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Starting a New Site

Girls on the Run (GOTR) programs are conducted at public, private and charter schools in the bay area, as well as in partnership with community-based organizations, such as the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs.

We offer 10-week programs in the fall or spring seasons. Each team is open to between 8 and 16 girls.

GOTR provides the following program support:
  •  A 10-week curriculum, designed by experts to be fun for girls and easy to implement for adults
  • All program materials and supplies
  • Coach training and certification, and support throughout the season
  • End-of-season Girls on the Run 5K for all girls in the program
  • Full insurance coverage

New sites must provide the following to be considered for a GOTR program: 

  • A Site Contact (see Contact Role Description for a description of this person's role)
  • Program support and approval from the school principal, assistant principal, or site director
  • A safe, dedicated outdoor space for running
    • A track is preferred, but a field or black top is also acceptable
    • The designated area should be separate from other activities
  • The program meets for 75 minutes a day, two times per week, for ten weeks
  • Secure storage area for program supplies, snacks, etc.
  • A consistent rain location that is indoors and private
    • A gym that is reserved for GOTR and separate from other programs is preferred
  • A participant recruitment plan and its execution
  • GOTR will provide marketing collateral and a plan template
  • Registration of no less than 8 and no more than 16 girls
  • Three coach candidates who will be trained by Girls on the Run.

Coach candidates must:

  • Be available for the 20 program dates/times over the 10 week program
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K at the end of the season
  • Attend and get certified at the four hour GOTR coach training
  • Be fingerprinted and have a current TB test (in the last four years)

To Start a Program in the Bay Area:

  1. Review the site liaison and coach expectations and responsibilities.
  2. Complete the New Program Application.

 Contact Program Director Natalie Langsdorf at with any questions.


Interested in starting a program outside of the Bay Area? Please visit GOTR International.