Each season Girls on the Run has a dynamic group of coaches and adult volunteers that guide and mentor girls so that they are prepared to become happy, healthy, self-confident adolescents and adults. Coaches can be present one or two days a week, as long as it is consistent throughout the season.

Coaches need not be runners; they just need to be individuals that want to be a positive influence and who are committed to developing and celebrating our youth.

2018 Online Volunteer Application


  • Can be female or male and at least 18 years old and be CPR certified.
  • If individual is 18-20 years old, they must be paired with a coach over 21 years old.
  • Each site must have at least one female coach.
  • Coaches are responsible for facilitating the Girls on the Run curriculum each day throughout the season.
  • Typically there are 2-3 coaches at each site. At least two coaches must be present each day the site meets for a group of 10-20 girls.
  • More coaches are required if more girls are part of the site.
  • Time commitment is approximately 4-5 hours per week.
  • Coaches must complete a volunteer application (link above), pass a background check and complete the necessary training. 

  • Practice Partners - (Formerly known as Site Running Buddies) These adult volunteers help the coaches at a certain location throughout the whole season on a consistent basis (one or both days a week). These volunteers do not teach the curriculum and therefore don't have to attend the official coaches training. They DO need to complete an application, background check and the Stewards of Children training. They have the option of attending the CPR certification at no cost to them.
  • Jr. Coach - Must be 14-18 years old and are present at the site on a regular basis throughout the season, but do not teach the curriculum and therefore do not need to go through the in-person coaches training.

When you sign up to be a coach you’re signing up to change lives. Our coaches come from a range of backgrounds, professions and levels of experience. One thing they all have in common is a passion for helping girls grow. At GOTR we’re committed to equipping our coaches with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to lead their girls through a transformative season.

Training consists of the following:

  • In person training
  • CPR Certification
  • Stewards of Children Child Abuse Prevention Training

For more information on trainings please click the link below

Coaches Trainings

New Coaches Training for GOTR sites:
BOISE: 2-part training, January 29 & 30 - CANCELED

BOISE: 2-part training, February 7 & 8, 5:30-8:30pm.
NEW LOCATION! Fisher's Technology, 575 E 42nd St, Boise, ID 83714.
Participants must attend BOTH sessions.

Questions? Contact our Program Director, Melissa Bixby

Phone: 208-388-4687