Girls on the Run

Fall season begins the week of September 5th. Registration will open on August 15th and Financial Aid/Scholarship will open on August 10th. 

Please note: If you are wanting financial assistance, you MUST complete the financial aid form first to be issued a financial aid code prior to registering for the program.

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Current Season Details

Thank you for your interest in Girls on the Run programming. 

Registration will open soon!

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  • The registration period will be August 15th - September 4th
  • Our Fall 2022 season will begin the week of September 5th
  • Our standard schedule is to practice 2x a week for 10 weeks for GOTR teams and 1x a week for H&S teams.
  • The season will wrap up the week of November 7th. A season-culminating 5K event will be on Saturday, November 5th.
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Financial Aid

Our council serves a large territory with a diverse population and we want to ensure all girls who desire to participate in our program can, regardless of their financial status.

We are proud to honor our commitment that no girl is ever turned away for the inability to pay the registration fee; therefore we offer financial assistance (scholarships) on a sliding scale. Girls can receive a scholarship to reduce the registration fee to as little as $25. Currently, 50% of all girls in our program receive some type of financial assistance equaling over $50,000 per year.

Scholarship applications for the Fall 2022 season can be completed online starting August 10th. 

Girls on the Run of Central Illinois will never turn any participant away based on inability to pay. If you require assistance beyond our financial assistance program or would like to discuss other payment options (including deferred payment), please call our office at 217-726-9808.

Payment Plans

Girls on the Run is now able to offer 2- or 3- installment payment plans on all registrations, including those with a scholarship. Payment plan arrangements can be made through the online registration system with a credit/debit card or e-check. The first installment of the payment plan is the date of registration. For the Fall 2022 season, if you select 2 payments the 2nd payment will be processed Friday, October 7h. If you select 3 payments, the 2nd payment will be processed Monday, September 30th and the 3rd payment on Monday, October 31st. Registration fee must be PAID IN FULL in order to participate in the End of Season Event on November 5th.

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Registration Fees

Building confidence and setting young girls down the path of a healthy lifestyle is PRICELESS! However, there are real costs associated with operating a non-profit organization and delivering the Girls on the Run program to approximately 1,000 girls in the Central Illinois area each year. Registration is $150 per girl and includes:

  • 10 weeks of practice sessions conducted by certified GOTR volunteer coaches
  • Curriculum and lesson materials
  • Official GOTR T-shirt
  • 5K Registration fee
  • 5K Medal
  • Post 5k celebration
Refunds/Cancellations

Girls on the Run of Central Illinois will refund the registration fee (minus $10 online service charge) if requested prior to the 2nd lesson of a Girls on the Run program. No refunds will be issued for any terminations after the 2nd lesson. In the event that an unforeseen illness or health issue arises after the 2nd lesson, such instances will be handled on a case by case basis. If a site is canceled due to insufficient registration or other circumstances deemed appropriate by Girls on the Run of Central Illinois, the full registration fee will be refunded.

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My girl isn't a big runner; is this program for her? OR My girl is already a skilled runner. Is this program for her?

Yes! We are much more than a running program, and every participant can benefit from the experience of building confidence through accomplishment while participating in our rich, curriculum-based, age-appropriate, interactive lessons. Expect lots of games, talking, laughing and processing in addition to running at each practice. And know that when we say run, we mean run, walk, skip, roll or push, just as long as you are moving foward!

What does the program fee include?

The program fee includes 10 lessons lead by trained coaches, lessons and curriculum, a program t-shirt, 5K registration, and a 5K medal.

We can't afford the program registration fee, but our child would love to participate. How does the scholarship program work?

Don't let cost stop you from participating! We are committed to making Girls on the Run accessible to all who want to particpate! Thanks to generous donors and community supporters, program scholarships are available to any family who needs it. Before completing your registration form, please complete our scholarship form first. Once you've applied for scholarship, please wait for your approval and discount code before completing your girl's program registration!

When does the 10-week season begin?

Practices will begin the week of September 5th. The community 5k event will be on Saturday, November 5th. More information will be shared by the GOTR staff and by your girl's coaches once the season begins.

Do girls need to attend all practices in order to register?

Yes! Since most of our teams fill up quickly, if your girl will be unable to attend all the sessions, please save room for a girl who can, and consider joining us in a future season when she can enjoy the entire program. This means both weekly practices for our GOTR teams!

Is there a way for me to sponsor a participant for a season?

While we don't have direct participant sponsors, as a mission-driven 501(c)3, Girls on the Run relies on generous donors in order to provide program scholarships that EVERY girl can participate in Girls on the Run. If you are interested in donating, please see more information here.