Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run of Wilson County is a program for girls in 3rd - 8th grade. Volunteer Coaches use a special 20 lesson curriculum over a 10 week period designed to promote good choices for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Through the power of running, interactive activities and discussion, participants learn how to celebrate being a girl! For more information on the national organization, please visit www.girlsontherun.org.


Click School Team name for more details and contact information.

School Team Practice Days Practice Times
Community Christian School Tuesday/Thursday 3:10 - 4:40 pm
New Hope Elementary Monday/Wednesday 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Rock Ridge Elementary Tuesday/Thursday 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Save-A-Youth Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Winstead Elementary TBD TBD

The fall season starts the week of September 11 and ends the week of November 13. The culminating event of the season is the Robin Run 5K to be held Saturday, November 11. Completing the 5K gives the girls a great sense of accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving their goals. Registration opens on Monday, August 21, 2017. Click here to download registration form. The deadline to register is Monday, September 18, 2017. Register at Wilson Family YMCA, 3436 Airport Boulevard, Wilson, NC 27896.

Fee: $120/Sibling Rate $90. Scholarships are available!

Want to start a team?
In order to establish a team at a school or other community organization, you will need permission from the principal or administration and at least two volunteer coaches.  We provide training and all supplies.

Interested in being a coach?
Contact Rebecca Coulter at gotr@wilsonymca.org for additional information.

• Seasons last 10 weeks
• 2 practices per week
• Practices are 75-90 minutes long
• Practices are held at each team site
• Cost of the program is $120 per girl/$90 for additional sibling. Scholarships are available. This fee includes 20 practices, a t-shirt, a water bottle and the end-of-season registration fee for 5K event. Financial scholarships are available for those that qualify.
• Girls on the Run is a non-profit fueled by volunteers. We depend on donations to help fund our generous scholarship program so every girl that wishes to participate may do so, regardless of ability to pay.  Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to support us. Contact Rebecca Coulter for additional information on how you can help us reach more girls in fulfilling our mission to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.

• Weeks 1-3: All About Me…Getting to Know Who I Am and What I Stand For!
• Weeks 4-7: Building My Team…Understanding the Importance of Cooperation
• Weeks 8-10: Community Begins with Me…Learning About Community and Designing Our Own Community Project

• Getting on Board - Girls settle into a circle and the coaches check in with them to see how everyone is doing. The day's topic is introduced at this time.
• Warm-Up - A brief activity to warm up the girls muscles while incorporating the topic of the day.
• Processing - Brief stretching while processing the topic.
• Workout - This part involves actually running although the amount of running varies based on each girls' ability and pace. The program starts with shorter periods of running and builds up over the season. Even the running portion incorporates the topic of the day!
• Wrap-Up - Cool-down and stretching while processing and discussing the topic of the day. Each practice ends with positive reinforcement from the coach and a group cheer.

Coaches are the backbone of the Girls on the Run organization. Volunteer coaching requires a commitment of both time and energy, but it is an extremely rewarding experience as you become an active role model to these young girls.

Each week, the coaches guide their group of girls through an easy-to-follow, well-researched curriculum that uses active running games to teach healthy lifestyle lessons and train the participants for a non-competitive 5K race at the end of the season. Together, the coaches and girls explore topics like body image, media awareness, nutrition, emotional health and positive communication.

Coaches do not need to be competitive runners, but they do need to possess a positive view of fitness and healthy living. Coaches are also required to attend the end-of-the-season race with the participants to encourage them. It's the most inspiring day of the season for program participants and coaches.

We are in need of Head Coaches and Assistants and will provide you with training and all curriculum materials. If you would like additional information on coaching, please contact Rebecca Coulter at gotr@wilsonymca.org.

Rebecca Coulter
Girls on the Run Coordinator



Empower with Limitless Potential - $2000



Build Confidence - $1000



Encourage Health - $500

Activate Potential - $300




Instill Joy - $250

Develop a runner “Sponsor a Girl” - $100


Forest Hills Immediate Care


Click here for sponsorship details. To become a Sponsor, email Rebecca Coulter at gotr@wilsonymca.org.

The mission of the Wilson Family YMCA is to put Christian principles
into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.