Running Buddy

Register as a Running Buddy for the 5K here!

Parents/Guardians are asked to locate a responsible adult (16+ years old) to participate in the end-of-season 5K alongside their GOTR girl. Running Buddies are usually members of a girl’s immediate community such as family members, teachers, or family friends. A few additional inspiring and qualified women Running Buddies fill in to ensure every GOTR girl has a Running Buddy.

Why do you need Running Buddies?

Running Buddies are an important and exciting part of the Girls on the Run 5K. Running Buddies encourage and keep pace with their girl, ensuring her safety and sharing in her exhilaration as she crosses the finish line

What is the time commitment?

The Running Buddy role is a one-time commitment: running with a girl at the end-of-season 5K.

What are the requirements for being a Running Buddy?

  • Running Buddies must be at least 16 years old.
  • Must register and pay a registration fee to participate.
  • Must be committed to running with a GOTR girl and supporting her pace.
  • Must read and comply with Girls on the Run policies and procedures.

Can males volunteer as Running Buddies?

Running Buddies must be female, unless they are a parent, guardian, family member, school staff, or family friend. We encourage male family or friends to be Running Buddies because we believe that girls also benefit from having positive male role models in their lives!

Who do I contact if I have questions about Running Buddies?

Contact Vivian Syme, Program Coordinator, at or 206-528-2118

Do Running Buddies have to be runners? 

Running Buddies do not have to be runners, but they do need to be able to complete a 5K and match the pace of their girl buddy.