Ethical veganism results in a profound revolution within the individual or or

Girls on the Run

GOTR logo


Girls on the Run


One girl put it this way, “I learned that I am the boss of my brain.”  Girls on the Run inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms.  It’s a place where girls learn that they can.  No Limits.  No Constraints.  Only Opportunities to be remarkable.

 What We Do:

Me +Relationships + Community

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement.  The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches includes three parts:  understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.  Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. 10 weeks. 20 Lessons.  1,000,000,000 girls and counting.

Simple, engaging and extraordinary.  The result?  Healthy, confident girls who can.

 At Girls on the Run, we believe that adolescents bring a lot to the table. We also know that girls at this age often sort through conflicting messages about their worth, their abilities, and their value. Our middle school programs help girls develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully.


Heart & Sole:


Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s new program for middle school girls! Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.

The Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help, and more.

This 10-week program is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers. Physical activity includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k, which is the celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement. 

 Fall 2017 sites will be announced during the summer of 2017.  Please check back for site information.



Become a Coach:

Girls on the Run East Central Illinois is a volunteer-based organization.  Our program is possible because of the amazing volunteers who donate their time and talent and provide invaluable support to empower girls across East Central Illinois for a lifetime of healthy living.  Volunteer coaches work directly with 3rd-8th-grade girls to the Girls on the Run and the Heart &Sole programs.  Coaches will lead the girls through fun, and active lessons while helping them prepare for the celebratory 5K at the end of the season.

If you are interested in coaching during the next season of Girls on the Run, contact Sarah Dowell at