Heart & Sole

Girls on the Run of Greater Mankato

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6th - 8th grade girls

We believe that adolescents bring a lot to the table. We also know that girls at this age often sort through conflicting messages about their worth, their abilities and their value. Our middle school programs help girls develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully. 

Girls on the Run of Greater Mankato is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia.

For a list of program sites, including dates and times, within our council please check out our registration information.

Our Mission


We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.


We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Core Values:

Girls on the Run/Heart & Sole honors its core values. We strive to:

  1. Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
  2. Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
  3. Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
  4. Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  5. Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  6. Stand up for ourselves and others


Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s new program for middle school girls! Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.

The Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help, and more.

This 10-week program is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers. Physical activity includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k, which is the celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.

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Heart & Sole utilizes trained, volunteer coach mentors from our local area. These volunteers serve as role models to the girls throughout the 10 week program.  A coach mentor is an individual 18 years of age or older, male or female, who lead lessons in empowerment, healthy eating, gossiping, bullying, friendship, body image, media influence, goal setting and believing in yourself. Running experience is not required.  

If interested in becoming a volunteer Heart & Sole coach mentor please see our volunteer page.

Contact Us

Please contact YWCA, 507-345-4629, with program questions or for opportunities to get involved!

Girls on the Run International Merchandise Store - Please enter our Council Code MN-4-273 at Check Out.

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Thank you to our Program Supporters

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