On a July evening in 1996, a woman unsure of herself or her direction in life steps out for a run. She walks out the door in spite of a storm approaching. She runs even though she believes she shouldn’t. While she takes step after step she feels more alive and confident in herself than she has before. She decides to quit listening to the voice in her head saying “you can’t” and starting believing that she can. The woman discovers that in spite of the reasons holding her back she is beautiful, powerful and capable. This woman is the founder of Girls on the Run, Molly Barker. Molly started Girls on the Run in Charlotte, NC seventeen years ago; her mission was to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

A program that started with one amazing woman’s dream and 13 brave girls has now become an international program serving over 64,000 girls annually. Today, Girls on the Run of Charlotte serves over 2,120 girls annually throughout Mecklenburg County. The curriculum-based lessons use running and games as tools to discuss topics that face girls during adolescence. The season concludes with a 5k run/walk where many of the participants complete their first 5k event.

Speedway Children’s Charities and other partners have made it possible for Girls on the Run to provide this dynamic program for 615 girls within Mecklenburg County who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to participate.

Thank you Speedway Children’s Charities for sponsoring the students at Berryhill, Bruns & Oakdale Elementary Schools!