Celebrity Bartender in Springfield on 6/21/2018

Girls on the Run will present the Springfield edition of our Celebrity Bartender event! This year’s celebrity bartender event is the Battle of the Gyms. Which fitness center has the strongest supporters?

Join us on June 21st at Brickhouse Grill and Pub for a drink. Tip your bartender to vote which one will win each hour. All tips will benefit Girls on the Run and provide scholarships to girls in the central Illinois area.

Wondering who will be there?
Bartender Line Up
5:00-5:30 p.m.: Iron Fitness vs. RinoWorx Fitness
5:30-6:00 p.m.: Orangetheory Fitness vs. Ahh Yoga
6:00-7:00 p.m.: Capital City CrossFit vs. Crossfit XLT

Celebrity Bartender in Peoria raised $2,324 for GOTR scholarships!

We had our first Celebrity Bartender event in Peoria on June 7th at Bearded Owl Brewing. Each hour, two gyms competed against each other to see who would come out the winner. Of the six gyms that competed, Tony Schoedel from CrossFit Peoria was victorious and the overall winner with $883 in tips! Thanks to our wonderful bartenders and their supporters for donating $2,324 which is enough to fund an entire GOTR team!

We would also like to present an Energy Award to Arron McCall at CrossFit North Peoria. Arron received the second highest amount with $838 in tips. However, he was so close to reaching $1,000 that CrossFit North Peoria donated another $162 to GOTR! Arron also challenged himself and his gym to complete one burpee for every dollar he received in tips

Pictures from the event can be seen on our Facebook page.
Wondering who our bartenders were?
Bartender Line Up
6:00 p.m.: Camille Coates at Be You Fitness vs. Tina Chavez with The Riverplex
7:00 p.m.: Zach Phillips from No Limit Fitness Studio vs. Bryndy Sheets from Crossfit East Peoria
8:00 p.m.: Arron McCall from Crossfit North Peoria vs. Tony Schoedel from Crossfit Peoria

OCIF Underwater Half Marathon benefits GOTR

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois hosted an underwater half marathon to benefit Girls on the Run of Central Illinois on March 24th. The OCI offers an underwater treadmill for their physical therapy patients. However, the treadmill was used for a different purpose that day. On Saturday, the treadmill was used to benefit GOTR with individuals walking or running underwater. Each participant was to walk/run 1 mile for a completion of 13.1 miles. The event, along with a casual day fundraiser the day prior, raised over $2,300! Check out Channel20’S coverage of the event here.

Thank you to our partners

We would like to thank our amazing partners at our local community foundations. Girls on the Run was honored to receive a Community Grants Award from the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln in 2016. The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois awarded a $2,500 grant from their fund to support our Peoria teams. We also wanted to give a big energy award to the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation-Women to Women Giving Circle, who awarded $5,000 to assist with our expansion into the Bloomington/Normal area. Girls on the Run would like to thank all our donors, sponsors and partners for your help in making 2016 a successful year for our programs!

Join us at the Born to Run 5k

Join the Girls on the Run of Central Illinois participants and their coaches and families in a fun-filled event to celebrate the success of the spring season. This non-competitive community race is open to the public. Family, friends and community supporters of all ages and abilities are encouraged to register to run or walk with the girls. Don’t miss out, get registered today!
“The Finishline is Just the Beginning” Spring 5k
presented by Memorial Health System
Saturday, May 20th
10:00 a.m.
Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL
Register now!
Please note: All girls, coaches and practice partners who are registered for the spring program are already registered for the race.
Register today for the early registration fee of $15 (12 and under); $25 (13 and up) and to guarantee a race t-shirt!
Not a runner? We need more than 100 volunteers to ensure we have a fun and safe 5k. Sign up hereto volunteer for packet pick-up, race village set-up, finisher food & water, course marshal and more!
For more information contact Katlyn by email or at 217-726-9808.
Spring season brings BIG milestones

Spring season brings BIG milestones

With the Spring season under way, we are thrilled to announce that we have over 600 girls registered! Because of this achievement, we have now reached another big milestone, we have registered over 7,000 participants through our local program since 2004!
Our spring season will bring over 50 teams, 620 girls and 200 volunteers together to make a lasting impact on the lives of girls in central Illinois. Welcome to our first time program locations: Argenta-Oreana Elementary (Macon county), Black Hawk Elementary (Springfield), Cantrall Intermediate School, Cedar Ridge Elementary (Bloomington), New Central School (Havana) and West Lincoln-Broadwell.
Program participants are on a 10-week journey to become more confident, healthy and connected to their community. Thank you to all the parents/guardians, girls, volunteers, and partner sites who make this program possible. We’ll see you at the spring 5k on May 20th!

Canvas & Cocktails will be here soon!

Join us Thursday, March 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Springfield Art Association for our very first Canvas & Cocktails Fundraiser! Bring a bottle of wine, cheeses, and desserts with you to savor while making art in the studio! Our class will be themed around “places you like to run” and you will be able to finish that night. Each person gets an inspirational photo to work from with one-on-one help from the instructor. Best yet, SAA will provide all art supplies! Be sure to register as this class is open to the public!

Sign up through the Art Association’s website here.

GOTR College Scholarship now open!

Do you know, or were you, one of the girls who participated in the early years of Girls on the Run? Those participants are the perfect age to apply for the new Girls on the Run of Central Illinois Founder’s Scholarship,for females who participated in GOTR when they were younger and are now graduating from high school.

The deadline is March 1 and the application is available through the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln.Find out more and apply HERE.

The scholarship award is $1,300 toward expenses for an accredited college, university or vocational/technical school. As part of the application, the student must write an essay of 500 words or less explaining how her Girls on the Run experience influenced the choices she made in high school.
Examples include:

  • Volunteering for a cause that matters to her;

    GOTRCI Founder, Deb Shultz

  • Pursuing her dream job;
  • Focusing on her physical health; and
  • Living with inner confidence.

Deb Shultz, Girls on the Run of Central Illinois founder, began with an inaugural group of 13 girls. The program now includes nearly 1,200 participants in fourteen counties. In setting up the scholarship, Deb Shultz said, “This is another way to recognize girls who have done well and deserve it.”

Click here to apply.

Breaking Out of the Box a huge hit 

Breaking Out of the Box a huge hit 

We would like to share a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our annual fundraiser!! Over 140 guests joined us to learn more about the Girls on the Run program and to hear from the Keynote speaker, Courtney Westlake!
Thanks to everyone who attended or donated to the event, we raised over $24,000 to help us serve more than 1,100 girls and their families this year!


Special thanks to our event sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor
Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.

Finish Line Sponsor
Deb & Barry Shultz

Super Star Sponsor
Springfield Electric Supply Company

Pacesetter Sponsor
Illini Bank
Jane Hay Sales and Staging Team: The Real Estate Group

Sparkle & Shine Sponsor
Bank of Springfield

Crowe Horwath
Heartland Credit Union
Mark & Julie Staley
Phelon Public Strategies
Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez
901 Clocktower Ltd.

Print Sponsor
Rudin Printing

You can empower girls for a lifetime!

You can empower girls for a lifetime!

Step up to the plate, and become a coach! If you’re looking to make an impact on the next generation of women, be more active and have fun, sign up to help coach this spring. Being a runner is not a prerequisite, and the GOTR staff provides all materials and training so coaches can effectively lead the program. Our coaches change lives, but best of all, they have fun doing it!

Have questions? Please email our program manager, Lara, or visit our website.