Use the power of running to make a difference.
Madison and I ran laps around her elementary school during the workout portion of the Girls on the Run lesson. This was Madison’s first day at GOTR, and she was talkative, eager for the other girls and coaches to know her. While we ran, Madison told me that she doesn’t like it when other people tell her that she is short. We brainstormed ways that she could speak up to talk with others about her feelings. As we discussed ways for Madison to take action, and I reflected back to her the strong and wise ideas she shared, I think we both discovered that Madison is a powerhouse in a third-grader’s body!
Madison participates in GOTR at a site where the program fee is discounted — which is made possible by our SoleMates. Our SoleMates are women and men who commit to training for and completing an athletic event of choice to raise money for GOTR. By asking friends to support event training and participation with a donation on your behalf to Girls on the Run, SoleMates show their commitment to the values we are instilling in girls everywhere to celebrate their physical and emotional health.
The SoleMates fundraising minimum is $199, and all money raised goes to our scholarship program, allowing GOTR to spread to areas in our GOTR NJ East council territory where scholarship needs tend to be high. The fee to register for SoleMates is $25 and covers the costs of the SoleMates technical T-shirt and program administration.
Give a girl like Madison the opportunity to see herself a little taller and have hope, no matter what messages are sent her way. Sign up today to be a SoleMate, and let your love of running make a difference in the life of a girl.
Joining SoleMates is easy!
- Register for your event – a race, triathlon, or another athletic challenge.
- Register as a SoleMate.
- Set up your fundraising page. Tell others about your efforts and about GOTR. Click here for fundraising tips, and click here for a fundraising roadmap.
- Train for and complete your event.
- Have fun! Know you’re making a difference!
Every Girl Can Run!
As we celebrate 17 years at GOTR NJ East, we’ve identified the need to ensure that GOTR programming is available to all girls, regardless of their financial circumstances. Our initiative to increase scholarships as well as subsidized programs in lower income communities is called Every Girl Can Run!.
- Meeting the $199 fundraising minimum provides a full scholarship for 1 girl to participate in GOTR!
- Raising $1,500 fully funds a 15-girl, reduced fee site.
- Reaching higher toward $2,985 fully funds a 15-girl, no-fee site.
2017 Signature Events
GOTR NJ East will have multiple SoleMates runners at the following events in 2017:
The Baker’s Dozen 13.1 — Saturday, March 25, 8AM, Montclair, NJ
Perfect 10 10 Miler — Sunday, October 22, 8AM, Mercer County Park (Join our team, Girls on the Run SoleMates)
- All SoleMates receive a 10% discount at Sneaker Factory stores in Basking Ridge, Florham Park, and Millburn. We thank Sneaker Factory for their generosity and support!
- All SoleMates raising $597 (full scholarship for 3 GOTR participants) or more receive a refurbished Garmin watch, while supplies last.
I chose to join SoleMates because I want every girl out there to have the chance participate in Girls on the Run.SoleMates gives me the chance to get the word out about GOTR and it helps raise funds for girls who otherwise might not be able to join the program. It’s incredibly uplifting to run for a cause I care so much about, and to be part of a group that feels the same way! -Anna
Girls on the Run is a wonderful organization that has donated time, resources, and WOMANpower to my school. I have seen a difference in the girls that participated in the program last fall, and their bright smiles and shout-outs remind me every day about the wonderful experience that I had coaching! Anything that I can do to get the word out is time well spent. -Maria
I am the mom of two girls and I want them to find the things that support their self esteem as they grow. I know the power of running to build confidence and satisfaction with one’s self and one’s accomplishments and I think it’s such a powerful tool to help young girls navigate the tough years as they grow. -Laura
I want more girls to participate in GOTR so that they can learn how to be strong, themselves, healthy, and joyful! -Aliz
- Kathleen Attenasio
- Laura Whitney
- Kia Wharton
- Maria Pula
- Julie Hutchinson
- Randi Cohen
- Jennifer Cohen
- Lori Kapferer
If you like the idea of SoleMates, but want to use something different from a race for fundraising, consider our Giving Platform. Use your creativity to come up with your own unique way to raise money for our programs. Choose a fundraising project category. Then you will be prompted to provide some information that is needed to set up your event/fundraising page. After you complete your page, you will be given a link that you can send to friends/family/coworkers to invite them to your event.
Past Giving Fundraisers
- Sydney’s A Day of Self Care to Care for Others
- Paolo’s Acoustic Night
- Coach Caron’s Girl Power Fundraiser
To learn more, contact Gabrielle Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org.