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Girls On The Run FAQs

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 age span for Girls on the Run?

Girls on the Run is for girls currently in 3rd-5th grade.  Girls on Track is for girls in 6th-8th grade.  If you have questions about exceptions to this rule, please contact your local Girls on the Run coordinator.

Can girls participate in the program for more than one season?

Yes.  It is ideal for a girl to participate in Girls on the Run or Girls on Track for more than one season. While our Learning Goals remain the same, each year we cycle through 3 different curricula with different activities and games designed to teach the lessons.  Through repetition of the program, girls develop healthy attitudes and habits that can last a lifetime, while continuing to be part of a girl-positive, supportive Girls on the Run or Girls on Track community of peers and coaches. As girls repeat the program they become “peer leaders” for girls just getting involved.

How much of the program can my daughter miss and still be eligible to register?

Because the lesson topics build on one another and the girls develop as a team, if a girl misses more than four sessions, she may be asked to no longer participate in this season. She is welcome to register for a future time when she will be available to commit to her team and the curriculum.  There may be exceptions for practices missed due to illness or family vacation, but not for those that are participating in conflicting programs after school. 

How can parents be involved with Girls on the Run?

Parents are encouraged to be involved in any way that works for them!  While some may be able to coach, others may be able to help out with planning for the season-end 5K, bring a healthy snack for the team, or help at one time events like the 5K.  Check out our Get Involved page for more information.  

How can community members can be involved throughout the season and at the 5K?

Coaches are usually our biggest volunteer need.  Other ways to be involved may include helping to plan the season end 5K event, helping fundraise for GOTR, helping with administrative tasks, or signing up to volunteer or run with a girl at the 5K.  Check out our Get Involved page for more information.  

I would like to make a donation to GOTR. How do I do this?

Monetary donations are always welcome!  You can make donations online by clicking here.  In kind donations such as running shoes, snacks, decorations for the 5K, or other needed program supplies are also always welcome.  Contact your Local GOTR Coordinator to find out what is needed in your community.  

Where can I buy a GOTR t-shirt?

Program participants and coaches are given t-shirts each season.  If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt or other cool GOTR gear, check out the online GOTR Shop (be sure to enter code AK-9-268 at check-out).  Some communities also sell t-shirts and gear at the season end 5K.    

How can I bring GOTR to my community?

GOTR of Greater Alaska is expanding our programming to include new communities and reach more girls with our message of joy, health and confidence.  As our program is affiliated with a domestic violence program, all new GOTR locations must be affiliated with a domestic violence program. See starting a new site for more information.

Can men volunteer with the program?

Yes, men can help out in many ways!  Men are eligible to become assistant coaches and help out with all other volunteer roles listed on our volunteer page, with the exception of the head coach role.

Simple, engaging and extraordinary. The result? Healthy, confident girls who can.