Stories

Amazing women & girls have shared these remarkable stories about breakthroughs in their lives, moments in which they have triumphed over fears, beliefs, or events that kept them from recognizing their amazingness. Some are stories of pain and how women & girls have triumphed over it. As you read these stories, rather than focusing on the pain, choose to focus on the triumph and the ways that others have overcome what may once have seemed impossible to overcome. Let's celebrate their triumphs!
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The FINISH Line

Tomorrow evening, hundreds of girls and their running partners will “rock” the Lehigh Valley Parkway for the Girls on the Run 5K event. We have been working toward this date since mid March, and in that time we have watched our girls...

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Believing and Passing it On

I’m a 40-something mom of a grade school girl. Being fit and trim has always been a struggle for me, even though I grew up playing multiple sports; softball, basketball, soccer and cheerleading. I remember, as a young girl, feeling like I...

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What Running Taught Me

I started running the fall after my daughter was born to lose a few pounds, get back in shape, and sneak in a few miles of “me” time after being home with a newborn all day. Little did I know, running would lead me down many paths...

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Remembering My “Star Power”

I have been a Girls on the Run Head Coach at Ashlawn Elementary for eleven years. I first became involved with Girls on the Run when a close friend of mine – who was a Coach – asked me to serve as a Buddy Runner for one of her girls...

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Weird

Weird. That mostly sums up my social life struggles growing up as a girl. Weird. My family is “weird”, my laugh is “weird”, my sense of humor is “weird” and my personality is “weird”. When I was in middle school, I thought that...

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Success in Every Step

Running has been part of my life since I was a teenager. I really could not imagine my life without it. It has brought me peace of mind, kept me in shape, and helped me build positive relationships with amazing people. I run because I love it...

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More than Just Girls Running

In the third grade, I was introduced to an after school program that was coming to my school. For girls in third, fourth, and fifth grade Girls On The Run was now available. When I first heard about it I thought it was just a club for running...

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Mantras About Me

I am me. With all my quirks, inadequacies, faults, and mistakes. You don’t know the half of them. But I was timid, and intimidated. For a number of years. But I’m breaking free, and by example, I’m teaching others how to as well. Even...

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She Had It in Her All Along

I often believe that the best way to celebrate someone’s birthday is to focus on the impact they have made on the universe. Today, I want to celebrate and say Happy Birthday to Girls on the Run. Twenty years strong and growing, this is an...

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Power of the Scar

I am amazing because I’m a survivor! My story begins at a time when I was a young girl. I was raised by a single mother, and had a drug and alcohol addicted father that was in and out of my life. I never truly felt unconditional love from...