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Frequently Asked Questions

"What does a typical Girls on the Run practice look like?”

Girls meet twice a week after school. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and each session focuses on a specific issue-related topic.

Typically the girls gather and have a healthy snack while being introduced to the topic of the day. They will warm-up with a brief interactive game and discuss how the game relates to the day’s topic. Girls then run laps, often incorporating brief activities or tasks that relate back to the day’s issue. At the end of the practice, the girls come together to stretch, cool-down and celebrate their accomplishments through energy awards.

Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. 

"My girl isn't a big runner; is this program for her?" OR "My girl is already a skilled runner. Is this program for her?"

Yes! The program is non-competitive and focuses on developing healthy, positive self-images in the participants. Girls are encouraged to walk or run the laps during the workouts, and all girls progress at their own speed. We are much more than a running program, and every girl can benefit from the experience of building confidence through accomplishment while participating in our rich, curriculum-based, age-appropriate, interactive lessons. Expect lots of games, talking, laughing and processing in addition to running at each practice.

"What does the program fee include?"

 Your program registration fee includes all lesson materials, including GOTR curriculum, activity sheets, lap counters and more, a GOTR t-shirt, a bib entry into the season-ending 5k, a finisher's medal, a GOTR water bottle, and a healthy snack at every practice.

"We can't afford the program registration fee but our daughter would love to participate. How does the scholarship program work?"

Don't let cost stop you from participating! We'd love to have your daughter involved and we are committed to making Girls on the Run accessible to all girls. Thanks to generous donors and community supporters, program scholarships are available to any girl who needs it. When filling out the application, choose a fee that is right for you.

"When does the 10-week season begin?"

Practices begin the week of September 3rd and culminate with the Girls on the Run 5k on Saturday, November 10th. Once you register, your team's head coach will be in touch with additional details before practice begins.

"Do you still need coaches? Can I volunteer?"

YES and YES! We are a volunteer-powered organization and rely on fantastic, dedicated coaches to make Girls on the Run possible. Click here to submit a coaching application.

"What if Girls on the Run isn't offered at my daughter's school?"

You don't need to attend school at a site to attend GOTR practice there, so you're welcome to register her for a team in your area that works for you. If you'd like to consider bringing GOTR to your community, click here for information on starting a new site.

"Does my girl need a Running Buddy?"

Each girl should have an adult (age 18+) Running Buddy who will register separately for the Fall 2018 5k. If you do not have someone in mind, we will provide a community volunteer to run with your girl.