Girls on the Run

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Girls on the Run helps girls recognize their potential and rise above gender expectations that may limit their health, confidence and joy. We respect and value the individuality and dignity of all people and welcome all girls: cis-, trans-, as well as non- binary and gender non-conforming youth to participate in our program.


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Two Girls on the Run participants smile at the camera while running at an outdoor practice in yellow shirts

Current Season Details

Thank you for your interest in Girls on the Run programming. 

Watch for details about our next Spring 2024 season!


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Watch for more details to come about our Spring 2024 Season

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Financial Aid

The scholarship approval process is included in the online and paper registration process. Simply answer the scholarship questions during registration, and the computer will determine your eligibility and adjust the fee accordingly. Please contact us for any further questions- 734.712.5640,


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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 participants in the Southeastern Michigan area each year. Our program fee includes:

  • 16 ninety-minute sessions for GOTR and 10 two hour sessions for H&S conducted by certified GOTR volunteer coaches
  • Curriculum and lesson materials and handouts
  • Official GOTR or H&S T-shirt
  • Official GOTR or H&S water bottle
  • Cinch sack
  • Entry into the Girls on the Run 5K event
  • Commemorative 5K bib
  • 5K finishers medal
  • End of the season celebration


My child 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!

If I volunteer as a coach, could more participants join the team?

We value having parents, caregivers, and community members coach with us! Please contact if you are interested in starting an additional team, or joining a team that is already established.  Trained, full time coaches’ children are guaranteed a spot in the program and also receive a waived program fee.

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

Yes! We are grateful for generous donors that have aided in our council never having to turn a child away as the result of financial reasons. To sponsor a child, please click HERE for a one time, or a recurring donation opportunity. Thank you!

How is Girls on the Run different from other running programs?

Unlike other programs, Girls on the Run combines both life skills learning and physical activity. It is our research-based curriculum and nationally recognized coach training program that sets us apart from other programs. In fact, an independent study showed that Girls on the Run participants were significantly more likely than girls in organized sports to learn and use life skills such as managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others and making intentional decisions.

How do I get involved as a volunteer coach with my child's team?

Many of our volunteer coaches are parents, caregivers, or other family members, as well as teachers and community members. All are welcome to coach. Visit the Coach page of our website for more information.

Does Girls on the Run allow transgender girls and/or nonbinary or gender non-conforming youth to participate?

Girls on the Run is an inclusive program where the dignity of every participant is respected, and all youth are safe. If a child identifies as a girl, and the parent/guardian identifies the child as a girl, then the child is welcomed and encouraged to participate in Girls on the Run. Likewise, if a child is nonbinary or gender non-conforming, that child is also joyfully welcomed to participate.

My child has a disability. Can they participate in Girls on the Run?

Girls on the Run believes that ALL girls, of ALL abilities,  deserve to participate in our program. The volunteers and staff are committed to providing the most inclusive environment possible at practice and at the end-of-season 5K through:

Including a specific focus on serving youth with a range of disabilities in our coach training.
Recognizing that each of our participants are wonderfully unique and may need accommodations that our coaches have not considered. The guidance of our participants’ grown-ups is welcomed and encouraged to provide a safe, inclusive environment.
Providing an inclusion guide to coaches with specific lesson adaptations for participants with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities.

Please reach out to to talk about adaptations that we can make and/or whether Girls on the Run is a good fit for your child. 

How does Girls on the Run ensure its programs are inclusive to all girls?

At Girls on the Run, our core values guide us to be open-hearted, intentional decision makers who embrace differences and stand up for ourselves and others. Our dedication to these core values is reflected in our decision to make access and inclusion an organizational priority. We are committed to ensuring that our programs are accessible to and inclusive of any girl (as well as nonbinary and gender non-conforming child) who wants to participate. We honor this commitment by ensuring that:

Girls on the Run is available at a girl’s school or in their community.
We remain mindful of participation barriers and strive to find ways to eliminate them.
All aspects of the registration process are equitable.
Our commitment to access is clearly communicated to all communities.
All participants feel that the curriculum is relevant and reflects their life experiences.
All participants feel listened to, valued and part of a team.
We have adapted the curriculum so that youth with disabilities can safely and successfully participate.
All participants have a coach who has been trained to understand social context, create positive inclusive environments and build genuine relationships.

What is the Girls on the Run behavior policy?

Any participant engaged in behavior that threatens the health or welfare of other participants, coaches or other key Girls on the Run volunteers will be released from participating in the program. Threatening behavior may include but is not limited to: physical injury, emotional maltreatment, abuse of prescription or illegal drugs, use of alcohol, carrying firearms or other dangerous items, using any item in a dangerous way, or any other activity determined by a coach or administrator to be threatening to another’s health or well-being. Girls on the Run reserves the right to remove any child from participation for any reason that does not fit the mission and goals of the organization. Girls on the Run will be unable to refund the registration fee if a participant is asked to leave.

Girls on the Run is intentional with the way in which we see behaviors. We know that behavior is a skill that individuals learn and grow. We also know that a participant’s context and life experiences influence their behaviors. We are intentional about including participants with and without disabilities and work with participants within this context as well. 

What does the program fee include?

Your program registration fee includes all lesson materials such as markers, index cards, jump ropes, balls, cones, 1st aid kits, lap counters, etc... It also covers the GOTR curriculum, a journal, activity sheets, a GOTR t-shirt and water bottle, a cinch sack, healthy snacks, and entry fee for the Girls on the Run 5K event that includes a commemorative bib and finisher's medal, as well as an end of season celebration. The registration fee also helps to cover insurance costs, council and curriculum fees, as well as inclusive curriculum and program training (both online and in person) for our volunteer coaches led by certified Girls on the Run staff, CPR/1st aid training and season long support for our coaches.

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 participate! 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 needed. 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.

When does the 8-week season begin?

Practices will begin in March. The culminating Girls on the Run 5K event will be held in May. More information will be shared soon!

Do participants 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 child who can. We also find that children who cannot attend both days do not always receive the intended outcome of the program, as the lessons in the curriculum used build off one another. We encourage families to consider joining us for a future season when their child can enjoy and benefit from 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 $30,000 in program scholarships for families in need. Click here to sponsor a participant this season.

What is the Girls on the Run refund policy?

A child's parent/guardian is responsible for contacting our office at, or by calling 734.712.5640, if their child is not going to participate in the program. Girls on the Run is only able to issue a refund if we receive notice by the end of the first week of practice. After the first week, we are unable to provide a refund. If a site is cancelled due to insufficient registration or other circumstances deemed appropriate by Girls on the Run, the full registration fee will be refunded.