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Girls On The Run

For the past several years Charlotte Dentistry has shared pictures of the local Girls on the Run 5k in Belmont, NC on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. The first year, a couple hundred girls participated. This year it was well over one thousand strong? So I was curious, what was behind the success of this unusual program for young girls?


I was really surprised to find that Girls on the Run was started back in 1996 with only thirteen girls, right here in our own backyard of Charlotte, NC. Since then, the Girls on the Run program has grown from a single school activity to serving over one million 3rd-5th grade girls and has reached all 50 states, including the District of Columbia. Girls on the Run hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5k events, making the Girls on the Run 5k series the largest in the country.

Girls on the Run teaches life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of running. The curriculum is composed of three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how they connect and shape the world.

The program is designed to help girls develop and improve competence, feel confidence, develop strength of character, and to treat others and themselves with kindness. The program also helps to create positive connections to others, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.

Girls on the Run not only promotes and celebrates the benefits of exercise and good health, it also promotes community service. Each chapter comes up with and executes a local community service project each year. That experience reinforces the idea that good citizenship and joy comes from helping others.

The heart of this program it’s the volunteers who help to inspire and empower these young girls to become healthy, happy and confident young women. Whether you have a couple of hours a day, week, month or year to help, they would love to hear from you! Visit Girls on the Run at

We would also like to give a big shout out to our very own patient, Chloe Camp who just completed her very first Girls on the Run 5k. Great job Chloe!

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