Making a Difference in the Valley: Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run Española, courtesy photo  

Making A Difference In The Valley

Girls on the Run!:

A New Youth Development Running Program For Girls In Española & Pojoaque!

ESPAÑOLA – This March two “Girls on the Run” programs kicked off in Española and Pojoaque with over 30 girls participating, ranging from third to sixth graders representing over 6 schools in the area. The 12 week program is curriculum based where life skills are taught twice a week through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program ends with a celebratory 5k (3.1 miles) running event in Santa Fe May 16, 2015.

The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how the participants connect with and shape the world at large. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Organizers say completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can!

Española Head Coach Tania Sanchez partnered with the Santa Fe Girls on the Run program to establish programs in Española and Pojoaque. “We were fortunate that the Santa Fe Director was motivated and excited to expand their territory to include Española and Pojoaque,” Coach Tania stated, “it’s been a privilege working with our volunteer coaches and these amazing girls!  I am hopeful that we can grow this program in Española and be able to offer it to many more girls.”

Girls on the Run Pojoaque

Pojoaque Head Coach RayLynn Aguino stated, “My first few weeks being a GOTR coach have been very rewarding. I have learned so much about these girls, their determination is inspiring. They have so much spirit and energy that it makes coaching easy but also really fun! “

How Girls on the Run Began

Girls on the Run® was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Girls on the Run® curricula, the heart of the program, is designed to provide pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. With the help of over 55,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North America each year. In 2012, Girls on the Run hosted 253 end-of-season 5k events across the United States and Canada.

Participants say the true success of the program is not told in the numbers, but rather in the words of the girls who participate. Said one youth participant “Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain.” “I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.” “At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!”


The program runs in the fall and spring of the school year. If interested in joining, volunteering to coach or sponsorship opportunities should contact Tania Sanchez, 505-901-3563 or visit

Race date is May 16, 2015. Race starts at 8 a.m. on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza. The 37th Santa Fe Run Around by The Santa Fe Striders.  The event is open to everyone and proceeds benefit Girls on the Run!


The Española and Pojoaque Girls On The Run organization wishes to express special thanks to their Española and Pojoaque volunteer coaches who are making a difference:

  • RayLynn Aguino
  • Crystal Espinoza
  • Marcie Martinez
  • Rolanda Martinez
  • Christine Salazar
  • Tania Sanchez
  • Scott Smith
  • Teresa Sparks
  • Heather Trujillo