Girls on the Run (GOTR) Memphis is currently recruiting program participants for the Fall 2022 season. Girls on the Run is an international nonprofit organization that offers programming that strengthens third- to eighth-grade girls’ social, emotional, physical, and behavioral skills. Led by volunteer coaches who are mentors committed to the holistic development of young girls, the program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Girls on the Run will bring its social and emotional programming to girls ages 8-13 in the Mid-South, twice a week for ten weeks, from September 6 – November 7. Online Registration is now open for program participants through September 5 at

“At Girls on the Run, we envision a world where every girl recognizes her inner power, embraces her individuality, and activates her limitless potential,” said Lipman. “Access and inclusion are our priority, and we don’t want to miss out on any opportunity to change someone’s life.”

Together with their coaches, girls explore topics and participate in activities that empower them to understand and value their physical and mental health. Girls on the Run targets the development of the WHOLE girl through mind, body, and spirit. The cost for the entire season is $150 per student. That fee includes a t-shirt, water bottle, cinch sack, and the 5K entry. Financial assistance is available to all girls, and no girl will be turned away for an inability to pay the total amount.

Since its inception in Memphis, the organization has served over 750 girls at approximately 15 program sites-including local parks, community centers, and public, private and charter schools. Each season the program culminates in a celebratory 5K, which will be held on November 13 at the Overton Park Shell. The race gives the girls a tangible sense of accomplishment.

About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run Memphis is a subsidiary of the national nonprofit Girls on the Run International, a physical, activity-based, positive youth development program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confident in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and themselves with care, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to the community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The ten-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event, giving them a tangible sense of achievement and a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls on the Run has served over two million girls since its inception in 1996.