Girls on the Run season begins March 4th! Deadline extended

As we are gearing up for another exciting season of Girls on the Run, don’t forget, there is still time to registerThe deadline has been extended through March 8th for sites that still have spots. Check our website to find out if your site is still available!

It’s hard to believe, but as of today we have now registered over 9,000 participants through our local program! What a way to kick off our 15th year!

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We would also like to welcome several new sites to the Girls on the Run team! Please join us in welcoming Harvard ParkPepper Ridge ElementaryWhittier Elementary, and our newest Heart & Sole team at Triopia. We have also expanded our territory this season to Schuyler County to add a team at Webster Elementary.

Spring program registration OPEN!

Spring 2019 registration will open Wednesday, February 13th at 9:00am. Spring season will begin the week of March 4th and the community 5k will be held in Springfield on Saturday, May 18th.

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How to register:

Online registration is preferred. You can register on February 13th at 9:00am here. If you need computer access, talk to your school or stop by the GOTR office at 907 Clocktower Drive in Springfield. To register by phone, call the office at 217-726-9808.

Enrollment:

Enrollment in GOTR is limited to 15 girls per team! Most of our teams chose to conduct first come, first serve enrollment, therefore it is important to register your girl early. However, the following schools will have a lottery-based registration process due to high interest at those sites: Glenwood Elementary, Farmington Elementary and Owen Marsh Elementary. For more information on the lottery process, click here.

If you need information about our program fees, scholarship information, and payment plans, please click here.

Record Breaking Fundraiser!

Our 15th anniversary was LIT!
On February 2, 2019 we hosted our Light the Way celebration in honor of 15 years of Girls on the Run of Central Illinois.

Over 130 of our supporters came out to Ace Sign Museum for an evening of great food, signature drinks from Tito’s, a silent auction, Fund a Star live auction, and raffle. And because of everyone that donated their time, money, and energy to make this event possible, we were able to raise a record-breaking $30,000.

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This year, we also had a couple of exciting things to share:

  • We unveiled our first ever professionally-made Girls on the Run video. It was powerful hearing directly from the girls about how our program has impacted their lives. Click here to check out the video.
  • We have a lot of dedicated volunteers who have given years of their time to our program. We wanted to honor them, so this year we gave a Star Power Award to the 9 coaches who have participated in at least 15 seasons. Those amazing coaches are listed below:

Michele Bates

Christi Becker

Sue Landgrebe

Angela Madison

Angi Resch

Deb Shultz

Gwen Smith

Christi Sullivan

Mary Tuttle

It’s time to apply for our Founder’s Scholarship

Do you know a Girls on the Run of Central Illinois alumna that is attending college this coming fall? Encourage them to apply for our Founder’s Scholarship by March 1st! 

This scholarship was established in 2013 by Deb Shultz, our founder, and her family. It is a one-time award of up to $1,500.

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Click here to find out more about the scholarship and how to apply.

Host your own team!

Help us make our 15th anniversary as remarkable as your girls by hosting Girls on the Run at your school! Since 2004, our council has benefited over 9,000 girls through our life-changing program and we believe your girls would truly benefit from the experience.

There is still time to host a team this spring! Contact lara@gotrcentralillinois or visit our website at GOTRcentralillinois.org/starting-a-girls-on-the-run-program.Email Image

You belong as a Girls on the Run coach!

Girls in central Illinois need YOU to help them grow into the most joyful, healthy, and confident versions of themselves. As a coach, we will provide you with all the tools you need to transform the lives of girls through our powerful program.

 

Did we mention that being a coach is not only rewarding, but incredibly fun too? We are looking for someone just like you – non-runners and runners alike!

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Learn more about being a Girls on the Run Coach at GOTRcentralillinois.org/coaching!

Tickets now available for Light the Way event!

We hope you can join us in celebrating our 15th year of empowering girls to achieve their goals and light the way to a better future. This event, formerly known as Breaking Out of the Box, is one you won’t want to miss!

Saturday, February 2nd
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Ace Sign Museum

Purchase Tickets Here

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The evening will include great food by 5 Flavors, complimentary beer & wine, a silent auction, raffle, and the opportunity to connect with the Girls on the Run program and volunteers. Julie Staley will be our host.

 

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.

Tickets now available for Light the Way event!

We hope you can join us in celebrating our 15th year of empowering girls to achieve their goals and light the way to a better future. This event, formerly known as Breaking Out of the Box, is one you won’t want to miss!
Saturday, February 2nd
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Ace Sign Museum
Purchase Tickets Here 
The evening will include great food by 5 Flavors, complimentary beer & wine, a silent auction, raffle, and the opportunity to connect with the Girls on the Run program and volunteers. Julie Staley will be our host.
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.
Host a Super Bowl party to remember!
Enter to win this year’s raffle prize!
  • 55-IN 4k, LED, 2160p, Samsung Smart TV
  • $25 Gift Card to Friar Tuck
  • $25 Gift Card to Buffalo Wild Wings
This prize package is over $600 in value!
Tickets are $20 each or three for $50.
Purchase Tickets Here
Winner will be drawn at our Light the Way event, but need NOT be present to win.

Shine a light and make her future bright!

“She began to believe in herself. At the end of the Girls on the Run 5K, she crossed the finish line with a great big smile.” –Lana, parent of GOTR participant Hayden

Our program girls have the opportunity to cross the finish line because of you. And next Spring, we will provide half of all girls with financial assistance to participate. Those girls need your support! Please make a year-end gift to Girls on the Run of Central Illinois now and help more girls in our community cross the finish line, which is truly just the beginning.

Start a team at your school

Help us make our 15th anniversary as remarkable as your girls by hosting a Girls on the Run team! Since 2004, our council has benefited over 9,000 girls through our life-changing program and we believe the girls at your school would truly benefit from the experience.
Girls on the Run is for EVERY girl. Not only is it a fun way for girls to make new friends, build life skills, and increase their physical activity, it’s effective.
We are now accepting new site applications for the Spring 2019 season and we would love to host a team at your school! For more information call 217-726-9808 or email lara@gotrcentralillinois.org.