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Starting a New Site

Girls on the Run-Chicago's after-school program is designed for girls in grades 3 through 8 and meets twice a week for 10 weeks. We currently have two seasons: fall and spring. The fall season begins in late August/early September, and the spring season begins in late February/early March. Both seasons end with a Girls on the Run-Chicago 5k. If Girls on the Run isn't currently in your area, you may be able to get it started.

Please note that GOTR is expanding rapidly and doing its best to accommodate as many new site requests as possible. Unfortunately, it may not be feasible to start a new site immediately due to funding and staff limitations.

For details on how to start a new site, click here to review our New Site Information Kit. If you have questions about starting a new site, please contact Carynn Olsen

To start the process for the Fall 2017 season, click here to apply as a new site

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Through our program, the next generation of women can grow up joyful, healthy, and confident. Watch our video to see what Girls on the Run is all about!


Before you complete and submit a New Site Application, you will need to have the following information confirmed and approved in order to be considered as Girls on the Run-Chicago site:

  • Provide a Site Coordinator. This person is responsible for monitoring program registrations, distributing program and 5k information, recruiting girls and promoting Girls on the Run in the school or community center at which the program is being held. Site coordinators are asked to participate in a New Site Orientation either in person or via conference call.
  • Provide coaches. Coaches are volunteers, typically parents or staff at the school who agree to facilitate the lessons and ensure the girls are safe during practice. We require two coaches for each group of 8-15 girls. Coaches must be trained by GOTRC in delivering the program, pass a background check, and have current CPR (AED) and First Aid Certification. 
  • Provide a safe place for practice. This includes an area to facilitate the lessons and a safe place for running. The program does not require a track — a field, unused parking lot, or playground will work just fine. 
  • Choose two days a week to meet for practice. Each session must be at least 90 minutes long to ensure that girls have enough time to complete each lesson and to run.