At Girls on the Run of NOVA, we are creating a community of girls empowered to be their best, by teaching them the skills they need to be strong, confident, and healthy women.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving more than 50,000 girls since 2000, GOTR NOVA works to engage the entire community to positively impact the health and well being of the girls of Northern Virginia, their families and school communities, and the volunteer coaches who serve them.
GOTR NOVA is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, a network of more than 200 councils in the U.S. and Canada. By connecting our councils’ deep local roots with our strong national unity, Girls on the Run has become a powerful movement that is making a difference in the holistic health of girls, families and communities across North America. Together, we are inspiring girls to know their limitless potential and boldly pursue their dreams.
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Girls on the Run is a program for elementary and middle school girls that combines a 20-lesson curriculum addressing the psychological, sociological and physiological aspects of physical activity, with training for a 5K run. Teams meet twice a week, before or after school for 10 weeks.
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.
More Than a Running Program
When a girl joins Girls on the Run, what lies ahead is a life-changing experience that inspires girls to know and activate their limitless potential. Here’s what makes the Girls on the Run experience stand out above the rest.
Research studies show that Girls on the Run promotes the physical, mental, social and spiritual outcomes that help prevent unhealthy and risky behaviors in adolescent girls.
Two 75-90 minute sessions per week, delivered before or after school for 10 weeks for just $175 -- less than $7 per hour, plus free entry into the 5K (scholarships available).
Whether it’s training to run with your daughter in the 5K, cheering her on at the finish line, or reinforcing GOTR lessons using conversation starters from our Grown Up Guide, there are many ways you can be part of your daughter’s GOTR experience.
Girls on the Run 5K
This unique, end-of-season event brings together thousands of NoVA girls, their families, and community members for a celebratory 5K run. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment of the program, when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
Positive Role Models
Women with a desire to make a difference in the lives of girls volunteer their time as GOTR coaches to train and mentor the girls throughout the season.
Running, stretching and team building games are woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.
A nationally acclaimed curriculum that prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living, with lessons on positive self talk, choosing friends, nutrition and fueling pace.
Molly Barker starts Girls on the Run with 13 girls in Charlotte, NC and a mission to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect & healthy living
Rebecca Anderson files paperwork to establish a Girls on the Run Council in Northern Virginia for girls in grades 3-8
Girls on the Run of NOVA opens its doors as a 501(c)(3)non-profit with 27 girls at 2 schools in Fairfax County
Over the next 5 years, GOTR NOVA grows exponentially, serving more than 2,000 girls annually by 2006
GOTR NOVA expands to 8 Northern Virginia counties & cities, and the number of girls doubles to 4,767 annually
Girls advocate for GOTR at Virginia’s State Capitol. GOTR NOVA’s financial assistance to families grows to $100,000 annually
The Virginia General Assembly issues Joint Resolution No. 326, commending GOTR NOVA for its work to encourage self-respect & healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls
A research study by George Mason University of 2,700 GOTR girls reveals statistically significant differences in girls’ self-esteem, body image & physical activity after one season
GOTR NOVA launches Front Runners, partnering with corporations & foundations to directly impact at-risk school communities.
The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce names GOTR NOVA Non-Profit of the Year
GOTR NOVA grows to one of the 5 largest of the 200+ Girls on the Run councils operating in North America
GOTR NOVA reaches the 50,000 Girls Served milestone, and GOTR councils collectively surpass the One Million Girls Served mark
Heart & Sole curriculum is offered to meet the unique needs of middle school girls. Heart & Sole helps girls in 6th - 8th grade build life skills for adolescence and beyond.
GOTR NOVA is selected for the 2015-16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region's best community-based charities.
GOTR NOVA awarded a Fairfax County Volunteer Service Award, recognizing how our program effectively leverages the many contributions of our dedicated Volunteer Coaches.
Each of us is passionate about making a lasting difference in the lives of girls by helping them tap into their limitless potential, and igniting a belief that girls can achieve anything.
Director of Finance & Administration
Director of Fund Development
Marketing & Communications Manager
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Theresa Urban, Board President - 1406 Group, LLC
Jillian Katcher, Board Vice President - Marriott International
Tim Kelly, Board Treasurer - BB&T Insurance Services
Siri Oswald, Board Secretary - CRDF Global
Lonnie Davis - Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Margie Johnson - Acumen Solutions
Stephanie Johnson - The Boeing Company
Maureen Knight - Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
Alex Mirkow - Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Monica Schmude - Cigna
OUR ASSOCIATE BOARD
Rachel Alansky - Seamless HR Solutions
Emily Duesterhaus - L.F. Jennings
Stephanie Fichter - Job Corps
Katya Tomarev Gimbel - KPMG LLP
Simay Okyay - Clifton Care LLC
Jessica El-Hosni Pedersen - General Dynamics Mission Systems
Kristen Rachinsky - Gartner
Carolyn Elizabeth Rodehau - Population Council
Kerry Schneider - Friends of the National Zoo
Casey Shellenberger - International Association of Chiefs of Police
Cheryl St. Amant - Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority
Nicole Thorpe - Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School
Justine Weissenborn - Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Girls on the Run of NOVA is committed to using all program fees and donor funds to responsibility meet our mission, vision, and values.
Program fees are based on the direct and indirect costs of delivering our 10-week program and end-of-season 5K, and are detailed in What’s in a Fee?
Each year, GOTR NOVA provides an average of $150,000 in scholarships to make Girls on the Run possible for families who cannot afford the program fee.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Girls on the Run of NOVA is listed as a charity on Guidestar. Our Form 990, Audited Financial and Annual Report are available for your review.
Girls on the Run of NOVA was selected for inclusion in the 2015-16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region's best community-based charities. The Catalogue's vetting process is rigorous with evaluation based on program impact and fiscal soundness.