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!

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OCIF Underwater Half Marathon benefits GOTR

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois hosted an underwater half marathon to benefit Girls on the Run of Central Illinois on March 24th. The OCI offers an underwater treadmill for their physical therapy patients. However, the treadmill was used for a different purpose that day. On Saturday, the treadmill was used to benefit GOTR with individuals walking or running underwater. Each participant was to walk/run 1 mile for a completion of 13.1 miles. The event, along with a casual day fundraiser the day prior, raised over $2,300! Check out Channel20’S coverage of the event here.


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.

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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

Totally 80’s Dueling Pianos! 

Girls (on the Run) Just Wanna Have Fun 
Dust off your leg warmers and tease up your hair! Girls on the Run is going all 80’s at our Dueling Pianos event. You won’t want to miss this unique event as our “Cool 2 Duel” performers from Michigan will return to Springfield for one night only.

Friday, September 22, 2017
Doors open at 7:30 p.m., entertainment begins at 8:00

Firefighters Lake Club, 940 West Lake Shore Dr. in Springfield

Tickets are only $30 each or two for $50. Reserved tables of 8 are $250 and will SELL OUT FAST!

The event includes heavy appetizers and hours of laugh-out-loud entertainment! Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us for details.

Click here to get your tickets now.

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Thank you to our partners

We would like to thank our amazing partners at our local community foundations. Girls on the Run was honored to receive a Community Grants Award from the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln in 2016. The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois awarded a $2,500 grant from their fund to support our Peoria teams. We also wanted to give a big energy award to the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation-Women to Women Giving Circle, who awarded $5,000 to assist with our expansion into the Bloomington/Normal area. Girls on the Run would like to thank all our donors, sponsors and partners for your help in making 2016 a successful year for our programs!

Join us at the Born to Run 5k

Join the Girls on the Run of Central Illinois participants and their coaches and families in a fun-filled event to celebrate the success of the spring season. This non-competitive community race is open to the public. Family, friends and community supporters of all ages and abilities are encouraged to register to run or walk with the girls. Don’t miss out, get registered today!
“The Finishline is Just the Beginning” Spring 5k
presented by Memorial Health System
Saturday, May 20th
10:00 a.m.
Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL
Register now!
Please note: All girls, coaches and practice partners who are registered for the spring program are already registered for the race.
Register today for the early registration fee of $15 (12 and under); $25 (13 and up) and to guarantee a race t-shirt!
Not a runner? We need more than 100 volunteers to ensure we have a fun and safe 5k. Sign up hereto volunteer for packet pick-up, race village set-up, finisher food & water, course marshal and more!
For more information contact Katlyn by email or at 217-726-9808.