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 is Heart & Sole?

Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run's new program for middle school girls! It creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them move through adolescence and beyond.

The Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl- body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection- and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help, and more!

How much instruction do the girls receive?

Each participant receives twenty 90-minute lessons (30 hours of instruction) conducted by trained Girls on the Run coaches.

How long is the Girls on the Run season?

Ten weeks (girls meet for 20 sessions), beginning in March and ending in May

How large are the teams?

We require a minimum of 8 girls and limit each team to a maximum of 18 girls. Each team is lead by at least two trained Girls on the Run coaches.

Do girls usually repeat the program?

It is very common for girls to participate in multiple years of Girls on the Run. We offer three 3 -5th grade curricula (alternating them by year) and one 6th – 8th grade curriculum. Each girl’s second (and sometimes third and fourth) experience with the curricula is different from the first.  Repetition is an important part of the learning process, which allows each girl a feeling of mastery and an opportunity to be a leader or mentor to those who are new to the program. 

What is the fee to participate in Girls on the Run and what does that fee include?

The out-of- pocket cost for Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan to deliver the 10-week program to one girl is approximately $215 however thanks to the generosity of our donors, sponsors and local foundations we’re able to offer our program for the discounted fee of $160 and still offer financial assistance to families in need.

When analyzing program costs, it's important to keep in mind that Girls on the Run is a curriculum based program that meets twice a week for 10 weeks in contrast to many other after school programs that meet once weekly for 6-8 weeks and does not include any of the following benefits:

-Twenty 90-minute lessons (30 hours of instruction) conducted by certified GOTR coaches
-Curriculum handouts and running incentives
-A healthy snack at each session 
-An official Girls on the Run program t-shirt 
-A Girls on the Run water bottle
-Entry into the incredible Girls on the Run 5k event 
-A beautiful finisher's medal 
-An end of season celebration  

A $15 late fee will be added to program registration after general registration closes on January 31st.

**Public schools in Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter, Brighton, and Pinckney charge an additional “Community Education Fee” ranging from $20 - $30 depending on the district. Participants pay the additional fee through our online registration and we pay the district on your behalf. 

Why is there a fee to participate in Girls on the Run?

Girls on the Run is non-profit. Program fees are critical to the organization’s overall operation and are used to pay for dues to Girls on the Run International, to purchase comprehensive insurance, the curricula, program supplies (bins, paper, markers, ropes, cones, balls, etc.), printing, t-shirts, water bottles, healthy snacks, background checks, CPR/First Aid certification, and staff to administer the program, train and support volunteers, ensure program quality and plan and execute the Girls on the Run 5k event.  

Are there any costs above and beyond the program registration fee?

Our program fee includes everything a girl needs to participate in Girls on the Run. Each girl will receive 30 hours of instruction, curriculum handouts and running incentives, a healthy snack at each lesson, a program t-shirt, water bottle, entry into the Girls on the Run 5k, a finisher's medal and end of season celebration.

Public schools in Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter, Brighton and Pinckney charge an additional “Community Education Fee” ranging from $20 - $30 depending on the district. Participants at public schools in Saline, Dexter, Brighton, Ann Arbor or Pinckney pay the additional fee through our online registration and we pay the district on your behalf. 

Additionally, we encourage, but do not require, families to register for our Girls on the Run 5k to run/walk with their girl. The fee to participate in the culminating 5k event is $25 per person. Girls on the Run participants are automatically registered and their participation in the event is included in their program registration fee.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes, Girls on the Run strives to make our program available to every girl in our community! Financial assistance is not guaranteed however, it is awarded on a first come, first serve basis to families in need and are dependent on our available resources.  Documentation may be asked for upon approval.

Who is eligible for financial assistance?

Any family who is unable to afford our full fee will have the opportunity to request financial assistance during the online registration process. Documentation of need may be requested. Girls on the Run requires all participating families to pay a portion of the program fee.   

What if a family doesn’t have access to a computer or Internet?

If a family does not have a computer or Internet access they may call (734) 712 5640 and we will register them over the phone. 

Do you offer a sibling discount?

If a family has more than one daughter participating in Girls on the Run and is unable to afford the full program fee for each child we encourage them to apply for financial assistance.   

What options do families have to pay the program fee?

Payment by credit card is the preferred option (all major credit cards are accepted). Checks and money orders made out to Girls on the Run are also accepted however we cannot guarantee a participant’s spot on the team until a check, money order or partial payment (see below) is received. If you need to pay by check please contact our office to receive the coupon code that will enable you to do that. Payment must reach the Girls on the Run offices within 10 days of registration or your daughter will be moved to the wait list and we cannot guarantee her spot on the team. You can contact us at (734) 712-5640 or

Can families pay the program fee in installments?

Yes. If parents would like to pay the program fee in installments, they will be able to make partial payments via credit card or check. Families can contact our office to set up a customized payment plan. You may reach us at (734) 712-5640 or  

Can program fees be refunded?

The girl’s parent/guardian (not the coach) is responsible for contacting Girls on the Run if their daughter is unable to continue the program. Girls on the Run will issue a full refund, minus a $10 processing fee, if a girl drops the program by the end of the second week of practice. No refund will be issued for any cancellations after the second week. If a site is canceled due to insufficient registration or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the program director, the full registration fee will be refunded.  

Does the program fee family’s pay subsidize other girls’ program fees?

No, the program fee each individual pays is used to cover the costs of the program for that individual girl. Financial assistance is available thanks to the generosity of local companies, individual donors, foundations and grants. Many families choose to make a donation to our financial assistance fund in addition to paying for their child’s program fee. Girls on the Run is grateful for the generosity of the individuals and companies who help make our financial assistance program possible.  

Can girls participate at locations where they do not attend school?

As long as there is space available girls are welcome to participate at whichever site in our territory works best for your family. 

Do I need to register my daughter for the Girls on the Run 5k?

Participation in the Girls on the Run 5k is included in your daughter’s program registration. You do not need to fill out an additional registration form or pay any additional fees.

Can families, teachers or community members participate in the Girls on the Run 5k with the girls?

Yes! Everyone is invited to come and run/walk with the girls as a way to show their support and encouragement. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the perfect for someone who has never participated in a 5k before and training for it is a great way for families (teachers, friends…) to spend time together and be active. The 5k registration fee for families and community members is $25 prior to event day and $30 the day of the event. 

How do I know if my girl was registered successfully?

Once you complete registration, please check for an email confirmation that your registration has been received. If you do not receive this email, your registration was not submitted successfully and you will need to log back on and complete your registration.

My daughter was placed on a waitlist. When will we find out if she is able to participate?

If your daughter was placed on a waitlist and a spot becomes available she will automatically be moved onto the roster, your credit card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation. 

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