Finding my Superpower

GOTR

by Jennifer Howard-Brown

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a . . . girl on the run? We all have a superhero within us. For some of us, finding our superpower takes a little more work. I found mine through running. It is positivity. It helps me confront my fears, relentlessly pursue my goals, look at the bright side amid adversity, and encourage and motivate others.

Girls on the Run is an organization that brings a group of young girls together to run, have fun and to learn how to deal with situations they might face. It is an after-school transformational, physical activity-based program for girls in 3rd-8th grades.

Our volunteer coaches teach 8-12-year-old girls life skills through interactive lessons and running games to deal with real-life situations they face like bullying, peer pressure, body image issues, etc. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally ready to complete a celebratory 5k running event. Our goal is to help girls tap into their own superpowers to unleash confidence through accomplishment and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness.

Check out this video to see what the girls, coaches and parents have to say about the program.

Girls on the Run gives to these girls what our Rogue teammates/groups give to each of us. Help us extend this experience to approximately 350 girls/year (and growing!)

We have about 250 girls participating in Girls on the Run for the Fall season in the Austin area, training for the Girls on the Run 5k on Sat., Dec. 6. It is a family-friendly, untimed fun run. It is not about competition. It is about empowering these girls to tap into their individual strength and collectively support each other to accomplish their goals.

How you can help girls find their superpower:

  • Sign up now for our Girls on the Run 5k on Sat., Dec. 6 and run alongside these young women. (Discounted no-t-shirt entry option.)
  • Donate to Girls on the Run which funds the program for underprivileged girls. (Financial and in-kind donations welcome.)
  • Be a SoleMate. Raise money for GOTR by fundraising for your next race.
  • Volunteer. Get involved as a program coach or running buddy, or support our mission through grant-writing, event planning, community outreach, etc. If you want to explore other ways to help, let me know.

We are a completely volunteer-driven organization, so your time and money go directly to funding our annual program and 5k runs. I hope more Rogues will get involved in some way. As we all know, the finish line is just the beginning. Power up!

–Jennifer Howard-Brown is a volunteer board member for Girls on the Run and coaches Rogue’s Jenn & Tonics, a year-round training group in Northwest Austin focused on half marathon and marathon distances, as well as a Couch to 5k group at lululemon athletica in The Domain.

–Jennifer Howard-Brown is a volunteer board member for Girls on the Run and coaches Rogue’s Jenn & Tonics, a year-round training group in Northwest Austin focused on half marathon and marathon distances, as well as a Couch to 5k group at lululemon athletica in The Domain.

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2 thoughts on “Finding my Superpower

  1. Inspiring Jennifer! You are doing amazing work that has a tremendous impact on these young women! I just helped out a little and encourage others to do the same!

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