What is a Running Buddy?
A Girls on the Run(r) Running Buddy must possess a passion for and commitment to improving the lives and opportunities of girls in third through eighth grades. The Girls on the Run program provides a safe and interactive way to learn about healthy living which includes an introduction and education on important topics such as goal-setting, cooperation, healthy decision-making, and self-respect, while training for a 5K event. The innovative curriculum teaches girls to listen and open up while also encouraging them to commit to a healthy lifestyle, and harness the inner strength that they possess. Our important mission is accomplished by giving girls the tools to make positive choices for a healthy body and mind, while reducing the many risks they face today.
The Running Buddy acts as a personal cheerleader for a Girls on the Run participant by attending the practice 5k and the end of season Celebration 5k. The Running Buddy completes the 5k with their girl buddy and expresses support and enthusiasm for her accomplishment! Depending on the needs, Running Buddies may be paired with one girl, with a small group of 2 or 3 girls, or they may be asked to run alongside the group to encourage and support the girls.
What Do I Have to Do?
- Be a positive role model for the girls
- Attend the practice 5k* at your buddy’s site
- Run with your buddy(s) in the end of season Celebration 5k race/walk
What is the Time Commitment?
- 1-2 hours at the practice 5k* and 1-3 hours at the Celebration 5k April 29 th
Where Do I Sign Up?
*Dates/times vary by site, all are the week of April 10 th. See the online application for details.
Questions? Contact Christina at Christina.Torbet@girlsontherun.org or call our office at 573-246-0884
- Child Development
- Outdoor Recreation
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Youth Services
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- 2 hours
- Must be able to run or walk 3.1 miles