls apply the lessons while running and finish the season with a 5K.

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2 Replies to “Girls on the Run raises $55K during recent event”

  1. This is all nice and good. So, many of us who have sons, wonder where the “Boys on the Run” program is. If there is none, can boys join up with the “Girls on the Run” program? Well, after checking, the answer is there is no “Boys on the Run” program and no, boys are not allowed on the “Girls on the Run” program. I guess boys are already so confident and so skilled at life that they don’t need these benefits that the girls are receiving from this program.

    Call me what you will, but when you look around and look at the statistics , boys are suffering from a lack of the very same things the girls are. But, I guess their “privilege” ” at being male will overcome any problems they have in life.


  2. Yes, it is obvious from your comments here that there is great need for boys and men to learn the same skills that GOTR teaches girls: lessons in empathy, community service, teamwork, and emotional intelligence.
    I participated with my son in “Y” Indian Guides, Cub Scouts and Scouts but there was nothing of that nature available for my daughter so I created a club by getting in touch with the fathers of her friends and called it The Father Daughter Club. Other dads jumped at the chance to spend time in a group with their daughters. Camping, fancy dinners and ball games were some of our activities. I hope you can find a program, sir. If there isn’t one to join now, perhaps someone like you who realizes the need could start one. The whole community would certainly benefit if positivity, support, and encouragement were more common responses to good news about a local non-profit making progress and trying to do good work.


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