Fall 2017 Program Season

The season will begin the week of September 25 at most sites and will culminate with a celebratory 5k event on December 10 on Randall's Island. Girls on the Run participants will learn and grow together using a brand new version of the Girls on the Run curriculum this fall, featuring new running games, activities and discussion! The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

*If you are interested in bringing the program to your school, visit How to Start a New Site for more information. We have programs for 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade girls. Reach out to us at program@gotrnyc.org with any questions.

Before registering for Girls on the Run, please review the Program Policies. Please note: Girls on the Run will refund 50% of the registration fee if requested in writing prior to the fourth session of a Girls on the Run program. No refunds will be issued after the fourth session. If a site is canceled due to insufficient registration or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the Executive Director, the full registration fee will be refunded, excluding the $10 processing fee.

Financial assistance is available for any girl to participate in the program. The request for financial assistance is included in the program registration process. 

Registration is NOW OPEN for the following sites:

Community Sites open to all Girls in 3rd - 5th Grade:

School-based sites open only to students that attend the school:

  • Academy of St. Joseph
    Tuesday & Thursday, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in Hudson River Park.

  • Churchill School & Center
    Tuesday & Thursday, 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place on the school roof & East River path.

  • Community Site - West Village (*to register, must have pre-approval from site liaison)
    Monday & Wednesday, 3 pm - 4:30 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in Hudson River Park.

  • Growing Up Green Charter Elementary School (*practice begins Tuesday, September 19)
    Tuesday & Thursday, 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in the school yard.
  • KIPP Academy
    Tuesday & Thursday, 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in the school yard.
  • PS 6 Lillie D. Blake School
    Monday & Wednesday, 7:00 am - 8:15 am
    Practices will take place on the school rooftop. In the event of inclement weather day, the team will hold practice indoors.
    Monday & Wednesday, 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in the school yard.
  • PS 130K The Parkside School
    Wednesday & Thursday, 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in the school yard.
  • PS 316 Elijah G Stroud Elementary School
    Monday & Thursday, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in the school yard.
  • PS 333 Manhattan School for Children
    Tuesday & Thursday, 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in Central Park.
  • PS 334 The Anderson School
    Monday & Friday, 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in Central Park.
  • Ramaz Lower School (*practice begins Tuesday, September 26)
    Tuesday & Thursday, 3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in Central Park.
  • Success Academy - Upper West
    Monday & Thursday, 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in Central Park.
  • The Earth School
    Monday & Wednesday, 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place in Tompkins Square Park.
  • The Neighborhood School
    Tuesday & Thursday, 2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place at Tompkins Square Park.
  • United Nations International School (*practice begins Monday, September 18)
    Monday & Wednesday, 3 pm - 4:30 pm
    Outdoor practice will take place on the school roof.

Registration has filled / closed for the Girls on the Run NYC program sites:

  • PS 87 William T. Sherman School
    Monday & Wednesday, 7:00 am - 8:10 am
    Tuesday & Thursday, 7:00 am - 8:10 am
    *Registration has filled and closed for both PS 87 teams.

This team will not take place this fall season, but will return in Spring Season 2018:

School-based sites where girls must register with the school first:

  • American Dream Charter School
  • Democracy Prep Harlem Elementary
  • The Dock Street School
  • The Heschel School
  • Mont Lawn City Camp - East Harlem
  • Mont Lawn City Camp - South Bronx
  • PS 5M The Ellen Lurie School
  • PS 11 The William T Harris School
  • PS/MS 31 - ASPIRA
  • PS/MS 57 James Weldon Johnson
  • PS 83 Luis Munoz Rivera
  • PS 96 Joseph Lanzetta
  • PS 102 Jacques Cartier School
  • PS 134 Henrietta Szold
  • PS 182Q Samantha Smith School
  • PS 198K
  • PS 274X The New American Academy
  • Sanz Banquet Hall
  • St. Athanasius School
  • St. Charles Borromeo School
  • St. HOPE Leadership Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the group size of 8-20 girls? What if we have fewer or more?

We prefer a minimum of 8 girls and limit each group to a maximum of 20 girls for Girls on the Run teams and 15 girls for Heart & Sole teams. The minimum is based upon curriculum considerations. Because much of our the lesson plan is related to team building and group dynamics, fewer than 8 girls may make it difficult to provide the experience we seek to offer to the girls. Facilitating more than 20 girls would make it difficult to establish the group rapport and the depth of community we are seeking. If a site has more than 20 girls who want to participate, GOTR NYC can run “two” programs at the same site, as long as there is the appropriate number of coaches available.

When does the program start and end?

We currently have two seasons of Girls on the Run each year. The Spring Season begins in early March and runs through mid-June. The Fall Session begins in mid-September and runs through mid-December.  The program is 10 weeks and teams meet twice per week for 1 ½ hours.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is $300 per girl for Fall 2017 at most sites. Site and individual scholarships are available each season.

What is included in the price of the program?

  • 20 lessons by a Girls on the Run-certified coach from a well-researched curriculum
  • Lesson handouts and coach supplies
  • Healthy snacks and incentives
  • Girls on the Run t-shirt and water bottle for each participant 
  • Girls on the Run 5k packets and support in the 5k run/walk event
  • End-of-season certificates, awards and celebrations
  • Girls on the Run coach training fees
  • Fees for liability insurance
  • All administrative assistance to coaches, sites, girls and parents

What if a girl is unable to pay?

We do offer financial assistance. The request for financial assistance is now included in the program registration process. Please note this is a new process for Fall 2017, and we are no longer requiring a separate application for financial assistance.

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

No. We are much more than a running club or track program! Girls on the Run NYC is for EVERYONE. The program is non-competitive and focuses on developing healthy, positive self-images in the participants.  We encourage our girls to run, walk, hop, skip or jump, with each girl progressing at her own speed. 

What does a typical practice look like?

Each practice focuses on a specific issue-related topic, which is incorporated into the activities and games planned for the lesson. The coaches begin the lesson by introducing and explaining the day’s topic. The girls then warm up their muscles with a brief interactive running activity or game. Then, the girls stretch and further discuss how the activity related to the topic. Next, the girls perform the workout, which primarily consists of running but also integrates the topic of the day. For example, the girls may have to answer a question about the day’s topic each time they complete a lap. The lesson ends with stretching, reviewing what the girls learned that day, a group cheer, and a snack.

My daughter can only attend one practice per week. Can I still enroll her in the program?

No. Prior to signing up for the program, the girl must be able to commit to attending BOTH practices per week. Full participation lends to a healthy group dynamic and an experiential learning process. 

Do you offer a similar program for boys?

Girls on the Run is a girls only program and does not offer a program for boys. The curriculum was designed specifically with girls in mind and addresses relevant topics that girls in grades 3rd-5th and 6th-8th encounter.

Do the girls shower after practice?

No. The majority of our sites practice after school and will go directly home afterwards. For our sites that hold practice in the morning, there is no need to shower after a Girls on the Run session and before school. While our lessons do incorporate running, the exercise is not strenuous and girls are encouraged to wear their Girls on the Run shirt to school for the rest of the day.

How do I start Girls on the Run at my daughter’s school?

Girls on the Run will provide the curriculum, program materials and coach training sessions. Schools need to provide a school site liaison that is responsible for working with the Girls on the Run Staff to determine program details. For more information about what is needed to start a new program, please visit our Start a New Site page.