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Girls On The Run FAQs

What does Girls on the Run do?

One girl put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain." Helping girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. You can also think of it as Can University—a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.

How do we play a role in our girls' lives?

Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don't be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.

Q: Do I need to be a runner to coach Girls on the Run?

A: No, to coach Girls on the Run you do not need to run. You need to have a commitment to living a healthy life style.

Q: Do I have to come to every Girls on the Run practice?

A: Yes, Co-Coaches do need to come to every Girls on the Run practice.  Assistant coaches must commit to one or two days per week. If assisting one day a week, it should be the same day each week so the girls and other volunteers know what to count on.

Q: How long does it take to prepare a Girls on the Run lesson before practice?

A: It depends on the lesson and where we are in the season.  Some lessons might have a few more pieces to cut or supplies to ready than others. Also, as the season goes along, you get into the flow of the lessons and can read them and feel prepare more quickly. On average, I suggest allowing 30 minutes to read and review the lessons before you coach them. You will be given a box with all of the supplies (markers, stickers, labels, etc) you need for the season.

Q: How old are the girls??

A: The girls will be in third-fifth grades, 8-11 years old participating in Girls on the Run. Heart and Sole is for middle school girls in sixth-eighth grades. 

Q: Will I be the only coach there?

A: No, two volunteers are with the girls at all times. You could choose to sign up to coach with a friend, or we will partner you with another volunteer. If you ever have an emergency come up, Girls on the Run provides substitutes and help. You will always have help and back up!

Q: How many girls will I be coaching?

A: Each team is limited to 15 girls.

Q: What is coaching a Girls on the Run team like?

A: Our program is unique and probably unlike any other program you have volunteered with. However, it might be helpful to know that coaching a group of girls over the 12 weeks is more like leading a Sunday School lesson or Girl Scout troop than coaching a track team.  Running is a tool we use to get the girls moving and active, but the lessons are the core of our program.

Simple, engaging and extraordinary. The result? Healthy, confident girls who can.