Girls on the Run of Portland Metro
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a nonprofit that aims to inspire 3rd- to 8th-grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident through running and other physical activity. Each GOTR practice is led by trained volunteers who teach important life lessons such as standing up for oneself, setting and achieving goals, and managing emotions.
This past fall, Girls on the Run quickly adapted its research-based curriculum and engaging programming to serve girls in the community amidst the global pandemic. All practices are held outside where participants and coaches maintain social distance and utilize extra sanitation materials, and mirror lessons have also been created to meet virtually if necessary.
This spring, the organization will host two programs: Camp GOTR and an eight-week program. With community support, Girls on the Run is able to offer financial assistance for families that need support using a sliding scale in the online registration process.
Like the fall, Girls on the Run will continue to follow protocols to keep girls and coaches safe, and adhere to all local COVID-19 guidelines. Flexible programming will allow all in-person lessons to transition to a virtual platform, and 100% virtual programming will also be offered for the eight-week spring season.
Camp GOTR takes place from March 22 to March 26 for 4 hours each day. Campers (3rd-5th grade girls) will build friendship and explore their creativity through fun outdoor lessons.
Those interested in volunteering as a coach or registering their 3rd-5th grade girl are encouraged to visit the Girls on the Run website at girlsontherunpdx.org/Camp-GOTR.
Spring 2021 Program
This eight-week program begins the week of April 12. Teams of 3rd to 5th and 6th to 8th grade girls will practice twice a week for 90 minutes. Teams are available throughout the Portland Metro area and girls will complete their end-of-season celebratory 5K on Saturday, June 5 with their teams. Participant registration will open on Monday, February 15.
Those interested in volunteering as a coach are encouraged to apply by March 8th at https://www.girlsontherunpdx.org/Coach.
Those interested in registering their 3rd-5th or 6th-8th grade girl should visit https://www.girlsontherunpdx.org/Program-Registration starting February 15th.
ABOUT GIRLS ON THE RUN OF PORTLAND METRO
Through more than 100 sites across the Portland metro area, Girls on the Run has served more than 6,500 girls since it was founded in 2007. In 2019, GOTR provided more than $75,000 in financial assistance to 41% of participants, ensuring that the program remains accessible to all girls who wish to participate. This included school-based financial assistance at 20 Community Access Partner (CAP) teams at schools where 70% or more of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. For more information, visit www.girlsontherunpdx.org and follow on Instagram and Facebook @GirlsontheRunPDX.
What are people saying about Girls on the Run?
“I loved the community and small feel of the final 5K, and the practices adapted well to COVID restrictions.” – Fall 2020 Coach
“Every day I got excited to be outside and hang out with other girls my age. It was so much fun and we made a lot of memories, but the best ones were when I could make others laugh and let go a little.” – Fall 2020 Participant
“GOTR rocks. I’m so thankful to have been introduced to this program during COVID. My daughter was so happy to be able to socialize and be active outside.” – Fall 2020 Parent