Encouraging middle school girls to lead healthy, active and outgoing lives
Girls on Track, formerly known as Run Girl Run, is a year-long program that uses games, interactive learning, and training workouts to expose girls in grades 6 through 8 to healthy lifestyle choices.
The program begins with an intensive eight week summer session where the girls train for a 5k race (3.1 miles) while exploring a number of relevant issues including setting goals, addressing challenges and overcoming barriers, building self-esteem and positive body image, understanding good nutrition, and confronting peer pressure.
More Than Just a Running Program
During the school year, the program switches to monthly activities that expand upon these themes and introduce the girls to alternative forms of physical activity such as hiking, snow shoeing, cross training and yoga. The year-long program is capped by all the sites meeting with the governor in April, and participating in the Y.A.M Scram (two mile run) for the Vermont City Marathon in May. Girls on Track gives girls the time and space to be themselves and a place to learn, grow, laugh, run and play together.
How Does It Work?
In early spring, local schools, organizations, community groups and others can apply to be a Girls on Track team. Each team must have two dedicated coaches and approximately 10-15 girls. A statewide coordinator trains the local coaches, oversee the program and assists local sites throughout the year. The Girls on Track Coaches Guide contains lesson plans and training guidelines for each scheduled practice and meeting. Currently there are over 20 Girls on Track teams throughout the State of Vermont.Girls on Track is a program of Fit and Healthy Kids offered by Girls on the Run Vermont, Inc. in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health, and receives additional support from:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont
- American Heart Association
Would You Like to Request More Information?
- Use our online form to submit your requests and questions.