Girls on the Run at Seitz Elementary

Look out World, here come Seitz Elementary’s Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is a program created to inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The Seitz team, made up of 3rd through 5th graders, is lead by Tara Lowry (1st grade teacher), Danae McClure (5th grade teacher), Susanne Waddell (para-professional), and Aimee Fischer (para-professional), who each went through Girls on the Run training to become certified coaches.

We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. –GOTR Coach Tara Lowry, 1st grade teacher at Seitz

At the end of a season the girls participate in a celebratory 5k.

Girls on the Run was first established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina with the help of thirteen brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then seventy-five. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501(c)3 organization, was born.

What started with one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of over 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served over 185,000 girls in 2015, including its millionth girl! In the same year, Girls on the Run hosted more than 350 end-of-season 5k events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5k series the largest in the country, and launched a new middle school program, Heart & Sole, which is dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.

Girls on the Run has been featured by national media outlets including People, Runner’s World, Redbook, Women’s Day, O Magazine, Women’s Running, SELF Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Parenting, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR, ESPN and FOX Sports.

National Partners for Girls on the Run International include Athleta, Cigna, FOX Sport Supports, Gamma Phi Beta and SmartWool.

Girls on the Run core values:

  • Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
  • Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
  • Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
  • Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and others

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