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The mission of Girls on the Run of the Bay Area is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We serve girls with programs in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, San Mateo, and Contra Costa Counties.



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



Founded in 2002, Girls on the Run of the Bay Area is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International. Girls on the Run of the Bay Area launched its first program in fall 2002 with five girls. Today, more than 1500 girls participate in our programs each year and we continue to add new program sites throughout the Bay Area.



Girls on the Run of the Bay Area provides an innovative running program for girls ages 8 to 13 that uses experiential learning to teach very specific and well-defined social and personal skills. The program culminates in a non-competitive community running event that gives the girls a chance to shine and an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Girls on the Run of the Bay Area offers 10-week programs during the fall and spring seasons. Volunteer coaches engage the girls in games and running-based workouts that encourage emotional, social, psychological and physical development. The girls meet twice each week after school for a total of 20 one-hour sessions.



We provide a safe environment where girls can express themselves, build confidence, and learn from each other. We believe it is critical to reach girls at an early age in order to teach them these important life lessons and to prevent at-risk behavior such as eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, obesity, and adolescent pregnancies.




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