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Setting Up a New GOTR Site

Want to bring Girls on the Run to your city or school? Identify a site to host the program. Most of our programs are offered at schools, but recreation centers or similar venues also are acceptable.

Contact the principal/site authority to seek approval for a GOTR team. GOTR-Nebraska will supply all necessary information before your meeting with the school/site official. When permission to host at the site is granted, complete the New Site Application.

The site is responsible for providing:

  • A contact person at the site to coordinate with GOTR-Nebraska.
  • A safe place for running for two 75-minute meetings per week during the season. Note: This does not have to be a track. A field is acceptable.
  • A rain site (gym, cafeteria, classroom, hallway, e.g.)
  • A method to distribute registration forms to all girls (weekly take-home folders and school newsletters are good)
  • An acceptable time to deliver a brief presentation/talk about Girls on the Run to eligible girls (lunchtime is the most common)
  • Recruit two to four female coaches from the school/site community (teachers, mothers, staff members) who must attend a half-day training clinic before the season.

Launching a Successful Team at Your Site

  1. Most teams meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, but review volunteer availability and other after-school programs to determine the best schedule.
  2. Recruit girls for a team. A minimum of 10 participants is required to host a GOTR program. Three coaches are required to host a team of 20 girls.
  3. Market the program at your site. Each site is provided with registration brochures and promotional literature from GOTR-Nebraska.
  4. Marketing entails: a) Sending brochures home in weekly folders with girls in eligible grades; b) Running a “blurb” in the school’s or principal’s newsletter; c) Delivering a 10-minute presentation to girls in eligible grades during lunch, recess, P.E. or another acceptable time; d) Hanging posters around the school; and e) Sending a news release to local media.