Basementeer Spotlight: Girls on the Run Bay Area

About Girls on the Run

Group of girls in red Girls on the Run t-shirts sitting on bleachers with hands in the air.

Girls on the Run of the Bay Area instills the importance of physical health and emotional resilience for thousands of Bay Area girls as well as the families, coaches and communities that support them.

From their website:

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5K events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5K series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.


Girls on the Run Programs & Initiatives

Girls on the Run

The Girls on the Run Program is an elementary school program for girls in 3rd-5th grade. They're involved in confidence building education, community service projects, Physical activity is woven throughout and their season ends with the Girls on the Run 5K. Learn more about the program on their website.

Heart & Sole

The Heart & Sole Program is for middle-school girls that expand on the confidence building programs from Girls on the Run. The program creates spaces for girls to build their confidence, create team building skills, and strengthen connections with each other as well as incorporating running and physical activity. Learn more about the Heart & Sole program here.


Community members, especially high school students, are encouraged to join as volunteers as coaches for teams and groups or even help during the 5K. Learn more about volunteering here.


Girls on the Run Programs During COVID-19

Youtube Channel

To support participants during this unprecedented time, they've launched YouTube video lessons to help families get active at home. Both their in-person and remote learning lessons help girls get physically active, help engage them in their community, and develop social emotional health. A critical part of their mission is to build interpersonal connections and support networks to lift kids up: now more than ever, this investment in our youth is critical! Check out their YouTube Channel:



2020's LUNAFEST is being held virtually with Sports Basement and will be benefiting Girls on the Run Bay Area. LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling – by and about women. LUNAFEST not only supports women in the film community, but also raises awareness for women’s issues and supports nonprofit organizations across the country.

Enjoy the flexible virtual format showcasing seven films that compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heart strings and motivate you to make a difference in the community.

While this event is free, we encourage you to make a donation of $5 or more to Girls on the Run of the Bay Area. We can't think of a better time to invest in our youth! 

Get your LUNAFEST ticket here.


Are you inspired by Girls on the Run’s work to raise confident, healthy girls in our community? Your support will help ensure that they can continue to provide programming this Spring and for seasons to come! Donate today!


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