Q: Do coaches have to create lessons or is there an established curriculum?

A: Coaches do not create lessons. Coaches facilitate an easy-to-follow, well-researched, copyrighted curriculum that is used by all Girls on the Run councils throughout the United States and Canada.

Q: Do coaches have to be runners?

A: No, coaches do not have to be runners. Any woman or man who lives a healthy lifestyle and is committed to improving the lives of girls can serve as a coach.

Q: When is the program offered and how long is the program?

A: No, coaches do not have to be runners. Any woman or man who lives a healthy lifestyle and is committed to improving the lives of girls can serve as a coach.

Q: How many girls and coaches are in each group?

A: There are 8-20 girls and 2-3 coaches in each group.

Q: What days and times does the program meet?

A: Each group meets twice a week for 75 minutes after school during the 10 week program season. The days they meet vary from group to group. Each group generally meets between the 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm time frame. For a list of program locations with the days and times they meet click here.


Q: Where does the program take place?

A: Our program takes places at all of the elementary schools in the Wood River Valley, and with middle school specific Heart & Sole program at Wood River Middle School.

Q: What are the start and end dates for the spring 2018 season?

A: Starts: Either Monday September 10 or Tuesday September 11, depending on the days a program meets.  
Ends: The final 5k event on November 10th at Swiftsure Ranch. Coaches attend the event from approximately 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The actual 5K starts at 12:00 p.m.  Sites will meet one last time the week following the 5k on November 12th or 13th.

Q: How do I become a coach?

A: To become a coach, please fill out this online coach application and background check. New coaches are required to attend a four-hour training to be held on Thursday, August 9th, 4-8 p.m. or Saturday, August 25th 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Q: I just can't make that new coach traning date work, but really want to be involved!

A: Please still do contact us as we can at times do an alternative training and get you up to speed, or we may have another role for you to participate!

Q: What is the expected time commitment for coaches

A: During the program season, coaches should expect to volunteer an average of 3-4 hours per week. This includes: 2.5 hours of practice, time on-site before and after practice, curriculum preparation, snack purchasing/preparation, as well as communication with coach team, girls’ families, and GOTR staff.  Coaches are also required to meet twice a season at the all coach meeting, the first scheduled for Thursday, September 6 from 5:30-7:00.  We will also hold one late season meeting to cover 5k and end of the season details on Thursday, October 18th.

Q: What are the requirements and responsibilities for coaches?

A: Coach requirements and responsibilities can be found on the Coach Position Description.

Q: What is the difference between a Head Coach and a Assistant-Coach?

A: The Head Coach role is a great place for returning coaches to serve, or new coaches that feel confident to jump in leading a group of youth in a positive and enthusiastic manner.  Head Coaches would be responsible to lead the lessons the majority of the time so that the girls in the program can get used to one coaching style and know better what to expect.  Assistant Coaches have many roles where they assist and will lead lessons as necessary.  If a site consists of all new coaches, and no one new coach feels ready to be Head Coach, we often conduct these sites as a team effort where coaches can rotate the responsibility of leading the lessons.  

Q: I have some dates that I know I'd already miss during a season!

A: Since the coaches already work as a team at the sites, normally covering for a missed day or two (and sometimes more) is normally easy to work out with your co-coaches and with substitute coaches available.

Q: If I have further questions about coaching, who do I contact?

A: If you have further questions about coaching, please contact Mary Fauth at 788-7863, or email mary@girlsontherunwrv.org.


Q: If I have further questions about the program, who do I contact?

A: A lot of material will be covered at the new coach training regarding curriculum and how it's implemented.  But if in the meantime you have further questions about the program, we suggest reading the Our Program section on our website. Also, you may want to read more about the program on the website for Girls on the Run International. If you would like to speak to someone about the program, please feel free to contact Mary with the info above.