Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$1,312 raised by 15 donors

7% complete

$20,000 Goal

Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento - over 20 years of empowering our region's girls! 

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker.  What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Our local council, Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento, began in 2002 with two coaches and one team of girls.  With the help of a generous community and hardworking volunteers, GOTR Sac now serves over 650 girls each year in our 4-county region (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties).

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit after school program that improves the health and well-being of girls ages 8 to 13 years old.  Girls on the Run combines a professionally designed curriculum with a 5K training plan that together encourages girls to develop self-respect and make healthy decisions.  The Girls on the Run program consists of two age-specific options: Girls on the Run for 3rd - 5th graders, and Heart & Sole for 6th - 8th graders.  The girls meet twice a week after school for the duration of the 10-week season and begin their meetings with a healthy snack, followed by the curriculum or lesson for the day, an activity that gets them warmed up physically and mentally, and finally the workout. Workouts progressively increase throughout the season to help participants build up the endurance they will need to complete the end-of-season 5K event.

The curriculum is broken up into three sections:
- Building a better understanding of who they are individually and what's important to them.  During this section they discuss issues such values, healthy eating, and handling stress.
- Learning the importance of teamwork and healthy relationships, including some of the difficult dynamics that happen in a group, such as bullying and peer pressure.
- Exploring how the girls can positively connect with and shape the world.  In this final section, they work together as a team to plan and execute a community impact project.

The goal is to encourage the girls to think about needs outside of their own, and to show them that despite their age, size, income, or gender, we are all capable of helping others.  At the end of each 10-week season, the coaches along with their teams have addressed critical issues that pre-teen girls are starting to face.  The season culminates with a community service project that the girls design and execute, as well as participation in an organized 5K event.  GOTR encourages positive emotional, social, mental and physical development in girls that will last throughout their lives.

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At Girls on the Run, we envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams!

Our life-changing after school program is designed for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.


We are proud to have had our largest year ever in 2023 serving approximately 700 girls in our region, and 2024 is proving to be even bigger with over 600 girls in our spring season! Sacramento-area girls need our program now more than ever, but financial constraints continue to keep many girls from being able to participate in Girls on the Run.

With over 50% of our GOTR girls this season requiring financial aid to participate, we rely the financial support of our community to help us meet the social, emotional and physical activity needs of girls in our region.

$15 Every dollar helps inspire girls in Greater Sacramento to be joyful, healthy and confident!

$25 Supply healthy snacks for one team for three practices

$35 Provide new running shoes for one scholarship participant

$50 Provide a healthy snack for an entire team for six practices

$70 Provide water bottles for two teams of 15 girls

$100 Provide new running shoes for three scholarship recipients

$185 Sponsor a scholarship for a girl who otherwise would be unable to participate

$250 Provides full registration, a brand new pair of running shoes, a brand new sports bra and cost of Running Buddy to participate in season-ending 5K!

$500 Supply healthy snacks for 5 teams for an entire season

$750 Provide new running shoes for a team of 15 girls

With only one full-time staff member, we are an almost completely volunteer organization. We are always looking for coaches to lead teams during our 10-week season and for volunteers at various ad hoc events throughout the year.

Equity Statement

At Girls on the Run, our core values guide our way.

We are deepening our ongoing and continual commitment to a world where every person can know and activate their limitless potential. We value the individuality and dignity of all people and are dedicated to being an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible organization. 

Organization Data


Organization name

Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Youth Development

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Other, Volunteers, In-Kind Donations

Demographics Served

Youth & Children, General population, Women/Female-identifying

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo


PO Box 19602

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US

Placer, CA, US



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