Starting a New Site

Girls on the Run of Alachua County wants you!

How can I start a Girls on the Run of Alachua County site in my school or community center?

Thank you for your interest in bringing a Girls on the Run (GOTR) program to your local school or facility! Girls on the Run is a physical activity based positive youth development program that inspires 3rd-8th grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running facilitated by trained GOTR Coaches. We hold our program in the spring and fall seasons. The season runs for 10 weeks, with the girls meeting twice a week for an hour and 15 min for each session.

In order for our program to grow and succeed, we require a strong and active commitment from our local site partners. The following things are required of all sites interested in becoming a Girls on the Run of Alachua County:

Step One: Identify a location to host the program

Our program run for 10 weeks, and the program meets twice a week for 1 hour & 15 minutes each session.  Programs are run at schools, community centers or similar venues.

The program location is responsible for providing:

  • A contact person at the site to coordinate with GOTR Alachua County. The Site Liaison’s role includes assuring the smooth implementation of the program by securing appropriate meeting space, promoting the program and serving as a link between the site and the GOTR Program Director.  This role is served best by an employee of the site.
  • A safe place for running.  Note: This does not have to be a track; a park or field is acceptable.  However, it is necessary to measure off part of that area on occasions when lessons require running at certain distances, (e.g. 1 mile, 3k).
  • A rain site (gym, covered outdoor area, etc.) to meet in case of inclement weather
  • At least two coaches to be trained by GOTR.  We require a minimum of two coaches at each site in order to implement the program effectively.
  • Completing the online New Site Application

Step Two: Attend GOTR Coach’s Training

All of our coaches take part in a day for a training session before the program begins. The training seminar is based upon a well-developed and researched curriculum used successfully by local and national GOTR programs.

Each coach must:

  • Register as a coach online, annually as the electronic signature constitutes health/consent waiver for participation in program.
  • Coach Application can be found HERE. GOTR completes a background check for all Coaches. You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Attend Coaches’ Training, held in August. Provide proof of current CPR/First Aid certification (GOTR provides CPR/First Aid certification classes).
  • Meet organizational and reporting deadlines throughout the season.
  • Prepare for and supervise all curriculum lessons in a manner consistent with the GOTR International philosophy and curriculum.
  • Participate in the end of season 5k run/walk (either as support along the course or at finish line).

Step Three: Registration and Payment Collection

Every program site is provided with a recruitment brochure, sign-up forms, and a Site Agreement, which must be signed by the school principal or site director.

The Site Liaison is responsible for:

  • Distributing the registration materials and brochures to 3rd- 5th grade or 6th-8th grade girls.
  • Promoting the program within the site’s community

Step Four: During the Program

Girls on the Run – Alachua County provides General Liability Insurance for all of our program sites.  In order to stay in compliance with our insurance, the program sites are required to:

  • Deliver the program in a manner consistent with the GOTR International philosophy and curriculum.
  • Adhere to the Girls on the Run- Alachua County program calendar meeting twice a week for 10 weeks.
  • Maintain and complete all paperwork in a timely manner.  Maintain open communication with the GOTR- Alachua County staff regarding any updates or changes in participant/coach roster, meeting locations or school schedules.
  • Retain a current copy of the roster and signed health consent forms on-site for the duration of the program.
  • Have a GREAT program!  The program culminates with running in a GOTR 5K (3.1 miles).  The event is open to the public.  All are welcome to come out and walk, run, and join in celebrating the girls’ accomplishments!

Thank you for your interest in starting a new program site of Girls on the Run of Alachua County!