Stories

Every woman and every girl inspires us. We are deeply grateful to those who have shared their stories about breakthroughs in their lives, the ways in which they have overcome fears, beliefs, or events that once kept them from connecting with their inner strength and recognizing their amazingness. Some of these stories are stories of pain and how a women or girl triumphed over it. As you read these stories, rather than focusing on the pain, choose to focus instead on the triumph and the ways that others have overcome what may once have seemed impossible to overcome. Let's celebrate their triumphs!

Tell Her She Can Run

At the age of 9, my daughter was beautiful and bubbly, intelligent and funny. Always tall for her age, she possessed a body built for strength and she was using that strength to become a decent swimmer. Nine was a year of great growth and it...

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I was Suffering too much that…

Hi… i’ll just give you my fake name… My name is Yin and umm… when i was 12 to 13-ish. I was depressed… like literally.. my mom and dad got a divorce. I didn’t really know it when the next day, my dad woke me...

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When i was 10 i was not really scared of that much but in December there where 3 hairy dogs sheep dogs me and a few other people went to go pet it i reached my hand out in 5 seconds a dog was on top of me the dog gave me scars about 40 stitches...

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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A boy did something to me

I had a stepdad and me and my mom would go to visit his family. I remember there were 2 girls and 3 older boys. We were sitting on the couch and the girls went to play and the other boys were in the other room. It was just me and this older boy...

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Dust Yourself Off

Growing up, I was always told that as long as I tried my best my grades didn’t have to be perfect. My parents didn’t push me to be perfect, just to strive for My best. School was always fun and I loved to learn. I did find it easy...

Your Personal Triumphs

VIDEO: Share YOUR personal triumphs on the path to empowerment, and remind other women and girls that they are not alone.

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Finding me

As a young woman I struggled with who I was. Not because I did not like who I was but because I had so many interests & wanted to be so many things I could not say “No”. In high school, I was involved in many clubs &...

GOTR Girls and Women Changed My Life

I have been directly and indirectly involved with GOTR for 12 years starting as a coach, then a run committee member then member of our local council board. As a coach, I learned to look at things through children’s eyes. We don’t...