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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Girls on the Run

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Girls on the Run registration for the spring 2021 season is now open. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in third through fifth grades to be joyful, healthy and confident. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of 6 to 14 girls for an eight-week program that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community.


This program has inspired girls in the Apache Junction area for over 11 seasons and has impacted the lives of over 60 girls. Jasmine, a 2014 participant, has been very successful on her high school’s track team and said she probably wouldn’t have joined had she not participated in the Girls on the Run program. 


This season, Girls on the Run (third to fifth grades) will be offered in-person at the Multi-Generational Center. Each team will meet two times a week for 90 minutes and participate in research-based lessons that use dynamic discussions and fun running games to teach life skills. The season will culminate in a 5k event that brings together family, friends and community members to celebrate the girls’ growth throughout the season.


The 2021 season runs February through April with the final 5k held on Saturday, April 24 (in-person or virtual TBD).  Physical distancing and safety measures will be in place as necessary at each practice. Should the need arise; we can switch to a virtual based program. 


Due to the gracious donation from the Lost Dutchman Marathon Inc., the program fee is reduced to $25, which includes program materials, t-shirt and the end-of-season final 5k registration fee. For more information about the program and to register, go to the Girls on the Run of Maricopa County website,

For more information about the teams offered through Parks and Recreation, please contact Jill Ruot at 480-474-5248 or


About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a national physical activity-based program in which participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to the community. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor the girls. The eight-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls on the Run has served over 1.2 million girls since its inception in 1996. 

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