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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.

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 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!



The deadline for a fall site is June 15th. We need your site application and three coaching applications prior to this date in order to have a fall site this season!

Nine year old, Hannah Nokes didn’t expect the amount of generosity that would come pouring in when she created a fundraising page for her Girls on the Run program. Hannah joined the Ramsey team this spring, needing a scholarship for the program. According to her Coach Terri Perri, “Hannah started the season, new to Girls on the Run and new to the community. What a joy it was to watch both her friendships and confidence grow throughout the season. She started out not knowing anyone, and ended as a TEAM with STAR POWER.” Terri started the Ramsey site after becoming the northern New Jersey’s first SoleMate. Solemates is a charity running program in which men and women pursue individual goals, such as running a marathon, to raise money for a Girls on the Run Council.
Girls on the Run is a positive youth empowerment program for girls in the 3rd-5th grade. Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. They will also train together and complete a 5k at the end of the program.
In an effort to give back, Hannah and her mother Amanda created a donation page when Amanda registered for the spring 5k. To date, Hannah has raised $1662 or 10 scholarships for other girls needing financial assistance. According to her mom, Hannah was very excited to have a chance to help other girls experience Girls on the Run. Hannah checked her site daily and personally thanked every single donor that came in. She approached everyone she knew and shared her experiences in Girls on the Run. Because of Hannah and her generosity, Girls on the Run New Jersey North will be able to provide the gift of GOTR to ten new families this fall season!


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Hannah aka “Bean” on race day with her running buddy, Leah!

Please check out our 5k photos at Jarred Bonica Photography 5k photos

Photos are available to purchase through his website.