Any girl can be a runner and all can benefit from the healthy, empowering experience of running and racing toward a goal. Committed to inspiring pre-teen girls to respect themselves and their bodies, GOTR combines training for a 5K road race with uplifting workouts and team-building exercises at over 100 elementary and middle schools. Some 5,000 girls from diverse backgrounds join annually, 25% of whom are on free- or reduced-price lunch and cannot participate in most after-school activities because of the expense; for these young athletes, the program is offered at low to no cost (running shoes included). Committed to "full person" health, GOTR couples physical activity with prevention of high-risk behavior and promotion of self-esteem and body-size satisfaction and each practice ends with encouragement and positive reinforcement from the all-volunteer coaching team. Let's cheer for these young athletes, all the way to the 5K finish line.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Native American; Other

Population(s) Served: Women/Girls

Schools They Work In: Argyle MS; Ashburton; Baker, John T. MS; Bannockburn; Barnsley; Barrie ; Beall; Bells Mill; Belmont; Benjamin Banneker MS; Bethesda; Beverly Farms; Bradley Hills; Brooke Grove; Brookhaven; Brown Station; Burning Tree; Burnt Mills; Cabin John MS; Candlewood; Cannon Road; Carderock; Cedar Grove; Chevy Chase; Clarksburg ; Clearspring; Clopper Mill; Cloverly; Cold Spring; Concord Hill; Cresthaven; Daly; Damascus; Darnestown; Diamond; Dr. Charles R. Drew; Dufief; East Silver Spring; Echelon Academy; Fairland ES; Fallsmead; Farmland; Farquhar MS; Feynman School; Flora Singer; Flower Valley; Forest Knolls; Fox Chapel; Francis Scott Key MS; Gaithersburg; Garrett Park; Georgian Forest; Gibbs, Wiliam B. Jr.; Glenallan; Goshen ; Grace Episcopal; Great Seneca Creek; Greencastle; Greenwood; Harmony Hills; Highland; Highland View; Holy Cross; Holy Cross H&S; Holy Redeemer; Hoover MS; Jackson Road; John T. Baker MS; Jones Lane; Julius West MS; Kemp Mill; Kensington Parkwood; Kingsview MS; Lakelands Park MS; Lake Seneca; Lakewood; Laytonsville; Little Bennett; Loiederman MS; Luxmanor; Martin Luther King Jr. MS; Maryvale; Matsunaga; McAuliffe; McLean; McNair; Meadow Hall; Mill Creek Towne; MJBHA; MJBHA Heart & Sole; Montgomery Village MS; Neelesville MS; North Bethesda MS; North Chevy Chase; Oak View; Oakland Terrace; Olney; Our Lady of Mercy; Parkland MS; Pine Crest; Piney Branch; PlumGar Community Recreation Center; Poolesville; Potomac; Rachel Carson; Resnik; Ritchie Park; Robert Frost MS; Rock Creek Forest; Rock Creek Valley; Rock View; Rockwell; Rolling Terrace; Rosa Parks MS; Rosemont ; Sandy Spring; Sargent Shriver; Seven Locks; Sherwood; Sligo Creek; Sligo MS; Somerset; South Lake; St. Andrew Apostle; St. Barts; St. John the Evangelist; St. Peters; St. Peters Heart & Sole ; Stone Mill; Stone Ridge; Stonegate; Strathmore; Summit Hall; Takoma Park MS ; The German School ; The Siena School ; Thurgood Marshall; Travilah; Twinbrook; Washington Christian; Washington Grove; Waters Landing; Watkins Mill; Wayside; Weller Road; Westbrook; Westland MS; Westover; Wheaton Woods; Whetstone; William Tyler Page; Wilson Wims; Wood Acres; Woodfield; Woodlin; Woods Academy; Wyngate W/F; Wyngate Tu/F

  • Number of girls served annually:   5,000
  • % of girls on scholarship support:   25%
  • Amount of scholarship support annually :   $180,000+
  • Pairs of new running shoes given to our participants annually :   200

Awards & Recognition

Maryland State Advisory Council on Physical Activity Excellence Award 2011
Catalogue for Philanthropy 2011-2012
Montgomery County Nonprofit of the Year Award 2014
Catalogue for Philanthropy 2015-16


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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Girls on the Run of Montgomery County, MD is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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