Girls on the Run! Girls On The Run

Girls on the Run of Champaign County 

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity - based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grade. We teach life skills through interactive lessons and running games in an effort to build confidence and establish a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Our 10-week after school program physically and emotionally prepares participants to complete a 5K running/walking event.

Cost per girl is $125. Financial assistance is available for families who qualify. The spring season begins the week of February 17th (January 27th for Barkstall and Kenwood schools) and concludes the week of April 27th.
Stephens Family YMCA GOTR Team (hypothetical) Days: Monday/Wednesday (No team meeting the week of March 16th) Time: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
For more information on participating schools, visit


This spring, Girls on the Run of Champaign County is partnering with the Christie Clinic Illinois 5K for our end-of-season 5K event. Program girls, their coaches, and adult running buddies have the opportunity to shine among the 5000+ runners and walkers participating in the Christie Clinic Illinois 5K on Friday, April 24th at 7:30 p.m. All program girls will receive a BONUS race shirt, courtesy of Carle, in addition to their official race swag – commemorative 5K shirt, drawstring bag, finisher medal, and postrace refreshments in the Great West Hall after a spectacular finish at the 50-yard-line of Memorial Stadium. Every race participant will also receive race photos via the results page of the website for FREE. For more information about the Christie Clinic Illinois 5K, visit

Bring Girls on the Run to your school! Contact Nikki Mercer, Council Director at 217.239.2841 or

$125 per girl. Partial fees are available for families who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Ages 8-11