Adopt a Runner

Make a Difference Today in the Life of a Young Girl!

At Girls on the Run, we believe that running and being healthy can transform you!  We want all girls to get active, be healthy, make positive choices and feel great about herself. By contributing to Girls on the Run, you can help to make that happen!  Each donation will help us bring the program to girls who, due to financial hardships, would otherwise not be able to participate in Girls on the Run. Thank you for helping to pass along the power of running and important life lessons!

The Need for Girls on the Run:

Too many girls today are not physically or emotionally healthy, happy or confident about her ability to succeed in life. The truth is:

  • 6,000 young people try a cigarette everyday and 3,000 become daily smokers. Children watch an average of four hours of TV a day.
  • 50% of all young people do not get enough exercise.
  • 25% of all children are obese – that's twice as many as compared to the 1960's.
  • 98% of American children have at least one heart disease risk factor.
  • Nearly 1 million adolescent girls become pregnant each year.
  • Girls participate in sports and exercise dramatically less than boys their own age.
  • Almost two-thirds of girls in 5th-12th grades are dissatisfied with their body shape and want to lose weight.
  • Girls as young as five form negative self-images based on their weight.
  • Among girls, an emphasis on popularity and slimness along with increased television viewing are linked to low self-esteem.

Many of these trends can be attributed to a lack of a healthy lifestyle, including a lack of exercise, positive choices, self-respect and related healthy living education.  We're out to change all of that! At GOTR, we know that simply running, moving and being active during her growing up years can significantly reduce a girl's risk for many unhealthy conditions and diseases.  We also know that teaching girls valuable life lessons and building their self-esteem is the best complement to physical activity and the best way to help girls secure happy, healthy and successful lives.

For other ideas and questions about how you can donate and make a difference, please contact GOTR of the Big Bend at or 850.509.7728. Thank you!