Girls on the Run® and Stride are non-profit prevention programs that encourage pre-teen girls and boys to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The Wilmington Family YMCA administers Girls on the Run and STRIDE of Coastal Carolina and serves the counties of Columbus, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Sampson, Craven and Carteret.


These programs aren't just about finishing a race. They're about developing a lifetime of healthy habits and healthy living. Every participant learns valuable life lessons that include:


  • nutrition and fitness
  • goal setting
  • communication skills
  • making a difference
  • working as a team
  • character development



Who can join?


Girls on the Run is for 3rd through 5th grade girls and Girls on Track is for girls in middle school. STRIDE is for 3rd through 6th grade boys. There is no need to have any previous running experience and kids don't even have to consider themselves athletic to participate. The great thing about running is that anyone can do it! You don't need lots of money or time to get in shape and learn a new skill. Come join the fun and experience the positive rewards of finishing a race and stepping across the finish line!


Upcoming Races - Spring 2014 Race Dates


How to REGISTER as a running buddy.
Only one running buddy per GOTR/STRIDE participant.

Proceeds from all races support Girls on the Run and Stride.




Brunswick County
The Rotary Clubs of Brunswick County 5k Turkey Trot
November 22, 2014
Click here to register.



Onslow, Carteret and Jones Counties
The Physical Therapy Clinic Merry Fitness 5k
December 6, 2014
Click here to register.






New Hanover, Pender, Sampson, Duplin, and Columbus Counties
William H Craig Race for Life 5k
December 13, 201
Click here to register.
Secret Lego Friends Athleta



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