Welcome to Girls on the Run—a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville was the first Girls on the Run independent council founded in Tennessee. It started with just three sites but now operates in more than thirty schools and clubs in Knox, Blount, Loudon, Anderson, and Sevier counties serving more than 300 girls per spring and fall semester.
The organization is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded by corporate sponsorship, donations, special events, grants, and fees. Fees are charged for participation in the program, but scholarships make the program available to all who are interested. We are proud to say that we are able to supply scholarships to more than half of our participants each semester and we never have to turn a girl away!
The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills, and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8–15 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. 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.
Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season’s conclusion the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.