Girls on the Run International, Charlotte, USA

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Girls on the Run International, Charlotte, USA
Street address: 120 Cottage Place
City: Charlotte
State or Province: North Carolina
Country: United States
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Location coordinates: 35° 11' 54" N, 80° 49' 30" W
Executive Director: Liz Kunz
Contact number: 704.376.9817
Contact email:
Target: Girls
Organization type: International NGO (operating in multiple countries)
Sectors: Empowerment, Health


Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts.


Mission: To educate and prepare girls for a life time of self-respect and healthy living.

Objectives: The objective of Girls on the Run is to educate and empower girls at an early age in order to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future. At risk activities include substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, early onset of sexual activity, sedentary lifestyle, depression, suicide attempts and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.


  • To provide life-changing, high quality programs for girls
  • To provide life-changing and high quality experiences to the women developing and delivering the programs
  • To promote and provide an environment that allows girls and women to reach their full potential
  • To positively transform how girls and women perceive themselves and their place in society


The Program - Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Our core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development - their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors

Girls on the Run is the name of our organization, but we have two programs:

  • Girls on the Run -- for 3rd-5th graders
  • Girls on Track -- for 6th-8th graders

The psychological research and principal philosophy behind both programs is the same, yet the depth of processing varies in order to be age appropriate. The Girls on Track middle school curriculum allows for more mature processing around certain topics including eating disorders, internet safety, cyber bullying and tobacco and alcohol use.

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