Girls on the Run®

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Girls on the Run®2020-10-28T11:09:45-05:00

Project Description

Information about our Spring 2021 Season coming soon!


For more information or questions please contact Allison Sinning at 605.681.8328 or

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident by using a fun experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity-based, positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grades. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K run. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Girls on the Run of Sioux Falls is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada.

MISSION: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

VISION: We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

CORE VALUES: Girls on the Run honors its core values.

We strive to:

  • Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
  • Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
  • Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
  • Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and others

Girls on the Run is currently comprised of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada. We want girls to have the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run wherever they live.

The following schools will be participating in the Fall 2020 Girls on the Run Season:

Brookings – Hillcrest Elementary
Huron – Washington 4-5 Center
Platte-Geddes Elementary
Redfield Elementary
Sioux Falls Christian Elementary
SF – All City Elementary
SF – Discovery Elementary
SF – Harvey Dunn Elementary
SF – Lowell Elementary
SF – Oscar Howe Elementary
SF – Pettigrew Elementary
SF – Sonia Sotomayor Elementary
SF – Susan B. Anthony Elementary
Slayton – Murray County Elementary
Vermillion – Jolley Elementary
West Lyon Elementary
Winner Elementary
Yankton – Sacred Heart Elementary

If you are interested in bringing Girls on the Run to your school or community, please contact the Council Director, Stacy Stahl,

Important COVID – 19 Information:

All GOTR participants and coaches are required to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines outlined by their school district.

We will do our best to encourage social distancing  but recognize that it will not be possible in all instances.  With the nature of the program, we feel it is important that students can interact and engage with each other. Keeping students six feet apart from each other on a regular basis would affect the environment we want to provide.  This would also be a constant struggle and focus of our coaches, which would distract them from doing their jobs well and building relationships with students.

We will encourage students and staff to practice good hygiene while in camp to lessen the spread of germs.  They will be directed to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer frequently. Students will be expected to keep their hands to themselves and not touch other student’s belongings.  Modifications will be made to the curriculum to ensure there is not touching (high 5’s, team hurdles, hand holding etc…).

Virtual Programming:

Our curriculum will be delivered in-person unless your school closes for a period of time. We have will then do virtual programming until school goes back to in-person learning. Virtual GOTR lessons will 45 minutes and lead by a fully trained GOTR or Heart & Sole Coach. You will be informed if we move to virtual sessions and provided information about how to meet your team in the virtual space. Coaches will give guidance on how to complete the workout part of the practice.

Become a Girls on the Run Coach!

Girls on the Run strives to help every girl activate her limitless potential and ensure that she is free to boldly pursue her dreams. You can help make this possible by becoming a GOTR Coach and making an investment in the life of a girl! Each season, Girls on the Run has a dynamic group of coaches that volunteer their time to guide and mentor girls so that they are prepared to become happy, healthy, self-confident adolescents and adults. The Fall 2020 GOTR season will start the beginning of September and ends mid-November. Our teams consist of 8 to 20 girls who meet twice a week. Each practice is 75 minutes and led by two fully-trained coaches. Most teams meet after school around 3:00 or 3:30 pm.

GOTR Coach Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Interest in mentoring girls and being a positive role
  • Can commit to one, 75 minute practice a week
  • Able to complete National Coach Training
    **You do not need to be a runner to coach a GOTR team!

Apply today to coach for our Fall 2020 program! We have locations in Sioux Falls and across South Dakota. Two coaches work together each session and 4-6 coaches per school allows schedule flexibility. It’s our volunteers that bring this program to life!

Click Here to Apply!

Our Fall 2020 EmBe 5K will be Sunday, November 15th at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds!

Each season comes to an end with a joyful and fun non-competitive 5K. The EmBe 5K celebrates and reinforces important lessons. It’s the capstone achievement for participating in the program and gives them a tangible sense of healthy goal setting and success.

Due to COVID-19, our 5K will have a few changes! We will be running two different races — both will have music, warm-ups, medals and post-race snacks. Each team will be assigned a time they will run their 5K race. We will be practicing social distancing and proper hygiene to ensure all our participants stay safe, healthy and have a wonderful race day experience! Our in-person event is limited to our GOTR participants, coaches/volunteers and families.

GOTR Participants/Coaches – please click HERE to sign up for the 5K! Families and friends who want run with your GOTR girl, please click HERE to register!

Community Runners can join our race virtually! Sign up to support our girls and run your own 5K on or before Sunday, November 15th! Connect with us on social media by tagging Embe, using the hashtag #EmBe5K and sharing your reason for running –  “I run for _____.” Please click HERE to register.

 Summer 2021 Camp GOTR dates coming soon!

Location & Times: To be Announced
Participants:  3rd – 5th grade girls (for girls entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in 2020-2021 academic year)
Cost: $150

Camp GOTR combines everything that makes the Girls on the Run program effective with all the fun of camp! During the 4-day camp, rising 3rd – 5th grade girls will enjoy building friendships in a fun and inclusive setting that includes interactive games, being physically active, and expressing creativity through arts and crafts and storytelling. Led by qualified Girls on the Run coaches, Camp GOTR provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for all girls, including girls with a disability, to develop self-confidence, have fun with friends, and learn life skills they can use now and as they grow. Girls are invited to participate in Camp GOTR, regardless of whether or not they have participated in Girls on the Run during the school year.

During camp, girls will go through our ‘Girls Have Power’ curriculum and learn about the power they possess to recognize emotions in themselves and others, and how to express their feelings through fun and interactive activities such as “Emotion Detective”, building workshops, creative skits, and more! The girls will spend the afternoon meeting local female leaders and learning about leadership and career opportunities in Sioux Falls.

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Local Sponsors

EmBe is proud to partner with the United Way, the Presentation Sisters, Sammons Financial, First Premier Bank Card and Sanford Health to bring Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole to our community.  Over 1500 girls locally participate in Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole each year thanks to the generosity of these partners.

National Sponsors

Girls on the Run International is proud to partner with Cigna, Gamma Phi Beta, Caribou Coffee, Justice, Tupperware Brands and Adidas as we work to deliver life-changing programs to more than 120,000 girls each year.  These companies are vital to advancing our mission and provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support while leveraging their brand’s assets to raise awareness about the program across North America.

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While EmBe’s childcare operation is reopening with limited services on March 30, EmBe’s offices are closed.

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