Girls on the Run

Join us for the Fall 2024 Season!  Teams are forming now. Check the 'Locations' page to see a list of confirmed teams. If you would like to bring GOTR or Heart & Sole to your school or community center please click on the 'Learn More' button below. Site applications for the fall season are due by Aug 1st. 

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Fall 2024 Season Details

Registration for the Fall 2024 season will open August 1! 


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  • Online registration opens on August 1st at 10 a.m. 
    Registration is first-come, first-served basis and remains open until all spots are filled or until Sept. 20th
  • Season starts: Week of Sept 23, 2024
  • 5K Celebration: Saturday, Nov 16, 2024 at Rockland Lake State Park
  • Teams practice 2x/week for 90 minutues; days/times will vary

*All girls must have an adult Running Buddy at the GOTR 5K Celebration

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Meeting in small teams twice per week, trained volunteer coaches inspire 3rd-5th graders to build confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. Lessons focus on building social, emotional and physical skills while encouraging healthy habits. 

There has never been a better time to get involved as we launch our new curriculum!  Our Hello, Mountain Mover! curriculum builds on our core evidence-based lessons and helps participants:

  • Build the confidence to believe in themselves
  • Take on challenges - even when it is hard
  • Strengthen their resilience with stick-with-it strategies
  • Develop life skills like choosing friends, learning from mistakes, and working together to make a difference in their community

Each season comes to an end with a celebratory, non-competitive community-wide 5K (3.1 mile) event. This culmination gives participants a tangible sense of accomplishment and the confidence to be the author of her own story.


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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 2,000 girls in the Hudson Valley each year.

Thanks to generous donors, we make financial assistance available to everyone. $180 registration fee is the top tier in our sliding scale fee structure. The sliding scale offers three other tiers, down to $25.

Registration includes:

  • Lessons delivered 2x/week for 90 minutes, led by certified volunteer coaches
  • Our research based curriculum and detailed lesson plans
  • All facilitation supplies needed for fun and engaging lessons
  • Program T-shirt, water bottle, journal, markers/pen, and lap counters
  • Auto-Entry/registration for the celebratory 5K event (3.1 miles). Including: 5K bib/pins, finisher medal, finisher snack.
  • Unique program completion gifts (varies each season)
  • And so much more!

Please note, an additional $25-35 Running Buddy fee will be due midway through the season for each girls Running Buddy. Every girl must complete the 5K with an adult running buddy. More details will be provided throughout the season.

Financial Assistance

We'd love to have your child involved, and we are committed to making programming accessible to all participants. Thanks to generous donors, we make financial assistance available to everyone. $180 registration fee is the top tier in our sliding scale fee structure. The sliding scale offers three other tiers, down to $25. 

The registration form will provide guidance to find the fee that is right for your family. To utilize the sliding scale, simply select the level that best fits your needs. Based on your selection, the corresponding registration fee will be applied at checkout. 

Household Income Guidelines Sliding Scale Fee
Over $90,000 $180
$50,000 - $90,000 $120
$30,000 - $50,000 $75
under $30,000 $25

Attendance Policy

Consistent attendance is critically important to program efficacy, positive group dynamics and overall experience. Participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions throughout the season, 2x/week. Participants are not allowed to attend only one session per week. Any participant who is absent for more than four (4) practices during a season may no longer be eligible to participate.

Respect Behavior Policy

Girls on the Run is committed to being an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible organization. This commitment is critical to preventing all forms of bullying and harmful disruptive behavior. Every participant is expected to behave in a respectful manner towards their coaches and teammates. We reserve the right to remove from participation any individual who threatens the safety, health or well-being of another individual or who exhibits behavior that does not embody the mission, vision, values and our organizational commitment to IDEA.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Girls on the Run Hudson Valley will issue a refund for withdrawal up to the start of the first session. Processing fees will be retained. No refunds will be issues after the season starts. No refunds will be issued for participants who have been dismissed due to a violation of a policy. 

If a GOTR team is canceled for the season due to insufficient registration, inadequate coach support, or other extenuating circumstances, the registration fee will be refunded, excluding the processing fee.

Photo Release

As a required part of registration, parents/guardians sign the Program Waiver which includes consent to participate, release of liability, and photo release. Parents/guardians may submit a special request that photos of their child not be released as part of Girls on the Run. Submit requests to Executive Director,

Late Guardian Policy

Parents/Guardians/Authorized Individuals are expected to pick up their child(ren) on time, at the end of the scheduled practice. Ongoing tardiness will not be tolerated. On the first occurrence parent/guardian will be verbally reminded of the tardiness policy. The second time, a verbal reminder and written email acknowledgement of the policy will be issues. Upon the third instance, the child may no longer be able to participate in Girls on the Run. 

Transportation Policy & Release Procedures

Girls on the Run does not provide transportation to or from weekly sessions for individual/groups of participants. Parents/guardians are responsible for arranging/providing transportation for their child(ren) to and from lessons.

Participants may be released only to those people listed as parents/guardians, emergency contacts, or authorized individuals for the child. The identity of anyone picking up a program participant must be verified by photo ID at the start of every season before the child is released.

Program Volunteers (coaches) must not transport any participant outside of their immediate family, when acting in the role of a coach for Girls on the Run, unless the volunteer is listed as an Authorized Individual for that child. 

Girls on the Run will not release a child to proviate companies (e.g. Uber, Lyft, Taxi Cabs, etc.) unless the driver's name is listed as an Authorized Individual for that child.

Children may be designated a "walker" if the child's walking distance is 1.5 miles or less. Children whose walking destination is more than 1.5 miles away must be released to a Guardian or Authorized Individual.

Parents/Guardians can edit their child's Authorized Individual list by sending an email to Council Staff at least 24 hours before the child is to be released from the program, The identity of the new Authorized Individual will be verified via Photo ID prior to releasing the child.

5K Registration for Running Buddies

GOTR participants are required to have a Running Buddy at the culminating 5K (3.1 mile) event. Running Buddies can be a parent, relative, family friend, coach, who is at least 16 years old. While GOTR participants are automatically registered for the 5K, Running Buddies will need to register in a separate transaction. More information will be shared throughout the season.


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!

What does the program fee include?

Though our cost per particpant is $250, through generous donors we're able to offer the 10-week, 20-lesson program for $180. 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, a GOTR water bottle and a healthy snack at every practice.

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 and attire if necessary. The online registration form will walk you through a few questions to find the fee that is right for your family based on a sliding scale.

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.

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 $75,000 in program scholarships for families in need. Click here to sponsor a participant this season.