Dear Girls on the Run Families,

Congratulations and welcome to Girls on the Run! Your daughter is a member of a team that consists of 1 head coach, at least 1 assistant coach and up to fourteen other girls.  All coaches have received background checks, are CPR and 1st Aid certified, as well as, trained by the staff at Girls on the Run of Tucson prior to every season to ensure your daughters safety and benefit from the curriculum.

The girls will never be forced to run, but they are required to MOVE their bodies in every lesson.  The ten week curriculum trains and prepares the girls for the “end-of-season” 5k run.  The training for this run is used as a vehicle to teach the girls what wonderful, unique and beautiful girls they are!  Boosted self-esteem, increased confidence, and a more positive body image are just some of the incredible outcomes you should expect to see in your daughter, Girls on the Run is MUCH more than just a running program.

Please keep in mind the following for each Girls on the Run session:

  1. Always bring a FULL water bottle.
  2. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. If it’s hot, wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.
  3. After school lets out, girls may change clothes (this is not required but suggested).  Be sure to have girls do this as fast as possible so that they are ready to begin on time.
  4. Girls should always wear athletic shoes.
  5. Girls will not be allowed to participate if they are not wearing appropriate shoes and socks.
  6. Always come with a positive attitude and be ready to move your body!  Everyone is valued, whether they like to run fast or prefer to walk.  Running is fun, but being a Girls on the Run is even more fun! Everyone is important!

Teams meet twice a week, right after school.  Girls on the Run may provide a healthy snack at each session.

Each girl will need what is called a Running Buddy.  A Running Buddy is someone that will walk, run, and skip with their girl through the entire 5k.  A Running Buddy can be a parent, an older sibling or a family friend.  As the season continues, we will be asking for you to identify a Running Buddy for your Girl on the Run.  If you do not believe you know of a potential Running Buddy for your girl, GOTR of Tucson can provide a volunteer to fill this position.  However, it is strongly encouraged that the family provides a Running Buddy (the bond formed between the Running Buddy and girls is invaluable).

Thank you for allowing your girl to participate in Girls on the Run and for giving us the opportunity to get to know such a unique and amazing girl!