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Starting a New Site

The Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run Council is committed to making Girls on the Run available to more girls throughout the Greater Kalamazoo area each year.  If the Girls on the Run program is not currently offered at your school, we can help you to bring it to your location! Consideration as a Girls on the Run site is based on “readiness-to-participate” criteria (see below) as well as on a “first-come, first-served basis”.  Sites for the spring Girls on the Run program are identified in October of each year.  Sites for the fall Heart & Sole program are identified in August of each year.

Checklist to Host the Programs

If you would like to help bring Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole to a school or organization in the Greater Kalamazoo Area, here is what we need from you . . .

While Girls on the Run provides almost everything needed to run the program, the site is required to provide the following:

  • Provide a Site Liaison - Liaison Position Description
  • Provide a safe, dedicated space for running two days per week for 1 ½ hours. THIS IS ESSENTIAL. This does not have to be a track. A field is fine. However, there is a need to measure off part of the area for occasions when lessons require running a certain distance, e.g. 1 mile, 5K, etc. Any fees associated with utilizing this space are the responsibility of the site.
  • Provide a rain site. Indoor, private, preferably a gym reserved for the girls and NOT in conflict with other programs.
  • Determine plan for identifying participants.
  • Identify participants. Distribute information to all 3rd-5th/6th-8th grade girls. Girls on the Run teams consist of 8-15 girls. Heart & Sole teams consist of 8-12 girls.
  • Provide two coaching candidates per team for your site. Each coach will be required to attend one day of Girls on the Run training and become 1st Aid and CPR certified. Coaches must be available two afternoons per week during the program. Girls on the Run will assist you in identifying coaches when necessary.
  • Verify support from the school principal or site director
  • Secure storage area for shoes, snacks, etc.

Site Application

Apply to host a Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole program here:

GOTR Site Application 

Heart & Sole Site Application

For more information about bringing a program to your school or organization, please contact our staff at 269-532-1220.

Starting a Program Outside of Greater Kalamazoo

Within Greater Kalamazoo, we are authorized to deliver the program in interested school districts that have a presence within Kalamazoo County (Athens, Climax-Scotts, Comstock, Galesburg-Augusta, Gull Lake, Kalamazoo, Mattawan, Otsego, Parchment, Plainwell, Portage, Schoolcraft, and Vicksburg).  Our parent organization, Girls on the Run International,  develops Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole programs by creating and supporting Girls on the Run Councils in other communities that wish to bring the program their girls. If you are interested in bringing the program to your community, there are several steps you need to take to determine whether setting up a Council is right and available for you.  To learn more visit our Starting a New Council page.

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