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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 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.

Why is registration so early?

Registration occurs for our programs several weeks or months in advance to allow time to fit each girl for a new pair of running shoes and to prepare the numerous supplies needed for each team.

How are participants chosen?

They are placed based on a variety of factors. It is NOT first-come, first-served.

WHY? In an effort to make the program accessible, program registration is not first-come, first-served. In the event that there are more girls interested in participating at a particular site than available spots, Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run will use a lottery system randomly selecting girls to form a team.  Once families have completed the online registration form, they will receive a confirmation email.  This email does not guarantee a spot for the participant; it confirms that the registration form has been received.  Payment is charged/deposited only if a participant enters the program.  After registration closes families will be notified by email of their registration status.

Why is there a lottery system?

The shortest answer is: the lottery is our way of providing equal access to participation. Even though our programs ARE for all girls, there are limits on team size – and on space and volunteer coaches available at each school/site. We are so sensitive to the fact that everyone can’t get to a computer or in to school to fill out a registration form at the same time. Some families have computers in their homes and some do not. So, if more girls are interested in a specific team than space allows, the lottery gives everyone an equal chance at participation.

If my child can only attend one practice a week, can she still register for the program?

  1. NO.Full participation is required. This lends to a healthy group dynamic, an experiential learning process and provides appropriate training to complete the end-of -season 5k.  Girls who are absent for more than 4 practices during one season may be dismissed from the team.

How much does it cost?

Approximately $120. The actual out-of-pocket cost to the Girls on the Run program is approximately $160 per girl, but due to the generosity of grantors and donors, Kent County Girls on the Run is able to offer the program for $160 per girl for the twice per week, ten-week program.  A family that can afford to pay $120 is asked to pay the full amount.  Fees are adjusted from $10-$120 based on a sliding scale. Girls participate equally in the program regardless of the fee their family selects. Girls must complete the program to receive all benefits noted below including the shoes. A registration fee scale is provided for families to choose what they can afford based on parent income.  Local fundraising efforts and donations help to bridge the gap between program fees paid and necessary sponsorship. Families that have the ability to and are interested in supporting the program beyond the $120 may choose to sponsor additional girls as well.

What does the program fee include?

  • 20 lessons conducted by two certified Girls on the Run® Coaches 
  • A new pair of quality running shoes (fit by Gazelle Sports)
  • Two official Girls on the Run T-shirts
  • A water bottle
  • Participant's registration in the end of season 5K
  • 5K finisher's medallion

Can parents/guardians walk/participate with girls at the 5k?

Yes!  Additional information about participation in the Kent County Girls on the Run 5K will be available as the date nears.  There will be an opportunity for community runners to register as we get closer to the spring.  Registration forms are available on-line and are also sent home with each child as soon as they are available – generally about 4-6 weeks prior to the event.

What about a program for boys?

While we know boys need support – just as girls do, the issues boys face are very different than the challenges girls experience. Boys on the Run was piloted in Charlotte, North Carolina but the program has been put on hold indefinitely.

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