FAQs

Where do you have programs?

We offer programs throughout Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. Days and meeting times vary by site. Programs meet twice a week for 10 weeks for 90 minutes each lesson.

Map of ALL teams: View our map and full list of ALL 2017 program sites

Girls on the Run teams: View our full list of 2017 Girls on the Run sites

Heart & Sole teams: View our full list of 2017 Heart & Sole sites

What does Girls on the Run do?

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.

How do we play a role in our girls' lives?

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.

How much does it cost to participate?

Our current program fee is $210 per girl at most sites during early registration and $235 during late registration. At some sites, this fee may be $5-25 higher to cover high facility-use fees charged by the school district and some sites are lower due to special scholarship funding.

What does the program fee include?

  • 20 lessons (plus a Final Celebration lesson) conducted by trained Girls on the Run Coaches
  • An official Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole program T-shirt
  • An official Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley water bottle
  • Handouts and materials for all 20 lessons plus the Final Celebration lesson
  • A healthy snack at each lesson
  • A Grown-Up Guide booklet for each participant's family so that parents can follow along with the program and train for the 5K too (includes beginner through advanced training programs
  • Registration for the Girls on the Run 5K, including an official Girls on the Run 5K T-shirt, customized 5K bib, finisher's award and more
  • End-of-season certificates and medals
Fees also help cover all of our expenses and operating costs, including coach training and background checks, licensing and fees to Girls on the Run International, printing, insurance, and all administrative support to coaches, sites, girls and parents.

How do I register my daughter?

Program registration is now closed for the 2017 Season. Click here if you would like to join us for the Girls on the Run 5K, the culminating event of the season, on Saturday, May 20.  

What if a girl is unable to pay the full registration fee?

Our goal is for ALL girls to be able to participate regardless of her family's financial status. Click HERE to read more about applying for a scholarship.

We discount the program for ALL girls as our base fee of $210 is below our actual cost to deliver the program (which is over $300 per girl). We have scholarships available to girls in need, and it is our goal to never turn a girl away based on financial need. We are also able to offer the program at a significantly reduced rate for all girls at select high-need schools through our scholarship fund. We are commited to raising funds so that every girl who wants to participate can have the chance to do so. If you would like to sponsor a girl, please contact us or make a donation online.

What if I do not have a credit card and need to pay by check?

You will have the option of paying either by credit card, debit card or electronic check when completing your online registration form. Please note an additional processing fee will apply when paying by credit or debit card.

Is there a sibling discount?

We offer a discount of $10 off per sibling if you are registering two or more daughters for the program.

Is there a waiting list?

Yes. If more girls register for the program during the lottery period than there are spaces on the team, the computer-generated lottery system will place the girls who are NOT selected for the team onto the waiting list.

After the lottery is run, families can still register for the waiting list at any site that filled during the lottery period (December 3-5, 2016. Families can also register for the waiting list at any site that fills after the lottery period (during the first-come, first-served registration period that starts on December 7, 2016).

Moving from the waiting list to the program: If a spot opens at your site, it will be randomly filled by one of the girls who registered for your site during the lottery period. Once there are no more lottery girls for your site, it will be offered to the girls on the site’s waiting list in the order in which their applications were received.

If space becomes available, we will notify you by phone and process your payment at that time. Girls can be added through the end of the first week of the program (until the end of the day on Sunday, March 12, 2017) but not after that time.

What is a running buddy?

A running buddy is someone 16 years of age or older who will run or walk the Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley 5K with your daughter (this can be a parent, a sibling 16 years or older, a family friend or so on). For the safety of the girls, EACH GIRL MUST HAVE A RUNNING BUDDY. Running buddies can run with up to two girls, and ALL running buddies MUST be registered for the 5K. Registration for the 5K will open February 1. (Girls registered in Girls on the Run or Girls on Track are AUTOMATICALLY registered for the 5K and do NOT need to register for the 5K NOR pay the 5K registration fee.) Parents/guardians are responsible for finding a running buddy for their daughter.

How does Girls on the Run handle cancellations/refunds for the program?

If a girl wishes to cancel from the program, the girl’s parents are responsible for contacting Girls on the Run (NOT her coaches) with a written request (by email to denise@gotrsv.org). Girls on the Run will issue a full refund of the program fee less a $20 processing fee if a girl withdraws up until two weeks before programs start (through Sunday, February 19, 2017). We will offer a 50% refund of the program fee within two weeks of programs starting (Monday, February 20-Sunday, March 5, 2017). No refunds will be issued for any cancellations once programs begin unless Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley is able to fill the spot by the end of the first week of program, then a 50% refund will be issued. If a parent knows their daughter will not be participating, please encourage them to notify us as soon as possible so that we may open the spot to another girl. If a site is cancelled due to insufficient registration or other circumstances deemed appropriate by the Program Manager, the full registration fee will be refunded. Refunds will be processed within two weeks of the request.

Can my daughter repeat the program?

Yes! Each of our three curricula were 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.

Within Girls on the Run, we now alternate between three curricula each year, so our girls experience similar topics with different games and activities from one year to the next. And with that experience from one year to the next, returning girls often naturally step into mentoring and leadership roles with the younger girls.

Why are teams limited to 15 girls?

We find that our teams are most effective with 8 to 15 girls. Much of the Girls on the Run curriculum is designed to build team dynamics among the girls. Teams must have at least 8 girls in order for the activities in each lesson to be effective and yet we also need to ensure the size of the group is manageable for our coaches. Because we also want each girl to contribute to our conversations during each lesson, we are committed to keeping the groups to a reasonable size. If sites have more than 15 girls who want to join the program, they may be considered for multiple teams if space and resources allow. Generally, new groups are not added at the last minute due to the time needed to prepare for a group and train and screen coaches.

Can my daughter join and only come one day a week?

Girls on the Run participants are expected to commit to coming to both lessons every week. Due to the importance of group dynamics and the experiential learning process of the Girls on the Run curriculum, girls who are absent for 4 or more lessons may be asked to leave the program. Not only is it important to be at the lessons for group dymanics, it is also important because the girls are training for a 5K event and they will not be ready to participate at the 5K if they miss the training sessions. Please do not sign your daughter up if she has conflicting activities that would prevent her from being at both lessons each week.

What about a program for boys?

While we know boys need support – just as girls do – the issues boys face are very different than the challenges girls experience. Several years ago Boys on the Run was piloted in Charlotte, North Carolina, but at this point there are no plans to make it available and there are no existing Boys on the Run program sites.

How do I start the program in my child’s school?

Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley oversees programs in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. If you are interested in starting a new program within one of these two counties, please visit our Starting a Program page or contact Program Manager Denise Pang at denise@gotrsv.org. We'd love to help you get a team going!

Is Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley a non-profit?

Yes. Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2002. We are fully self-funded and pay an annual licensing fee to Girls on the Run International, our parent organization. 

What happens if it's raining on a Girls on the Run day?

We are a “rain or shine” program and practice will never be cancelled due to inclement weather. Because it is often inconvenient to stay indoors due to space, coaches will use their best discretion when going outside. We have access to indoor facilities and/or covered play areas at the program sites. However, if there is light rain or if it is cold but sunny, teams will be outside; please have girls bring appropriate clothing. If you have questions regarding the status of practice on any given day, contact your coach directly.

Have another question?

Please contact Program Manager Denise Pang at denise@gotrsv.org.

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