General FAQs

General FAQs:

Q:  What does Girls on the Run do?

A:  One girl put it this way: “I learned that I am the boss of my brain.”  GOTR helps girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their own 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.

Q:  Why is the program fee $150 for an outdoor running program with volunteer coaches?  That seems expensive…

A:  The cost of the program fees supports four full time staff members and one part-time position who make a small salary.  This small staff is needed to support over 1,200 participants per year.  As a nonprofit, all of our residual revenue goes back into improving and growing the program.  Further, unlike many other local programs, GOTR pays national dues and curriculum fees (much like franchise costs) to support the professionally written, statistically proven lessons in the curriculum.  To support this unique curriculum we supply each volunteer coach with a full day of training free of charge.  We also provide all of the program supplies needed for each site, as well as insurance for all participants and volunteers.  Finally, we provide significant financial assistance to those in need.  We try to maintain reasonable program fees to allow as many girls as possible to benefit from participating.

Q:  What does the $150 program fee include?

A:  20 lessons delivered by trained Girls on the Run coaches
10 weeks of fun, dynamic practices
Official Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole program t-shirt
Grown-Up Guide booklet so parents can follow along with the program
All curriculum materials and supplies
Community service project
Entry to the end of season 5k and festival
End of season awards and team celebration
Comprehensive insurance

Q:  What if I am unable to pay the full $150 registration fee?

A:  We discount the program for ALL girls as our base fee of $150 is below our actual cost to deliver the program (which is approximately $190 per girl).  We have scholarships available to girls in need, and it is our goal to never turn away a girl based on financial need.  We are committed to raising funds so that every girl who wants to participate has the opportunity to do so.  If you would like to sponsor a girl, please contact us or make a donation online.

To apply for a scholarship, fill out the Scholarship Application.  Within 24 hours you will receive a Scholarship Code to use in the registration process.  The maximum scholarship amount is $125, making the minimum payment for program registration $25.

Q:  What if I do not have a credit/debit card and need to pay by cash or check?

A:  Our registration system currently accepts e-check, therefore you should use that option to pay by check. To pay with cash  you must call our office (217) 726-9808 to receive a special code to use in the registration process.  We must receive the cash or check within three business days of registration.  Registrations not paid for within three days will be canceled.

Q:  What if I am put on a waiting list?

A:  Once a program site is full, girls are placed on the waiting list in the order in which their online registrations are received.  You will not be charged the registration fee when you are put on the waiting list.  If space becomes available, we will notify you by phone and process your payment at that time.  Girls can be added through the end of the first week of the program.  If you are doubtful of your position on the waiting list, check out community sites in your area that may also fit your schedule.  These sites include the Springfield YMCA – Downtown Branch, Decatur Family YMCA, Christian County YMCA, and Springfield’s Southwind Park, but may not be available every season.  Check our Locations tab for our complete site listing.

Q:  Is there a sibling discount?

A:  No, we do not offer a sibling discount.  However, if you apply for a scholarship, it can apply towards siblings.  All you need to do is make sure you complete the scholarship application for all girls you are registering for the program.

Q:  Can my daughter sign up and only come one day a week?

A:  Girls on the Run participants are expected to commit to coming to both lessons every week.  Due to the importance of group dynamics and the experiential learning process of the Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole curriculum, girls who are absent for 4 or more lessons may be asked to leave the program.  Additionally, girls are training for a 5k event, and they will not be ready to participate and complete the event if they miss the training sessions.  Please do not sign your daughter up if she has conflicting activities that would prevent her from being at both lessons each week.

Q:  Can my daughter repeat the program?

A:  YES!! Each of our three Girls on the Run curriculum were designed to be used over and over again, with girls new to the program and with girls repeating the program.  We also know that what a child experiences and learns in Girls on the Run as a third grader is quite different from what she learns as a fourth or fifth grader.  With repetition the depths of learning and the ability of a girl to apply what she learns at each lesson is greater.

Within Girls on the Run, we now alternate between three curricula each year, so our girls experience similar topics with different games and activities from one year to the next.  And with that experience from one year to the next, returning girls often naturally step into mentoring and leadership roles with the younger girls.  Additionally, there is a separate curricula, Heart & Sole, for girls in 6th – 8th grade so they are able to continue the program through middle school!

Q:  What about a program for boys?

A:  While we know boys need support – just as girls do – the issues boys face are very different than the challenges girls experience.  Several years ago Boys on the Run was piloted in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at this point in time there are no plans to make it available and there are no existing Boys on the Run program sites.

Have another question?

Please contact Program Manager Lara Lebeck at, or call (217) 726-9808.