Girls on the Run of the High Country

What We Do

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one-of-a-kind. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

Why It Matters

Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that by adolescence, girls' confidence drops about twice as much as boys'. Friendships become more complicated and challenging, girls' perception of their academic ability declines, the likelihood of anxiety and depression increases and participation in physical activity plummets.

It doesn't have to be this way.

We believe that EVERY GIRL is inherently FULL OF POWER and POTENTIAL. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

We Are Girls on the Run

Our Impact

Girls on the RunA recent independent study led by Dr. Maureen Weiss, an expert in Positive Youth Development, found that Girls on the Run’s intentional life skills curriculum and highly trained coaches positively impact girls’ lives by helping them increase their self-confidence and ability to develop healthy relationships.  Teachers routinely offer feedback that participation in the program increases academic performance and improves classroom behavior. Ninety-seven percent of participants said they learned critical life skills including managing emotions, intentional decision making, resolving conflict and helping others.

Girls on the Run is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada.

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

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

Our 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 and emotional health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and others

learn. dream. live. run.

Important Dates

Fall 2023 Season:

Spring 2024 Season:

Advisory Board

  • Stacy Sears, App State Academic Services for Athletes
  • Carol Cook, App State Department of Health and Exercise Science 
  • Talia Freeman, Beech Mountain Resort
  • Mary Sheryl Horine, Appalachian Institute for Health and Wellness
  • Heidi Tait,  Appalachian Institute for Health and Wellness
  • Lesley Sinkler Johnson, Beech Mountain Resort
  • Kate Prisco, Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation
  • Hallie Donadio, App State student
  • Gavin Colquitt,  Appalachian Institute for Health and Wellness
  • Megan Laws, Watauga County Schools
  • Haleigh Hogg, SkyLine/ SkyBest
  • Anna Oakes, App State University Communications