About Us

Council Director - Janaule Bennett

Hi, I’m Janaule Bennett. I grew up in Michigan and went to Western Michigan University. I changed my major many times while at WMU but found the perfect major and minor. I majored in recreation and minored in social work. I also ran track while at WMU for four years, competing in the 400 meter run, 800 meter run and the 4x400 meter relay. I fell in love with running while at WMU and discovered a love for youth. In 2006 I moved to Indianapolis and furthered my passion for running. I started participating in 5ks, 10ks and half marathons. I’ve also fell in love with this city. My e-mail is janaule.bennett@girlsontherun.org

My Girls on the Run story
GOTR found me in 2004. I started coaching at an elementary school where I worked with the after school program. I even got the WMU track and cross country team involved as coaches and running buddies. I initially got involved because I was excited about getting young girls running but became passionate once I understood the lessons and how they affected the everyday lives of the girls in the program. The most rewarding thing about the program is seeing girls that would not run more the ten steps at a time during practice finish the 5k with determination, pride and huge smile on their face.

Who We Are

Welcome to Girls on the Run! – a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running."

The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

Girls on the Run is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations across the United States and Canada.

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.

Mission

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

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

Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:

Our History: How Girls on the Run Began

Girls on the Run® was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Girls on the Run® curricula, the heart of the program, provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. The earliest version of the 24¬ lesson curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of thirteen brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then seventy-five. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501c3 organization was born.

With the help of over 55,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North America each year. In 2012, Girls on the Run hosted 253 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, Self Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Parenting, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR and ESPN.

The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but rather in the words of the girls who participate. “Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain.” “I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.” “At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!”

That is success.

National Sponsors

Athleta
Cigna
Gamma Phi Beta
LEGO
Vibram
Janaule Bennett
Our Sponsors

                           

Girls on the Run of Marion County is sponsored by the Marion County Public Health Department

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