Girls on the Run

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Current Season Details

Thank you for your interest in Girls on the Run Programming

Overview-Shared

Overview
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  • The registration period will begin January 10, 2023
  • Our Spring 2023 season will begin the week of March 6
  • Each team will meet 2x a week for 10 weeks 
  • We end our season with celebration 5K events during the weekend of May 20 and May 21
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Fin-Aid - GOTR

Financial Aid

We offer two options for financial assistance. Click here for details 

Seeking Coaches - June 1, 2022 - Dec 16, 2023

  • Seeking Coaches - June 1, 2022 - Dec 16, 2023

    Coach Registration appreciated by December 16th to prepare for January program registration. We will still accept Coach registration beyond this date.

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    Find out more info about being a coach

  • January 10

    Spring 2023 online program registration begins for participants

  • February 24

    Online program registration closes

  • March 6 (Week of)

    Program Begins

  • Week of May 15

    Program Ends- Last week of practices

  • May 20

    DeKalb 5K & Rockford 5K

  • May 21

    Crystal Lake 5K

Reg fees - SHARED

Registration Fees

Building confidence and setting young girls down the path of a healthy lifestyle is PRICELESS! However, there are real costs associated with operating a non-profit organization and delivering the Girls on the Run program to approximately 1,300 girls in the Northwest Ilinois area each year. Registration is $190 per girl and includes:

  • 20 ninety-minute sessions conducted by certified GOTR volunteer coaches
  • Curriculum and lesson materials
  • Official GOTR T-shirt and water bottle
  • 5K Registration fee
  • 5K Medal
  • Post 5k celebration

Please see below options for financial assistance.

Did you know we also: 

  • Pay a rental fee to some school districts anytime we are inside the building for GOTR

  • Cover our own insurance and add the districts as additional insureds

  • Pay for all the training for our coaches

  • Run background checks on each of our coaches

Registration Fee Guide
Registration Type Price
Full-Price Registration  $190

Financial Aid Option 1:

Families can split their registration fee into 2 payments.  First payment due at time of registration.  Second payment will be processed 3 days before the program begins.

Use sliding scale to determine registration fee then split that fee in half and make two equal payments

Financial Aid Option 2: 

Click here for more details

Household Income              Fee          

Less than 25,000                  $15    

$25,000 -  $34,999               $30    

$35,000 -  $49,999               $80    

$50,000 -  $74,999               $115    

$75,000 -  $99,999               $160    

$100,000 and up                  $190 

 

COVID-19 Information

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My girl isn't a big runner; is this program for her? OR My girl is already a skilled runner. Is this program for her?

Yes! We are much more than a running program, and every participant can benefit from the experience of building confidence through accomplishment while participating in our rich, curriculum-based, age-appropriate, interactive lessons. Expect lots of games, talking, laughing and processing in addition to running at each practice. And know that when we say run, we mean run, walk, skip, roll or push, just as long as you are moving foward!

When does the 10-week season begin?

Practices will begin in March 6. The culminating celebration 5K events will be May 20 and 21. More information will be shared via Parent Link emails and by your girl's coaches once the season begins.

Do girls need to attend both days each week in order to register?

Yes! Since most of our teams fill up quickly, if your girl will be unable to attend all the sessions, please save room for a girl who can, and consider joining us in a future season when she can enjoy the entire program.

What does the program fee include?

Though our cost per particpant is actually $211, through generous donors we're able to offer the 10-week, 20-lesson program for $190. Your program registration fee includes all lesson materials, including GOTR curriculum, activity sheets, lap counters and more, a GOTR t-shirt, a bib entry into the season-ending 5K, a finisher's medal, and a GOTR water bottle.

We can't afford the program registration fee, but our child would love to participate. How does the scholarship program work?

Don't let cost stop you from participating! We are committed to making Girls on the Run accessible to all who want to particpate! Thanks to generous donors and community supporters, program scholarships are available to any family who needs it, and we can also provide appropriate running shoes if necessary. The online registration form provides financial aid options including the option to split your fee into two payments and a sliding scale based on your annual income. 

Is there a one page explanation of the fees an pop d financial assistance options that I can print out?

Yes!  Click here for explanation and details. If you have more questions please email info@gotrnwil.org.

Is there a way for me to sponsor a participant for a season?

Yes! As a mission-driven 501(c)3, Girls on the Run relies on generous donors in order to provide more than $100,000 in program scholarships for families in need. Click here to sponsor a participant this season.