Fitness for a cause

Fitness for a Cause: Empower Girls as a Girls on the Run SoleMate


The confidence to pursue limitless potential is something we begin to develop at a very young age, and Girls on the Run help activate that. This non-profit program works to inspire girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be “joyful, happy and confident”. How it works is pretty simple: using a 20-lesson curriculum that creatively integrates running, volunteer coaches help girls learn “to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions”.

We recently met up with LuAnn McCormick, Executive Director of the Capital Region Council of Girls on the Run, to discuss ways Girlnetic and GOTR-Capital Region can collaborate. We share each other’s mission, after all, but with different age ranges, so it was only a matter of time that we would decide to work together to empower females at every level.

During our meeting, she told me about GOTR’s SoleMate program. This opportunity allows women (and men) to raise money while training for a race of their choosing. Whether a 5K, half or full-marathon, triathlon, it’s totally up to you. It’s free and easy to sign up and GOTR-Capital Region provides the tools and support throughout your training. Money raised by SoleMates supports GOTR-Capital Region’s Scholarship Fund so that any girl can be a girl on the run regardless of their financial situation.

But why consider becoming a Solemate? LuAnn said, “Empowering young girls through physical activity is a no-brainer [for someone] who likes to stay active and fit. By example, SoleMates can strive to inspire girls that getting strong and fit is fun and rewarding.”

For more information about Girls on the Run, check out To become a SoleMate or to learn more about opportunities that directly impacts its Capital Region Council, please visit

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