While Girls on the Run provides almost everything needed to run the program, some requirements to become a site are:
Provide a Site Liaison
The Site Liaison's role includes assuring the smooth implementation of the program by securing appropriate training
space and serving as a link between coaches, participants and parents.
Provide a Safe, Dedicated Space for Running
This is essential. It does not have to be a track. A field is fine. However, there is a need to measure off part of
the area for occasions when lessons require running a certain distance, e.g. 1 mile, 5K, etc.
Provide a Rainy Day Site
Indoor, private, a gym reserved for GOTR® and NOT in conflict with other programs.
Choose Two Days a Week
For meeting one hour each lesson. Provide two or three coaches to be trained by GOTR. Coaches must be female
adults. In some cases, GOTR is able to assist in finding, or provide, volunteer coaches.
We prefer a minimum of 10 girls and limit each group to a maximum of 15 girls. Because much of our curriculum
is related to team building and group dynamics, fewer than 10 girls may make it difficult to provide the experience
we want to offer to the girls. More than 15 girls make it difficult to establish the group rapport and the depth of
community we are seeking. It is possible to have more than 1 team per site.
Timing and Length of Session
Our program hosts a spring season which runs 10 weeks starting in early-March and runs through May. The 5K
is the Sunday of the 10th week of lessons. To begin a session at your site in the spring, planning should begin
in early fall and should be finalized no later than mid-January.