September Girl Heroes

Our September Girl Heroes are Jeff & Laura from 5Focus!

Not many people can say they have empowered hundreds of Puget Sound girls, but this month’s Girl Heroes, Laura and Jeff Robinson from 5Focus are nothing short of amazing. In 2008, Laura and Jeff Robinson created the Lake Union 10K and named Girls on the Run the beneficiary of the race. The race had 600 runners and was a big hit its very first year. In 2015, the Lake Union 10K was named a “must run” Seattle 10K by Run Guides Magazine.

Last month, in its eighth year in operation, the event sold out, with over 1,500 runners crossing the finish line at South Lake Union. As a result of the Lake Union 10K and the Robinson’s hard work, we have been able to award 215 full scholarships to girls who may not have otherwise been able to participate in Girls on the Run. Not only do Laura and Jeff work tirelessly to coordinate and promote the event, but each summer, without fail, you’ll find them enthusiastically cheering on race participants at the finish line.

We are eternally grateful for the Robinson’s commitment to Girls on the Run and girls in our community. Thanks to them, every girl who applies this spring will have the chance to participate in our confidence boosting and empowering program, irregardless of ability to pay.

Our August Girl Heroes are our SoleMates!

Our August Girl Heroes are our SoleMates!

Since January, our team of 30 amazing and inspiring SoleMates have worked tirelessly towards personal fitness goals, while supporting Girls on the Run of Puget Sound through fundraising efforts.

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During our Spring 2016 GOTR season, SoleMates trained hard to prepare for their goal races of either the See Jane Run 5K & Half Marathon or the Northwest Passages Ragnar Relay (and in some cases, both races!), participating in weekly group run/walks, strength training sessions, and track workouts. While they were busy checking off workouts on their training plans, they were also busy creating new friendships, serving as Running Buddies for spring program participants, and fundraising to support scholarships for our future participants.

This awesome team has raised over $21,000 and counting to make sure that Girls on the Run is accessible to all girls in our community. This is our biggest SoleMates season EVER, both in terms of team members and fundraising, and we are incredibly grateful for this group’s hard work and dedication to both their running and fundraising goals! Thanks to their efforts, more than 7 full teams (113 girls!) will receive full scholarships during our next season.

We are honored to be supported by such an inspiring, enthusiastic, and FUN group of women! Thank you for all you do for GOTR and congratulations on your accomplishments this season. If you are interested in learning more or joining our SoleMates team, please visit our webpage http://girlsrun.org/get-involved/solemates/ or contact becky@girlsrun.org.

 

New Youth Ambassador Opportunity!

Girls on the Run Puget Sound has established the 2016 GOTR Youth Ambassador program to give current program girls and alum the chance to share their GOTR experience with the wider community and to continue developing their interpersonal and communication skills.

A select number of Youth Ambassadors will be chosen to participate in a variety of exciting media and community engagement opportunities. Opportunities include: sharing your story for recruitment videos; visiting current and potential program sites; participating in coach training activities; attending Girls on the Run fundraising events; and many more! We will also be highlighting GOTR Ambassador stories on our website, blog and social media outlets.

Applications due Friday, July 29th at 5:00pm.

Learn more and apply

 

 

 

Volunteers Needed

Do you love races? We do too! So much so that we’re helping out at a couple of upcoming 10K’s and need your help. Both 10K’s benefit Girls on the Run in one way or another. Click below to sign up for a shift!

Lake Union 10K: Sun, August 14th
Girls on the Run is the beneficiary of this awesome race. Which means that all proceeds raised from this race go directly towards providing scholarships for girls next spring. We are in need of both volunteers to work the Registration tables (handing out t-shirts & bibs to race participants) and water stop volunteers. Registration volunteers will be needed from 5:45-7:30am. Water stop volunteers will be needed from 7-8:30am.

Sign up to volunteer at the Lake Union 10K

 

Seattle Marathon 10K: Sat, August 27th
The Seattle Marathon provides all the equipment for the Girls on the Run 5K each spring. Help us return the love by hydrating thirsty race participants at their 10K. Volunteers & staff will work at the water stop from 7-10am.

Sign up to volunteer at the Seattle Marathon 10K

June Girl Heroes

June Girl Heroes

June’s Girl Heroes are Board Members, Doug & Erin!

 

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This month, we celebrate former Board of Directors members Erin Kenny and Doug Jackson as our Girl and Guy Heroes! Erin and Doug joined our board in 2010 and have been tireless champions for our program and girls over the past six years. We are so thankful to both of these hard working board members for their commitment to our mission and the many ways that they have positively impacted Girls on the Run.

During their board terms, Erin ensured the fiscal security and strength of our organization as she served as our Treasurer and Finance Committee chair, while Doug served as Program Committee chair before taking a lead role in Board Governance. Their thoughtful and strategic leadership over the past six years has enabled us to grow our program by 76% (from 850 girls a year to almost 1,500!), something that Erin says she is particularly proud of helping to accomplish. Doug has been instrumental in increasing the diversity, accessibility, and quality of our programming these past 6 years. And together, they’ve watched literally thousands of girls cross the finish line of their very first 5K.

Thank you, Doug and Erin, for all you’ve done for our Girls on the Run community! We are better and stronger organization because of you.

May Girl Hero

May Girl Hero

Our May Girl Hero is Swedish Medical Center!

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Our Girl Hero this month is our longtime partner, Swedish Medical Center! Beginning in 2010, Swedish has provided scholarships to offset the cost of registration fees for participants in our Tukwila and Highline districts, and this year, Swedish generously expanded their support of Girls on the Run to provide scholarships to schools throughout King County. Thanks to this incredible partnership, we have been able to serve approximately 288 girls on full scholarship (that’s 19 teams!). In addition to providing scholarships, Swedish has also hosted multiple GOTR coach trainings and is always a friendly and fun presence at our 5k events. We are so grateful to Swedish for working to supporting our community in so many ways!

What’s next for our partnership? This spring, Swedish Medical Center and Girls on the Run teamed up with SQORD Activity Band to promote physical activity while building a healthier community together. SQORD makes play more entertaining, social and fun with the use of an activity band and accelerometer that tracks everyday activity and allows the kids, parents, teachers and family members see the number of points of physical activity. More about our pilot program coming soon!

 

Coolest 5K Ever

Coolest 5K Ever

5 Wonderful K’s Through Ikea

In February, my friend and I had made a pact to participate in a 5K each month so of course we signed up for the Practice Awesome 5K. How fun that we could choose where and when we wanted to run! Tina and I were bouncing ideas off each other – Portland, a bar crawl, Discovery Park… The options were endless, so we decided to take a break and chat about her upcoming move to a bigger home. That’s when it hit me and I knew where we would be running. Tina and I would stroll 3.1 miles through the Scandanavian magestic wonderland that is known as IKEA. We would use this time to not only get some exercise, but shop for her new house. It was going to be the most productive 5K ever!

At 10am we began our 3.1 mile journey through IKEA.

We followed our course arrows for what we mapped out to be 2 miles…

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Then we rested on one of the conveniently placed couches. Only 1.5 miles to go!

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After 3.1 miles we felt like we had earned a frozen treat.

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Frozen yogurt is a pretty awesome finisher’s prize!

 

Here is the map of our course. We did it! 3.1 miles through IKEA. Best 5K ever!

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To follow Jen’s awesome example and complete a 5K anywhere, register for the #PracticeAwesome5K anytime this week. Learn more and register: http://girlsrun.org/practice-awesome-5k/

Be sure to take pics and post your awesome route using the hashtag #PracticeAwesome5k and we’ll share your journey & route on our social media channels!

April Girl Hero

April Girl Hero

Meet April’s Girl Hero, Heidi!

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With great pleasure we honor, Heidi Lauinger, as our April Girl Hero. Heidi first got involved with Girls on the Run as her daughter’s Running Buddy and is currently a coach at Ben Franklin Elementary. Heidi was touched by how much the program helped Jordan “learn about goal setting and enabled her to realize her inner beauty.”

Heidi is passionate about running so she jumped at the chance to be Jordan’s Running Buddy for the season culminating 5K. She was unsure as to how Jordan would do during the race, as she had never run long distances, but says she had no expectations of the experience other than to be her #1 fan. That being said, Heidi was completely blown away by the way Jordan pushed herself throughout the race. When she asked Jordan what kept her moving forward and pushing herself throughout the race, Jordan said it was because Heidi was by her side cheering her on. In Jordan’s words, “you kept telling me I could do it so I just kept going.”

Want to be a girls #1 cheerleader, like Heidi? Sign up as a Running Buddy for the Spring 5K on Saturday, May 7th and help a girl achieve her goal of completing a 5K. With empowering role models and cheerleaders like you and Heidi, all 860 of our spring participants will have the confidence necessary to achieve anything they dream.

Calling All Running Buddies!

Are you are a fun-loving, patient and supportive female with the ability to run, power-walk or even skip a 5K? Then become a Running Buddy!

As a Running Buddy, you will be paired up with a GOTR girl for two 5K experiences: First at a Practice 5K on either April 27 or 28 at one of our many GOTR sites, and then again at the Girls on the Run Community 5K on May 7 at Magnuson Park on Saturday, May 7th. As a running buddy you will keep pace with the girl you are matched with, ensuring her safety, and cheering her on!

Signing up as a running buddy with a friend, colleague, or co-worker is even more fun. All you have to do is find a GOTR practice site that works for you and sign up today. Registration closes Friday, April 22. We especially need Running Buddies in our South Seattle, Eastside and Tukwila schools. Click  HERE to register.

Please forward this blog post to any family, friends or colleagues who may be interested in being a Running Buddy!

We still need 460 more Running Buddies in order for all 860 girls in our program to have her very own Running Buddy.

March Girl Hero

March Girl Hero

Meet March’s Girl Hero, Emily

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This month we’re shining the spotlight on Emily Phillips! Emily is a long-time supporter of Girls on the Run and has shared her organizational and leadership talents with us this year as our auction procurement chair. With her friendly personality and knack for creating masterpiece spreadsheets, Emily is the perfect volunteer for this role and has done an amazing job connecting us with community members and businesses to support the auction.

Along with our fantastic event committee, Emily has been hard at work procuring fun raffle prizes and one-of-a-kind live auction items that will be featured at our event on Thursday, March 31st at SODO Park. We are incredibly excited about this entertaining, dynamic event that combines delicious food, complimentary beer and wine, an exciting live auction, and an inspiring program – all supporting Girls on the Run of Puget Sound. Come join us on March 31 and you just might take home one of Emily’s creative live auction packages! Buy your ticket today or join us as a volunteer! For more information, visit http://girlsrun.org/auction/.