Girls on the Run Is So Much Fun!

A blog about Girls on the Run NJ East, a non-profit that works with adolescent girls in third through eighth grade in various communities.

As we gear up for the 2012 fall season, we at Girls on the Run New Jersey East thought it would be fun to blog about our experiences as directors, coaches, volunteers and participants of Girls on the Run and Girls on Track. We cater to Union, Morris, Essex, Burlington, and Mercer counties inspiring adolescent girls from grades three through eight to reach for the stars. For twelve years we have been striving to make sure that every girl in New Jersey is confident with who she is and how she feels.

The very best way to acurately describe the Girls on the Run experience is to go straight to the source. No words can truly bring justice to the intangable gains of this program for every person involved. 

I think Girls-on-the-Run is a really really great place to be. And I think everyone should join. It is fun to just run and jog every Monday and Saturday. It is a really inspiring and happy place to be. I love girls on the run and I think everyone will to. That is if they join. “Which they should.” he he he And if they do it it will be great. And I think it would be a great opportunity to be a Girls-on-the-Run champion. I think it is a great choice to do Girls-on-the-Run. Yahh!





Be yourself
Have fun
Try your best


We will bring you interviews with directors, coaches' spotlights of our amazing volunteers, team shout outs, lesson recaps, and personal insights from the girls of the program. 


We leave you with a quote from Molly Barker who started Girls on the Run in 1996 and has thus expanded across the country since becoming a 501(c)(3). 

“The only requirement of having a dream is believing in it.” 


Happy Running. 

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Laura Sodano July 12, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Hello! I am a Cedar Grove resident and read your inspiring story on the Patch. I am the Hunger Action and Youth Program Coordinator at the Community FoodBank of NJ in Hillside. If you ever wish a guest speaker at one of your meetings for the girls in Essex, Union and Morris counties, I welcome the opportunity to present our "Hunger 101" session and speak to the girls on how they can help hungry NJ people thru a food drive, etc. Thank you! Laura Sodano 908-355-3663, ext. 279 and lsodano@njfoodbank.org
Gabrielle Rossi July 12, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Thanks for reaching out to us Laura! Each team does a community action project over the course of the season and I wanted to take my team to your food bank but the dates for young children were booked up. If we can coordinate it with you I'm sure several teams would love to come to the food bank for their community service this fall season, especially during Thanksgiving.
Laura Sodano July 12, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Hello, Ms. Rossi, thank you for your reply. Yes, our Family Days for our younger volunteers book up quickly. And naturally, Thanksgiving is our busiest time of year both for food distribution and volunteers. Our Volunteer Coordinator can help you schedule a date for your team members age 12 and over. Please contact Traci at 908-355-3663, ext. 221. I can help your team members do special hunger and awareness projects in their schools and communities. Sept. is Hunger Awareness Month!


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