The Best Finish Lines, We Cross Together
Together, we can achieve the impossible.
These amazing organizations have their sights set on finish lines that inspire us all.
“The Finish Line is Just the Beginning”
Girls on the Run served its one millionth girl in 2015. What started with one team of thirteen girls in 1996 has grown into a national movement now serving over 200,000 girls each year in all 50 states and Washington DC.
By 2021, Girls on the Run will have served over two million girls and expanded its transformational programs to reach 80 percent of the United States population.
Please support this incredible organization by visiting: girlsontherun.org/
“Sports are a Birthright.”
WSF launched the Sports 4 Life initiative at the end of 2014. Sports 4 Life is an investment in the future of African-American and Hispanic girls, enabling organizations around the country to makes sports accessible while imparting four foundational benefits of sports: leadership, self-esteem, confidence, and perseverance. In 2016, we awarded $194,250 in funding to 40 organizations, which will serve an estimated more than 10,000 middle and high school students.
On February 1, we will be celebrating the 31st National Girls and Women in Sports Day with events on Capitol Hill and in every state in the country. NGWSD is a yearly observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of girls and women in sports.
In 2017 we will focus on the importance of Title IX as we meet with Congressional members and administration offices and for a Capitol Hill briefing attended by congress members, staffers, the public and the media.
Please support this incredible organization by visiting: womenssportsfoundation.org
“Transforming Lives, One Mile at a Time.”
In 2016, Back on My Feet’s hit a major finish line with the addition of our 12th Back on My Feet chapter in San Francisco. In November, we hit the ground running bringing our much needed program to the homeless population in the Bay Area.
Back on My Feet is looking ahead to our next major finish line, helping more than 5000 people find housing and/or employment through our program in 2017.
Please support this incredible organization by visiting: backonmyfeet.org
Your Postcards From The Finish Line
From your First 5k to conquering Everest, we’d love to hear your Postcard from the Finish Line.
Michael H. | Hanover
After a successful high-school track and XC career, I felt like I had nothing left to prove. For the next 27 years, I jogged around the neighborhood but only did 3 races – two of which were 5K fund raisers. But in the days after Boston 2016, a few friends from the old high school team inspired me to strap the flats back on. Five weeks from today, I’ll toe the line in Hopkinton with 4 teammates and 30,000 others! #LifeIsaMarathon
Nancy H. | Vermont
After running in the 2013 Boston Marathon and crossing the finish line shortly before the bombs went off, I made it my goal to return to Boston and run the marathon again. While training, I began to experience a lack of balance and problems with my memory. At the finish line of a half marathon, I had collapsed and an MRI detected a large tumor on my cerebellum. I had brain surgery in March of 2016 and proudly wore my Girls on the Run cape in the hospital during my recovery. I’ve made it my goal to run one more marathon in my lifetime and dream of it being Boston again.
Nancy is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run Vermont
Isaac P. | Asheville
Life doesn’t always go as planned and you take a nasty fall with 30 meters to go in the Olympic Trials. What defines us is how we pick ourselves up and move on from those unforeseen falls. *literally*
Beth G. | Illinois
Proud middle-to-back-of-the-pack marathoner Beth Gillespie didn’t run her first mile without stopping until she was 27 years old. Beth has now completed 18 marathons and 4 ultramarathons and hopes to encourage all runners to see their miles as worthwhile, no matter their pace. Beth worked as the race director for Girls on the Run Southeastern Michigan prior to establishing the Girls on the Run East Central Illinois council where she currently volunteers on the 5K Committee.
Jessica L. | Cincinnati
Girls on the Run Greater Cincinnati volunteer Jessica Leonard has raised nearly $200,000 for Girls on the Run by participating in the organization’s charity running program SoleMates. Jessica started as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run in 2008 and coached for four seasons. She currently serves as a board member for Girls on the Run Greater Cincinnati and is the chair of its partnership committee. As a SoleMate, Jessica has completed four Ironman races raising funds for Girls on the Run while training for each event. Jessica cites the girls as her inspiration and has encouraged many community members to become Girls on the Run supporters and SoleMates.
Ken C. | Los Angeles
I was well into my mid 30’s by the time I finished my first 5k race. I was one of those couch to 5k guys. I had no idea how I would do and I made the mistake of not scoping out the race route. It turns out there was a torturous section that was a steep several hundred foot elevation drop and then straight back up.
I think my pace dropped to basically walking speed but I never stopped moving. A few minutes later I recovered and finished strong. My advice to everyone: Check the route!