Girls on the Run of Champaign County

At Girls on the Run, we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curriculum which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k event.


When you partner with us, you make it possible for more girls to unlock their power and potential. Join Girls on the Run as we inspire, encourage and strengthen confidence in the next generation of women

Sponsorship Form & Benefits



Studies show that 3rd-8th grade is a critical period of time for girls. Their self confidence begins to drop by ae nine, 50% of girls ages 10 to 13 experience bullying, and physical activity levels begin to decline. 

A recent independent study found that the Girls on the Run intentional life skills curriculum, delivered by highly trained coaches, positively impact girls’ lives by helping them increase their self-confidence, develop healthy relationships, and feel good about themselves.

At an age when girls are constantly trying to measure up to ideas of who they should be when they’re still discovering who they are, Girls on the Run shows them that their potential isn’t just enormous, it’s beyond measure. 



Lessons are designed to build girls' self-worth and help them feel greater confidence in who they are. Activities help girls recognize their personal strengths and teach them how to stand up for themselves and others. 

By gaining awareness of the power they possess to make intentional decisions, girls learn to choose positive actions which demonstrate respect and responsibility towards themselves and others. 

Throughout each season, girls learn to respond to others and themselves with care and compassion. Lessons and activities further develop their abilities to sympathize and empathize both within and beyond their social groups. 

Girls on the Run lessons focus on cooperative skills and team building through a positive group setting. Girls learn firsthand how to create positive connections with parents and caregivers, teachers, peers, and their communities.

Our Program provides skill-building experiences to nurture girls' physical, social and emotional competencies that they apply in other areas of their lives such as home, school, and in the neighborhood. Completing a 5k at the end of the season gives them a tangible opportunity to apply all that they have learned. 

When girls develop and strengthen these life skills, they can thrive. More importantly, they can then develop a final skill: CONTRIBUTION. Girls on the Run inspires girls to build lives of purpose and to make a meaningful contribution to community and society. This comes to life though a key element of the curricula when each teams creates and executes a community service project.