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Girls on the Run (for girls)Girls on the Run logo

Cheer on the girls as they complete their season at the 5k run through Sitka National Historic Park: see SAFV's facebook page at tinyurl.com/SAFVfb for current date and time.

What is Girls on the Run?  

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is an empowering and life-changing program for elementary and middle school aged girls. This international prevention program provides pre-adolescent girls with the tools necessary to embrace their individual strengths and to make positive decisions and avoid risky adolescent behaviors as they enter middle and high school. 
GOTR was established by Molly Barker, a four time Hawaii Ironman tri-athlete, in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and is a former high school teacher and track coach. She has also worked as a counselor addressing the needs of women with eating disorders, alcohol and substance addictions and depression.

Double Brace: Girls on the Run program couples physical activity with a whole-person philosophy and a wellness curriculum which provides girls with the positive benefits of physical activity without increasing the risk of unhealthy attitudes about body image and eating.

How does the program work?
This 24- lesson (12-week) program combines self-esteem enhancing life-lessons, discussions, and running games in a fun and encouraging girl-positive environment. The curriculum, based upon extensive research on adolescent behavior, is designed to address the many aspects of girls’ development—their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. The curriculum has been evaluated since 2001 and has shown to improve participants’ self-esteem, eating attitudes and body image to a statistically significant extent. The program culminates in a 5K run at the end of the 12 weeks.

How can I get this program in my community?
Thanks to the affiliate organization, AWARE, Inc., Sitka was able to get the training, materials, and support needed to implement GOTR for 3rd-5th grade girls at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary school. Now, two years into the program, we have grown from 1 team of 14 girls to 2 teams reaching a total of 30 girls. We hope to expand the program to include middle school girls with the Girls on Track curriculum by spring of 2011. 
Girls on the Run programs in Alaska extend from the Aleutian Islands to Ketchikan.  If you would like more information regarding GOTR or would like your community to implement this program please contact AWARE, Inc. and ask for Council Director, Ati Nasiah, at 1- 800-478-1090 or email atin@awareak.org

How do I get involved?
If you would like to volunteer as a coach, assistant coach or help sponsor this program please contact Julia Smith, DELTA Coordinator at SAFV, jsmith@safv.org  or 747-3370. If you would like your daughter to participate in Sitka’s GOTR please contact Meg Baier, Children’s Program Coordinator at SAFV, youth@safv.org or 747-3370. See below for pictures of Sitka’s GOTR spring 2009 and 2010.

Spring 2010

Spring 2009

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