Q: Why is the program $199 for an outdoor running program with volunteer coaches? That seems expensive…
A: The cost of the program supports two full time staff members and several part time positions who make a small salary. This small staff is needed to support over 2,500 participants per year. As a nonprofit, all of our residual revenue goes back into improving and growing the program. Further, unlike many other local programs, GOTR pays national dues and curriculum fees (much like franchise costs) to support the professionally written, statistically proven lessons in the curriculum. To support this unique curriculum we supply a comprehensive full day training for coaches free of charge. We also provide all of the program supplies needed for each site (t-shirt included as well as an end-of-season medal), as well as insurance for all participants and volunteers. Additionally, GOTR provides significant financial assistance to those in need. Lastly, GOTR is not subsidized by the town recreation departments or schools. We try to maintain reasonable program fees to allow as many girls as possible to benefit from participating.
Q. What does the program fee include?
A. 20 lessons conducted by certified Girls on the Run Coaches, Official Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole program T-shirt, Grown-Up Guide booklet so that parents can follow along with the program, Lesson handouts and various sponsor giveaway items, End-of-season certificates, gifts and awards. **Please note: the program registration fee does NOT include the community 5K race registration
Q. Why do some sites have different registration fees?
A. The cost per girl is $199. Beyond that, we have identified the need to ensure that GOTR programming is available to all girls, regardless of their financial circumstances. Our initiative to increase scholarships as well as subsidized programs in lower income communities is called Every Girl Can Run! These sites are generously subsidized through various grants and foundations that help GOTR NJ lower the fee.
Should you have any difficulties paying the fee listed at your site, we do offer a sliding scale that is available to all girls. GOTR NJ East never wants price to be a barrier for girls participating in our programs.
Q. How do I register?
A. Registration for our spring 2017 season will open at 9:00 am on March 1. Sign up for our newsletter to receive notices and other important information about registration.
Q. How does GOTR handle cancellations/refunds for the program?
A. Girls on the Run of NJ East will issue a full refund of the program fee less a $25 processing fee if a girl withdraws from the program up until two weeks after the program start date. Refunds after this date are at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Q. What is your behavioral policy?
A. Girls are expected to behave in a way that permits the coaches to carry out the day’s scheduled activities. Girls who are continually disruptive in a way that prevents the rest of the group from experiencing the benefits of the program may be asked to leave for the rest of the season. A child who engages in behavior that threatens the health or welfare of other participants, administrators or coaches will be released from the program for the remainder of the season. Threatening behavior may include but is not limited to: physical injury, emotional mistreatment, abuse of prescription or illegal drugs, use of alcohol, carrying firearms or other dangerous items, using any item in a dangerous way, or any other activity determined by a coach or administrator to be threatening of another person’s health or well-being. Girls on the Run, its coaches, and administrators reserve the right to remove from participation any child who for any reason does not fit the mission and goals of the organization.
Q. Can my daughter repeat the program?
A. Yes! Our curricula was designed to be used over and over again, with girls new to the program and with girls repeating the program. We also know that what a child experiences and learns in Girls on the Run as a third grader is quite different from what she learns as a fourth or fifth grader. With repetition the depths of learning and the ability of a girl to apply what she learns at each lesson is greater. The curricula are designed to be used repeatedly. Children learn from repetition, and lessons repeated sink deeper and have more lasting effects than one-time experiences. Despite the popular cultural demand for novelty, to really convey a concept to a child, it helps to give them a chance to do it more than once. With each repetition, the level of learning increases.
Q. What happens if it’s raining on a Girls on the Run day?
A. If you have questions regarding the status of practice on any given day, contact your coach directly. Generally we will run in light rain/drizzle so make sure your Girl on the Run dresses appropriately for the weather.
Q. What does Girls on the Run do?
A. One girl put it this way, “I learned that I am the boss of my brain.” Helping girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. You can also think of it as Can University—a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.
Q. How do we play a role in our girls’ lives?
A. Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don’t be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.