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.

Join us for a night of family fun at the Children’s House Quarter Auction!

Join us for a night of family fun at the Children’s House Quarter Auction!
You might being wondering what the heck is a quarter auction?  When you arrive you will purchase paddle(s) to play. Your paddle will have a number on it.  It’s a bit like bingo and an auction.  Your paddle will have a corresponding chip that goes into a drawing basket.  The items up for auction will be on display so you can get an idea of which items to “bid” on.
Once the auction begins, the announcer will hold up the item being auctioned off and announce how many quarters the bid is. You must pay that amount per paddle.  So if it’s a one quarter bid and you play two paddles, you drop $.50  into the cup.  Once all quarters are collected, a chip is drawn, if your number is called – YOU WIN!  The Best way to understand is to play! GOTR will receive a portion of all sales!
Children’s House Quarter Auction
Tuesday, October 18
Doors open at 6 pm, fun begins at 6:30 pm
Central Baptist Church and Children’s House Daycare

501 South 4th Street in Springfield
Click here to find out more information and be sure to check out the Facebook event page!

Join us on November 5th for the Fall 5k!

Join us on November 5th for the Fall 5k!
Our “Be Your Own Super Hero” 5k presented by Memorial Health System is less than a month away! Join the Girls on the Run of Central Illinois fall season participants and their coaches and families in a fun-filled event to celebrate the success of the season. This non-competitive community event is open to the public. Family, friends and community supporters of all ages are encouraged to register to run and walk with the girls. Don’t miss out, get registered today! Early registration pricing ends Friday, October 21st!

Girls on the Run “Be Your Own Super Hero” 5k5k-website-slider
presented by Memorial Health System
Saturday, November 5th10:00 a.m.
Lincoln Land Community College
Springfield, IL

Click here for more information and to register for the race.

Please note: All girls, coaches and practice partners who are registered for the fall season are already registered for the race.

We need your help!
Looking for a fun way to be involved, but don’t want to walk or run the event? We need 125 volunteers to ensure we have a fun and safe 5k. Sign up here to volunteer for packet pick-up, race-village set-up, face painting, course marshal and more!
For more information contact Katlyn Puclik-Baker at or 217-726-9808.

SAVE THE DATE: Dueling Pianos!

You won’t want to miss this – for one night only Cool 2 Duel will be back in Springfield! This night can be summed up in a single word: FUN!

Join us for an evening of musical entertainment as we hear all kinds of songs from rock to country to the newest Top 40 hits.

Friday, September 23rd
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., fun begins at 8:00 p.m.
Firefighters Postal Lake Club in Springfield

The event will feature popular dueling pianos pair Cool 2 Duel. Single, pair and group tickets are available online or by contacting the Girls on the Run of Central Illinois office at 217-726-9808.

Sponsorship opportunities for this event are still available. Please email Katlyn or call 217-726-9808 for further information.

Enjoy a Night Out at the Ballpark!

Girls on the Run is happy to announce that we are the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company charity recipient at the July 21 Springfield Sliders game!

Bring the whole family and have your girls wear their GOTR program shirt! All girls wearing the program shirt will be invited on the field for the check presentation.

Contact us by email or call 217-726-9808 by Tuesday, July 19to reserve your free tickets. The game starts at 6:35 pm at the Robin Roberts Stadium in Springfield.

Thank You!

Thank you to the following businesses who participated in our Suits & Sneakers month! We are so grateful for your support of our program!

Warren Boynton State Bank
SIU Office of Public Affairs
Town and Country Bank

The Celebrity Bartenders event was a huge success! We raised $1,540 for fall scholarships! Thank you to all who came out that night and to our wonderful bartenders Catie Sheehan, Ryan Cadagin, Justin Creasey and Anthony Buscher!