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 

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
Coaches Needed in Lincoln!

Coaches Needed in Lincoln!

Click here to learn more!

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!