Girls on the Run of Deschutes County
Educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of
self-respect and healthy living!
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being a girl
Molly Barker, Founder of GOTRI and Vision Keeper
Molly Barker established Girls on the Run in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996. A four-time Hawaii Ironman tri-athlete, Molly holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former high school teacher and track coach, Molly has also worked as a counselor addressing the needs or women with eating disorders, alcohol and substance addictions and depression.
The Girls on the Run curricula, the heart of the program, provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths as they enter middle and high school. Written by Molly and Dori Luke, L.C.S.W., it is based upon research in the field of adolescent issues. The earliest version of the 24 lesson curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of 13 brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then 75. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501(c)3 organization was born.
Today, there are Girls on the Run programs in over 150 cities across North America, with tens of thousands of girls and women participating. In 2007, Girls on the Run hosted over 70 end-of-season 5K events across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run has been featured in many media outlets including People, Runner's World, Redbook, Women's Day, O Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR, ESPN and Forbes. Molly was selected as a national speaker in Oprah Winfrey's "Hi Gorgeous" tour and in 2006, she was the recipient of several prestigious national awards including Redbook magazine's "Strength and Spirit Award" which recognizes individuals who are building a better future for all of us, the "Woman's Day Award" from Woman's Day magazine which salutes individuals who have used their vision and heart to help fix pressing problems and the highly prestigious "Heroes of Running Award" from Runner's World magazine. Corporate sponsors for Girls on the Run International include New Balance Athletic Shoe and Apparel Company, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes and Goody's Hair Products.
The true success of the program is told in the words of its past and present participants. "I used to be shy, but now I'm not anymore." "I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do." "Girls on the Run helps me feel awesome about myself!"
That is success!
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GOTR of Deschutes County
500 NW Wall
Bend, OR 97701