Girls on the Run

Be in the know with this season’s details for 3rd-5th graders and register today!

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Two Girls on the Run participants smile at the camera while running at an outdoor practice in yellow shirts

Current Season Details

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

Registration will open soon!


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  • The registration period will be December 15 - March 31
  • Our Spring 2023 season will begin the week of March 6
  • Our standard schedule is to practice 2x a week for 8 weeks, but schedules will vary by site
  • Most schedules will wrap by May 20th. With season-culminating 5K event on May 20th at UNCW.
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Fin-Aid - GOTR

Financial Aid

YMCA Financial Assistance
The Y is a 501(c)3 non-profit and is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world. Every day, the YMCA of Southeastern NC offers quality, affordable programs and services designed to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. The Y is an essential part of our community and it belongs to everyone regardless of income, which is why we offer financial assistance to qualifying individuals and families who cannot afford membership. 

Each year the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina provides more than $400,000 in financial assistance locally. These funds are raised through donations made to our Annual Campaign and through special events and grants.

Who Qualifies
We use a sliding fee scale based on total household income and the number of household members. We also consider special circumstances when providing assistance so please include any and all information you feel is applicable to your current situation.

Recipients are expected to be responsible for a percentage of their program and membership fees. Qualification for financial assistance is reviewed every year. 

To apply for financial assistance, please complete our online application below:

November 15 - March 1

Reg fees - SHARED

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 NUMBER girls in the COUNCIL AREA area each year. Registration is $75 per girl and includes (Affiliates of our Council may charge a different fee based on their progam):

  • 2 weekly sessions for 8 weeks led by GOTR volunteer coaches.
  • Curriculum based program.
  • Official GOTR T-shirt and water bottle
  • Discounted 5K Registration fee, includes 5K Medal


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 $180, through our YMCA association we're able to offer the 8 to 10-week, 20-lesson program for $75. Your program registration fee includes all lesson materials, including GOTR curriculum, activity sheets, lap counters and more, a GOTR t-shirt, a discounted bib entry into the season-ending 5K, a finisher's medal, a GOTR water bottle.

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?

Practices will begin in Spring and the Fall seasons. The culminating event will be the 5K on Saturday. 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 in order to provide more than $30,000 in program scholarships for families in need. Click here to sponsor a participant this season.