Register for the 2014 5K Race

McHenry/Boone County Race - Sunday May 18th at Woodstock North High School

DeKalb County Race - Saturday May 17th at Hopkins Park

Welcome to Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois - a life-changing, non-profit prevention program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is "we inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running."

Girls on the Run combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with healthy living education. Our programs instill self-esteem through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training - all of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois is an independent 501 c 3 of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 190 locations across the United States and Canada.

An adult charity runnning program.
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left pink arrowRUNNING BUDDIES! Click the link to the left to register for the 5K race.

Check in with your GOTR girl if you’re unsure of the county her school is in.

We know all our girls are real super heroes!  

We are offering this shiny thank you gift for a donation of $50. This is a fun way to celebrate Race Day and a thank you gift for people who wish to donate extra to capesupport our organization. We want to give you our gratitude with zowie attitude.

Donate for a Pink Cape

Customized Race Bibs! Every GOTR Girl and Running Buddy will receive an official #1 GOTR 5K bibRace bib for race day. Our race bib company has created a unique idea to customize a keepsake “back bib”.  Click here www.YourBibs.comGOTRNWIL to design an additional personalized bib. Parents could give one as a surprise to their Girl or as a thank you gift for their daughter’s Running Buddy.  You can personalize it with your own photo & message.  Bibs are $6.99.  A whopping $2 from every bib comes back to support GOTR Northwest Illinois.

DeKalb Race Course Map                     McHenry Co. Race Map




DeKalb County             McHenry/Boone Co.


raffle basketGOTR will be compiling various baskets to be raffled off on race day this year.  Proceeds from the raffle will go towards allowing all girls the opportunity to participate in this life changing program.  If you are able, we are asking for your help donating items for various baskets. Click here for a list of suggested donation items.

“Every Girl has a Story” 

newspaperAnna Calhan from South Elementary and Ansley Morlock from North Elementary will capture the season writing about their experiences as GOTR girls for the Northwest Herald’s Local & Region section every Thursday! Read what Ansley had to say about the importance of gratitude!

shoesCharity Miles is a free iPhone & Android app that keeps track of the miles you do and empowers you to earn money for Girls on the Run while Running, Biking or Walking. GOTR Northwest Illinois will receive what is raised in our region.  Click here for more information

Interested in joining the fun as a coach for the 2015 season? Click here for additional information. Complete the Coach Commitment form to get started.

Looking for the girl with the pink shirt and #1 race bib? View pictures from the  2013 5K races on our Flickr page: In the search tool at the top, type in DeKalb or Woodstock to view only those pictures.