Our Organization

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to enhance participants' social, emotional and physical skills to successfully navigate life experiences. Our fun, interactive lessons meet the unique needs of participants of all abilities and backgrounds.


We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.


We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Our Organization

Girls on the Run Minnesota is a council of Girls on the Run International, proudly serving girls across the state of Minnesota. Since our council’s inception in 2011, we have unlocked the power and potential of 25,000+ participants and made a lasting impact on our community through participant-led service projects. Each year, more than 5,000 participants joyfully cross the finish line at a Girls on the Run Minnesota 5K!

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Inclusion & Diversity

Inclusion & Diversity

Girls on the Run is dedicated to inclusion, diversity, equity and access at all levels of our organization. Locally in Minnesota, we are committed to providing scholarships to any participant who needs it through our pay-what-you-can program and 5K registration fees, as well as providing running gear to anyone who need running shoes, pants and/or a sports hijab to fully participate. We also provide every volunteer coach comprehensive training to foster a positive, inclusive practice environment.

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

Financial Information

We recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making - that's why we are transparent with our financial information.


Did You Know?

  • Girls on the Run was founded in 1996 with 13 participants and has now served over 2 million from coast to coast.
  • Each season, program participants in 3rd-8th grade develop essential emotional, social and physical skills to successfully navigate life experiences.
  • Participants positively impact their communities.
  • Our programs, Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole, end each season with a celebratory 5K event.
  • Girls on the Run hosts hundreds of 5Ks per year across the United States and Canada, making it one of the largest 5K series in the world.
  • The National Afterschool Association (NAA) recognized Girls on the Run as one of the most influential after-school programs in health and wellness.
  • Because of its evidence-based impact, Girls on the Run has been featured in numerous publications and academic journals.