Spring 2021 Program

Join Us This Spring for Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole! 

Girls on the Run provides a space for girls to realize their full potential at many schools and community sites around the country. Our research-based curriculum creatively integrates physical activity into lessons that inspire girls to celebrate her unique self, form meaningful friendships, and learn about her community (read more about the program here).
This page outlines the flexibility of the program this season and how we are adapting to meet the needs of the 23 counties we serve in MO and IL. We recognize the unique challenges the global pandemic as placed on our communities, and we remain steadfastly committed to providing a safe, positive, and empowering space during these uncertain times. 
Site Applications are Now Open! Fill out this registration form for a returning site or to start a new site!  

Why It Matters: 

We know the pandemic, uncertainties about the future, and the isolation many are facing during social distancing are challenging the mental and physical health of our young people (and their adults). What we also know is that our girls are strong and resilient, and Girls on the Run is here to provide support for your girl in the most quality, accessible way this fall. While this program is not the only answer, we hope to offer your girl an opportunity to connect to her peers, receive the support of mentors, build her self-confidence, and practice skills for navigating life experiences!

For more about why this matters, check out this article from the National Education Association about prioritizing social-emotional learning during COVID-19. 

Programming Options for Spring 2021

We have adapted our program to flex between in-person and virtual lessons, or to be done entirely virtually, while still maintaining the familiarity of our research-based, social-emotional development program. While so much has been cancelled this year or is still uncertain, Girls on the Run will not be cancelled. We are prepared to adjust as needed this season to provide a consistent, positive space for your girl. Whether you join us virtually, in-person, or a combination of both, your girl will be participating with a team and guided through the lessons by trained Girls on the Run coaches.
For more about what practices look like, check out this page. You can also get a glimpse of what this looked like in action for the Fall 2020 Season by watching this video

Ready to Get Involved? 

Coach Registration and Program Registration will open soon for Spring 2021. Stay in the know about registration dates, virtual open houses, and more by filling out this short interest form to let us know what information you would like to receive about the upcoming season! 

*If you are connected to a site that plans on having a team or is interested in starting a team, please let us know by filling out the site RSVP form

Join us for an Open House via Zoom to find out more about the Spring 2021 season and get your questions answered! During the Open House, we will do a sample virtual lesson, review the program options this spring, coach requirements, timelines, and more. These open houses are for current or former coaches, parents/guardians of participants, site administrators, or just curious community members. RSVP here to attend! 

Open House Dates/Times: 

- Wednesday, January 20th from 4:00-5:00 PM
- Tuesday, February 2nd from 7:00-8:00 PM
- Thursday, February 11th from 12:00-1:00 PM

More About Our Virtual Option: 

  • All Virtual teams are a great way to make friends with other GOTR/H&S girls across our 23 county region! 
  • This is more than just another Zoom call! We know the fatigue of virtual learning is real; however, our virtual program will get your girl up and moving while having discussions with her peers!
  • There are activity challenges for participants to try to complete in-between virtual lessons to help her stay active.
  • Practice days/times are decided by the coaches; you will be given more info about practice times 2-3 weeks before the start of the season and can choose a different virtual team if the practice times do not work at your site. 
  • Parent/guardians may need to help their girl access the call but do not need to engage in the lesson with her - we have trained coaches there to take care of this!
  • Girls can also dial-in to virtual lessons if access to a computer or internet is limited. 

More About Our In-Person/Flexible Option:

  • If practices start in-person and cannot continue, all participants are still registered for the virtual practices and cannot be refunded.  
  • Your girl will continue practicing with the team she began the season with! 
  • The virtual lessons will continue from where the team left off at their last in-person practice; the curriculum is the same for both so it can smoothly transition from in-person to virtual and back again as needed. 
  • The decision to switch practices from in-person to virtual will be made by the site, based on the guidance and restrictions of the school. 

For more information about program fees, scholarships, and payment plans, check out Fees Explained

Spring 2021 Timeline

NOW Accepting| Spring 2021 Site Registration - Sign up your site here!

January 4th at noon | Coach registration is open. Click here to register to coach!

Monday, February 1st at 9am - Wednesday, March 17 at noon | Program registration for all virtual and in-person/flexible teams is open!

Week of March 22nd | Practices begins this week!

May 15th-31st | Girls on the Run End of Season 5K!

The GOTR 5K will be done virtually, as a team, or in a small community setting, depending on the guidelines at the time of the season. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Check out the Spring 2021 Program Options and Info Guide here. We will update this webpage frequently as we continue to plan for the season!

If you have questions you don't see answered, please reach out to us at info@gotrstl.org or by calling our office at (314) 862-6266.