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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  • The final deadline for Fall Season 2023 was Friday, September 1. Please reach out to with questions and review the details on this page for general reference! Information on Spring 2024 will be shared soon.
  • Starting a team refers to offering the program to a group of 8-20 girls at a school or community site near you. This team will be part of Girls on the Run NYC.
  • Designate a Site Liaison to serve as the program location contact (see the responsibilities of a site liaison below).
  • Review the Site Information Packet, which has information about our program and what it takes to start a team at your desired location.
  • Complete the Start a Team Application - Fall Season 2023. (Fall Season 2023 application is closed.)
  • Recruit 2-4 volunteer coaches who must fill out the coach application and attend required GOTR coach training. *You may request assistance from Girls on the Run NYC in recruiting community coaches.
  • Check to see if there is an existing team at your desired location in your community.
  • The location must provide a safe, dedicated outdoor and indoor space where the program can be facilitated to the team at the dates/times determined for the season.
  • Identify two days a week for 75-90 minute practice. Alternatively, Heart & Sole teams can identify one day a week for a 120-minute practice.
  • Teams must consist of 8-20 participants.
  • If you have additional questions about starting a program site, please contact
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Site Liaison 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.
  • 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 site 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.
  • Helps identify two to four coaches from the community for each team.*
  • Assists with distributing supportive program materials, like sneakers and deodorant, to participants who qualify.
  • Ensures that coaches complete program evaluations if applicable. Girls on the Run works hard to receive grant funding in order to provide accessible programming to all. Some grants require evaluations to be completed.

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


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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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