Choose GOTR during SECA enrollment

Did you know that if you are a state employee you can donate to Girls on the Run through SECA and their payroll deduction? SECA, the State and University Employees Combined Appeal, provides employees with the opportunity to contribute to a number of charities in the State of Illlinois. When SECA’s enrollment period starts on September 5th, please consider selecting GOTR of Central Illinois. SECA enrollment will be open until October 31st. If you have any questions about the SECA enrollment period, please visit the SECA website.
If you are not a state or university employee, you can still donate to GOTR through United Way of Central Illinois’payroll deduction. Please write Girls on the Run of Central Illinois in on their payroll deduction form.
If your company does not participate in SECA or the United Way payroll deduction, you can donate directly to GOTR. With your recurring payment, you become a member of our Pacesetter Club

Support our girls with the “Power of One”

“GOTR helped me become more confident!”
At Girls on the Run, we know how one program changes lives, one at a time. Whether as a program participant, family member, or coach, we have seen the positive change our program has on our community.

All donations to our Power of One campaign will support scholarships for girls this fall. Without scholarship funding, girls in central Illinois will have a harder time handling life’s stressors, like bullying or managing their emotions. This is where you come in. You can give girls the opportunity to empower themselves, make new friendships, and become a happier, healthier girl through our program.

“GOTR is the first program that has allowed me, as a mom, to participate directly with my daughter. GOTR presented physical, social and emotional health in a very fun way for the both of us!” – GOTR mom and coach.

Help us provide scholarships to our girls this fall by donating to the Power of One campaign.
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Saved by the 90s

This year, we are going to be saved by the bell AND the 90s! Zach Morris, A.C. Slater, Kelly Kapowski, Jessie Spano and Lisa Turtle would surely not miss our Dueling Pianos event!.
Grab your slap bracelet, butterfly hair clips, jelly shoes, flannel shirt and overalls for a night of boy bands, R&B, and dance-pop music on Saturday, September 22nd at the Firefighters Postal Lake Club in Springfield.
Tickets are available here.
If you or your business is interested in sponsoring or reserving a table for Dueling Pianos, please contact the office at 217-726-9808 or email Olivia Orth

UIS Prairie Star 5k to benefit Girls on the Run

Join the University of Illinois Springfield for the 3rd annual UIS Prairie Star 5K run/walk on Saturday, September 8th at 8:30 a.m. on the UIS campus. UIS Campus Recreation and Legion of Ladies are proud to be supporting Girls on the Run of Central Illinois this year and we hope you will gather your family and friends for this fun event!
All UIS students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are invited. Cost is $13 for community members ($8 for UIS students) and includes chip timing, race packet and t-shirt. Registration is open online or email with any questions.  5k logo

Coaches Needed

New Coaching Opportunity in Lincoln! This fall we will be starting our first community site at the Lincoln Park District and we are in need of several adult coaches to help out. Click here to learn more!
Interested in bringing our transformative program to your school? Learn more at or email!
Mark your calendars for our Fall 2018 program registrationRegistration will open on August 15The season begins September 4 and runs through the fall 5k on November 10th

2018 Girls on the Run Founder’s Scholarship Winner

Each year, our alumnae are eligible to apply for the Girls on the Run Founder’s Scholarship through the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. The applicant must explain how her GOTR experience has influenced her choices made in high school and include her volunteer efforts, pursuit of her dream career, how she focuses on her health, or how she maintains her inner confidence. The scholarship was created by GOTRCI founder Deb Shultz in October of 2013.
This year’s recipient is Madeline Fellhauer and she received $1,500 in funding for college. She participated in our program at Our Saviour School in Jacksonville in 2011. Read her scholarship application essay here.
  Lara Lebeck, GOTR Program Manager, and Madeline Fellhauer, scholarship recipient.

Celebrity Bartender in Springfield 

We had a record setting Celebrity Bartender season. Last month we held two Celebrity Bartender events, one in Peoria and one in Springfield. In competitive spirit, the Springfield Battle of the Gyms took the challenge to raise more than Peoria’s $2,324 in tips, and succeeded.
Springfield’s Celebrity Bartender event was held on June 21, 2018 at Brickhouse Grill and Pub. Six gyms swapped out the weights for beer glasses and competed head to head to be named hourly winner and overall champion. The overall champion for the evening was RinoWorx Fitness with $1,000 total in tips. We were wowed by the support of everyone who participated and donated that evening with a total of $3,754 going to scholarships. Thank you so much to everyone who supported the gyms, the bartenders and GOTR! 
See photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Wondering who was 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 Champions –
RinoWorx Fitness 

Volunteers needed at our ‘Time to Shine’ 5k

Volunteers needed at our ‘Time to Shine’ 5k
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? We need the support of over 100 volunteers to make our 5k a success while ensuring the safety of our girls on and off the course. We expect more than 1,300 runners and about 2,000 spectators at the event. Please sign up to volunteer and give our girls a hand!
Volunteer positions range from early set-up, course marshal, face painting, happy hair, water stop, and more!

5K Registration is now open!

Have you registered for our ‘Time to Shine’ 5k? The spring 2018 5k will be held at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield on Saturday, May 19th. Free activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 5k starting at 10:00 a.m. Girls and participants will be able to decorate their hair with Happy Hair, get their face painted, and more before the start of the 5k.
The 5k is the culmination of our 10 week program, which provides the girls of central Illinois the tools to be confident, healthy, and happy. Friends, family, and GOTR supporters are invited to participate in the 5kor to join others on the sidelines to cheer on the girls throughout the course.

Schnucks Giving Bag

Purchase a Schnucks’ giving reusable bag throughout the month of May to support GOTR. Girls on the Run will receive $1 for every giving bag purchased!
Not only does the bag support local charities, like ours, it also alleviates the use of 8 single-use bags. That’s a lot of giving from one reusable bag!
Purchase your bag at 2801 Chatham Road, Springfield, IL location to support GOTR in May.