Team Girl Up

Lace up your running shoes and grab your water bottle, it’s time to hit the track with Team Girl Up!

What is Team Girl Up?

Team Girl Up is a running program all about girls’ empowerment. We recruit runners for marathons and half-marathons to raise funds that help adolescent girls around the world reach their full potential. Runners for Team Girl Up know that girls everywhere are powerful, and they are committed to helping the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl. All fitness levels are welcome with our program, and many participants are first-time marathon runners. Our resources and coaches will help make your race day a success.

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Why join Team Girl Up?

Team Girl Up is a passionate community of runners who receive special benefits and support from Girl Up, including:

  • Free race entry
  • Girl Up’s 4-month marathon and half-marathon training plans
  • Team Girl Up fundraising guide and a personalized fundraising page
  • Weekly Team Girl Up newsletters with training and fundraising tips
  • Access to fundraising and training coaches for personal consulting
  • Team Girl Up Dri-FIT race day shirt
  • Pre-race dinner and Girl Up cheer zones along the race course
  • Early notification of upcoming race opportunities with Team Girl Up

What are the requirements to participate?

Members of Team Girl Up are required to:

  • Complete registration for an upcoming race as an official Team Girl Up runner
  • Commit to raise the amount of money specified for your race, even if you cannot complete the race due to injury. Runners have until one month after race day to meet their commitment.
  • Participate in Team Girl Up training and race-weekend activities, when desired.


2017 Philadelphia Marathon & Half Marathon

(November 18-19, 2017) This race is recognized for its flat terrain, mellow weather and spirited fans—with thousands of spectators that cheer on the runners as they pass through historic Philadelphia. Join our team for a course that is a favorite for both new and experienced runners. The fundraising minimum for the full marathon (Nov. 19) is $1,000 and for the half marathon (Nov. 18) is $850.

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2018 Miami Marathon & Half Marathon

(January 28, 2018) This flat, single-loop course takes runners through Miami Beach, downtown Miami and Coconut Grove. Mile after mile, the beautiful views and sounds help propel runners to the finish line at Bayfront Park. Join Team Girl Up for our second year at this race. The fundraising minimum for the full marathon is $1,000 and for the half marathon is $850.

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2018 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon

(March 18, 2018) This is Team Girl Up’s fourth year participating in the Sketchers Performance LA Marathon, one of the top-rated races in the world. The Stadium to Sea course takes runners from Dodger Stadium across Los Angeles to a scenic finish just steps from the Santa Monica Pier. Join our team for the full marathon or for the Charity Challenge, where runners have the option to run either the first half or second half of the race. The fundraising minimum for the full marathon is $1,000 and for the Charity Challenge is $850.

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2018 United Airlines NYC Half

(March 18, 2018) This iconic race takes runners from around the globe on a 13.1-mile tour of New York City. Led by a talent-packed roster of American and international elites, runners will stop traffic in Manhattan, from Central Park through Times Square to South Street Seaport! Secure your guaranteed entry in this sold-out race as a Girl Up runner. The fundraising minimum for this half marathon is $1,500.

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2018 National Women’s Half Marathon & 8K 

(April 29, 2018) The inaugural National Women’s Half Marathon and 8K in Washington, DC starts and finishes in West Potomac Park, in the heart of this iconic city. Pass by national monuments and the most scenic parts of the city on a 13.1 mile journey through the Nation’s Capital (and in Girl Up’s own backyard). The fundraising minimum for this race is $850.

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2018 BMW Berlin Marathon 

(September 16, 2018) The Berlin Marathon is one of the largest and most popular races in the world, with runners from 122 countries and more than one million spectators. Originally run only in West Berlin, when the German city was divided, the fast and flat course now weaves back and forth across the former wall, and ends with all racers passing through Brandenburg Gate. Secure your guaranteed entry in this sold-out race with Girl Up. The fundraising minimum for the Berlin Marathon is $2,500.

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2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 

(October 7, 2018) Travel through 27 neighborhoods on a flat and fast course that starts and finishes in Grant Park, taking you through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. Runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries enjoy the support of 1.7 million spectators at this elite race—a favorite among endurance runners. Secure your guaranteed entry in this sold-out race with Girl Up. The fundraising minimum for the Chicago Marathon is $1,500.

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Independent Events

Are you running a race that isn’t on our official race calendar? You can still run on behalf of girls’ empowerment! Sign up for your race and then register with Team Girl Up. The suggested fundraising goal for a full marathon is $1,000 and for a half marathon is $850.

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