A Place of Belonging

Every girl deserves to experience the joy that comes from finding a community, developing friendships and confidently believing in herself. Girls on the Run creates a safe and welcoming environment where participants can discover their spark and take it far beyond the finish line. Why do we do this? Because we know that within every girl is a brave and worthy soul capable of achieving her dreams.



Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) at Girls on the Run

Belonging occurs where inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) intersect. Since the inception of Girls on the Run in 1996, our goal has been to create a welcoming and safe space where participants can have a meaningful and engaging experience. When we say “all,” we mean participants of all intersecting social identities, including all races, ethnicities, income levels, sexual orientations, religions and those with and without disabilities. Girls on the Run has set itself apart by weaving inclusive practices throughout everything it does — from curriculum development and coach training to hiring processes and vendor selection.

IDEA in Action

A recent external review of inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) within the Girls on the Run programming found that participants, families, and coaches overwhelmingly felt that Girls on the Run was inclusive, promoted diversity, and was accessible and equitable. The study also showed that:

  • Nearly 100% of participants agreed that they feel safe at Girls on the Run and that their coaches care about them.
  • 97% of participants agree that they can be themselves at Girls on the Run and feel included in all GOTR activities they wish to participate in.
  • 100% of parents/guardians who reported that their child requires accommodations to fully participate agree that their child could participate equally to their peers.
  • 97% of parent/guardians believe that the Girls on the Run coaches care about their child and who they are as a person.

Our Ongoing Commitment

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. We recognize that many girls face seen and unseen challenges and barriers that make reaching their potential more difficult for them than their peers. Research shows that Girls on the Run has a positive impact on all participants and has the greatest impact on girls who enter the program with lower perceptions of their physical, social and emotional competencies. This knowledge further underscores our responsibility to remove barriers to access and provide programming that is inclusive of and equitable to girls from all backgrounds and communities. We encourage you to learn more about our IDEA strategic objectives and progress towards our goals.


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Our Local IDEA Work

Our council is dedicated to every participant having the same high-quality experience.

Two Girls on the Run participants celebrate at 5K finish line
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Girls on the run program participant smiles with 5K participant
Girls on the run participant smiles with running buddy at 5K
Two Girls on the Run participants smile at 5K celebration
Girls on the Run participant wearing a hearing assisting device smiles during program practice