Girls on the Run coaches are trained volunteers who lead a team of participants through a season of powerful and fun lessons. You do not need to be a runner; you simply need to have a desire to support and encourage the next generation. Coaches receive all the tools and support they need and find that they get as much out of coaching as they give.

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“Being a coach has impacted me in a positive way. I feel more empowered and confident. All the lessons are lessons that even we as adults can learn from. I love the program.”

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  • You must be at least 18 years of age and out of high school
  • Complete our Coach Registration Application 
  • Consent to and complete a background check
  • Complete online and in-person Coach Training
  • Get ready to HAVE FUN and make an IMPACT!


  • Get to know and understand your co-coaches to better serve your team
  • Have fun while serving as a role model for program participants
  • Review, prepare and supervise daily lessons (curriculum provided by Girls on the Run)
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Commit to two, 90-minute practices for 8 weeks plus the Celebration 5K (June 9) and a final practice
  • Facilitate communication with parents/guardians of program participants

Season Details

  • Spring 2024 practices will start the week of April 15
  • The end of season Celebration 5K will be on Sunday, June 9th, location TBD.
  • Coach Applications for Spring 2024 are now open
  • New Coach Training information will be sent to coach applicants via email

Help transform and strengthen the next generation


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"Watching the girls in terms of what they have learned has been really fun this season. I think the best thing they have learned as a group is to have trust in each other and to communicate with each other about how they feel."

Coach Kaylyn

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"As a coach, I just really realized how important it is to pour into this generation of girls and lift them up."

Coach Shayla

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"It’s the girls’ smiles that inspire and motivate me."

Coach Mo


Frequently Asked Questions

There are girls who need YOU to help them unleash their power and potential. If you are considering coaching, ask yourself: What better gift can you give to the next generation than inspiring confidence and a strong sense of self?

  • Almost 100% of girls said their Girls on the Run coaches care about them.
  • 99% of coaches agreed that the coaching experience was valuable for them.
  • 96% of coaches said they felt they formed positive relationships with the girls on their team.
  • 94% of Girls on the Run coaches said they felt like they were making a difference in their girls’ lives.

No! Girls on the Run provides the training, curriculum and supplies needed to safely lead a team for a season! You simply need to be a motivating role model for your team. Many of our coaches participate in their first 5K alongside their team!

No. But here is our policy:
  • At least one female coach over the age of 21 must be present at all times.
  • If a team has a male coach, we will designate a female coach as “head coach.”
  • All other coaches and team volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and out of high school.
  • Junior Coaches are high school students who are at least 16 years of age and female.

A minimum of one coach per team must have CPR and First Aid certification on file by the first session of any given season and be present at every practice. We cover the cost of one coach per team to receive certification.

Yes! Community coaches are individuals not directly affiliated with a school or community location who support the Girls on the Run mission. Community coaches are placed according to their geographic location and their availability at sites that need additional coaches.

No! We provide you with training, curriculum and supplies – everything needed to coach a safe, successful season! You should not incur any personal costs to provide the program to your team.

Our council provides each program location with the curriculum and supplies needed to facilitate the season. Coaches receive a bin with all the team supplies including curriculum at coach training or arrange pick-up for their team's materials. 

Training for new coaches includes self-paced online training modules taht take 4-5 hours to complete. After completing online training, new coaches attend a 2-hour in-person training session. We offer three different session dates and locations for the in-person training and coahes choose their preferred session one they begin the online modules.

Prior to the season start, new coaches will complete online training modules and an in-person group meeting with council staff and other coaches. During the season, coaches must commit to attending two, 90-minute practices per week for 8 weeks, plus the 5K on June 9th and one final celebration the week of June 10th. To provide a consistent experience to participants, your commitment is crucial to prepare and collaborate with co-coaches to facilitate fun, successful lessons.  


Camp GOTR Coaches: Your commitment of one full week (Monday-Friday) from 8:30am-2:30pm is needed. 

In addition to the two to three coaches who are 18 years of age or older, some teams may also have a Junior Coach assigned. Junior Coaches are high school volunteers between the ages 16-18 who complete an application and training. They are role models and developing leaders who support the adult coaches and mentor the team. 

Coaches may indicate where they would like to coach. If coaches do not have a preference, we will assign them to a location in need. 

Absolutely! The more, the merrier! Each Girls on the Run team is led by two to three trained coaches, and sometimes a Junior Coach. If you would like to coach at an existing site with another applicant, please mention this in your application and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Merci d’envisager d’accepter le rôle vital d’animateur bénévole pour Girls on the Run. Si vous avez toujours des questions sur la façon de débloquer le pouvoir et le potentiel des filles de votre communauté, veuillez communiqu

Thanks for considering the vital role of serving as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run. If you still have questions about how you can unlock the power and potential girls in your community, please contact us!

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