Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. In the past 18 years, thousands of individuals throughout Chicagoland have volunteered their time and dedicated their hearts to empower more than 100,000 young girls with the confidence and character they need to become strong, healthy women. We celebrated our 18th anniversary with more than 1,300 coaches mentoring 10,000 girls at over 350 sites in eight Chicago area counties. More than just a running program, GOTRC uses a cutting edge curriculum that addresses the unique developmental stages of 8-14 year olds. The fun, innovative program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.