What difference does it make if a girl enters her pivotal adolescent years self-confident and disciplined, with a strong sense of self-worth? For some, it makes all the difference. That is why Girls on the Run pairs evidence-based character education with running instruction. GOTR-DC coaches over 2,000 girls a year across all DC wards, equipping them with the skills and encouragement they need to meet life’s challenges: from peer pressure and bullying, to body image and healthy relationships. During each 10-week program, trained volunteer coaches mentor teams of 8-15 girls in grades 3-8, exploring key character education topics while helping the girls set individual goals and prepare for a season-culminating 5K event. Scholarships (provided to more than 60% of participants) ensure that girls of all economic backgrounds – 12,000 DC girls since 2006 – are empowered to believe in themselves, value healthy relationships, encourage their team, and have an impact on the community in which they live. Let’s give them support (and cheers) all the way to the finish line.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Women/Girls

Schools They Work In: The schools we serve varies from season to season, however, we serve girls in public, public charter and private schools.


  • Girls on the Run - DC serves girls in 3rd - 8th grade across all 8 wards with 167 teams this year:  
    Over 1,100 program scholarships were provided enabling girls across the District who could not otherwise participate in the program the opportunity to learn to be joyful, healthy and confident through the program.
  • Survey data:  
    Evaluation results demonstrate that girls who participate in Girls on the Run have increased self-esteem, improved body image, and are committed to physical activity.

Awards & Recognition

DC Council Ceremonial Resolution: awarded Spring, 2011 in recognition of the work Girls on the Run - DC has done to promote health and wellness for girls and women throughout all 8 Wards of the District.
Best Running Related Non-Profit, RunWashington Magazine, 2014
CareFirst's Healthy Walks Community Partner, 2014
CareFirst's Healthy Walks Community Partner, 2015

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Girls on the Run - DC is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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