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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.

Hello!  Online lottery registration for our fall season will open on 8/7.  The lottery will close on 8/9 at 7pm and the lottery will run then.  You will be notified via email on 8/9 if your daughter has been selected.  Registration will reopen on 8/10 and will be first come first served until all spots are filled.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Vikki at Vikki.szabo@girlsontherun.org

 

Looking forward to a fantastic fall season!

Please click below to receive our 5k Race brochure!  This will give you all the information you need to know about our upcoming race on May 14th including and events timeline and course map!

 

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I’m currently a coach for the Heart and Sole team in my hometown of Ramsey, NJ.  I was born and raised in Ramsey, went to college in Virginia, came back to NJ, and will be heading south again to pursue my Masters degree in Nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill this fall.  I’m looking forward to eventually teaching others about nutrition and wellness as a Registered Dietitian, and I hope to work with adolescent girls to focus on healthy eating and positive body image.  While I’ll be sad to leave my team here, I hope to get involved with GOTR in NC as well!
I first got involved with Girls on the Run in the spring of 2015, almost a year after my graduation from William and Mary.  As a recent college grad back home, I was missing the excitement of school and looking for more ways to be involved with activities and people outside of work.  I had been very involved with community service trips and organizations at school and wanted to give back to my local community.  When a family member told me about Girls on the Run, it seemed like a perfect fit.  I played field hockey and ran track in high school, and I have stayed committed to fitness recreationally in college and even now.  Even my interest in nutrition felt right for a fitness and overall wellness promoting group.  While physical health is certainly part of GOTR, I fell in love with the program for everything else it incorporates along with that.
Coaching GOTR is such a rewarding experience because I get to see the young girls on our team open up over the season and share their insight, intelligence, emotion, and vibrant personalities.  It’s incredible to hear the wisdom that comes from such young girls, and it’s motivating to know that this program fosters the self-awareness and connection to bring that out of them.  Even as an adult, and especially a young adult transitioning to a new stage of life, the lessons in the program are valuable and applicable to my own life.  I feel like I’m learning and growing right along with the girls, and the whole team transforms together.
Possibly the best thing about being a coach is that even if I’m having a bad day, I know I will go to practice and always come back in a great mood.  It might be because of wearing crazy socks, playing fun games, running laps to Taylor Swift and One Direction, or making a connection with the girls that reinforces my job as a role model and a part of such an uplifting program; whatever it is, it’s so worth the effort for the positivity it brings to the girls and coaches alike.
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Please welcome Sarah to our coaching team! This is her first time coaching with us! Sarah has 2 girls, Julia and Claire. She’s been a stay at home since Julia was born 10yrs ago. She enjoys coaching them in soccer and basketball and is looking forward to coaching them in GOTR! Sarah has played sports most of her life, playing soccer and basketball in college. Running was always part of conditioning for those sports and has become a regular part of her exercise as an adult.She loves going for a run in any weather and any season!

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We are looking forward to spring season and to meeting all of our new girls! We would like to introduce to you in the next few weeks to our coaching team! Our coaches are dedicated and also make lessons fun and exciting! Please meet Dr. John Taylor, one of our three male coaches this season!
John was Born & raised in Seattle, WA. He was a national high school All-American in football, and played collegiately at McPherson College. Currently he teaches physical education at Beloved Community Charter School in Jersey City, and formally starred on the Emmy-nominated reality weight loss television series, “Too Fat for 15.” John recently completed his doctorate in July 2015. He is married to Andreya, a world champion Irish Dancer and former cast member of Riverdance. He has two young children, Molly and Riley.
John originally got involved with Girls on the Run while teaching P.E. at Wellspring Academy in North Carolina. Wellspring was a school for obese middle and high school students, and he began a chapter there because he believed it would help address some of the social-emotional issues my students faced, and help improve their physical fitness and weight loss progress.
When John came to Beloved and found out there was a Girls on the Run council in the area, it was a no-brainer to reach and begin a chapter to address challenges his students face growing up in an urban environment.
Overall, John has coached a total of 5 seasons; 3 in North Carolina and 2 in New Jersey.
John loves Girls on the Run because of the way the program empowers his students, and helps them develop a belief they are capable of accomplishing great things. Whether it is physical, emotional, or social factors being addressed, the program helps every girl realize they are special, strong, smart, and deserve opportunities to be successful.
Thank you Dr. Taylor! You truly are amazing!

John