Girls on the Run & Heart and Sole

Girls on the Run & Heart and Sole

Girls on the Run is the name of our organization, but we have two programs:

  • Girls on the Run — for 3rd-5th graders
  • Heart and Sole — for 6th-8th graders

The Girls on the Run Program:

      • is an experiential learning program for 3rd-5th grade girls;
      • has an innovative curriculum designed exclusively for pre-teen girls;
      • includes running workouts and games that teach important skills such as how to make healthy decisions and resolve conflicts;
      • prepares the girls for a 5K run/walk event;
      • challenges and encourages each girl, whatever her fitness level; and
      • provides positive peer group experiences and role models for healthy living

6th-8th Grade Program


At Girls on the Run, we believe that adolescents bring a lot to the table. We also know that girls at this age often sort through conflicting messages about their worth, their abilities and their value. Our middle school programs help girls develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully.

Heart & Sole

Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s new program for middle school girls! Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.

The Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help, and more.

This 10-week program is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers. Physical activity includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k, which is the celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.