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NOW Accepting New Site Applications and New Coach Applications for Spring 2018!

Posted 10/4/2017

Bring Girls on the Run and/or Heart and Sole to your school or community facility! Our mission is to inspire girls in 3rd-8th grades to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

New Site Applications will be accepted now through November 1st, 2017. Site Application

Interested in coaching and bringing the GOTR mission and vision to life with girls in your school and/or community? Apply today to coach a team! Applications will be accepted through December 1st, 2017. New Coach Application

Fall 2017 5k Announcement

Posted 9/11/2017

Girls on the Run of Champaign County is pleased to announce that we are joining forces with our affiliate organization, the Stephens Family YMCA,  for a Superhero Sunday 5k event on Sunday, November 5th, 2017! In the spirit of the traditional Girls on the Run 5k held at the end of each season, special recognition will be given to 200+ girls participating in our Fall 2017 program.

Participation in the 5k event is open to the public and all proceeds from the event will benefit Girls on the Run of Champaign County and the Stephens Family YMCA’s scholarship funds. A family friendly celebration with DJ, bounce houses, face painting, food and more begins at 11:30 a.m. The 5k fun run begins at 1:00 p.m.

This celebratory event is expected to draw Girls on the Run program participants and YMCA members, their family and friends, and community members. Registration for the event opens September 15th at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $25/ages 13 and up and $20/ages 12 and includes an event shirt, post-race refreshments, and a finisher medal.  

For more information about the event and registration, visit www.girlsontherunofchampaigncounty.org or www.sf-ymca.net. If you are interested in volunteering at the event, contact Joseph Archey, Volunteer Manager, at jfarchey1@gmail.com.

 

NEW STUDY DEMONSTRATES THAT GIRLS ON THE RUN TRANSFORMS YOUNG GIRLS' LIVES

Posted 8/30/2017

A recent independent study provides compelling evidence that Girls on the Run is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of third to fifth grade girls. The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. Throughout the course of the ten-week program, girls learn critical life skills including managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others and making intentional decisions. It is the combination of the research-based curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls that sets Girls on the Run apart from other after-school programs.

https://www.girlsontherun.org/impact?utm_source=LS&utm_medium=23


Spring 2017 GOTR 5k Celabration a Success!

Posted 5/9/2017

The Spring 2017 Girls on the Run of Champaign County 5k celebration was a success! Despite a particularly rainy week, a warm and sunny May day set the scene for almost 300 participants to run, walk, and skip to the finish line of the 5k. For many in attendance, this was the first time they had ever attempted to run a 5k. For others, this was one of many 5k victories. For all, a sense of joy and newfound confidence swept them across the finish line! At Girls on the Run, that is how we measure success!

Thank YOU to everyone who came out to  participate, play, volunteer, or spectate! The event celebrated the accomplishments of 107 girls from eight teams led by 27 coaches who sacrificed a significant amount of time to further the Girls on the Run mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident! 

Congratulations to the following teams (coaches in parenthesis) for crossing the finish line of another fantastic GOTR season!

Carrie Busey 
(Jan Jackson, Laura Bruce, Gay Cabutti, Jen Immke, & Karen Schappert)
Countryside School
(Mike Neault and Ameena Saleem)
Dr. Howard
(Gwenetta Posey, Kate Prine, Ellen Elrick, Amy Pesch, Samantha Schroeder & Heather Ochs)
Pleasant Acres
(Jenna Mahoney, Michelle Stalter, Laura Hillman & Taylor Spoonholtz)
St. Matthew School
(Franky Hack, Cindy Gumble & Kylee Klein)
Stephens Family YMCA
(Meghan Kirkpatrick, Vicki Morris, Caeley Hines & Madison Merdian)
Thomas Paine
(Ashley Coyne & Amy Gray)
University Primary School 
(Zanne Newman, Lauren Schatz & Lauren Hess)
 
A very special thanks is also due to our GOTR 5k sponsors and contributors:
  • The Stephens Family YMCA
  • Meijer
  • Monicals
  • KleenRite
  • Busey Bank
  • Carle
  • The News-Gazette, Inc.
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kemper Industrial Equipment/Midwest Pottyhouse
  • Caroline Hayes Photography
  • Dave Markun (DJ)
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • BodyN’Sole Sports

Mark your calendars...the Fall 2017 season will begin the week of September 5th and end the week of November 6th.  

Thanks again for a spectacular spectacular spring season, Champaign County! 

Fall 2016 GOTR 5k a SUCCESS!

Posted 11/22/2016

The Fall 2016 Girls on the Run of Champaign County 5k celebration was a success! A warm and sunny November day set the scene for almost 500 participants to run, walk, and skip to the finish line of the 5k. For many in attendance, this was the first time they had ever attempted to run a 5k. For others, this was one of many 5k victories. For all, a sense of joy and newfound confidence seemed to sweep them across the finish line! At Girls on the Run, that is how we measure success!

Thank YOU to everyone who came out to volunteer, participate, play, or spectate. Fifteen teams were led by 42 coaches who sacrificed a significant amount of time to pour into the lives of their girls. Over the course of 10 weeks, these coaches met with the girls twice a week for 90 minutes providing gentle guidance as they delved into the curriculum, encouragement as they set personal, social, and physical goals, and emotional support as they grappled with the many elements that propel and attempt to block them from achieving these goals. Thanks to these women, girls across Champaign County were given the opportunity to realize their inner strength and limitless potential.

Congratulations to the 220 girls from the following sites who completed the Girls on the Run Fall 2016 season:

Booker T Washington
Carrie Busey
Dr. Howard
Fisher Grade School
Judah Christian
Lincoln Trail Elementary
Pleasant Acres
Thomas Paine
University Primary School 
Yankee Ridge
YMCA
Campus Middle School for Girls

 

 

A very special thanks is also due to our GOTR 5k sponsors and contributors:

  • Meijer
  • Monicals
  • Mix 94.5
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Cozad Asset Mgmt.
  • International Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Kemper Industrial Equipment/Midwest Pottyhouse
  • SweetDarling photography
  • BPLimos (Dwayne Bishop)
  • McAllisters Deli
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • BodyN’Sole Sports

The Spring 2017 season will begin the week of February 27 and end the week of May 8.  Save the date for the Spring 2017 GOTR 5k, scheduled for Sunday, May 7!  The celebration opens at 11:30 and the 5k will begin at 1 p.m. 

Thanks again for a spectacular fall season, Champaign County! 

Spring 2016 GOTR 5k a SUCCESS!

Posted 5/7/2016

Thank you to everyone who came out on Friday evening to our end-of-season celebratory 5k event! Whether you ran, walked, or skipped to the finish line, your participation enhanced our girls' sense of accomplishment as they crossed the finish line of a very successful spring season surrounded by members of the community!

One of the Girls on the Run mottoes states, "the finish line is just the beginning." It is our hope that you also experienced a sense of accomplishment as you crossed the finish line, whatever your goal for the 5k may have been. Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day! Stay tuned to our website for information regarding our fall season which will begin the week of September 6th.  

Special thanks to Kristin and Heather of Sweet Darling Weddings for capturing the spirit of the 5k!  

Pictures from the event can be viewed online http://sweetdarlingphotography.pixieset.com/girlsontherunmay2016/

New Council Director

Posted 12/30/2015

The Stephens Family YMCA has selected Nikki Mercer to join the staff as the new Girls on the Run of Champaign County Council Director. Nikki succeeds Mary Konken, who founded GOTRCC in 2013 with the help of the Stephens Family YMCA. Prior the joining GOTRCC, she devoted her time to her family as a stay at home wife and mom. She brings with her a passion for helping young girls realize their worth as they holistically pursue a healthy lifestyle. Nikki attended Parkland College and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She also holds a Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Nikki is a recreational runner and has completed two marathons and three half marathons. She enjoys volunteering in a variety of capacities at her children’s elementary school, where she also mentors a small group of fifth grade girls. 

“I believe that every young girl needs to internalize the truth that she is enough, she is accepted, and she has everything she needs to succeed. It is my privilege to lead within an organization that strives to etch this message on the hearts of our girls, all the while inspiring them to be joyful, healthy, and confident as they run the race set before them - life.”