Girls on the Run of Central Indiana is a life-changing, nonprofit program for girls in the third through eighth grade. Its mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
“The girls train twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls by trained coaches,” said Girls on the Run of Central Indiana (GOTRCI) Executive Director Lorri Brune. “The coaches not only help train and motivate the girls of all fitness levels towards their goal of running 3.1 miles but also teach our curriculum which focuses on understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world.”
The 20-lesson curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff and the community.
Incorporated initially as Girls on the Run of Hamilton County in 2010, GOTRCI has grown to include teams in Hamilton County as well as Boone, Clinton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Tippecanoe counties.
“We began our first season in 2011 with two teams in Fishers and Noblesville,” Brune said. “Today, we have 20 teams across seven counties and we’re still growing!”