Coach Girls on the Run (3rd-5th Grade)

Coach Applications Now Closed for the 2018 Season. Please check back in August to Apply for 2019 Season.

Volunteer coaches work directly with the 3rd-5th grade girls in the Girls on the Run program by leading the girls through fun and active lessons, preparing them for the non-competitive 5K event at the end of the season! Coaches do not have to be runners! Read our Coach-Position-Description.

View a list of our 2018 Program Sites with Practice Times

Read what past coaches have said about their experience:

“I really loved watching the girls evolve and come to be kinder and stronger to themselves and their teammates. Every young girl wants to have someone come alongside her and say, ‘Way to go! I knew you could do it!’ What a privilege to be that person in these young girls’ lives!”

“As a first-time coach I felt really supported and well-prepared by the GOTR organization and will definitely volunteer to coach another group of amazing girls!”

“[Through coaching] I was able to fulfill my personal goal of being a positive influence for girls in those critical years prior to the challenges of middle school.”

“I can’t tell you how much I will forever be changed by my experience working with these AMAZING girls. I can’t wait to volunteer again (and again! and again! and again!)!!!”

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

When is the program offered and how long is the program?
Our program occurs in the Spring (March – May). The season is 10 weeks long.

How many girls and coaches are in each group?
There are 8-15 girls and 2-3 coaches in each group.

What days and times does the program meet?
Each group meets twice a week for 90 minutes after school during the 10-week program season. The days they meet vary from group to group.

Where does the program take place?
Our program takes places at schools and community centers throughout King County.

How do I become a coach?
To become a coach, apply online or fill out out a paper application. Coach applications will be available in August. New coaches are required to attend a 5 hour training and must consent to a background check.

What is the expected time commitment for coaches?
During the program season, coaches should expect to volunteer an average of 5-6 hours per week. This includes: 3 hours of practice, time on-site before and after practice, commute to program site, curriculum preparation, snack purchasing/preparation, as well as communication with coach team, girls’ families, and GOTR staff.

What are the requirements and responsibilities for coaches?
Coach requirements and responsibilities can be found on the Coach Position Description.

What is the difference between a Lead Coach and a Co-Coach?
We encourage all coaches for the same group to work together as a team by sharing certain responsibilities. However, there are certain duties that must be designated to and led by one coach. You can view the different and similar responsibilities on the coach position description.

If I have further questions about coaching, who do I contact?
If you have further questions about coaching, please contact Katie Glenn, Program Director, at 206-528-2118 or

If I have further questions about the program, who do I contact?
If 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 with a staff member about the program, please email or call 206-528-2118.