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A place where girls find STRENGTH in EVERY STRIDE through the sport of Running.

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Girls Running Strong strives to impact the lives of young girls by providing an opportunity for goal achievement and a healthy lifestyle through the sport of running, preparing them with the confidence, self-respect and inner strength to conquer the challenges of growing up and achieve success throughout their lives.

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I can do hard things



Girls Running Strong is an 8 week running/fitness program for girls ages 9-13 culminating with the completion of a 5k (3.1miles) race.  Girls will learn the basics of running, how to set and achieve goals, proper nutrition, team building and leadership skills, as well as the importance of a good attitude, healthy lifestyle and positive self-body image.  The program meets two times per week and incorporates eight weekly character attribute lessons with specific goal setting activities.

Each practice will consist of a warm up, stretching, work out, reflection and instruction, strength exercises, and an after work-out snack. The first four weeks of training will focus on helping the girls to gradually build up their endurance.  The next 2 weeks we will work on maintaining that endurance by adding strength through hill work, and core exercises. The final 2 weeks will include a focus on learning how to pace, change speed, and improve form.  Girls do not need to have any prior experience with running or cardio programs. This program is intended for the beginner or intermediate.

Every week girls will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles, exercise team building skills, set both short term and long term goals, and of course have FUN....all while getting a great workout!

Get the details on our next training session BELOW.

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There are currently no open sessions available. Please check back in Fall of 2022 for upcoming sessions.

Schedule: TBD

Who: Girls ages 9-13

Location: Kit Carson Park, Escondido (we meet in the back of LR Green Elementary) 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy

Fee: $179 for 8 week session. Fee includes: GRS T-shirt, cinch sack, workbook, awards, 16 training sessions and more! (race registration fee is not included in price.) 

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Joanne Olson has been running for over 35 years.  She was a 4 time varsity athlete for her high school cross country and track teams as well as a past collegiate cross country runner.  She graduated college with a Bachelors Degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership from Brigham Young University.  After marrying and completing college she decided to set a goal to run a marathon.  In 1998 she finished her first marathon and has since had 4 children and completed 9 additional marathons including Boston, New York, and countless half marathons. Joanne works as a non profit fundraiser for a major health organization and is a local girls cross country high school coach. She is a former certified ACE Personal Trainer and is currently certified as an ASEP (American Sport Education Program) coach. She maintains her CPR and First Aid certifications from the American Red Cross.  She loves to compete in everything from 5K's to Marathons and has competed on the Las Vegas Village Runner Racing Team and the San Diego Track Club Open Women's Team.

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Girls Running Strong - Indeed! Watching the girls go from "this is too hard, I can't do this" to "I am so proud of myself...look what I did" is a special thing to witness.  I was so exited and proud of each girl during their race.  I'm so glad I was a parent supporter.  I'll never forget the experience and neither will my proud daughter.  We will do this program again!  Thanks Coach Jo!!

Becky S, Parent


I will rise above any obstacles that come my way

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