Girls on the Run

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SPRING 2023 Season Details

Thank you for your interest in Girls on the Run programming. 

Please continue to read on for information regarding our Spring 2023 Season.


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  • Spring 2023 Season registration is open from January 13-30, 2023. All participants who register during these dates will be in "lottery" status.
  • Registration closes at midnight on January 30 and the lottery is run. The lottery only impacts teams with more than the maximum number of registered participants (15). Teams become official and families' payment processed at this time on January 31 and  a confirmation email sent.
  • Registration opens again on January 31 for teams with open spots and stays open until either the team is full or through March 3 (Central PA & South Central PA) or 10 (Capital Area).
  • Practices begin the week of Febuary 21 or 27, twice a week for 10 weeks. Families will receive a welcome email from their team's coach.
  • All participants compete the GOTR 5K with an adult running buddy
  • GOTR 5K dates for Spring 2023:
    • April 29, Lewisburg 5K at the Miller Center - Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder & Union county teams
    • April 30, York College - York, Adams, Franklin county teams
    • May 13, Harrisburg 5K at HACC - Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lebanon & Perry county teams
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January 13 - 30

  • January 13 - 30
    The registration period
  • January 30

    Registration closes at 11:59 pm and lottery is run

  • January 31

    Registration will open later today for teams that are not full on a first come, first served basis

  • Feburary 3

    Camp GOTR 2023 Registration Opens

  • June 26-30, 2023

    WW Evans Elementary, Bloomsburg - Camp GOTR (full-day)

  • March 3 at 9:00 am

    Registration closes for the season for Adams, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Franklin, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder Union & York county teams

  • March 10 at 9:00 am

    Registration closes for the season for Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lebanon & Perry county teams.

  • April 29

    Miller Center, Lewisburg 5K Celebration for Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder & Union county teams

  • April 30

    York College 5K Celebration for Adams, Franklin & York county teams

  • May 13

    HACC 5K Celebration for Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lebanon & Perry county teams

Explanation of the Lottery - Shared

Explanation of the Lottery

Girls on the Run Capital Area uses a lottery-based online registration to ensure fair and equal access to all families. Parents/Guardians are able to sign their girl up online or using the paper application provided by their school. 

All participants who register online receive an email confirming their "lottery status" until the lottery is run. On the lottery date (check "Overview" above for date) the random, computer-generated lottery takes place and you will receive an updated confirmation email with your "selected" or "wait list" status. At this time, payment is completed for selected-status participants only.

After the lottery, registration reopens on a first-come, first-served basis only at teams with available space, until the team is full or until registration closes (prior to the 4th practice).

If your girl is SELECTED in the lottery:
You will receive an email on the day of the lottery that your girl has been selected and your credit card will be charged.

If your girl is NOT SELECTED in the lottery:
You will receive an email that your girl has been placed on the waiting list, and your credit card will not be charged, unless you move from the waiting list to the registered list.

Registration Fees

Building confidence and setting young girls down the path of a healthy lifestyle is PRICELESS! However, there are real costs associated with operating a non-profit organization and delivering the Girls on the Run program to approximately 2500+ girls each year. Registration is offered on a sliding scale from $150 down to $10 based on household income and family circumstances. Scholarships are availalbe to ALL families. The fee should NOT deter families from registering their girl(s). 

The GOTR program includes:

  • 20 ninety-minute sessions conducted by trained GOTR volunteer coaches
  • Evidence-based curriculum and lesson materials
  • A healthy snack at each session
  • Official GOTR T-shirt and water bottle
  • 5K Registration fee
  • 5K Medal
  • Chip Timing
  • Post 5K celebration
Financial Assistance

At Girls on the Run we want to ensure our program is accessible and inclusive of all girls. The financial assistance process is included in the online and paper registration to make it easy! Simply answer the financial assistance questions during registration, and the fee will adjust accordingly. Financial assistance is based on household income, free and reduced lunch and current financial needs. Documentation is not required. Please use our sliding scale below as a guideline.  Girls on the Run will never turn away a girl from participating due to financial reasons. 

Registration Sliding Scale Price
Full-Price Registration  $150
Eligible for reduced lunch or annual household income is between $55,000-$64,999 $125
Eligible for reduced lunch or annual household income is between $45,000-$54,999 $100
Eligible for reduced lunch or annual household income is between $35,000-$44,999 $75
Eligible for reduced lunch or annual household income is between $25,000-$34,999 $50
Eligible for reduced lunch or annual household income is between $25,000-$44,999 $25
Eligible for reduced lunch or annual household income is lower than $25,000 $10


COVID-19 Information

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My girl isn't a big runner; is this program for her? OR My girl is already a skilled runner. Is this program for her?

Yes! We are much more than a running program, and every participant can benefit from the experience of building confidence through accomplishment while participating in our rich, curriculum-based, age-appropriate, interactive lessons. Expect lots of games, talking, laughing and processing in addition to running at each practice. And know that when we say run, we mean run, walk, skip, roll or push, just as long as you are moving foward!

What does the program fee include?

Though our cost per particpant is $210, through generous donors we're able to offer the 10-week, 20-lesson program for $150. Your program registration fee includes all lesson materials, including GOTR curriculum, activity sheets, lap counters and more, a GOTR t-shirt, a bib entry into the season-ending 5K, a finisher's medal, a GOTR water bottle and a healthy snack at every practice.

We can't afford the program registration fee, but our child would love to participate. How does the scholarship program work?

Don't let cost stop you from participating! We are committed to making Girls on the Run accessible to all who want to particpate! Thanks to generous donors and community supporters, program scholarships are available to any family who needs it, and we can also provide appropriate running shoes and attire if necessary. The online registration form will walk you through a few questions to find the fee that is right for your family based on a sliding scale.

When does the 10-week season begin?

Look under "Overview" for the program start times and 5K dates. More information will be shared by the GOTR staff and by your girl's coaches once the season begins.

Do girls need to attend both days each week in order to register?

Yes! Since most of our teams fill up quickly, if your girl will be unable to attend all the sessions, please save room for a girl who can, and consider joining us in a future season when she can enjoy the entire program.

Is there a way for me to sponsor a participant for a season?

Yes! As a mission-driven 501(c)3, Girls on the Run relies on generous donors grants in order to provide more than $100,000 in program scholarships for families in need. Click here to sponsor a participant this season.