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 400 girls waiting to participate in Girls on the Run in our area this fall. 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, Lara Lebeck, at

Click here for full role descriptions!

The fall 2018 season will begin the week of September 4th, and concludes with the End of Season 5k event on Saturday, November 10th. Lessons are held two times per week and are one hour and 15 minutes in length. Coaches are encouraged to participate in both weekly lessons but can choose to commit to only one lesson per week. All coaches must be available to participate in the Practice 5k, Community Impact Project, End of Season Celebration, and Community 5k. Program start times vary from site to site (2:45pm to 5:30pm).

First-time coaches must attend a National Coach Training session hosted in Springfield by GOTR of Central Illinois. Fall 2018 National Coach Trainings are scheduled for August 10th & 25th. We also include the option of free CPR and First Aid training to ensure coaches are well-prepared for the GOTR coaching experience. All Coaches must be CPR certified every two years through either the American Heart Association or the Red Cross.

Educators can now receive FIVE CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (aka CEUs, CPDUs, PD hours) for successfully completing National Coach Training through the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education. For more information, email