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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.

Girls on the Run is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada.

Almost 10 years ago I joined my high school’s cross country team, persuaded by two overly enthusiastic friends of mine, I agreed to spend my afternoons running hills and laps around the school. Because an entire day spent there wasn’t painful enough. One invitational meet I was asked to run with the varsity girls and instead of jumping for joy, I wanted to cry. I was so nervous and didn’t believe I could do it. One of my coaches put an Eeyore sticker with the words “Suck It Up” written on my bib number. That day seemed pretty monumental to my 17 year old self. And although that specific race didn’t count toward our actual season it was still something I was scared to do. But I ran it, and I did okay. I sucked it up. Today I completed 9 miles in my training towards a half marathon (take that Eeyore sticker). This October I will be joined by my sister and brother in AC to run a combined 45.5 miles for the GOTR New Jersey North program. An organization my sister helped start. It brings young girls together to teach them to live happier and healthier lifestyles through the power of running. With the help of volunteers and coaches these girls build confidence and self esteem through a series of activities throughout 12 weeks, ending with a 5K race. Flanked by family and friends, girls as young as 3rd grade accomplish something pretty amazing. The lessons they learn in the 12 weeks will help them over the years grow into stronger women. So that when faced with something as small as a varsity race at 17 they’ll be able to say “piece of cake” instead of “I can’t do it.” My sister, Vikki will kick off our race weekend with a 10K, that’s 6.2 miles of hard running. My brother, Jim will be taking on 26.2 miles, and I will be hopefully nailing that 13.1. We’re running together as sole mates for GOTR NJN and of course, we’re running for ourselves too. If you have nieces or daughters, granddaughters or cousins, you’ll know some of the challenges young girls face today. This program is for them. Something I wish I had. So if you have a few extra dollars and you wouldn’t mind donating to our race the money will go to towards scholarships so that more girls will be able to experience the power of running. Please check out our race page at https://www.raceplanner.com/donate/Siblings-Running-Together#.VA-eqwMPzC4.facebook and for information about the GOTR program you can visit www.gotrnjn.org or the head page at www.girlsontherun.org. Thank you for reading! We appreciate your support!

 

Marra

Thank you to Coach Dehidra for putting this together!

 

Dear GOTR Coaches, parents and those that just love GOTR -
Starting on Friday, August 22nd we are starting our Pure Give campaign at Pure Barre Wyckoff (In Boulder Run) in an effort to raise scholarship money for Girls on the Run NJ North.  As the GOTR NJN council grows, so does the need for scholarship money as no girl is ever turned a way for financial reasons.  The well is running dry!  We will be hosting 2 donation classes at Pure Barre Wcykoff – the classes are “free” to attend in hopes that you will donate money to GOTR NJN.  The classes at Pure Barre are awesome, fun, no impact and an amazing workout – so as you donate money for a great cause, you also get the most amazing workout ever!
Here are the details for upcoming donation classes-please mark your calendars:
Wednesday, Sept 10th 8:00pm
Monday, Sept 8th 12:30pm
You are welcome to come to either one or both all you need to do is RSVP to me to let me know so I can keep track and not overload the class.  deihdra@mac.com
Here is the link for all you need to know for Pure Barre:  http://purebarre.com/technique/new-to-purebarre/
And here is the link to donate – it will go live on Friday, 8/22https://www.crowdrise.com/GirlsontheRunNJN
Thank you so much for your support!

Registration for our fall program will open on 7/29 at 7 pm.  Please register via our website.

We are excited to announce our Summer Social Media Campaign, entitled…”Where did your GOTR t-shirt go this summer?”  Please send us photos of yourself in your GOTR gear wherever your travels take you or don’t take you this summer!  We love to see GOTR gear everywhere: on vacation, at races, in your backyard!  You can email us at info@gotrnjn.org or post photos on facebook or Instagram.  Use the #gotrnjnsummer  We would love to share your photos with our followers!

 

We are so excited to present our Girls on the Run video highlighting our first five seasons!

 

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