Frequently Asked Questions

What does Girls on the Run do?

One girl put it this way, “I learned that I am the boss of my brain.” Helping girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. You can also think of it as Can University—a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.

How do we play a role in our girls’ lives?

Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don’t be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.

What is the cost and what’s included?

The cost per 10-week season at our full-pay sites is $150 per girl and includes the following: 20 coach-led practices (twice per week for 10 weeks); all curriculum materials, GOTR practice shirt; GOTR 5k race registration fee; 5k shirt; finisher’s medal; and GOTR water bottle. The fee also ensures that Girls on the Run has the funds needed to train and CPR certify each coach prior to the start of the season.  Need-based scholarships are available at our Title 1 school sites and on a case by case basis at other schools. For information on scholarship eligibility, please email Alicia Henderson at

 There is no team at my daughter’s school – can she still participate?

Most of our teams are open to the community, even if they take place at a different school than your daughter attends. No team near you? Consider starting a team at your daughter’s school.

How do I get a team started at my daughter’s school?

View our New Site Application! Basically, you need space (to run and for activities – can be a school, park, community center, etc), approval (from school or site administration) and people (2 coaches to lead practices and a Site Liaison to coordinate the team). We provide the rest, and we’ll help guide you through the application process if you have questions! Contact us with questions.

It looks like your season has already started – can my daughter still participate?

We accept new registrations through each teams 4th practice. After that time, we cannot accept any new team members. Your daughter is welcome to join us for our 5K  (open to the community!) and please email so that you receive notification before registration opens next season.

How do I sign up to coach a Girls on the Run team?

It’s easy – email Alicia Henderson to learn more information and to be placed with the team that works best for you. Please note: this volunteer opportunity takes place twice per week in the 3:00 to 4:30 timeframe only and may not be suitable for those who work full-time. We do not currently have any evening or weekend practices.

I don’t have any experience – can I still coach?

Absolutely! No experience necessary to coach – and you don’t need to be a runner, either! Just an encouraging, enthusiastic role model for young girls. We provide training, detailed practice plans, and an awesome coaching team to ensure you have all the support you need.

It looks like your season has already started – can I still coach?

Perhaps! We are usually in need of substitute coaches throughout the season. Email Alicia Henderson for more information.

I want to volunteer, but I don’t have time to coach – what’s the best way get involved?

We have many volunteer options other than coaching – join us as a Running Buddy, committee member, special event volunteer, etc.

Can my daughter repeat the program?

Yes!! Within GOTR, we alternate between two curriculum each year, so our girls experience similar topics with different games and activities from one year to the next. Each of our curricula was designed to be used over and over again, with girls new to the program and with girls repeating the program. We also know that what a child experiences and learns in Girls on the Run as a third grader is quite different from what she learns as a fourth or fifth grader. With repetition the depths of learning and the ability of a girl to apply what she learns at each lesson is greater. And with experience from one year to the next, returning girls often naturally step into mentoring and leadership roles with the younger girls, which is highly encouraged.

What if a girl is unable to pay the registration fee?

We turn no child away from our program due to financial limitations. We are committed to raising funds so that every girl who wants to participate can have the chance to do so. If you would like to sponsor a girl, please email Alicia Henderson

Do you have a good 5k training program?

Yes! View our guide here: 5K Run-Walk Training.