The Program

  • GOTR Social

One of our most frequently asked questions is “How is GOTR different from our after-school running club??” Both are great programs to introduce children to running – something they canGirls on the Run do independently for the rest of their lives. But GOTR has a structured developmentally appropriate curriculum for girls only divided by age and limited to small numbers. This allows us to take an individual approach in a comfortable environment as we cover a different topic at each lesson. We also play games with bingo cards, lap counters, beach balls, jump ropes and even toothpaste! The girls and their coaches discuss specifically good eating habits as well as other healthy lifestyle and relationship choices.

We make efforts to get the entire family involved with our new Grown-Up Guides and by encouraging parents and siblings to be Running Buddies with the girls. GOTR has nutrition, self-esteem development and parent components that there isn’t always room for in a traditional running club. You do not have to be a runner to participate but we believe after 10 weeks, the girls will take away a respect for being active, confident and healthy = and maybe even a desire to become lifelong runners.

The true success of the program is best summed up by the girls: “I used to be shy, but now I'm not anymore.  "I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do. At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!”
~ A Girl on the Run

About Our Curriculum

GOTR of Spartanburg offers a 10-week curriculum twice per year. The Fall season runs from September through November and the Spring season runs from February through May. Teams of 8-15 girls meet twice per week for about 75 minutes usually right after school but each site can choose days and times that work best for them. Girls on the Run Spartanburg SCEach team is led by a head coach and at least two assistant coaches. The season ends with a 5k race that all teams participate in together. This is something you don’t want to miss!!

Each lesson focuses on a particular topic and they are grouped in to 3 categories:
1. Developing their own core values and celebrating strengths
2. Learning about healthy relationships
3. Exploring roles and obligations in the larger community.

Each team designs and implements a community service project during this the third segment of the program.
You may view each lesson topic for the 10-week program here (pdf).

3rd - 5th Grade Program

Over a period of 10-12 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.

The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. 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 importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

6th - 8th Grade Program

Today's middle-school girls face many challenges and obstacles that can affect their emotional and physical well-being. The Girls on Track curriculum is designed to address these challenges by empowering them to make thoughtful and healthy decisions. Like Girls on the Run, the Girls on Track curriculum is delivered over the course of 10 to 12 weeks and addresses the societal, mental and emotional challenges particular to their age.

Like the Girls on the Run curricula, we begin by encouraging the girls to examine and better understand who they are and what's important to them. Once they have a deeper awareness of their individual values, we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. Lastly, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

The curriculum allows for more mature processing around certain topics including eating disorders, internet safety, relationships, cyber-bullying and tobacco and alcohol use. The girls discuss these subjects on an in-depth level and use their personal experiences to shape thought-provoking discussion. The Girls on Track curriculum provides girls with the skills to shut out the noise of the external world that is attempting to limit who she is and to instead listen to her individual truth – the one that will lead her toward an enriching and contented life.

Running is also incorporated into the curriculum. We use physical activity to inspire and motivate girls throughout the program, to encourage lifelong health and fitness, and most importantly, to build confidence through accomplishment. At the end of each season, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event which gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. This culminating celebratory 5k event is a transformative moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

This Season

Open to girls from ALL SCHOOLS!

Season Begins: February 4, 2019
Season Final 5k Celebration: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Check-in begins at 7:45 am; Start time 9:00 am

Anderson Mill Elementary
Carver Middle School
Cannons Elementary
Drayton Mills Elementary School
Fairforest Elementary
Hendrix Elementary
Limestone-Central Elementary School
Roebuck Elementary
Spartanburg Day School
Westview Elementary
Woodruff Elementary

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Online registration is now available

CLICK HERE to register your child for Girls on the Run online