EMPOWERING GIRLS

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The Y is proud to offer this terrific after school program for young girls. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique. Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5K event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.  

  • Ages: 3rd-5th grade
  • Registration: January 3rd-March 2nd
  • Start Date: Week of March 12th
  • Program is 10 weeks long with weeks off for Spring Break, etc.
  • Location: YMCA and potentially other school sites, TBA
  • Practices: Times may vary. Contact Brett Van Pelt at 252-972-9622 x. 245 or bvanpelt@rmymca.org for details.
  • 5K: The 5K we will be running in is the Rocky Mount Mills 5K on June 2nd, 2018. Learn more here: https://www.mill5k.com/

Volunteer Options

Coach: Warm-up your spirit fingers, lace up your sneakers and inspire a group of girls to be strong and healthy. Teams of volunteer coaches facilitate our easy to follow curriculum with small groups of girls over the course of 10 weeks. Amidst the conversation, laughter, hugs and energy awards, you will witness transformational change in the girls and don’t be surprised if you realize that you are positively changing as well! Ready to make a difference and encourage girls to realize their full potential? The first step is signing up. Ready, Set, Coach!

Running Buddy: Ready. Set. Go! Lace up your sneakers, put on your GOTR gear and get ready for a 5k experience unlike any other. The excitement in the air is palpable as the girls meet their teammates, get their pictures taken, chant “Girls on the Run is so much fun” and squeeze in a final energy award before heading to the starting line. Your girl may want to hold your hand, skip, sprint or walk, and no matter what she chooses, you’ll be the support she needs along the course. And at the end, when the finish line comes into sight, you will never forget the look on her face as she crosses and realizes that, indeed, she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to do. Ready to run? Take the first step today.

Fees: $75/YMCA Members | $85/Non-Members

  • Registration fee includes shirt.
  • 15% of program fee will be non-refundable should the registration be cancelled by the registrant.
  • $10 fee for returned payments

Financial Assistance

Sponsor Documents

Volunteer Opportunities