Become a Coach

You have a tremendous opportunity to help girls understand the true inner power they possess; to serve as the critical ‘fuel’ that propels them forward in life.  As a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, you can unleash the strength, bravery, and limitless potential of girls right here in central Illinois.

Girls on the Run coaches are as unique as the girls they serve. Just like the girls, many are not runners. They are people just like YOU who take great pride and care in role modeling character, connectedness, and inner strength.

A GOTR Coach…

  • Believes in the inherent power within every girl
  • Wants to leave a lasting impact on the lives of girls and the community
  • Wil receive training and support along the way
  • Doesn’t have to be a runner
  • Has a desire to help girls learn, grown and have fun
  • Can be YOU!

There are over 700 girls waiting to participate in Girls on the Run in our area this Spring. They need you!  We need you!  Click here to volunteer this season!

Not ready to coach quite yet? Join a team as a Practice Partner! The role of the Practice Partner is to attend lessons to cheer on the girls and provide extra encouragement and camaraderie throughout the season as well as during our 5k. Practice Partners do not need to attend New Coach Training and cannot deliver the lessons. The time commitment for this role is typically one lesson per week (90 minutes) throughout the season as well as attending the Practice 5k, Community Impact Project, End of Season Celebration, and Community 5k.

All volunteers must register with Girls on the Run each season and complete a background check every two years. 

If you have questions about becoming a coach or volunteering with one of our teams, please email our program manager, Kelsea Hott, at

Click here for full role descriptions!