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.

Do girls have to be runners to sign up for the program?

Unlike many programs, Girls on the Run is a non-competitive program. This allows each girl to set her own personal goal and achieve it in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Girls can walk, run, skip, whatever is inspiring for them, as long as they are moving forward!    

Where and when does your program run?

Currently we operate as an after-school program in registered locations.  Our participants meet twice a week, for twelve weeks, during each session.  We run two sessions a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.  Each session is one hour and thirty minutes in length.  Programs generally run between the hours of 3pm and 5:15pm weekdays.  Registration occurs one month prior to the start of each session.  

How do I sign my daughter up for a Girls on the Run Program?

If your daughter is enrolled in one of our participating schools, you can register through our online Girls on the Run registration form. If your daughter’s school does not participate in our program and you would like to learn how to bring this life changing program to your community, please click here.  

How much does it cost?

Participants are asked to pay a fee of $100.00 for a single session.  For those participants whom are in need of financial support, may apply for a scholarship.  Please click here for scholarship app. Families that have the ability to and are interested in supporting the program beyond the $100 may choose to sponsor additional girls as well.    

What does the program fee include?

  • 20 lessons conducted by three certified Girls on the Run Coaches
  • Water Bottle
  • Participation in the Girls on the Run 5k
  • Healthy snack at each practice
  • An official Girls on the Run T-shirt
  • 5k finisher’s medallion

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.    

How do I start the program in my child’s school?

Within Girls on the Run of the Grand Strand, we deliver the program in all interested school districts and community centers that have a presence within our 2 county territory (Horry and Georgetown counties).  Our territory is defined in conjunction with Girls on the Run International.  If Girls on the Run or Girls on Track is not in a school or community center and you would like to learn how to bring this life-changing program to your community, see Starting a New Site for more information.    

Can my daughter repeat the program?

Yes!! Each of our curricula was designed to be used over and over again, with girls new to the program and with girls repeating the program. We also know that what a child experiences and learns in Girls on the Run as a third grader is quite different from what she learns as a fourth or fifth grader. With repetition the depths of learning and the ability of a girl to apply what she learns at each lesson is greater. Within Girls on the Run, we alternate between two curricula each year, so our girls experience similar topics with different games and activities from one year to the next. And with that experience from one year to the next, returning girls often naturally step into mentoring and leadership roles with the younger girls.    

What if a girl is unable to pay the registration fee?

We turn no child away from our program due to financial limitations. Last year 39% of our girls required either full or partial financial support to participate in the program. We are committed to raising funds so that every girl who wants to participate can have the chance to do. If you would like to sponsor a girl, please contact us.

Why are teams limited to 15 girls?

We find that our teams are most effective with 8 to 15 girls. Much of the Girls on the Run curriculum is designed to build team dynamics among the girls. Teams must have at least 8 girls in order for the activities in each lesson to be effective and yet we also need to ensure the size of the group is manageable for our coaches. Because we also want each girl to contribute to our conversations during each lesson, we are committed to keeping the groups to a reasonable size. If sites have more than 15 girls who want to join the program, they may be considered for multiple teams if space and resources allow.    

Can my child participate at another site if the program is not at her school?

Often we are able to help a girl find an existing team to join if Girls on the Run is not available at her school. Please contact us for assistance    

Can my home schooled child join Girls on the Run?

Yes! We have a number of sites hosted at community centers.  If your child is home schooled she may register at a community center site. We also are happy to help place a home schooled child at any other area site if space allows.    

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