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Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: Girls on the Run

Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate-a-Dime bag program.

Girls on the Run: Empowering Girls to Activate Their Limitless Potential

By Alice Temple and Dana Beyal

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a national non-profit with affiliates in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a New Mexico where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Academic assessments of Girls on the Run participants indicate a significant positive impact on program participants. Evaluations have found that our curricula improve girls’ self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and physical activity behaviors.

Girls on the Run Santa Fe (GOTRSF) is entering our 10th year of business with a recent expansion to Rio Arriba County! We had our biggest season ever with more than 185 girls showing up at the Santa Fe Plaza, on May 16th, to run their first 5 kilometer race, in spite of a rainy and cold day. A locally operated non-profit GOTRSF serves girls in 3rd through 8th grade. Over the years, over 1400 girls have participated in this volunteer organization. We believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world. To participate or for more information for GOTR in Santa Fe or Rio Arriba counties please contact Alice Temple at Alice Temple abtemple@hotmail.com or call her at 505-660-2972.

Girls on the Run Rio Grande (GOTRRD) offers a 10-week after school curriculum for 3rd-5th grade girls that innovatively weaves training for a 5k run with lessons that empower girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices and embrace their gifts. At each season’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event. This culminating celebratory event is the moment when the girls realize that the seemingly impossible is possible. Girls on the Run inspires girls to stay true to themselves and live free from societal stereotypes.

Girls on the Run Rio Grande has been serving Bernalillo and Valencia Counties for four years. Last season we had programs at three schools in Belen and one school in Albuquerque. We hope to expand to someday serve every elementary school in our counties.

We fundraise year-round to give our girls scholarships to participate in our program. GOTRG also sponsors an adult running program, Solemates, to help raise money for our program. We strive never to turn any girl away due to inability to pay.

We can always use donations or volunteerscoaches, board members, and event staff. If you’d like more information, please visit our website girlsontherunriogrande.org or contact Dana Beyal at 916-9073; email: volunteers@girlsontherun.org or danabeyal@gmail.com.

In August, your Donate the Dime Bag Credit will be shared between Girls on the Run Santa Fe and Girls on the Run Rio Grande: Empowering Girls to stay true to themselves and activate their limitless potential.