Girls on the Run

Be in the know with this season’s details for 3rd-5th graders and register today!

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Spring Program Details

Spring Season 2024

Spring Dates: April 8 - June 2nd, GOTR 5k is Sunday, June 2nd at University at Buffalo @ 9:30am


February 1st,  2024: Registration opens - registration is on a first come, first serve basis until a team is full (15 spots) a waitlist will be started and parent will be notified if a spot opens.

April 8: GOTR Spring 2024 season starts! Check your location for practice days and times.


Girls meet 2x/week for 90 minutes

Cost: $175 per girl (financial aid is proided to families  - see below for household income discounts  which will be provided in the registration form).

Girls can only participate if there is a team at their school (unless they are participating at a community site).

Attendance Policy: Girls cannot miss more than 4 practices per season.

Refund Policy:  a refund (minus $20 processing fee) will be issued up until Monday,  April 15th at 9 am.

If you have an Independent Health/Highmark Insurance benefit card, you can use that card to pay at check out.

Questions? email Meghan Cavanaugh at


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  • Registration is open from A
  • February 1st  - April 15th at 10am
  • Our Spring season will begin the week of April 8th.
  • The GOTR 5k is on Sunday, June 2nd at 9:30am at University at Buffalo- all girls are automatically registered
  • Our standard schedule is practice 2x a week for 8 weeks
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Fin-Aid - GOTR

Financial Aid

The scholarship approval process is included in the online and paper registration process. Simply answer the scholarship questions during registration, and the computer will determine your eligibility and adjust the fee accordingly. See below for the Registration Fee Guide


  • Registration opens August 22nd



    AUGUST 15th: LOTTERY IS RUN (After the lottery is run registration will be based on first come basis until team is filled)

    Girls on the Run of Buffalo engages in a lottery based online registration system to ensure a fair and equal process for all girls.

    Participants will be randomly selected by a computer generated lottery for their spot. Registration will close the mornin of August 15th at 9am and will re-open by noon.

    After the lottery is run, any teams with spots left will be first come basis.

    If you are selected in the lottery: You will receive an email that you have been selected and your credit card will be charged.

    If you are not selected in the lottery: You will receive an email that you are on the wait list and you will not be charged unless a spot opens up and you will be placed on the registered list.

    Please contact Meghan Cavanaugh at 716-873-2221 with any questions.

  • Week of September 18th

    Fall Season Starts: check locations page for your sites practice days and times

  • November 12th GOTR 5k

    Our GOTR 5k is on Sunday,  November 12th at 9:30 am at Delware Park, Buffalo. More details will be sent directly to participants as season begins! 

Reg fees - SHARED

Registration Fees

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 2,500 girls in Western New York each year. Registration is $175 per girl and includes:

  • Ninety-minute sessions 2x/week conducted by certified GOTR volunteer coaches
  • Curriculum and lesson materials
  • Official GOTR T-shirt 
  • 5K Registration fee
  • 5K Medal
  • Post 5k celebration
Registration Fee Guide
Registration Type Registration Fee    
Full-Price Registration  $175    
Annual household income $45,000-$55,000 $100    
Annual household income $35,000-$45,000 $ 75    
Annual household income $25,000-$35,000 $ 50    
Annual household income $0-$25,000 $ 10    


COVID-19 Information

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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 $270, through generous donors we're able to offer the program for $165. 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 post 5k party.

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. The online registration form will walk you through a few questions to find the fee that is right for your family based on a sliding scale.

When does the season begin?

Practices will begin the week of April 10th. The 5k celebration will be on Sunday, June 4th at UB North, 9:30 am race start. 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 more than $100,000 in program scholarships for families in need. Email to learn more!