Start a New Program Site

Girls on the Run NYC is now accepting New Program Site Applications for the Fall 2017 Season! Girls on the Run is a 10-week program that meets twice a week, generally after school, and each session is 75 to 90 minutes. We train volunteer coaches to deliver our running-based curriculum. How to start a new Girls on the Run program site is outlined below. 

We invite you to submit your New Site Application now for the Fall 2017 Season!
The next priority application deadline is May 10, 2017.

The Fall Season of 2017 will take place from September to December! Most sites will begin the season on September 25, 2017. The 5k will be December 10, 2017. Most sites will hold their final GOTR sessions the week of December 11, 2017.

Applications are accepted year-round, with priority given in the order that the New Site Application is submitted. We host two program seasons per academic year: Fall and Spring.

Please review the guidelines and requirements to open a new Girls on the Run (3rd-5th grade) or Girls on the Run - Middle School (6th-8th grade) location. Download an overview of each of our programs to review and share:

You can also download this one page overview of our program and this Program FAQ to share with your school or site leadership.

Review the Girls on the Run NYC New Site Information Guide.
Here is a brief overview of what you need to host the program:

  1. Identify a location. Most of our programs are run at schools, neighborhood clubs, recreation centers or similar venues. The program location is responsible for providing:
    • A safe place for running. *Note: This does not have to be a track! A park, playground or gym is acceptable. Girls on the Run will help you determine the best space on the initial site visit.
    • A rainy day indoor space, with a gym being most ideal but a classroom also being an option.
    • A meeting space for pick-up and drop-off for each session.
  2. A contact person at the site to coordinate with Girls on the Run. This person serves as the "Site Liaison" and helps share registration information with all girls in the appropriate grades.
    • Support in recruiting 8 to 20 girls (elementary, 3rd-5th grade) or 8 to 15 girls (middle, 6th-8th grade) per team.
  3. Two meeting days and times per week. *Note: Sessions must be twice a week for 75-90 minutes for ten weeks.
  4. Two volunteer coaches to facilitate the program, who must participate in the Girls on the Run NYC New Coach Training. *Note: If you are unable to provide coaches, we will attempt to provide community volunteer coaches for your site.

STEP TWO: Complete the Girls on the Run NYC New Site Application.

STEP THREE: Have your school or site administrator sign the Administrator Approval Form and email to Allison Hauser, Executive Director.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Do the Site Liaison and Coach Volunteers have to be filled by teachers or administrators?
No, although we certainly welcome a teacher and/or administrator to take on either of these roles. A Site Liaison can also be a parent who strongly believes in Girls on the Run or a community member who wants to bring the program to his or her recreation or community center. Whoever takes on the Site Liaison role must be comfortable with marketing the program to the girls at the site, and supporting the Girls on the Run NYC office in responding to parents’ questions about the program. Note that the Site Liaison can also be a Coach for the Girls on the Run program.

Do you need to be a runner to start a site?
No, we encourage runners and non-runners to get involved! While many of our staff and volunteers love to run, just as many of us don’t. What we do all agree upon is the need to live a healthy, active lifestyle and the importance of being a positive role model to these young girls.

How are participants chosen?
Participants register on a first-come, first-served basis or in a lottery; we work with each site individually on registration. Site Liaisons may choose to post flyers, make announcements, talk to school counselors, and reach out to girls individually about the program.

Can we host Girls on the Run if my school already has an existing running club or team?
Yes! While our program is running-based, we are much more than a running club. Some girls on your team may be seasoned runners and some may have never run before. Each practice involves conversation-based activities and running games that teach life skills.

How are participants chosen?
Participants register on a first-come, first-served basis or in a lottery; we work with each site individually on registration. Site Liaisons may choose to post flyers, make announcements at school assemblies or PTA meetings, talk to school counselors, and reach out to girls individually about the program.

How do participants register?
Sites are encouraged to have participants register online through our website. If this is a challenge for your site, we will work with you individually to set up paper registration forms. The Site Liaison will then be responsible for inputting the participant information into the online registration system.

Can we host more than one team?
Yes. If there is interest, the Girls on the Run staff will work with you to determine the next best steps in hosting two teams. This could be two separate teams on different practice days, or two smaller teams that meet on the same days with different coaches.

Do we need to participate in both Fall & Spring seasons?
No. Sites can choose to participate in just one season or both! Registration takes place in the two months leading up to the season, unless otherwise requested by the site.

Having at least one coach who is affiliated with the site (i.e. teachers, parents, administrators) makes a tremendous difference in the quality of the coaches' and the girls' experiences. If, however, a site is not able to identify two coaches, Girls on the Run will do everything possible to recruit coaches from within the community to lead a team. We expect to complete our coach recruitment and selection process by February 2017.

What is the cost of the program? Are scholarships available?
There is no cost to start a new site. The cost of the program is $275 for Spring 2017 for most sites. Site and individual scholarships are available each season. See here for breakdown of the program costs.