If you’re looking for a great way to give back to your community, inspire young girls to live a balanced and healthy life, and squeeze in some exercise in the process… I’ve got the charity for you!



Girls On The Run (GOTR) mission is “to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.  Girls on the Run, founded by Molly Barker in 1996, is a life-changing, experiential learning program for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The program combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development.”


Today, I had lunch with Lauren, GOTR’s Quality Director, and Katy, VP of Partnerships and Developments, at a little vegetarian-friendly cafe called Zada Jane’s.


I love GOTR, and GOTR loves Operation Beautiful.  It’s a match made in do-gooder heaven!


I ordered the East-Western, a tofu, egg, curry, and vegetable scramble with a biscuit on the side.  It was really good, and the flavors were divine, but it was a little light for lunch.


Our lunch meeting lasted an hour and forty-five minutes because we had so many different things to discuss!  The GOTR mission really speaks to me because I truly believe this organization is a great way to positively impact a young girl’s life… It’s the living, breathing version of an empowering Operation Beautiful note!


Here’s how GOTR works (source):


  • There are about 160 chapters of GOTR in cities across America and Canada.  Each chapter follows the national ten- to twelve-week curriculum developed by the Charlotte office.
  • The first eight lessons are centered on the girls getting to know themselves.  They examine their values, their likes and dislikes, and who they envision themselves to be. As the girls get to know themselves, they are also sharing with each other. Lesson topics and learning goals include “fueling our healthy pace,” “centering: the importance of slowing down,” and “celebrating gratitude.” 
  • The next eight lessons concentrate on team building, being supportive, learning to listen and cooperate, etc. Lesson topics and learning goals include “standing up to peer pressure,” “gossiping hurts everyone,” and “it’s okay to choose my friends.”
  • The last eight lessons relate to the world at large. This includes making a contribution to the community and learning to recognize and deal with the negative messages we often receive from the world (media awareness, negative peer pressure, etc.) Lesson topics and learning goals include: “learning about community,” “tuning into a new message (media literacy),” and the development and implementation of a group community project.
  • At the end of the program, the girls run a 5K race with a buddy and experience the joy and pride of crossing the finish line!


Here are TWO WAYS that YOU can get involved with GOTR.


  • Apply to be a coach or running buddy at your local chapter.  You can search to see if there is a chapter near you here.  If you’re a coach, you need to be available in the afternoon twice a week so you can attend the coaching sessions.  As a running buddy, you meet your girl on the day of the 5K and run the race with her.


  • Join the SOLEMATES program.  I LOVE this program and just joined myself!  Solemates consist of male and female athletes who pursue individual goals, such as running a 5K, a marathon, or participating in a triathlon, to raise money for local GOTR councils. If you’re already signed up for a race and want to make it about something bigger than yourself, this is PERFECT. As a Solemate, you pledge to raise $262, which funds two girls’ participation in the GOTR program.  Learn more here.


I just signed up for the Solemate program for the Thunder Road marathon on December 11.  I was already going to do the race, but now I can do it as a Solemate and help two girls in need learn how to run, too! :) 


I love that the Solemate program isn’t a huge commitment in terms of time (busy full-time workers can do it!) or money required for fundraising, but it can make a huge difference to two girls.


Anyway, it was quite the exciting meeting, and I’m excited to get involved with GOTR here in Charlotte (I might become a coach as well).  I gave Katy and Lauren copies of the Operation Beautiful book, too, and they asked me to sign them.  I was giggling the entire time.  😉

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Have you participated in GOTR as a coach or Solemate?  Do you think being involved in such a program as a young girl would’ve helped your confidence? 


If you’re doing a race in the Fall or Winter, please consider signing up for the Solemates program!  Your fundraising will provide scholarships for two girls to participate in the GOTR program.  Who knows what kind of impact you’ll have!  If you register to participate in the program, indicate that you heard about it from “OTHER” and then type in Operation Beautiful as the source!



  • rebecca July 27, 2010, 3:28 pm

    ok, i just teared up a little over the picture of you signing your book! congratulations 🙂

  • Exercise and Eat July 27, 2010, 3:32 pm

    You deserve to sign that book! Be proud!!!! Such a huge accomplishment!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin July 27, 2010, 3:32 pm

    I love the idea of GOTR. I was looking into it when i wanted to get involved in some volunteer work but unfortunately the time commitments don’t work for me. I never heard about the SOLEMATE’s program and am definitely going to look into it!

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 3:34 pm

      Yay! It sounds like the perfect solution for busy people who want to help the organization! And raising $262 is pretty easy – only need 10 people to give you 26 bucks!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 27, 2010, 3:34 pm

    that sounds like such a fantastic program! and you are too adorable signing your book 🙂

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 27, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Thank you for posting this. I have never heard about this organization before but it seems amazing!!

  • Becky July 27, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful program, and Operation Beautiful really is a great match for GOTR!

  • Corinne (breathe and savor) July 27, 2010, 3:34 pm

    This is a fabulous charity and involvement! I am looking into it as we speak! Thanks Caitlin 🙂

    ooo la la will you be doing book signings or a book tour in the future you think?

  • Kelly July 27, 2010, 3:35 pm

    That’s great Caitlin! I loved being a coach but hesitate to sign up for the fall b/c of a change in jobs (hopefully). Once I’m in Charlotte full time I hope to join the Mecklenburg GOTR, if my job allows me. I didn’t know about the Soul Mates program but think that I will probably do that for a race in the winter. That’s a pretty easy fund raising goal!

  • Natalie July 27, 2010, 3:36 pm

    sounds like a great program! i’m going to check it out now 🙂

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life July 27, 2010, 3:36 pm

    What an awesome idea. I wish there was one near me so I could be a coach. But I’m definitely going to consider being a Solemate. I love the thought of being able to help people, while doing something I love.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 27, 2010, 3:37 pm

    I’ve never heard of GOTR or Solemate (not sure if it operates in the UK?) but it sounds super!

  • Cait July 27, 2010, 3:38 pm

    This past spring I ran as a running buddy for the Chicago GOTR 5K. It was so much fun! Think thousands of cheering girls in tiaras 🙂 I’m a teacher and will be a GOTR coach at my school this fall – can’t wait to begin!

  • Kristina July 27, 2010, 3:39 pm

    This sounds like a fabulous movement… I am looking into it – I want to get involved !! 🙂

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 3:42 pm

      Yay! Do Solemates. So fun!

  • Tasha July 27, 2010, 3:42 pm

    What a wonderful cause! I signed up to be a big sister a few years back, and since then I am always looking for more opportunities to help kids.

  • katherine July 27, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I’ve volunteered as a buddy for a runner before and it was a truly wonderful experience. It’s a great way to give back, inspire others AND to meet like-minded awesome women!

  • Jen July 27, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I’m a Girls on the Run coach and I love it! It is such a rewarding experience. The curriculum is awesome and the activities are fun and educational. I wish I had something like this when I was young. This Fall, I’m hopefully coaching Girls on Track which is basically a continuation of GOTR for 6-8 graders.

    I bet a lot of people want to coach but worry it would interfere w/ their jobs. A lot of big companies encourage volunteering and may allow you to have a flexible work schedule. The company I work for allows me to miss work to coach and gives a stipend to GOTR after each season. Just something to look into!

  • Lindsay July 27, 2010, 3:46 pm

    Thank you for highlighting such a great organization on the blog. Love this post!!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness July 27, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I was actually coming out of an injury the day of the GOTR race in Chicago in June, but I still signed up to volunteer. For nonrunners, that would be a great way to help out- I kicked butt at face painting and tiara decorating! 🙂

    I adore the program- and plan to help out again this fall!

  • Renae July 27, 2010, 3:49 pm

    GOTR is such a fantastic organization. I have 2 boys and I think that hurt me when I applied to be a coach at their elementary school. Seems like around here, all of the coaches are moms of girls at the school.
    My running partner is the coach at her daughter’s elementary school so I try to help her when I can – like being a buddy runner for any girls that don’t have one during their 5k. I sure wish they had that program when I was young!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! July 27, 2010, 3:49 pm

    Great Cause! I have been wanting to get my 9 year old daughter into running for awhile, I will be looking into GOTR……….=)

  • Niki July 27, 2010, 3:49 pm

    I LOVE GOTR!! I was a running buddy for their spring session and once I move to a place where they have a chapter (so next year) again I might be a coach, it was so uplifting 🙂

  • jen July 27, 2010, 3:51 pm

    This is awesome! I’ve been looking for a volunteer opportunity, and my pulse quickened reading about this! THere is a chapter about half an hour away from me. I don’t think I’d be able to be a coach, but I hope to volunteer for the day of the race. Awesome that you are working with them!

  • Kerry @ McGeeTimes July 27, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Congrats on the book! You look a pro signer already, LoL. 🙂

    That organization looks amazing! Sadly, there isn’t a chapter in Nevada! I want to be a part of the movement and make a change! Bring GOTR to the desert!

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 3:58 pm

      Do Solemates!

  • jord July 27, 2010, 3:57 pm

    I volunteered as a Running Buddy this past spring and in June registered with Sole Mates. I love everything that about GOTR!

  • Madeline July 27, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I ran a GOTR 5k down in PA last year and it was SO much fun, and so inspiring! Those girls are young and dedicated to running and just enjoying themselves. It was an amazing event.

  • Jen July 27, 2010, 4:04 pm

    The pride on your face while you are signing your book is undeniable – I almost started crying! I am so proud of you!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 27, 2010, 4:06 pm

    This is such an amazing idea!! I’m definitely looking into becoming a running buddy!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place July 27, 2010, 4:11 pm

    I posted about GOTR in June as well! ..I particpated in the local event near my home! love the cause!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 27, 2010, 4:15 pm

    What a great organization!

  • Alison July 27, 2010, 4:16 pm

    I ran with my 11 year old neighbor in the GOTR (Northern Virginia) 5k back in May. It was raining cats and dogs, but I had SO much fun. My daughter will be in 3rd grade next year and she’s going to participate in the spring season. I can’t wait to be her buddy runner!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 27, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Wow this sounds wonderful Caitlin, I’m going to check out more on their website!!

  • thatshortchick July 27, 2010, 4:19 pm

    I was totally looking at the GOTR website last night (more so for employment opps though, I really enjoy working in the nonprofit sector). One of my old classmates used to rave about the organization (she was an intern).

    I was also looking into the volunteer opps, but I’ve never trained for a race and I’m not sure I could make such a major commitment but I really enjoy mentoring and working with young girls.

    p.s. Zada Jane’s is one of my favorite brunch spots! your scramble looked delish.

  • Katie July 27, 2010, 4:20 pm

    I have read a lot about this program and definitely want to become a coach someday soon… once I move to a PERMANENT location! I didn’t know about the soulmates part though!

  • Betsy July 27, 2010, 4:22 pm

    Hooray GOTR! I’ve been a SoleMate and a Running Buddy. I love GOTR.

    Another way for people to get involved in their regional GOTR groups is as a part of one of their committees. In Seattle, GOTR Puget Sound has a 5K Planning Committee and an Auction committee. We also have an on-call volunteer list. I hope every woman that reads your blog joins the GOTR movement!

    Also, if I have girls they will absolutely be a part of GOTR.

  • Michal July 27, 2010, 4:25 pm

    That’s so great! I especially love how the program connects on so many levels, reaches not just individual but encourages community engagement.
    I think this would be great motivation for the adults, too. I’m putting this on my “Someday” list when I’m really settled somewhere for a long enough time 🙂

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin July 27, 2010, 4:32 pm

    Sounds like a GREAT organization! I’m going to look into it in my area!

    Congrats again on the book! I’m so happy for you!! 😀

  • Stina @ Girl Can July 27, 2010, 4:33 pm


    I ran in the GOTR 5K last November and was so inspired by the program! (I believe I actually submitted a photo of my bib to you for OB.)

    It is definitely one of my goals to become a coach at some point. (Right now my schedule just doesn’t allow for it.)

  • Maria July 27, 2010, 4:35 pm

    It sucks that amazing organisations like this are never in the UK. My life’s dream to start something as awesome as this.

  • Amanda (modernation) July 27, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Caitlin, it is so wonderful to see GOTR on your blog. I am absolutely in love with the program and have seen first hand the impact it can have on the girls. It is amazing the change you can see in 12 short weeks! I have been a head coach in the past and am now on the Board of Directors. So glad that you are getting involved and agree that OB and GOTR are a perfect match.

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 7:25 pm

      I think it’s so awesome you are so involved!

  • Anne P July 27, 2010, 4:43 pm

    Aw yay! I love GOTR. They were my chosen charity for the Stonyfield Blogger Barnstorming Tour, so they just received a $5,000 donation in my name! Such a wonderful program 🙂

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 7:26 pm

      We talked about you at lunch!

  • Liz July 27, 2010, 4:44 pm

    How funny that you posted about this today! I just signed up today to be an assistant coach for the Lexington chapter, and I’m running the Chicago Marathon with Solemates!

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 7:26 pm


  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 27, 2010, 4:54 pm

    What a great organization! It is so important for young girls to get that kind of support and love of fitness at a young age.

  • Molly Barker July 27, 2010, 5:07 pm

    Hey Caitlin and all you fabulous “commenters” My name is Molly Barker and I am the Founder and Visionkeeper of Girls on the Run International. i’m so sorry I missed lunch today…but look forward to meeting you soon. IN the meantime, thanks to you and all the amazing folks who have shared a comment on our organization. I look forward to seeing you guys soon at a Girls on the Run Event near you!

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 7:26 pm

      Thanks Molly!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 27, 2010, 5:09 pm

    That sounds like a good cause to be involved with. Loved that they asked you to autograph the Operation Beautiful books – you’re a celebrity now!!

  • Heather July 27, 2010, 5:11 pm

    I first heard of GOTR last year when Jen started coaching with them. It sounds liek a great thing. I looked into opening up a chapter where I live but it’s thousands of dollars!

  • Nicole Y. July 27, 2010, 5:17 pm

    GOTR is an amazing organization!
    I worked with GOTR Orlando this past season and hope once I settle into Chicago life next month that I’ll begin working with GOTR Chicago. Last spring I was a running buddy and it was one of the best, most uplifting and inspiring uses of my time!

    The girls LOVE and APPRECIATE all of the running buddies so much, they light up when you come to run with them! It’s such an amazing way to help pass along positivity to other females. As running buddies we are building confidence within them and teaching them ways to cope with life and stress that are HEALTHY.

    I love GOTR!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 27, 2010, 5:21 pm

    I’ve never heard of GOTR but it sounds like an outstanding program! I can’t wait to explore their website.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 27, 2010, 5:24 pm

    What a wonderful initiative!!!!! I wonder if there is something like that in Australia?

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 27, 2010, 5:28 pm

    Thanks for passing along this info! I had heard of this organization before, but learned so much more about it from your post. It reminds me quite a bit of my thesis project I just finished for my Master’s Degree. I researched girls, body image, self-esteem, and media and ended the paper with a program I developed – much like this one! Its great to see that programs like I had envisioned are out there and making a difference!

  • michelle July 27, 2010, 5:35 pm

    You are NOT going to believe this BUT I was JUST going to email this to you TODAY! I wanted to tell you about solemates and encourage you to do it for your marathon!! This was ON my to-do list for this afternoon!!

    I’m a GOTR coach. It has been hands down the BEST THING I have ever been a part of. You can read about our 5k at my blog… http://tinyurl.com/24dujsz.

    Coaching GOTR is amazing and I encourage any women interested to GET INVOLVED!! Anyone can email me… it’s cool!

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 7:27 pm

      Awesome! Thanks!

  • Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler July 27, 2010, 5:53 pm

    This is PERFECT for you! What a great match!

  • Katy July 27, 2010, 5:54 pm

    So excited about your book and can’t wait to watch how Operation Beautiful and Girls on the Run can help each other. I’m running the Chicago Marathon as a SoleMate, but did a half-marathon last year as a SoleMate as I worked up the courage to go the full distance!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 27, 2010, 5:57 pm

    What a lovely charity with a beautiful mission. <3 🙂 I will be sure to check it out! thank you for informing me.

  • Ashley Solomon @ Nourishing the Soul July 27, 2010, 6:00 pm

    Thank you so much for letting your readers know about this organization and especially the Solemates program. As I was reading I was thinking how great it would be to be a coach, but definitely wouldn’t have time. SOLEMATES is a great alternative!!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous July 27, 2010, 6:00 pm

    I’ve never heard of GOTR, but it’s a fabulous idea! I’m gonna check out chapters in NYC right now 🙂

  • stephanie@Avocado Nation July 27, 2010, 6:10 pm

    Gahhh!!! I totally want to do this. I tried to sign up in NYC but couldn’t make the commitment. Now that I am unemployed, I am going to volunteer as a running buddy! Sounds like a total blast!

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 7:27 pm

      What a good use of your time! I think its so important to do something like this during a job search. GOOD LUCK!!

  • Liz Kunz July 27, 2010, 6:23 pm

    Caitlin – Lauren and Katy returned to the office after your lunch together absolutely buzzing with enthusiasm! I already took a peek at the book and it is just wonderful. I am also thrilled that you have signed up to be a SoleMate – thank you so much for supporting Girls on the Run in this way. Shine on! Liz Kunz, President, Girls on the Run International.

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 7:28 pm

      Thanks Liz! I hope to meet you soon too!

  • Cathleen July 27, 2010, 6:32 pm

    Girls on the Run is an AMAZING program! I coached a team this year — it’s a great way to make a huge impact without the gargantuan time commitment of a typical coaching gig, because GOTR has an organized curriculum and practice schedule all set out for you.

    I had the opportunity to do some “guest” blog entries about my coaching experience at the GOTR blog site for the city I coached in: http://gotratlanta.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/gotr-coaches-speak-out-gotr-5k-recap/

    Wonderful, wonderful messages from both GOTR and Operation Beautiful. Congratulations on the book excitement, Caitlin. Soak it up!

  • Robin July 27, 2010, 6:37 pm

    Are you going to be signing at any local B&N or Borders?

    Congrats on the book, can’t wait to buy a few for my friends!!

    • Caitlin July 27, 2010, 7:28 pm

      I’m not sure! 🙂 Maybe???

  • Megan (Running Foodie) July 27, 2010, 6:49 pm

    I love GOTR! In college, my sorority signed up to be running buddies with a local chapter. I had SO MUCH FUN – definitely the best 5k I’ve ever run 🙂

  • Sara July 27, 2010, 6:50 pm

    Yay!!I was a coach last season in Maricopa County and have run for SoleMates…GOTR is aammaazziinnggg! For those in the Phoenix Area check out Girls on the Run, Maricopa County!! http://www.gotrmc.org

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 27, 2010, 6:57 pm

    That is a great program. I wish I could participate but we don’t have a local one.

    And the picture of you signing the book is so cute.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 27, 2010, 6:57 pm

    I love GOTR!I was going to get involved this spring but I got pregnant instead and was hit hard with the morning sickness bug. I still ran but didn’t think I’d be very inspiring. I plan on being involved once my little bugger shows up though. SUCH a great cause. Thanks for posting about this!

    There’s nothing so inspiring as running a race and seeing little GOTR girls running all around you.

  • Anne @ the doctor takes a wife July 27, 2010, 7:00 pm

    I love this!! I’ve never heard of it before but I’m totally going to check it out as we speak. I hope there’s a chapter in my area!!!

  • ari July 27, 2010, 7:12 pm

    you’re a celebrity!

  • elissa July 27, 2010, 7:26 pm

    I love GOTR!!! I’ve been a Soulmate for 2 years and I have enjoyed every minute of it. My first year I competed in a 1/2 marathon and raised money and the 2nd year I did a triathlon and raised money. It’s such a positive experience for young girls every where. I have also run many of the races that are done locally where all the young girls run with you. It’s so much fun to see the smile on their face when they cross the finish line. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

  • Claire July 27, 2010, 7:32 pm

    GIRLS ON THE RUN IS SO MUCH FUN! (haha, our cute little cheer)

    I was one of five coaches of 32 little girls, and it was a total blast. The girls really opened up throughout the season (and because I was a high school senior, and not a mom) and they thought i was the coolest person ever. The 5K at the end of the season was amazing– I felt like a proud parent. Every single girl crossed the finish line smiling, most of them running the entire time! It’s an amazing organization to get involved in.

  • Mindy July 27, 2010, 7:46 pm

    I’ve thought about getting involved with GOTR before, but never really looked into it. I’ll definitely have to give it a lot more thought. Thanks for giving more insight into what it’s all about!

  • Jessica @ Rawtumn July 27, 2010, 7:48 pm

    Wow, that program looks amazing! I’m off to check if there’s a location near me. I would love to be involved with something like this, it’s right up my alley! Thanks for sharing Caitlin!

  • Wei-Wei July 27, 2010, 7:51 pm

    This is such an amazing movement! I love it when fellow do-gooders get together, it creates miracles 😉 and look at you, signing your one book! I am just so proud of you!

    Wei Wei

  • Lauren July 27, 2010, 7:52 pm

    I am so in love with GOTR! I started researching it a few months ago and contacted the group in our area to see if I could incorporate my company’s support into their program. I hope to get involved this year by offering free financial literacy workshops and life skills presentations to the girls while they attend camp.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 27, 2010, 7:59 pm

    This is such a perfect fit for you, Caitlin!! This post made me smile from ear to ear. 😀

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 27, 2010, 8:28 pm

    I read about this cause in the newspaper a few weeks ago and I think it’s such a great idea! Hopefully it will really help to kick negative body image and low self esteem issues to the curb for these girls! 😀

  • Holly July 27, 2010, 8:35 pm

    Check it out: http://healthylivingholly.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/girls-on-the-run-is-so-much-fun/

    I was hatching a plan to have my GOTR team hold an Operation Beautiful sign to submit for your book, actually. But then I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to send it in without their parent’s permission and all that. But then the parents all signed releases so I was able to post these in my blog. 🙂

  • Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 27, 2010, 8:43 pm

    They had GOTR here in Portland Oregon and I thought it was a great idea. Unfortunately at the time I couldn’t commit the time to volunteering with them.

  • Marg July 27, 2010, 8:43 pm

    I looked into this a few months back, not sure with my schedule how much I can commit. I’d love to coach though, will give my local chapter a call.

  • Jenny July 27, 2010, 8:46 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic organization! I had no idea it existed, thanks for letting us know! I’m off to check it out.

  • Wendy July 27, 2010, 9:03 pm

    I love, love, LOVE GOTR!!!! I was an assistant coach for the team here in my town last spring, and plan to work with them again this fall. It was one of the best experiences of my life. The strength, beauty, and courage that I saw in each and every one of those girls (and fellow coaches!) was so inspirational. I’m so excited you/Operation Beautiful are getting involved with GOTR!

  • Heidi July 27, 2010, 9:17 pm

    GOTR is an AMAZING organization – i was just down there for training as I’m helping to start up the first council in CT – i’ll be a coach this fall and CAN NOT wait! Also, I’m considering running the Newport 1/2 marathon as a solemate this fall also 🙂

    Great post, I’m so excited you’re getting involved with them!!! 🙂

  • Kelly July 27, 2010, 9:35 pm

    I coached girls on the run last year in Arlington, virginia and it was such an amazing experience! As a college senior who often times struggled with my own self image I sometimes felt like a hypocrite giving such noble advice until one day a girl picked “Coach Kelly” as her role model for healthy living. It made me realize, “Hey, we might not all be perfect but the fact is that we’re trying to get better” … I’m so glad that you are getting involved with GOTR

    • caitlin July 28, 2010, 9:40 am

      I loved this comment!!

  • Katherine July 27, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I’ve coached GOTR for 3 seasons in Atlanta and it’s wonderful, not only for the girls but also for the coaches! It helps my self image seeing all these young girls looking up to me, I know I have to have healthy habits for them.

  • Joanna July 27, 2010, 10:22 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this! I would love to get involved with this org. I am going to hop over to their website right now!

  • Nicole July 27, 2010, 10:55 pm

    That’s awesome your’re getting involved with GOTR. I live in Charlotte and got my MSW a few years ago and we had to do internships as part of our program. My friend interned at GOTR and ever since I’ve wished I could be a coach. My work schedule is the current barrier, but I do hope to coach one day. I’m so jealous of your involvement and I agree, it’s a perfect fit!

  • Janna July 27, 2010, 11:09 pm

    I am so happy to see that you are getting involved in GOTR! I have been a coach for the past couple of years in the Bay Area. It’s an amazing organization.

  • janna @ janna's keeping it real July 27, 2010, 11:55 pm

    What a great organization. I am looking into it this evening! I am sure there is probably one in my area, and judging by the comment above me (which, coincidentally, the person has my same name…weird) i bet there will be! i’m near the bay!

    • caitlin July 28, 2010, 9:42 am

      The person below you is the executive director for the Girls on the Run Bay Area chapter!

  • claire July 28, 2010, 12:18 am

    It was so great to see this post! I am the executive director for the Girls on the Run Bay Area chapter (Northern CA)! What a great fit OB is for GOTR – I am so glad you are getting involved with the organization!

    • caitlin July 28, 2010, 9:42 am

      Waves hello!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 28, 2010, 2:49 am

    What an awesome team!! GOTR sounds AWESOME! I just looked them up and they have a San Diego chapter. I would love to get involved!!

  • Corinne July 28, 2010, 8:08 am

    I have already pre-ordered your book and cannot wait to get it. As for the GOTR group, it’s too bad there aren’t any in my area in Montreal, Canada. I just started running about 10 days ago and Im wondering about something, when I am running should I breathe in from my nose or mouth???? Thanks!!

    • caitlin July 28, 2010, 9:43 am

      I breath through my mouth because it’s most comfortable for me 🙂 Do whatever works for you.

      Thanks for buying the book!

  • Heather C July 28, 2010, 9:03 am

    OB & GOTR is definitely a perfect match! I’ve heard of this program and couldn’t get involved with my FT schedule, but have been keeping an eye out for ways to still help – had NO idea there was a Solemate program! Thanks for the info 🙂

  • Christina July 28, 2010, 9:26 am

    OK, I love the idea of this and admire everything about it- but what is up with that picture of the 3 girls at the finish line? Are their heads airbrushed onto their bodies?

  • Holly July 28, 2010, 9:31 am

    This sounds like a wonderful program! It made me happy just to read about it. I would love to be a coach but they don’t have any locations near me. I will have to look into the solemate program. Thanks for the information!

  • Lacey July 28, 2010, 10:00 am

    I had to let you know that there was an entire page devoted to Operation Beautiful in the September issue of Woman’s Day!! It talks a bit about you and the book!

  • Jess July 28, 2010, 10:05 am

    What a great program! I just went to the website and signed up to attend the Volunteer meeting next week. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

  • Marie July 28, 2010, 10:25 am

    This is so awesome! I just searched VA and there’s a chapter in my area! Thanks for sending this info along, I’m really excited to get involved 😀

  • Susan July 28, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Dude, get used to the book signing – I’m totally getting you to sign mine at HLS! 😀

    I remember looking into Girls on the Run when I was living in my old city, and there were no nearby chapters. But now I’m in a much bigger city and you’ve reminded me of it!! I’m going to fill out a volunteer application and hopefully will be able to get involved in Toronto 🙂

  • Jessica G. July 28, 2010, 8:02 pm

    Wow, that is such a great idea! I will definitely remember this for any future races I sign up for.

  • erin m July 29, 2010, 4:44 pm

    Caitlin, how can I send you an e-mail? I would like to share a story with you but I’m not sure how to contact you. So sorry if the answer is painfully obvious- but that would be me! 😉 Thanks and you go girl! You have inspired me so mch that I can’t thank you enough. You are so healthily balanced and grateful for what you can do and I wish you the best because you’ve showed us that we all deserve it, too. Keep it up and I know you will accomplish even more great things! 🙂

    • Caitlin July 29, 2010, 5:04 pm

      Hi Erin: Thank you!

      seebriderun at gmail dot com!

  • Michelle July 29, 2010, 7:05 pm

    I have coached with GOTR for two years now and the experience is amazing! I am not sure who gets more out of it, the girls or the coaches but I highly recommend getting involved. Seeing the girls finish the 5K and cheer each other on is priceless!

  • Tanya Kummerow August 8, 2010, 10:36 pm

    I just saw this post about GOTR! I am so glad to hear you are involved with Solemates and loving the organization. I had the same meal at Zada’s a few weeks ago with my brother. Very yummy dish! I just love that place and the owner is super nice and helpful!

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