Running Buddy

What is a Running Buddy? 

slider7Running Buddies are an important and exciting part of the Girls on the Run program. Each girl in the program is paired up with a Running Buddy who runs, walks, skips or hops alongside her. Running Buddies keep pace with the girl, ensuring her safety and sharing in her exhilaration and excitement as she crosses the finish line.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for being a Running Buddy?

  1. Running Buddies must be at least 16 years old.
  2. Must register to participate in the 5K.
  3. Must be committed to running with their girl buddy and supporting her pace.

DSC_0054_zps551d8698Can males volunteer as Running Buddies?
Running Buddies must be female, unless they are a parent, guardian, family member, or school staff. We strongly encourage families to participate in the program and we encourage male family members to be Running Buddies. We believe that girls benefit from having positive male role models in their lives!


Where and when is the GOTR Community 5K?
The GOTR Community 5K, where all the girls in the Puget Sound program come together to run and celebrate, will take place in May 2017 (exact date TBD). The GOTR Community 5K is also open to the larger community. Family, friends, neighbors are all welcome to come walk, run or skip alongside the girls!

What are some qualities of a Running Buddy?
Running Buddies are fun-loving, patient and supportive, and have the ability to run or power walk a 5K.

Do Running Buddies have to run? 
No, Running Buddies do not have to run, but they do need to be able to complete a 5K and match the pace of their girl buddy.


I would like to run with a specific girl. How can I make sure that happens?
When you register as a Running Buddy, there is a place on the application to list your specific girl.



Who do I contact if I have questions about Running Buddies?
Contact Vivian Syme, Running Buddy Coordinator, at or 206-528-2118.