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Girls On The Run empowers girls to recognize their potential one 5K at a time!

by: Sue Adler
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We all know that being an adolescent girl comes with a unique set of challenges, and Girls On The Run (GOTR) recognizes the importance of providing confidence, empowerment and a sense of community to young girls as they face these challenges. Girls On The Run believes that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge and can change the world! GOTR started by focusing with one school and 13 girls in 1996, and has grown to serve over 1,000,000 girls in over 200 councils in all 50 states, inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through the use of a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. They envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Here are 5 things that you should know about Girls On The Run and what they do:

  1. Girls on the Run is a youth development program that uses running as a tool to empower girls in 3rd-8th grade. During each 10-week season, more than 250 trained volunteer coaches from communities across Essex, Morris, Union, Mercer and Burlington Counties lead more than 1,000 girls through the life-changing “Girls on the Run” or “Heart and Sole” curriculum.
  2. During the spring and fall seasons, the girls are training toward completing a community 5K event. Seeing the girls cross the finish line, the thrill of this accomplishment written all over their faces, is one of the highlights of the program.
  3. The girls work with their coaches to initiate a community service project. Past projects include school/park clean-up efforts, bake sales to support local charities, visits to retirement communities, creation of care packages for those that are ill, and making toys/pillows for animal shelters.
  4. Girls on the Run fundraises in support of our “Every Girl Can Run!” initiative, which is our effort to expand our reach in lower income areas of our council territory by providing subsidized program fees for some program sites as well as financial assistance to the families who request it during program registration.
  5. One of Girls on the Run’s favorite mantras to share with the girls is: “Have Fun, be yourself, and try your best!” We also tell our coaches to “let your inner dork-light shine.” GOTR values unique gifts and authenticity!

There are so many amazing non-profit organizations serving the members of our communities along the MidTown Direct Train Lines. It is an honor for The Sue Adler Team to feature so many of these organizations through our 100th Home Sale Charity Program. We’re humbled by the work that they do and we are proud to feature each one by providing more in-depth information about them and how they serve. The 2017 Sue Adler Team 100th Home Sale Charity Program is up and running and first round voting is well under way! We invite you to learn more about how our Team will give away $20,000 across 6 local charities upon the close of our 100th home sale of the year, and how YOU can decide which charity moves on to the final round of voting. Visit to vote daily for your charity of choice, and the top 6 vote-getters will move on to the final round. To learn more about Girls On The Run and the amazing work that they do, please visit


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