Fitness For A Cause: Empower Girls as a Girls On The Run SoleMate

The confidence to pursue our limitless potential is something we begin to develop at a very young age, and Girls On the Run Capital Region helps activate that. This not-for-profit program works to “inspire girls in 3rd to 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident”. 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.

How you can help GOTRCR continue its mission to empower young girls is by becoming a GOTR champion, aka SoleMate. This opportunity allows adult women (and men) to raise money while training for a race of their choosing—whether 5K, half or full marathon, triathlon, it’s totally up to you. It’s free and easy to sign up and GOTRCR provides a website template and support throughout your training. Money raised by SoleMates supports GOTRCR’s Scholarship Fund so that any girl can be a Girl on the Run regardless of their financial situation.

We recently met up with LuAnn McCormick, Executive Director of Girls On the Run Capital Region, 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.

LuAnn shared with us her inspiration for starting a GOTR council in the Capital Region, “Empowering young girls through physical activity was a no-brainer for me. I do lots of things to stay active and fit – the muddier the better! By example, I strive to inspire girls that getting strong and fit is fun and rewarding.”

To become a SoleMate or to learn more about opportunities to support the organization and the girls it serves, check out For the national GOTR website, go to