GGRF Day of the Girl Relay


Join GGRF and Ragnar Relay in celebrating the International Day of the Girl! Run the Day of the Girl Virtual Relay on October 11th and help raise funds for the GGRF Athletic Scholars to run their own ultra relay in Bekoji, Ethiopia in January. #DayoftheGirlRelay #GirlsGottaRun

REGISTER: Register for the GGRF Day of the Girl Virtual Relay with funds going to the GGRF Bekoji Relay in January 2019.

RUN: Grab your friends, run on October 11th whereever you are in the world, and log your miles on Strava or the Ragnar Relay site.

RAISE: Raise awareness and funds for girl changemakers in Ethiopia with GGRF and Ragnar Relay.  

Join us in fundraising for the first-ever 100-mile ultra relay run organized by and for the GGRF Athletic Scholars in Bekoji, Ethiopia.This 100 mile ultra relay is the first of its kind in Ethiopia, running from the biodiverse Bale Mountains to Ethiopia's grassroot capital of long distance running - Bekoji. A female organized and executed event, the GGRF relay features girls from the GGRF Program in Bekoji and international athletes, like YOU.

We're raising $8,000 to fully fund the participation of 40 GGRF Athletic Scholars in completing the first ever Bekoji Ultra Relay.These funds will provide housing, food + fuel, transportation, running gear, and a community celebration after the relay for the GGRF Athletic Scholars. Registration fees for this virtual relay go towards this fundraising goal. Funds raised over $8,000 will go directly towards providing Athletic Scholarships for girls in GGRF's two program locations: Soddo and Bekoji, Ethiopia. 

To learn how you can join the GGRF Bekoji Relay in person in January 2019, visit


Boston: International Day of the Girl 5K Run and Panel

BOSTON // Come join us on Saturday October 7th, 2017 to celebrate International Day of the Girl (IDG) and help raise funds for GGRF Athletic Scholars with a 5k pop-up fun run and panel discussion!

The IDG GGRF 5k pop-up fun run will start at 9am at Tracksmith and run through the Boston Common. All runners, genders, and paces passionate about celebrating the Girl Revolution are welcome!

After the run, you are invited to attend a panel discussion at TrackSmith. Post run Picky Bars will be provided!

Panelists include:

• Molly Huddle, professional runner for Saucony & 2X Olympian
• Amanda Nurse, Olympic Trials Qualifier marathoner and running coach
• Molly Seidel, professional runner for Saucony
• Roisin McGettigan, Olympian and creator of Believe I Am
• Emily Saul, co-leader of November Project Boston
• Liz Costello, professional runner for New Balance

Pre-registration is required:


GGRF's 3rd Annual International Day of the Girl Global 5K

The GGRF IDG 5K Campaign aims to raise awareness and funds for girls in Ethiopia by inviting people to participate in a global pop-up 5K for the International Day of the Girl (October 7-11th, 2017).

Runners contribute $25 to our fundraising campaign to register to run with all funds going towards Athletic Scholarships in Ethiopia: 

Runners then share their run on Oct 7-11th on social media using our hashtags #IDG5K #GirlsGottaRun to join the global run and enter to win some free swag. 

Grab your crew and join us this International Day of the Girl!


#DadsMatter: Celebrating Fathers Who Support Their Daughters

For Father's Day, we're celebrating the dads of the GGRF Athletic Scholars and the enormous effort they have taken to ensure that their daughters get the quality education they never received.

Noradine Demboba // GGRF Athletic Scholar Fatuma's Dad

"I didn't have a chance to learn. I never went to school as a child. Today, I help my children to learn by being a daily laborer. I work very hard and my body is tired but I am happy to know that the little money I earn can help my children go to school."

"In the Girls Gotta Run Program, my daughter gets additional education like life skills that I can't teach her and I appreciate that."

"She has a good chance with this program. I am proud of her."

Fatuma Noradine // GGRF Athletic Scholar in Bekoji, Ethiopia

Fatuma is 13 years old and in 6th grade. She lives with her family in a traditional farm house that her dad built in Bekoji.

Fatuma loves studying math, science and history. She hopes to be a doctor when she grows up. She is also a top athlete in her peer group and has potential to make a career of running professionally.

"I am happy when I go to practice. I love the girls in the program. We help to advise each other and talk about how to do better in school during tutorial." - Fatuma


Celebrating Mothers as Changemakers in Ethiopia

"They are not only saving their money, they discuss how to change their lives." - Sukuare Nure, GGRF Program Manager

To celebrate Mother's Day, we are recognizing and celebrating the enormous role that mothers have in the GGRF Athletic Scholarship Program all week long! You can, too. Invest in the moms of GGRF in honor of the resilient moms in your life.

GGRF helps to establish savings and entrepreneurship groups with the mothers of the girls for whom we provide Athletic Scholarships. The aim of this project is to integrate a long-term sustainability plan for the families participating in the GGRF Athletic Scholarship Program by providing them with the tools they need to build successful, female-led businesses.WATCH the GGRF Mother's Savings Group Video to learn more about this program.

This Mother's Day, help the GGRF mothers become equipped with the knowledge, tools and mentorship they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. Invest in the GGRF mothers creating change in Ethiopia today.