Girls on the Run began in Kansas City in 2007. Initially, two councils existed - Girls on the Run of Johnson County and Girls on the Run of Kansas City, Missouri.
In 2012, seeking to combine resources and expand the program to reach the maximum number of girls in the Kansas City area, the Board of Directors of both organizations voted unanimously to combine the councils. On July 1, 2012, Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City was established.
Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City serves over 4,000 girls ages 8-13 years old each year. Our program sites are located at more than 115 different schools and community centers in 15 counties throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.
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 navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. 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.