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Girls On The Run FAQs

What does Girls on the Run do?

One girl put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain." Helping girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. You can also think of it as Can University—a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.

How do we play a role in our girls' lives?

Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don't be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.

What is your attendance policy?

Guardians are expected to pick up their child from Girls on the Run of Bexar County lessons within 10 minutes of the close of the session; ongoing tardiness will not be tolerated. If the guardian is tardy in picking up the participant, the guardians will be verbally reminded of the policy. If the guardian is tardy for a second time, a verbal reminder and written e-mail acknowledgement of the policy will be made.  Upon the third instance, the guardian will be notified that his/her daughter will no longer be able to attend Girls on the Run.

In the event that no guardian arrives to pick up a participant and all emergency contacts are called but unreachable, the head coach must contact the police to arrive at the site and transport the child home or to a police station, as deemed appropriate by the responding officer.  The head coach must remain with the child until the situation is resolved and the participant is released to the care and authority of the police.  The Council Director/Executive Director must be notified after such an event occurs and will meet with the guardian to determine if the participant can continue the program.  In the event that such an incident is the third late pick-up, continued participation in the program will be denied.

Due to the importance of group dynamics and the experiential learning process of the Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole curriculum, girls who are absent for more than four (4) practices during one season may no longer be eligible to participate in Girls on the Run. Each situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. It is critically important to the efficacy of the girls’ program experience that they participate in both sessions each week, and parents should be informed prior to registration that girls are not allowed to attend only one session a week.

Parental/guardian concerns with either of these policies should be directed towards the Girls on the Run Council Director/Executive Director for further information.

The coach should notify the Council Director/Executive Director before making a final decision about participant attendance and documentation should be retained for both cases.

How much does it cost?

Participants of Girls on the Run® and their families choose a program fee ranging from $10 to $150.  Girls participate equally in the program regardless of the fee their family selects.  Girls must complete the program to receive all benefits noted below, including shoes.  The following scale is provided for families to choose what they believe they can afford. 

The financial sustainability of our program depends on the honesty and integrity of parents who choose their appropriate registration amount.  It is essential that each family contribute as much toward the full cost of the registration fee as it can afford.  Local fundraising efforts and donations help to bridge the gap between program fees paid and necessary sponsorship.

Families that have the ability to and are interested in supporting the program beyond the $150 may choose to sponsor additional girls as well.


Your registration fee (bottom row) is determined by your annual household income (upper row).

Annual Household Income


$7,501- $15,000

$15,001- $25,000


$35,001- $45,000

$45,001- $50,000

$50,001 +

Amount Due








What does the program fee include?

  • 20 lessons conducted by certified Girls on the Run® Coaches
  • a water bottle
  • participation in the Girls on the Run 5k
  • a healthy snack at each practice
  • an official Girls on the Run T-shirt
  • a 5k finisher's medallion
  • lessons facilitated by trained Girls on the Run coaches
  • materials to support each lesson

What if a girl is unable to pay the registration fee?

We turn no child away from our program due to financial limitations. Last year, 65% of our girls required either full or partial financial support to participate in the program. We are committed to raising funds so that every girl who wants to participate can have the chance to do so. If you would like to sponsor a girl, please contact us.

What about a program for boys?

While we know boys need support – just as girls do – the issues boys face are very different than the challenges girls experience. Boys on the Run was piloted in Charlotte, North Carolina, and time will tell if a final version of the program will be available nation-wide.

How do I start the program in my child’s school?

We deliver the program in all interested school districts, YMCAs, or Boys & Girls Clubs  that have a presence within Bexar or Kendall counties. Our territory is defined in conjunction with Girls on the Run International.

If Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole is not in a school in our program area, we can help you bring the program your way. See Starting a New Site.

Can my daughter repeat the program?

Yes!! Each of our curricula was designed to be used over and over again, with girls new to the program and with girls repeating the program. We also know that what a child experiences and learns in Girls on the Run as a third grader is quite different from what she learns as a fourth or fifth grader. With repetition the depths of learning and the ability of a girl to apply what she learns at each lesson is greater. Within Girls on the Run, we alternate between two curricula each year, so our girls experience similar topics with different games and activities from one year to the next. And with that experience from one year to the next, returning girls often naturally step into mentoring and leadership roles with the younger girls.

Why are teams limited to 15 girls?

We find that our teams are most effective with 8 to 15 girls. Much of the Girls on the Run curriculum is designed to build team dynamics among the girls. Teams must have at least 8 girls in order for the activities in each lesson to be effective, and yet we also need to ensure the size of the group is manageable for our coaches.

Because we also want each girl to contribute to our conversations during each lesson, we are committed to keeping the groups to a reasonable size. If sites have more than 15 girls who want to join the program, they may be considered for multiple teams if space and resources allow.

Can my daughter participate at another site if the program is not at her school?

Often we are able to help a girl find an existing team to join if Girls on the Run is not available at her school. Please contact us for assistance.

Can my home schooled child join Girls on the Run?

Yes! We are happy to help place a home schooled child at any area site if space allows.

Simple, engaging and extraordinary. The result? Healthy, confident girls who can.