Volunteer at our the Spring 2018 5k

Volunteer at our the Spring 2018 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 1,000 runners and about 2,000 spectators at the event. Please sign up to volunteer and give our girls a hand!
Volunteer positions ranging from packet pick-up on Friday, May 18th, early set-up, volunteer registration, course marshal, face painting, happy hair, and more!

5K Registration is now open!

Our Spring 2018 5k registration is now open! The 5k will be held at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield on May 19, 2018. Activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 5k starting at 10:00 a.m. Girls and race participants will be able to decorate their hair with Happy Hair, get their face painted, and more before the start of the race.
The 5k is the culmination of our 10 week program, which provides the girls of central Illinois the tools to be confident, healthy, and happy. Friends, family and GOTR supporters are invited to participate in the 5kor to join others on the sidelines to cheer on the girls throughout the course.

Spring program registration

Spring 2018 registration will open Wednesday, February 14th at 9:00am. Spring season will begin the week of March 5th and the community 5k will be held in Springfield on Saturday, May 19th.

How to register:
Online registration is preferred. You can register online on February 14th at 9am 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 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: Black Hawk Elementary, Chatham Elementary, Farmingdale Elementary, Owen Marsh Elementary, and Russell 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.

Underwater Marathon at Orthopedic Center of Illinois to benefit GOTR of Central Illinois

Join the Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation to support Girls on the Run of Central Illinois on Saturday, March 24, 2018, with a fun twist on the traditional relay race. Twenty-six athletes of all ages and skill levels will complete one mile each on the underwater treadmill in the therapy pool at Midwest Rehab. Runners must be 5’1” or taller to participate. 

Each athlete is encouraged to ask friends and family to pledge to support their mile so each runner can donate a minimum of $100. Sign up today to start your own fundraising page to share via email and social media. Prizes will be awarded, including Thirty-One Gifts totebags and Girls on the Run 5k entries, for fastest time and highest fundraiser. Check out additional event details on the Facebook Event.

Midwest Rehab is located inside the Orthopedic Center of Illinois at 1301 S. Koke Mill Road (the corner of Koke Mill and Old Jacksonville Roads) in Springfield. Locker rooms are available for your convenience, but please bring a towel and bag for wet items.

Coaches Needed

There are over 700 girls waiting to participate in Girls on the Run in our area this spring. They need you!  We need you! 
The following sites are in need of coaches and practice partners:
Chatham Elementary, T/TH, 3:00 – 4:15pm
Decatur Family YMCA, TBD, 5:00 – 6:15pm
Franklin Middle School, T/TH, 2:45 – 4:15pm
Southwind Park, T/TH, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Springfield YMCA (Downtown), M/W, 5:00 – 6:30pm
If you are interested in becoming a coach or practice partner, please complete the Volunteer Interest form.

Breaking Out of the Box 

Mark your calendars – our 8th annual Breaking Out of the Box is only 2 months away! 
Breaking Out of the Box will be held on February 3rd at the Ace Sign Museum.  
Join us for an evening of food, drinks, a silent auction, raffle prize, and guest speaker – Stacey Skrysak!
Tickets are now available to purchase. Purchase your tickets for Breaking Out of The Box here.

Thank you to our presenting sponsors – Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc and BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois!

Give back this holiday season

Thank you to those who donated on #GivingTuesday! Our amazing supporters gave almost $800 to help us empower girls in Central Illinois!

We aren’t ready to stop there though! Our goal is to raise $5,000 this holiday season to give the gift of self-confidence through Girls on the Run program scholarships.
Donating to Girls on the Run is quick and easy through our Facebook page, and now Facebook is covering all fees associated with their donate button on nonprofit pages.
We hope you will consider using your “giving power” to increase her “star power” by making a gift this holiday season on our Facebook pagewebsite, or mail a check to 907 Clocktower, Springfield, IL 62704.
Thank you for your support!


Compelling Evidence about the Program’s Impact

A recent independent study provides compelling evidence that Girls on the Run is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of third to fifth grade girls. The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. Throughout the course of the ten-week program, girls learn critical life skills including managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others and making intentional decisions. It is the combination of the research-based curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls that sets Girls on the Run apart from other after-school programs.

Click here for the News Release.

Thank You!

Thank you!
Girls on the Run of Central Illinois would like to thank our donors for their contributions to our growing program.

In May, we were awarded a grant from the Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. This grant was used to purchase the new GOTR Curriculum #2 for use in our fall season and beyond. This is the third grant we have received from the Women for Women giving circle and we are grateful to all their members for the support as we work to ensure girls can grow up happy, healthy and confident.

We were also one of the organizations to benefit from the 2017 Fat Ass 5k and Street Party for Charity. This event has raised and donated over $1,000,000 to local charities since 2008. Congratulations and thank you to this all-volunteer organization for your contribution!

Life comes at girls fast, help them find their pace!

Life comes at girls fast, help them find their pace!
You have a tremendous opportunity to help girls understand the true inner power they possess; to serve as the critical ‘fuel’ that propels them forward in life.  As a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, you can unleash the strength, bravery, and limitless potential of girls right here in central Illinois.

Girls on the Run coaches are as unique as the girls they serve. Just like the girls, many are not runners. They are people just like YOU who take great pride and care in role modeling character, connectedness, and inner strength.

Girls on the Run coaches are truly a reflection of the girls we serve here in central Illinois. By being themselves, they prove that one person can really make a difference. And they have a lot of fun too!

There are over 400 girls waiting to participate in Girls on the Run in our area this Fall. They need you! We need you! Click here to complete our Volunteer Interest Form