Coach I am girls on the run


Coaching is one of the most rewarding ways to be involved with Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond. In working directly with a team of 3rd-8th grade girls, coaches teach them healthy lifestyle lessons while training them for the culminating 5k.


GOTR coaches are enthusiastic, dedicated, and positive women and men of all different backgrounds!  Some are athletes and some are not; many have never coached before.  All are committed to empowering girls with valuable life lessons.  Coaches must have availability on weekday afternoons, twice per week over a 10-week season. We are able to take a limited amount of assistant coaches who can commit to 1-day a week for an entire season.


  • Build the girls’ self-esteem and educate and inspire them to live healthy lives.
  • Create a fun and uplifting atmosphere that inspires the girls to enjoy running and the lessons from the program.
  • Get the girls to move their bodies!  Running, skipping, hopping or leaping!
  • Achieve 100% participation rate at season culminating 5k.


  • Ten-week programs are offered each fall. We are evaluating the return of spring programming. Coaches may commit to just one season.
  • Practices times are twice per week and last 1.5 hours each right after school. Times very by site.
  • A coaching team will consist of a minimum of three coaches and 10 – 20 girls.
  • Commitment and consistency are critical to the success of the GOTR program.


Prior to season start:

  • Attend mandatory coach training session based on GOTR® standards. Complete pre-training online modules sent in advance of training.
  • Meet with co-coaches and school/program site liaison
  • Individually acquire CPR and First Aid Certification, if not already certified
  • Pass $4.25 background check (link will be sent once the application is accepted)

During season:

  • Roughly Thirty hours of practice over a twelve-week period – 10 weeks of actual programming
  • About 1 hour a week of lesson prep and email communications with parents, site liaison and Council Director *this can and should be shared between Head & Assistant Coaches
  • About five hours for the culminating Girls on the Run 5k event


FALL 2019 – We are currently recruiting coaches for our FALL program which runs the week of September 16th – December 8th.

Fall Coach Training-  Required of all new GOTR Coaches  New coaches must attend one full session:

Sunday, August 25th, 12:45-6:30pm

Wednesday, August 28th, 8:45am-3:00pm

Wells Coleman Office Building, 5004 Monument Avenue, Richmond VA 23230


  • Review the details and level of commitment above and be honest with yourself. Decide if you have the time to take on a GOTR coach position.  If you need more information to decide, or have questions, email

Count Me In!!!!  READY TO COACH?

  • Interested candidates ready to commit to the season ahead should fill out the corresponding season link below and include comments with availability . You will indicate your preference for in -person coach training within the application.

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