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A Coach’s main responsibility is to prepare and deliver the Girls on the Run curriculum for the 10-week season. Throughout the lessons the coach will serve as a role model by having a healthy lifestyle and positive attitude.
A coach also serves as an encourager, cheerleader and supporter during workouts and 5K runs and to assist co-coaches with lesson activities and workouts. Coaches play an supportive role with leading activities, participating in discussions, keeping record of attendance, laps and energy awards as well as run with the girls at practice.
For more information see Coaches Corner.
The Site Liaison’s role is to facilitate the smooth implementation of the program by serving as a link between coaches, participants, parents and GOTRWV. The Site Liaison does not have to be present during Girls on the Run practices. Site Liaisons create marketing plans to promote the program at their school. They identify language barriers and distribute registration materials to 3rd-8th grade girls as appropriate for their site. Additionally, Site Liaisons assist in recruiting coaches for the site. (For public school staff who are Site Liasons, the role is limited to overseeing the facility use requirements and distributing program and coach recruitment flyers.)
If you are interested in bringing Girls on the Run to your school, see Starting a New Site page.
A 5K Buddy signs up to participate in the 5K Celebration as a one-on-one buddy for the day’s events. You run, walk, skip or hop with a GOTR girl at the Girls on the Run 5K Celebration in Corvallis. That means keeping pace with the girl, ensuring her safety, and cheering her on. For many girls, the final 5K Celebration is the biggest challenge and greatest accomplishment of their Girls on the Run experience. One of a girl’s favorite parts is having her very own 5K Buddy by her side!
The goal of Girls on the Run is for the girls to do their best and HAVE FUN! Girls are not encouraged to race competitively, but are encouraged to reach their own goals.
For more information visit our 5K Buddy page.
Our local Willamette Valley Council of Girls on the Run currently serves families in five counties: Lane, Linn, Benton, Marion and Polk. To keep our broad council running smoothly, counties are supported by a County Coordinator who distributes program materials, coordinates coach training and coach appreciation locations, supports local coach and team recruitment, supports the fundraising committee in identifying potential sponsors and partners, and is knowledgeable of local school district requirements and policies as they relate to Girls on the Run. The County Coordinator works together with a County Team Adelaide to provide coaches support during the season.
Internships are available to college students, gap year students, graduate students and recent graduates. Interns work closely with the Girls on the Run staff and are assigned various project responsibilities.
Marketing Interns develop skills in public outreach, social media, and journalism.
College students may be qualified to use a coaching position for a Girls on the Run team towards an academic internship through the College of Education and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU.
Team Adelaide is named after the first girl ever to be a Girl on the Run team nearly 20 years ago. Adelaide is also the name given to our Coach Support team. Each of our council’s five counties (Lane, Linn, Benton, Marion and Polk), have a County Leader for Team Adelaide whose role is to gather feedback from coaches about their support needs as well as ensure that the Girls on the Run teams are in compliance with the program guidelines. Team Adelaide is meant to bridge the gap between the teams and the centralized office staff with local county support.
GOTR’s committees help promote and support our organization in a variety of ways. Our volunteers work throughout the year, to spread the word about the mission of GOTR, plan events, plan the 5k and raise funds to keep the program affordable. Most committees meet once a month at a set time. If you have a particular interest or skill please fill out a volunteer application here.
The Marketing Committee helps promote Girls on the Run Willamette Valley, as well as produce marketing, social media, program and 5k materials. This committee is critical to spreading the word to volunteers, families and donors alike. The Marketing Committee is comprised of members of the Board of Directors, community volunteers and our Marketing Intern works closely with the events, 5k, grants/sponsorship and volunteer committees to help promote GOTR.
The Fundraising Committee plans GOTR’s fundraisers each year. The committee is always looking for people excited about the mission of GOTR and ready to help raise funds to support our programs.
This committee manages all aspects of our 5k Celebration in June. The 5K Committee works closely with the fundraising and volunteer committees to plan our yearly races. Come help us find vendors, plan the race course, request donations, prepare supplies, manage registration and more. The 5k committee also needs volunteers to stuff race packets and work the course on race day. The 5k Committee needs energetic volunteers to help plan and execute the highlight of the GOTR season.
The Grant-Writing Committee works on researching grant and sponsorship opportunities. The committee works closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to execute a strategic plan for these opportunities, which may including creating submission materials, submitting grant proposals or attending meetings for potential grants with the Executive Director or a member of the Board of Directors. Have a public interest, research or writing skill? Enthusiastic about GOTR and love to put together and present our story? Join us on the Grant-Writing Committee!
Help our Fundraisers on the Run! SoleMates is the charity running arm of GOTR. Participants can raise money for GOTR by participating in any race of their choosing. Help us support our SoleMates by providing ideas/assistance for fundraising efforts, helping plan and support training runs, planning meet-ups, preparing Thank-You’s, tracking progress, and more
The members of our Board of Directors have a variety of experiences and talents, but all share the desire to help guide Girls of the Run Willamette Valley through each running season and to plan for the future of this program. We meet once a month for two hours.