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Demographics

Girls on the Run for girls in Elementary School (grades 3rd-6th)
Heart & Sole for girls in Middle School
Program Facilitators are volunteer coaches, junior coaches, site liaisons, team ambassadors and include men and women of all ages and their families.

National Recognition for Girls on the Run®

Featured on CNN, NBC, ESPN, Real Simple, I-Village Live and in the following national publications: Shape Magazine, O, People, Better Homes & Gardens, Runner’s World, Fitness Magazine, Running Times, Cooking Light, Walking, Parent, American Girl, Healthy Kids, Glamour, Women’s Day, Redbook, Southern Living and extensive local media throughout the United States.

Program Design

Our 20 lesson curriculums teach life skills through group processing, running games and workouts. The three-part curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes:

  • Understanding ourselves, valuing teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
  • Girls choose and conduct a community service project
  • At each season’s conclusion, the girls complete a 5k running event as a group with all girls, coaches and their families from the 7 counties we serve at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City.

Funding

Our national sponsors provide vital support to advance the mission of our organization. Our local sponsors also play an important role in our success. These organizations are proudly listed on our sponsorship/media page. We also rely on grants, individual donations and fees. Girls on the Run® councils operate as independent 501(c)3 organizations or affiliate with established501(c)3 organizations. Councils are funded by program fees, individual contributions, corporate support and grants. The program is fee-based, however financial assistance is available to ensure the program is accessible to all who are interested.

Partnership

Girls on the Run® councils collaborate with a variety of non-profit organizations, including community hospitals, recreation centers, public and private schools, YWCA’s, YMCA’s, Boys & Girls Clubs, health departments, law enforcement organizations, running & fitness clubs and universities.

Curricula Organization

The curriculum is divided into three parts:

The first section is centered on the girls getting to know themselves. Examining their values, their likes and dislikes, and who they envision themselves to be. As the girls get to know themselves, they are also sharing with each other. Lesson topics and learning goals include “fueling our healthy pace”, “centering: the importance of slowing down” and “celebrating gratitude.”

The next section of lessons concentrate on team building, being supportive, learning to listen and cooperate, etc. Lesson topics and learning goals include “standing up to peer pressure”, “gossiping hurts everyone” and “it’s okay to choose my friends.”

The last section of lessons relate to the world at large. This includes making a contribution to your community and learning to recognize and deal with the negative messages we often receive from the world (media awareness, negative peer pressure, etc.) Lesson topics and learning goals include: “learning about community”, “tuning into a new message (media literacy)” and the development and implementation of a group community project.

Seasonal Programming

Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole sessions are in the spring and teams typically start meeting in early March.  Program Registration opens in December of each year and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

How long is the program?

Each session is 10-12 weeks long. The girls meet once or twice a week for one or two hours after school filled with fun activities to develop running and life skills.

What’s our objective?

We provide a safe environment where girls can express themselves, build confidence, and learn from each other. We believe it is critical to reach girls at an early age in order to teach them these important life lessons and to prevent at-risk behavior such as
eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, obesity, and adolescent pregnancies.

Why should my daughter be a part of GOTR?

We challenge each girl to celebrate her mind, body and spirit by being her goofy, unique-spirited self. We believe that you can find your inner strength by running, skipping, sprinting, hopping, dashing, leaping, gliding, rolling, or cart wheeling all the way to the finish line!

What Will My Daughter Learn?

The curriculum that our coaches use provides a forum for girls to discuss and make choices about physical fitness, good eating habits, saying “no” to drugs, values, positive communication, and community service. We will teach this curriculum by focusing on these three broad areas:

  • Understanding ourselves and setting personal goals
  • Learning skills to get along in a group
  • Examining our responsibility and voice in the community

Who Will Be My Daughter’s Coach?

Our dedicated coaches have been specially trained to facilitate learning sessions, mentor girls and build a team of girls who believe in themselves.

How Many Girls Can Participate?

Each program has room for up to 15 girls. Each group will have at least one coach and one-two assistant coaches.

How Much Does It Cost?

The actual out of pocket cost to the GOTR program is approximately $230 per girl for the 10-12 week program. With the help of sponsors and individual donors, we are able to offer this program for $195. Program registration includes:

  • 20 lessons conducted by certified GOTR coaches
  • Official GOTR T-shirt
  • A water bottle
  • Participation in a 5K Celebration Event
  • A healthy snack at each practice

A family that can afford to pay $195 is asked to pay the full amount. Participants of Girls on the Run and their families who cannot afford to pay $195 apply for a scholarship to cover a portion of the registration cost. Girls participate equally in the program regardless of the fee the family is able to pay. Girls must complete the program to receive all benefits noted above.  Local fund raising efforts and donations help bridge the gap between the program fees paid and necessary sponsorship.

Families that have the ability to and are interested in supporting the program beyond the $185 may choose to sponsor additional girls as well. A donation of any amount can be made during the online registration process and is greatly appreciated.

Refund of Registration Fee?

GOTR Utah will refund 50% of the registration fee if requested in writing prior to the 4th lesson of a GOTR program. No refunds will be issued for any terminations after the 4th lesson except in the event that an unforeseen illness or health issue arises after the 4th lesson. Such instances will be handled on a case by case basis and discussion and review will be held prior to refunding 50% of the registration fee. If a site is canceled due to insufficient registration or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the Director, the full registration will be refunded.