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Girls on the Run Inspires Girls to Recognize and Achieve Their Potential Through the Power of Running
Date:10/15/2009

Run as my charity because I wish that I would have had an organization like it when I was growing up. I was an over-weight girl who led a very sedentary lifestyle. Running changed my life," said Marsden. "The first time I ran, I could only run a mile. But now -- eight years later -- I've run eight marathons, three half-marathons and several 5ks. My self-esteem and self-image have sky-rocketed, but above all, I feel healthy and accomplished."

SoleMates is nationally presented by Horizon Fitness. Girls on the Run is also a partner charity of the Chicago Marathon and attends other marathon expos throughout the year. SoleMates runners participated in over 112 events in 2008, raising over $325,000.

To learn more or sign up for the SoleMates program, visit www.GirlsontheRunSolemates.org.

The Need for Girls on the Run

Substance and alcohol abuse, early onset of sexual activity, eating disorders, depression, suicide and bullying are all too common occurrences today. Girls on the Run aims to equip girls with the resources they need to weather the teenage years and reach their fullest potential.

Shocking statistics like these show the need for organizations like Girls on the Run:

  • 75 percent of middle school principals say bullying or harassment is a serious problem.(1)
  • 42 percent of first through third grade girls want to be thinner, and 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.(2)
  • Viewing a fashion magazine lowers the self-esteem of 80 percent of women, and the average fashion model is thinner that 98 percent of American women.(3)
  • Girls feel and perceive themselves to be less competent than boys in physical activity.(4)

How Girls on the Run Began

Molly Barker began running at the age of 15, when she found herself stuck in the "girl box," the imaginary place
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