Start a Site
The Girls on the Run program is offered at schools, recreation centers, community centers and neighborhood clubs and venues. Girls on the Run meets twice a week for 10 weeks and is lead by trained, volunteer coaches. We offer two program seasons per year — Fall (September – November) and Spring (March – May). Each season culminates with all program sites coming together for a 5K event. The Spring 2013 Season is from March 4th-May 17th. The Fall 2013 Season is from Sept 9th- Nov 15th.
Fees: Each girl pays $145 to participate in the program. Girls on the Run of the Rockies is committed to bringing the Girls on the Run program to as many girls as possible and has a scholarship program based on a school’s free-and-reduced lunch percentage. It is as follows:
- Scholarship Site -60%-100% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch (participants pay $10 each)
- Partial Site Scholarship-30%-60% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch (participants pay $65 each)
- Individual Scholarship/Fee Site – Less than 30% free and reduced lunch.(participants pay $145 each) An Individual Scholarship is given to any participant at any site on an as need basis.
Scholarship qualification is outlined on the site application as well. Please see below.
HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED:
STEP ONE: Identify the following and complete the Site Application:
The program location is responsible for providing:
- A Site Coordinator: This is a contact person at the site that promotes the program and facilitates registration at the site with informational flyers, posters and registration forms provided by GOTR. This person is the liaison between GOTR of the Rockies, the site, parents and coaches.The coordinator is responsible for distributing registration forms to all girls and collecting program fees.
- A safe place for running. Note: This does not have to be a track, a field is acceptable.
- A rain site (classroom, gym, etc.).
- Identify two volunteer coaches (parents, faculty, staff) to be trained by GOTR: This is an extremely rewarding opportunity and does not require experience as a runner or coach. It only requires the desire to make a difference in the lives of young girls. Need help recruiting coaches? See our Coaches Needed Flyer that you can post in your school, email to parents, friends, staff.
Complete Site Application and return to Girls on the Run of the Rockies by deadline date. The site application has information on fee and scholarship qualifications.
Please note that GOTR is rapidly expanding and we are doing our best to accommodate as many new site requests as possible. Unfortunately, it may not be feasible to start a site right away, due to funding and staff limitations.
STEP TWO: Attend Coaches Training
All of our coaches are CPR certified and take part in an intensive, day- long training session before the program begins. The training seminar is based upon a well developed and researched curriculum used successfully by local and national GOTR programs. We offer two coaches training sessions per year, prior to each program season start.
We require two coaches at each site. Each coach must:
- Become CPR certified.
- Attend a full day Coaches’ Training.
- Meet organizational and reporting deadlines throughout the season.
- Prepare for and supervise all lessons in a manner consistent with the GOTR International philosophy and curriculum.
- Run with the girls in the end of season 5k race/walk.
STEP THREE: Recruit and Register Girls
Girls on the Run will provide registration and program marketing materials – flyers for take-home folders, posters, and information to include in school newsletters. The program site coordinator is responsible for:
- Distributing the flyers to girls, promoting program to generate registration.
- Collecting registration forms and fees or promoting online registration-where available- for a minimum of 8 girls and a maximum of 16 girls.
- Sending program fees to the GOTR of the Rockies office.
- Providing the GOTR Coaches with a complete roster of all program participants on the first day of the program.
Important: The site is responsible for making sure all paperwork is completed and collecting program fees-except where online registration is available.
STEP FOUR: Have a GREAT program!
The program culminates with the running of a 5K (3.1 mile) event. GOTR of the Rockies encourages as much site participation in this event as possible. All are welcome to come out and walk, run, and cheer your girls on!