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.

How do I subscribe to your newsletter?

We communicate approximately twice a month to our online newsletter list. Sign up HERE.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes. It is our mission to offer our program to all girls who desire to participate, regardless of their financial status. Families who are unable to pay the program registration fees will be awarded financial assistance based on their income. Our goal is to never turn a girl away for financial reasons.

Why are program fees different at different schools/sites?

We serve a large territory with a diverse population. In order to price the program at affordable rates, we offer a range of fees including an income-based sliding scale. Due to diversity within each site, we also offer further scholarships to participants at each site, regardless of the fee set for that site.

How is the site's fee determined?

We look at a school's percent of students that the school reports as eligible to access the federal Free and Reduced price lunch program, as well as confirming that the suggested fee is appropriate with our contact at each site.

Does the program fee I pay subsidize other girls' participation?

No. The program fee each family pays is used to cover the costs of the program for that individual girl. Program fees are subsidized through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and grants. Many families choose to make a donation to the scholarship fund in addition to paying for their child's program fee. We appreciate the generosity of parents and other individuals who help make our scholarship program possible by donation during program registration, online, or by participating in fundraisers.

Do coaches have to pay for their daughters to participate in the program?

Yes. Coaches are welcome to utilize the scholarship option for their daughters if the family is unable to pay the fee. Coaches will be given priority registration to ensure that their daughters receive a spot on the team.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

The girl's family (not the coach) is responsible for contacting the Girls on the Run office if a girl is withdrawing. Families who register and then withdraw may receive a full refund minus $10 processing fee up to 2 weeks before the season start. GOTR Bay Area will refund 50% of the registration fee if requested in writing (email) prior to the 4th lesson of a GOTR Bay Area program. No refunds will be issued for any terminations after the 4th lesson. If a site is canceled due to insufficient registration or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the Program Director, the full registration fee will be refunded. 

When is the program payment due?

Payment can be completed online at registration. If you choose to mail a check, it must be received within a week of your registration. Registrations that are received without payment will NOT hold a spot if the team fills (16 girls). Your registration AND payment must be received in order to guarantee a spot on the team. 

Is Girls on the Run of the Bay Area a nonprofit? What is the relationship to Girls on the Run International?

Yes, Girls on the Run of the Bay Area is an independent 501(c)3 status nonprofit. We are a council of Girls on the Run International. We do not receive financial support from GOTRI - we pay dues to GOTRI in order to deliver the program to girls in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Will program participants have to pay anything else to Girls on the Run after registration?

Girls who are enrolled in our program are automatically registered in the Girls on the Run 5k that caps off the season. They do not need to register or pay for the event.

We highly encourage each girl to have a Running Buddy for the 5k. This is an adult over the age of 16 who is a designated running partner/cheerleader/safekeeper for the participant. Whether it's a parent, relative, teacher, or friend, that person does need to register for the 5k. The cost is $35 for standard or $40 for late registration.

Is there anything I can do to help Girls on the Run of the Bay Area raise money?

Yes! there are many ways to get involved. 

  • If you are interested in supporting us through your own participation in athletic events, check out Solemates
  • Many corporations offer matching contributions for volunteer time and financial donations. If you have questions about whether your company offers these benefits, contact our office for more information.
  • Our monthly newsletter contains information about our online fundraising drives and in-person fundraising events.

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