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.

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 girl's 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 many girls are on a team?

Team size is between 8 and 20 girls. The curriculum was designed for a group this size to facilitate team building and a healthy group dynamic. Fewer than eight girls and more than 20 make it difficult to provide the experience we seek to offer the girls. If a site does not have the minimum number of girls by the first practice day, parents will be notified and refunds will be given. Some sites will have more than one team, but it’s dependent upon the number of trained volunteer coaches and practice space available at the school/site.

How are participants chosen?

Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis. In the event that there are more girls interested in participating at a particular school/site than available spots, our online registration system will offer the option of girls being added to a wait list. 

Are there fees for Girls on the Run?

A: 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 over 1,000 girls in the Hudson Valley area each year.  Registration for the season is $135 per girl.  This fee includes:

  • 20 lessons conducted by trained Girls on the Run coaches
  • An official Girls on the Run program T-shirt
  • Entry fee for the Girls on the Run 5k
  • A Girls on the Run 5k water bottle
  • A 5k finisher’s medal

Think that’s a great deal?  Well, it is!  The true cost for our program is $185 per girl.  Through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations and grants, we are able to provide scholarships and subsidize the program fee. Many families are in a position to make a donation to our scholarship fund. We appreciate the generosity of parents and other individuals who help make our scholarship program possible by donating during program registration, online or by mail.  Donations can be mailed to:  237 Hudson Street #A, Cornwall on Hudson, NY 12520

What if a girl is unable to pay the program fee?

It is the mission of Girls on the Run to offer our program to all girls who want to participate, regardless of their ability to pay.  Any registered Girls on the Run participant is eligible for a scholarship, regardless of the program fee at her school.   Any registered Girls on the Run participant is eligible for a scholarship, regardless of the program fee at her school. While assistance is awarded based on your family’s participation in the free and reduced lunch program, special circumstances that contribute to a request for financial assistance are certainly considered. Please know that we request all scholarship recipients to pay a portion of the program fee, however nominal that may be, so there is buy-in and a sense of pride and ownership, which helps with attendance and engagement. 

Can my daughter participate in GOTR at another site if the program is not at her school?

GOTR Hudson Valley aspires to deliver the program to as many girls as possible regardless of the program being offered at a girl’s school. Our policy is to allow girls to participate at a school that they do not attend if transportation is not an issue and the girl is available during the entire practice time and the school does not have policies in place that would preclude participation. They also must be grade-eligible for the program.     

Can my daughter still register for the program if she can only attend one practice per week?

No.  It is critically important to the efficacy of the girls’ program experience that they participate in both sessions each week from a group dynamic and experiential learning process perspective and to fully train for the end-of-season 5k.    

How do I register?

Registration for Girls on the Run Hudson Valley Spring 2017 program will open on February 25.  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payment by credit card or e-check will be accepted during online registration. If you would like to pay for the program via case or money order, please contact our office to make arrangements at 845-237-7144.

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