Start a Team

Start a Team

Ready to inspire the next generation to be joyful, healthy and confident? Explore this page to learn how you can start a team at a nearby school or community facility.

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  • 3 volunteer coaches (parents, teachers, community members; anyone 18+ years)
  • Approval from the principal/administration if practicing at a school  (there is no cost to coaches or schools to have a team on their campus)
  • A safe space to run (this can be a track, blacktop, or grass field)
  • A sheltered space for use on rainy days
  • Girls on the Run (elementary): Teams meet twice weekly for 10 weeks; Practices are 90 minutes
  • Heart & Sole (middle school): Teams meet either once a week for 2 hours or twice a week for 90 minutes
  • Ability to recruit 6-20 girls for the team (we will provide marketing materials to help you)
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Site Champion Responsibilities

  • Acts as the main contact at the site for Girls on the Run families/participants and Girls on the Run council staff before and throughout the program.
  • Helps recruit coaches from the school for the team (ex: teachers, parents)
  • Aids in team member recruitment efforts by distributing marketing materials (provided by Girls on the Run) and spreading the word about Girls on the Run throughout the school community and via email using provided digital templates. This helps ensure there is a full team for each season at this location.
  • Offers support to families who need assistance with registration.

If you cannot secure coaches, we will work with you to identify coaches from our volunteer pool.

If you have questions about Site Champions or are interested in becoming a Site Champion for your school community, please contact Director of Program Development, Amy Flaskerud at


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Whether you are new to Girls on the Run or a long-time supporter who is ready to advance our mission and vision, we value your interest in learning more about how to start a team.

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