Breaking Out of the Box a huge hit 

Breaking Out of the Box a huge hit 

We would like to share a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our annual fundraiser!! Over 140 guests joined us to learn more about the Girls on the Run program and to hear from the Keynote speaker, Courtney Westlake!
Thanks to everyone who attended or donated to the event, we raised over $24,000 to help us serve more than 1,100 girls and their families this year!


Special thanks to our event sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor
Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.

Finish Line Sponsor
Deb & Barry Shultz

Super Star Sponsor
Springfield Electric Supply Company

Pacesetter Sponsor
Illini Bank
Jane Hay Sales and Staging Team: The Real Estate Group

Sparkle & Shine Sponsor
Bank of Springfield

Crowe Horwath
Heartland Credit Union
Mark & Julie Staley
Phelon Public Strategies
Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez
901 Clocktower Ltd.

Print Sponsor
Rudin Printing

You can empower girls for a lifetime!

You can empower girls for a lifetime!

Step up to the plate, and become a coach! If you’re looking to make an impact on the next generation of women, be more active and have fun, sign up to help coach this spring. Being a runner is not a prerequisite, and the GOTR staff provides all materials and training so coaches can effectively lead the program. Our coaches change lives, but best of all, they have fun doing it!

Have questions? Please email our program manager, Lara, or visit our website.

Spring Program registration opens February 8

Spring registration is right around corner and we want to help make this season spectacular for your girl! Not only will she get active, build confidence and lifelong skills, she will be making new friends and having so much FUN!

Online registration opens Wednesday, February 8rd at 8am and will continue through Wednesday, February 22nd. Don’t forget, teams are limited to 15 participants and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. To see a list of spring sites, click here.

The season begins the week of March 6th and runs through mid-May. The spring Community 5k will be held on Saturday, May 20th.
Please call our office at 217-726-9808  with any registration questions or to register by phone.

Tickets now available for Breaking Out of the Box event!

Our Seventh Annual Breaking Out of the Box celebration is coming up and we hope you will join us for this special occasion!
Saturday, February 4
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Christ the King Parish Center in Springfield
Purchase Tickets
The evening will include great food by Cafe Moxo, beer and wine, a silent auction, balloon pop, and much more! Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.
We are also very excited to welcome Courtney Westlake, author and writer, who challenges readers to discover and celebrate beauty found in our differences and struggles. You may also know her from her well-known blog Blessed by Brenna.

Space is limited, so be sure to get your tickets online, or by phone at 217-726-9808. Unable to attend? Donations are welcome or purchase a raffle ticket below.


Football Fun Raffle
Enter to win a 50 in Samsung Smart TV along with a $25 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings and $25 to Friar Tuck !
This raffle is over $650 in value!!

Winner will be drawn at the event, need NOT be present to win. Tickets are one for $20 or three for $50.
Purchase raffle tickets

Save the date for our 7th Annual Breaking Out of the Box

Save the date for our 7th Annual Breaking Out of the Box
Mark your calendars for the Girls on the Run event of the year! We are excited to announce the date for our annual Breaking Out of the Box celebration!

Saturday, February 4, 2016
Christ the King Parish Center in Springfield
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Purchase Tickets

Our Keynote Speaker will be Courtney Westlake, author and writer who challenges readers to discover and celebrate beauty found in our differences and struggles.

The evening will include musical entertainment, great food from Cafe Moxo, drinks, a silent auction and much more!  Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by January 30 by purchasing tickets online or by phone at 217-726-9808.

If your business would like to sponsor the event or donate an item for our silent auction, email Katlyn or call 217-726-9808.

Give back this holiday season 

Give back this holiday season 

Give back this holiday season 
With the holiday season in full swing, the thought of gift giving is at the forefront of many minds. Girls on the Run of Central Illinois participated in #GivingTuesday, a national movement to shift the focus from Black Friday and Cyber Monday to giving back this holiday season.

We are blown away with the generosity of our supporters! With your help our grand total for #GivingTuesday was $1,200! THANK YOU!

We aren’t ready to stop there though! Our goal is to raise $5,000 this holiday season to give the gift of self-confindence through Girls on the Run program scholarships. Please consider giving back this holiday season to Girls on the Run!

Spring program planning is underway!

Spring program planning is underway!

Spring program planning is underway! 
Even though it’s December, we have spring 2017 on our minds! Add these spring program dates to your calendar today:
Wednesday, February 8-online registration opens
Week of March 6-lessons begin

Click here for our current list of spring locations. We are also accepting new site applications through mid-January. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more about starting a program at your site.

Interested in Coaching or becoming a Practice Partner? We are always looking for more volunteers to help out with our teams each season. If you are interested in becoming a coach or a practice partner for our spring 2017 season, please complete our volunteer interest form and we will be in touch with you very soon!

Power of One

Be the power of one!

We provide financial assistance to over 45% of our families each season. We are asking you to join our Power of One campaign by donating to our Girls on the Run scholarship fund. With your help, we will be able to continue providing this opportunity for all girls to participate in this life-changing program. Your gift will impact these girls in more ways than you can ever imagine.gorbib.9716719.front

Your gift will change the way each girl feels about herself, the way she views her body, the way she understands friendship, teamwork, health, dedication, perseverance, accomplishment and fun. At the end of the season, she will literally walk away with a brighter future.

This is the power of one! One season. One team. One girl. One sponsor. You. Change her life forever.

Please donate today!

Board News & Updates

Board of Directors News & Updates

Girls on the Run is pleased to welcome two new board members to our team! Nora MacZura and Carolyn White joined our board in July and each brings their unique skills, talents and perspective to our growing program.

Carolyn for GOTRCarolyn is a former computer consultant with the State of Illinois. She has coached numerous seasons in Jacksonville and has a strong connection to the program. She was attracted to GOTR by being a mentor to young girls and helping to provide them with tools to become strong women.She said she’s been very impressed with the curriculum as far as helping these girls, not only to become physically capable of running a 5k. but emotionally equipped to deal with adolescence.

MAC_7496Nora is a physician of Gynecological Oncology at Springfield Clinic. She has attended past fundraisers and personally supported GOTR. She believes this is a wonderful needed program that helps inspire young women and provide them with the confidence, skills, and determination to succeed in life. Nora said, she is so excited to be able to participate in this program in a more meaningful way and help young girls make better life choices.

We are so thankful to have both of them and look forward to what they both have to offer!

Make a Difference: Volunteer!

Girls on the Run is looking for enthusiastic, positive individuals to help lead our teams this season! As a coach or practice partner, you are going to learn all about the things that make each one of your girls unique and special. You will see the incredible strengths the girls possess and support them as they develop the skills they need to pursue their dreams. By volunteering with GOTR, you will give girls tools to reach their limitless potential.

Each season, our program succeeds with the help of hundreds of volunteer coaches and practice partners. Not a runner? That’s okay! The only requirement to coaching is a commitment to the healthy development of young girls through compassion, enthusiasm, and positivity. Each team meets twice a week for 10 weeks and each lesson is 75 minutes long. Volunteers can choose from two roles on the team: coach or practice partner.

Coaches implement the lessons and lead the team through the season. All coaches receive quality GOTR Coach Training as well as a detailed curriculum and materials to help implement our program. Coaches are required to be at least 18-years-old, be CPR certified (provided by GOTR), and be able to commit to at least one lesson per week as well as the Community 5k on November 5th.

Practice Partners assist coaches during lessons by cheering on the girls and providing extra encouragement throughout the season. Practice Partners must be at least 16 years old and be able to commit to at least 8 lessons per season, as well as the Community 5k on November 5th.

Interested in learning more? Please complete our Volunteer Inquiry Form or call Lara Gephart, Program Manager, at 217-726-9808.