Heart & Sole

We are excited to offer two versions of Heart & Sole to our commmunities for the fall 2024 season! Our traditional format for 6th-8th grade will take place in Cedar Rapids and Oelwein. In the Iowa City area, we will be piloting a program format for 6th grde only at community sites in Coralville, Iowa City and North Liberty. Be in the know with this season’s details and register today!

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Fall 2024 Season Details

Thank you for your interest in Girls on the Run programming. 

Registration will open 8/12/2024

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  • To sign up online, please have the following information available:
    • Parent/Guardian Contact Information
    • Emergency Contact Information
    • Health Information (Allergies, medications, etc.)
    • Credit/Debit Card (financial assistance available)
  • When you register your child, you will be asked to submit a form of payment. Due to the level of interest at certain schools it is possible that teams could have a waitlist. You will only be charged for the registration if and when your girl is placed on a team. For any general registration questions, please contact info@girlsontheruniowa.org
    • The lottery registration period for Fall 2024 season will open August 12th - August 23rd and the lottery will "run" on August 23rd. More details about lottery in our FAQ here. After the lottery period, registration will re-open on a first-come, first-served basis at sites under capacity and for the waiting list at sites that are at capacity.
    • Late registration will remain open at sites under capacity through Wednesday, September 11th.
  • Our Fall 2024 season has TWO different start dates based on the program:
      • Heart & Sole (6th-8th grade): Starts the week of September 2nd; practices 1x or 2x a week for 10 weeks
      • Girls on the Run (3rd-5th grade): Starts the week of September 16th; practice 2x a week for 10 weeks, but schedules will vary by site
      • The end of both seasons will be the week of November 4th. 
      • The end of season 5K will be held on Saturday, November 9th.

Interested in our summer program Camp GOTR? Get more details and register here.

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Financial Aid

We are committed to ensuring access for all participants, regardless of their financial situation. We use a sliding scale for families to determine the discounted rate for each participant. Families are also able to set up payment plans, if needed.

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  • August 12th

    Lottery Registration Opens

  • August 23rd

    Lottery Registration Closes

    The computer-generated lottery will run on Friday, August 23rd. Those selected AND not selected will be notified via email.

  • August 24th

    Registration will re-open at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 24th on a first-come, first-served basis at sites under capacity and for the waiting list at sites that are at capacity.

  • August 28th

    Heart & Sole (6th-8th) registration closes, unless team minimum has not been met.

  • September 2nd

    Fall 2024 Season Starts for Heart & Sole (6th-8th)

    Exact start date varies by site.

  • September 16th

    Fall 2024 Season Starts for Girls on the Run (3rd-5th)

    Exact start date varies by site.

  • November 4th

    End of GOTR and Heart & Sole season.

  • November 9th

    End of Season 5K

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Registration Fees

Building confidence and setting young girls down the path of a healthy lifestyle is PRICELESS! However, there are real costs associated with operating a non-profit organization and delivering the Girls on the Run program to approximately 1,000 girls in Eastern Iowa area each year. Our actual operating cost per girl is over $270. The program registration is $170 per participant and includes:

  • 20 seventy-five minute sessions or 10 two-hour sessions conducted by certified GOTR volunteer coaches over 10 weeks.
  • Curriculum and lesson materials
  • A healthy snack at each session
  • Official Heart & SoleT-shirt and water bottle
  • 5K Registration fee
  • 5K Medal
  • Post-5K celebration

Ma fille n’est pas une grande coureuse. Est-ce que ce programme lui conviendra? OU Ma fille est déjà une coureuse expérimentée. Est-ce que ce programme lui conviendra?

My child isn't a big runner. Is this program for them? OR My child is already a skilled runner. Is this program for them?

Yes! We are much more than a running program. Every participant 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 physcial activity and running games. And know that when we say run, we mean run, walk, skip, roll, or push — just as long as you are moving foward!

Who can participate?

Girls in the Run is for girls currently in 3rd-5th grades. Heart & Sole is for 6th-8th graders (6th grade only in Iowa City).  We serve kids of all abiilties and warmly welcome kids who identify as non-binary or gender expansive. 

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

Don't let cost stop you from participating! We are committed to making Girls on the Run accessible to all who want to particpate! Thanks to generous donors and community supporters, program scholarships are available to any family who needs it, and we can also provide appropriate running shoes and attire if necessary. The online registration form will walk you through a few questions to find the fee that is right for your family based on a sliding scale.

When does the 10-week season begin?

Our spring season starts the week of March 18 but team practice start dates will vary by site (check our locations page for more details). More information will be shared by the GOTR staff and by your child's coaches once the season begins.

Do girls need to attend both days each week in order to register?

Yes! Since most of our teams fill up quickly, if your child will be unable to attend all the sessions, please save room for a child who can, and consider joining us in a future season when she can enjoy the entire program.

Is there a way for me to sponsor a participant for a GOTR season?

Yes! As a mission-driven 501(c)3, Girls on the Run relies on generous donors in order to provide more than $30,000 in program scholarships for families in need. Click here to donate to our scholarship fund.