Introducing New Executive Director, Becky Walliman!

Introducing New Executive Director, Becky Walliman!

Dear Girls on the Run Friends,

It’s a pleasure to greet you as the new Executive Director of Girls on the Run of Puget Sound! After more than seven years working for Girls on the Run in several different roles, it’s truly an honor to be selected to lead this organization as we embark on a new chapter. I’m thrilled and excited to work alongside the fabulous GOTRPS team as we work to grow and increase our impact, and grateful to have the support of a community that champions our mission – “to inspire girls to be healthy, joyful, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running”.

Like many of you, I have seen firsthand the powerful effect that Girls on the Run has on our participants, and I believe that all girls should experience the messages and lessons of competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution taught through our curriculum. Together with the talented and dedicated Girls on the Run staff and Board of Directors, we will continue our efforts to strategically increase our impact within King County. We intend to serve 2,500 girls during our spring 2019 season with a strong emphasis on creating an accessible, positive, and inclusive environment for all participants and families.

I want to thank each of you for your generous and ongoing support of Girls on the Run. Our successes, past and future, are only possible because of the incredible support from our community. As we enter into this new season for Girls on the Run, I would love to hear your ideas on how we can best work together as champions for girls, schools, and families in King County.  You can contact me anytime at becky@girlsrun.org and I look forward to collaborating.

With gratitude,

Becky Antilla Walliman

 

Meet Limitless Citlalli!

Meet Limitless Citlalli!

GOTR girl turned volunteer Practice Partner, Citlalli Grijalva, is a true ambassador and advocate for Girls on the Run. Citllalli participated in Girls on the Run in the third grade and returned this season as a Practice Partner. Practice partners support a team of girls by assisting coaches with lessons and cheering girls on at the QFC Girls on the Run 5K. Citlalli told us that she was excited to return as a Practice Partner this season because the program “left such a positive impact on my life that still affects me to this day and I wanted to find a way to spread that same impact to younger girls.” She did just that! As a Practice Partner, Citlalli empowered her coaches and team this past season with her infectious smile and positivity. Citlalli says the role allowed her to continue to learn and grow from Girls on the Run:

Now that I came back as a practice partner I got to see the program in a whole another perspective. Seeing how these young girls developed their thinking throughout the program was truly inspiring, they became more open minded and kinder towards their fellow teammates and others. [The girls] allowed me to clearly see that teamwork and kindness can happen anywhere among any age.

Let’s hear it for wise-beyond-her-years GOTR alum and Practice Partner, Citalli! We’re so proud of the young woman she’s become and are thrilled she has continued to stay involved with Girls on the Run. Thank you, Citlalli, for serving as an amazing role model and mentor for GOTR girls and girls everywhere!

Meet Limitless GOTR Girl, Kaylee!

Meet Limitless GOTR Girl, Kaylee!

Kaylee is a girl who is going places. She’s persistent, determined, and doesn’t let anything stop her from achieving her goals. Kaylee was one of the first girls to sign up for Girls on the Run at Cascade Middle School and quickly became a fearless leader and unwavering friend to other girls on her team. Kaylee’s strength was put to the test this past year when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Her mother shared that her medical team was amazed at her stamina and perseverance, demonstrated by playing soccer competitively for both her premier and middle school team days prior to being diagnosed.

We could not be more thrilled to report that Kaylee is officially cancer-free and doing super well! Being the amazing leader and teammate she is, Kaylee cheered on and helped hand out medals to her fellow GOTR teammates at the 2018 QFC Girls on the Run 5K.

Please join us in congratulating Kaylee on not only being nominated as a Limitless girl this season, but kicking cancer to the curb!

 

Meet Fundraising Super Star & Limitless Girl, Amia!

Meet Fundraising Super Star & Limitless Girl, Amia!

Meet Amia, a creative and hardworking GOTR girl from our Snoqualmie Elementary School team! Amia is a student at North Bend Elementary, which doesn’t (yet!) have a GOTR team, but that didn’t deter her from participating this season. She commuted to SES twice a week to take part in the Girls on the Run program and not only made new friends, but in the words of her coach, “became a key member of our tribe”!

Amia is also passionate about making Girls on the Run accessible to more girls in King County. As part of our scholarship drive campaign, Amia came up with a plan to create a fun culinary experience for friends and family while educating them about Girls on the Run. For a suggested $100 donation, Amia shopped, cooked for, and served dinner to her “customers” and gave an informational talk about Girls on the Run.

 

This ingenious and well-executed idea led Amia to raise $1,000 to support FULL scholarships for 5 girls next season – way to go, Amia!

 

We are so grateful for Amia’s Limitless creativity, generosity, and resourcefulness!

June Girl & Guy Heroes

June Girl & Guy Heroes

The F5 Twisters!

Our June Girl & Guy Heroes are members of one of Girls on the Run’s inspirational and philanthropic corporate SoleMates team, the F5 Twisters! These 12 teammates are representing F5 while training for a 200 mile relay race AND raising funds to support scholarships for next season’s Girls on the Run participants!

F5’s Seattle-based Northwest Passage Ragnar Relay team, the F5 Twisters, initially came together in October 2017 with a mission to build a culture of teamwork and collaboration within their department. Wanting to put more meaningful intention behind their teambuilding activity, they reached out to Girls on the Run of Puget Sound and committed to raising $12,000 to support scholarships for 60 program participants (4 full teams!) next spring. With nearly three-quarters of their fundraising goal achieved, F5 Twisters is proud to support F5’s endeavors in being advocates for diversity & inclusion and champions of community service.

The F5 Twisters have definitely put the FUN in fundraising this year, showing great creativity with events that truly engaged their company and community in their philanthropic efforts. Early this year, they hosted an Oscars themed fundraiser to kick off their donation campaign.

They recently followed up with a “Wine Friday” event that both educated fellow F5 employees about Girls on the Run and was also highly entertaining!

F5 has a long-standing commitment to supporting important causes in Seattle. Through programs like Girls on the Run and corporate matching, the work F5 and its employees have done over the years has had lasting impact on the community.

The F5 Twisters will take on the 200 mile Ragnar Northwest Passages relay race in July. Please join us in wishing them well on their race and giving them a BIG energy award for their work to make Girls on the Run accessible for all girls in our community! For more information on joining SoleMates as an individual or a corporate team, please email becky@girlsrun.org.

“Ignite Your Star Power” Workshop for GOTR Parents

 

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound in partnership with Kathleen Goodman Counseling invites you to attend “Ignite Your Star Power: A Workshop for GOTR Parents” on Tuesday, September 25th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center!

Kathleen Goodman, Seattle-based child and adolescent counselor and long-time GOTR supporter, discusses how your GOTR girl can take the lessons she’s learned in our program and use them for the future. Building upon the five core components: body, brain, heart, spirit, and social, Kathleen offers strategies to reinforce these themes whether your GOTR girl is just starting 3rd grade or has transitioned to middle school. Walk away with tools for helping your GOTR girl confidently navigate the new school year!

SCHEDULE OF EVENING
6:30pm: Social
7:00-8:00pm: Program

COST: FREE! Limited number of spots available so please register early!

Reserve your spot: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/GOTR-Puget-Sound-Free-Workshop-RSVP
Meet Limitless GOTR Girl, Mallahna

Meet Limitless GOTR Girl, Mallahna

Meet Mallahna, an inspirational Girls on the Run participant from Madrona Elementary in SeaTac! Mallahna’s coach, Hannah Eastman, shared the following about her team spirit, dedication to goals, and encouraging attitude:

Week after week, Mallahna has set higher lap goals for herself and has really pushed herself to increase her physical prowess. Simultaneously, Mallahna has also become a leader in our weekly discussions during our team time. Mallahna has been motivating, encouraging, and a great friend to both of our teams of girls. Throughout every practice, Mallahna can be seen circling back to encourage and motivate girls that need an extra boost, with a great big smile on her face. Mallahna truly has embodied star power this season, and we as coaches could not be prouder!

Mallahna truly embodies the Girls on the Run core values of expressing joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions and nurturing our physical, emotional and spiritual health. We are grateful for her Limitless joy and empowerment of her team throughout the season!

2018 5K & Season Gratitude Roll Call

2018 5K & Season Gratitude Roll Call

We are sending superstar energy awards to our incredible community who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to create an amazing experiential season for our girls:
  • Site liaisons who brought Girls on the Run to their schools and communities and supported our efforts to provide accessible programming for all.
  • Coaches who enthusiastically volunteered their time to ensure that 1,963 Puget Sound girls completed the season confident in their ability to define their lives on their own terms.
  • 5K volunteers who tirelessly gave and created a lifetime memory for each participant.
  • Running Buddies and Community Runners who cheered our girls along every step of the way (literally!).
Pictures are on their way! Our professional volunteer photographers are busy editing the thousands of photos from the QFC Girls on the Run 5K. They should be available for on-line viewing and downloading early next week (we will share out the link via our Facebook & Instagram pages). In the meantime, please enjoy a few teaser photos.

 

Seattle Storm Ticket Offer

Seattle Storm Ticket Offer

The Seattle Storm would like to congratulate all 2018 Girls on the Run Program participants by offering them 2 FREE tickets to one of the following Storm Games:

  1. May 25 @ 7pm Chicago Sky

  2. May 29 @ 7pm Washington Mystics

  3. June 12 @ 7pm Chicago Sky

  4. June 19 @ 7pm Las Vegas Aces

  5. June 28 @ 6pm Los Angeles Sparks

Click here to claim tickets! Limit 2 tickets per GOTR girl

May Girl Hero

 GOTR 5K Title Sponsor and Healthy Living Champion, QFC!

 

As the QFC Girls on the Run 5k fast approaches on May 20th, we are thrilled to honor our generous and collaborative Girls on the Run 5k title sponsor, QFC, as our Girl Hero!

QFC became the presenting sponsor of the Girls on the Run 5k in 2011 and has increased their contributions and support of our program and race each year. Since the beginning of our partnership, QFC has provided enough scholarship support to fully fund almost 44 complete teams – 655 girls! In addition to their financial support, QFC generously provides in-kind donations of nutritious food for our 5K participants, signs to cheer participants along the course, gift cards for snacks at our program sites, school signs and banners for our 5k, printing and floral support for our auction events, and so much more. QFC employees also volunteer their time as coaches, running buddies, and event support.

QFC’s title sponsorship has not only allowed us to expand our programming to reach more girls, schools, and communities, but has also enabled us to take our 5k to the next level and make the event a truly transformative experience for all our girls, families, volunteers, and community members. We are so grateful for the many ways in which QFC positively impacts our organization and community. Thank you, QFC, for championing healthy living for our girls and families!

 

 

Support one of our biggest supporters! Locate your nearest QFC store.

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