you go girls

building resilient runners


Since 2009 You Go Girls has empowered female and transgender adolescents to grow both personally and socially in the context of running. The key focus of the program is to provide an opportunity for each participant to develop a feeling of personal power and social connection within a non-competitive running club.


Adolescence is an important bridge in a young person’s life. They are developing an awareness of themselves, their body, and what they are capable of as an individual and within community. This is also the time where many adolescents begin to develop a sense of body image and relationship to physical activity. You Go Girls seeks to fill the gap in youth programming to provide a safe setting for each participant to learn valuable life skills in the context of running and play. You Go Girls is open to all cis-female and transgender participants in grades 2-6.

Groups are divided into 2nd-3rd grade YGG Junior and 4th-6th grade YGG Varsity. Groups meet from 3:30-5pm at Markward Playground at 300 S. 25th Street. Runs are 1-3 miles and participants can choose the distance they want to run. Runs are typically on the Riverwalk, or to Penn Park, Penn Campus, Penn's Biopond. Our time together also includes fun tag games, rolling down hills, and other playful activities.

COVID precautions: CHOP reports that masked and socially distanced outdoor exercise is low risk for the spreading of COVID. We take all recommended precautions when running our groups, wear masks, and stay socially distanced. Vaccinated participants have the option to not wear masks.


YGG Jr. days, dates, & fees:

Wednesdays 3:30 to 5pm including 3:15 pick-up at The Philadelphia School by an adult to walk to park.

Wednesdays - Sept 8-Nov 17, 2021 (10 meeting times)

Make-up day: Wed, Dec. 1, 2021

Fee: $270 includes a You Go Girl t-shirt.

YGG Varsity days, dates, & fees:

Wednesdays 3:30 to 5pm. Varsity runners typically walk to the park with friends but they are also welcome to meet the Junior group and walk over with an adult.

Sept. 8-Nov. 17

Make-up day: Wed, Dec. 1, 2021

Fee: $270 includes a hand-held BPA-free water bottle.

Interested in having your child participate?

Please register here.

Contact Director, Meg Waldron, if you have additional questions here