Welcome to Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley

At Girls on the Run, we offer life-changing, physical activity-based after-school programs for girls in 3rd through 8th grades throughout Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Our goal is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. During the 10 weeks from March through mid-May, the girls train for the Girls on the Run 5K run/walk while learning life skills such as healthy decision-making and teamwork. Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has over 200 councils in all 50 states across the US.

New Study Demonstrates that Girls on the Run Transforms Young Girls' Lives!

We are excited to share the results of an independent study, conducted by leading youth development expert Dr. Maureen R. Weiss, that provides compelling evidence that participating in Girls on the Run results in lasting, transformative change!

  • This groundbreaking study found that 97% of girls learned critical life skills at Girls on the Run, including managing emotions, resolving conflict at home, helping others, or making intentional decisions, that they are using at home, at school, and with their friends.
  • In addition to learning critical life skills, the study showed that Girls on the Run inspired a long-term impact that positively changed grils during the program and beyond. In fact, 85% of girls improved in confidence, competence, caring, character, or connection to others.
  • Girls who were the least active at the start of the season increased their physical activity level by more that 40%.

The study affirms that at an age when girls are contantly tyring to measure up tho ideas of who they should be when they're still discovering who they are, Girls on the Run shows them that their potential isn't just enormous, it's beyond measure.

For more information on this study click HERE and watch the video below!

Interested in coaching or starting a new site?

We had a fantastic season with Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole programs at a record-breaking 102 program sites in 2017! More than 470 amazing volunteer coaches committed to inspiring our girls to lead healthy, active and joyful lives. If you would like to join these awesome volunteers for the 2018 season, we have an Information Night coming up in Santa Cruz.

Here are the details:

- Tuesday, September 26 - Information Night in SANTA CRUZ at the Louden Nelson Community Center (301 Center Street, Santa Cruz) at 6:30 pm

Join us for a fun evening where we'll answer questions about volunteering as a coach and what's needed to start a Girls on the Run program at your school. This event is open to everyone - men, women, parents, neighbors, teachers, community volunteers, etc. - so feel free to spread the word! Please click 
HERE to RSVP for the session. We hope to see you there!

And, if you can't wait and want to learn more about coaching right now, click 
HERE  to find out more about the coaching commitment.

Once you're ready to sign up as a coach and/or start a new team, click HERE for our 2018 Program Site Information Packet. It includes details about how many coaches you need, as well as requirements to start a program at your school.

Please click on the links below for the applications. 
Questions? Contact Program Director Denise Pang at denise@gotrsv.org.

The Girls on the Run 5K - Mark your calendars for May 19, 2018!

Our 2017 event has come and gone and it was a lot of fun!  Click HERE to see pictures from the event, and mark your calendars for next year's event: May 19, 2018 in Vasona Park, Los Gatos

We love our sponsors!

Thank you to our 2017 "JOYFUL" Presenting Program & 5K Sponsor, Sereno Group!

Thanks to Chris Trapani and Ryan Iwanaga of Sereno Group, as well as agents Ed Graziani, Rebecca Smith, Kim Richman, Marc Roos, Chad Hester, Raylene Khan, Adena Anderson, Owen Halliday, Alice & Alicia Nuzzo, Carol Jeans, Diane Schmitz, Priti Whatley, Kirsten Reilly, Victoria Attanasio and Douglas Marshall for their support of Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley. Sereno has been a proud sponsor of our programs for over 10 years and we are happy to have them as our top program sponsor and long time community partner!

Thank you to our 2017 "Power Up" Program Sponsor, Athena Camps!
This past year we also welcomed Athena Camps as a new program sponsor!  Athena Camps provided special water bottles to all of our 2016 program participants and we are thankful for the support of their founder Aby Ryan, who is also a past GOTR coach and current Team Adelade member!  Athena Camps is committed to be our "Power Up" sponsor again for 2017!

Become a  Sponsor or Grantor!

We are very excited to have many of our past sponsors and grantors return for another year of supporting Girls on the Run and our 5K event!  Click HERE for a list of all our current 2017 sponsors and grantors.  If you are interested in beoming a sponsor, please contact kathleen@gotrsv.org or visit our sponsorship page HERE.

Girls on the Run In Action!

Educating and Preparing Girls for a Lifetime of Self Respect
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