Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is our program for girls starting in 3rd grade that encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Each season, girls gain a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them, the value of teamwork and healthy relationships and how they can have a positive impact on the world. 

Girls on the Logo
Two Girls on the Run participants smile at the camera while running at an outdoor practice in yellow shirts

Fall 2023 Season Details

Looking ahead to our Spring 2023 season! Here are some important dates and details to help you stay connected.

Online Program Lottery Registration is open 8/10/23 - 8/17/23

Registration will close on 8/17/2023 at midnight and we will run the program lottery on 8/18. After the lottery is run, program registration will open up for first come first served until 9/15/23.

SEASON STARTS week of September 11, 2023.

GOTR 5K, presented by OAL hosted by Millersville University is SUNDAY, November 19th, 2023.





At Girls on the Run of Lancaster & Lebanon we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

GOTR Lancaster & Lebanon is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.




Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that by adolescence, girls’ confidence drops about twice as much as boys’. Friendships become more complicated and challenging, girls’ perception of their academic ability declines, the likelihood of anxiety and depression increases and participation in physical activity plummets.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

We believe that every girl is inherently full of power and potential. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who will change the world.


  • February 15th - February 23rd

    Online Lottery Registration

  • February 24th

    Lottery is run in the morning. Learn more about our lottery process.

  • February 24th-March 10th

    Registration opens back up to first come first served for remaining spots on each team. Registration closes for the season at midnight on March 10th 

  • Week of March 13th

    Practices begin

  • May 20th, 2023

    GOTR 5K, Presented by OAL at Franklin and Marshall College

Reg fees - SHARED



Building confidence and setting young girls down the path of a healthy lifestyle is PRICELESS! However, there are real costs associated with operating a non-profit organization and delivering the Girls on the Run program to approximately 1,800 girls in the Lancaster & Lebanon area each year. Registration includes:

  • 20 ninety-minute sessions conducted by certified and trained GOTR volunteer coaches
  • Curriculum and lesson materials, take-home journal with activities
  • Official GOTR season T-shirt and gift each season
  • 5K registration, t-shirt, and medal
  • The gift of CONFIDENCE that is the best investment we can make in our collective futures.

At Girls on the Run of Lancaster and Lebanon we are committed to seeing our program is available to all girls in the areas we serve. That is, we do not want finances to be a barrier that prevents any girl from being a member of a team in her community. Therefore, to make the program accessible to all families across Lancaster & Lebanon, we have several financial assistance and payment options to consider.


Families: pay what you can afford!
At Girls on the Run we want to ensure our program is accessible and inclusive of all girls. There are no questions to answer or forms to be completed. Partial and full assistance is based on household income and current financial needs and is available to every girl (minimum fee $10). Please use our sliding scale below as a guideline by applying your current financial status.  We never want money to be a reason not to join GOTR. All financial information is kept confidential. 

$0 - $19,999 $10
$20,000 - $24,999 $25
$25,000 - $34,999 $50
$35,000 - $49,999 $75
$50,000 - $64,999 $100
$65,000 - $74,999 $150
$75,000 - $94,999 $175
$95,000 - $124,999 $200
$125,000+ $225



As an investment guide, the GOTR life-changing experience, if inclined to pay the full $225 can be viewed as: two payments of $112.50, or $22.50 per week, or $11.25 per lesson.

Our actual cost to the GOTR council to run the program is $350 per participant which includes curriculum books, coach training, staff support, t-shirts for girls and coaches, coach background checks, school facility fees, insurance, GOTR international fees and more to ensure a positive and impactful experience for your girls.

Building confidence and setting young girls down the path of a healthy lifestyle is PRICELESS! However, there are real costs associated with operating a non-profit organization and delivering the Girls on the Run program to approximately 2,000 girls in Lancaster and Lebanon each year.

Lottery Registration

No need to rush to the computer!  You have 9 days to register online during our lottery registration Feb. 15th at noon - Feb. 23rd at midnight.

On 2/24 our computer will run each team's lottery registration. This means it will fill all the available spaces with girls who have registered during the lottery dates.  If more spaces than names are available, every girl will be placed on the team.  If there are more girls than space available, the computer will fill the spots and the remaining girls will be placed on a waiting list in the event space becomes available. After the lotteries are run, registration for available space on each team will be open on a first come, first serve basis until the team is full.

You will receive an email that you have been selected and your credit card will be charged.

You will receive an email that you are on the waiting list, and your credit card will not be charged, unless you move from the waiting list to the registered list.

Attendance and refund policy


All girls must be able to commit to BOTH practice days and times in order to participate (excepting illness, appointments, and vacations).

Girls are not permitted to join GOTR and only attend one practice a week or leave early/come late to practices. Please make sure this is possible BEFORE registering.

If your school says “paper registration” girls will be able to pick a registration form up at the designated area when school begins.

Refund Policy

  • Girls on the Run of Lancaster and Lebanon will refund the registration fee (minus $10 online service charge) if requested prior to the start of the GOTR season.
  • 75% of the paid registration fee will be refunded if requested after the start of the season and prior to the 3rd lesson of a Girls on the Run program.
  • No refunds will be issued for any terminations after the 3rd lesson.
  • In the event that an unforeseen illness or health issue arises after the 2nd lesson, such instances will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • If a site is canceled due to insufficient registration or other circumstances deemed appropriate by Girls on the Run of Lancaster and Lebanon, the full registration fee will be refunded.

For liability and the safety of all involved, children and adults who are not registered with Girls on the Run may not be present or participate in the Girls on the Run sessions.

Pick-up and Release Policy

Privacy Policy


My girl isn't a big runner; is this program for her? OR My girl is already a skilled runner. Is this program for her?

Yes! We are much more than a running program, and every participant can benefit from the experience of building confidence through accomplishment while participating in our rich, curriculum-based, age-appropriate, interactive lessons. Expect lots of games, talking, laughing and processing in addition to running at each practice. And know that when we say run, we mean run, walk, skip, roll or push, just as long as you are moving foward!

What does the program fee include?

Though our cost per particpant is $210, through generous donors we're able to offer the 10-week, 20-lesson program for $175. Your program registration fee includes all lesson materials, including GOTR curriculum, activity sheets, lap counters and more, a GOTR t-shirt, a bib entry into the season-ending 5K, a finisher's medal, and a GOTR gift.

We can't afford the program registration fee, but our child would love to participate. How does the scholarship program work?

Don't let cost stop you from participating! We are committed to making Girls on the Run accessible to all who want to particpate! Thanks to generous donors and community supporters, program scholarships are available to any family who needs it, and we can also provide appropriate running shoes and attire if necessary. Please take a look at our sliding scale and find the fee that is right for your family.

When does the 10-week season begin?

Practices will begin in the week of September 12th. The culminating event will be the 5K on Saturday, November, 21st.  More information will be shared by the GOTR staff and by your girl's coaches once the season begins.

Do girls need to attend both days each week in order to register?

Yes! Since most of our teams fill up quickly, if your girl will be unable to attend all the sessions, please save room for a girl who can, and consider joining us in a future season when she can enjoy the entire program.

Is there a way for me to sponsor a participant for a season?

Yes! As a mission-driven 501(c)3, Girls on the Run relies on generous donors in order to provide  program scholarships for families in need.