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Jasmina Nelson Portrait


For more information or questions, please contact Jasmina Miller at 605-681-8329 or

Allison Sinning Portrait


For more information or questions please contact Allison Sinning at 605-681-8328 or

Girls on the Run is so much more than running! We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Girls on the Run strives to help every girl activate her limitless potential and ensure that she is free to pursue her dreams boldly.

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity-based, positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grades. Meeting in small teams, trained volunteer coaches inspire girls to build confidence and other essential life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. Our lessons focus on building girls’ social, emotional, and physical skills while encouraging healthy habits for life. Each season ends with a joyful, non-competitive, celebratory 5K event. This culmination gives girls a tangible sense of accomplishment and the confidence to be the author of their own stories.

Girls on the Run of South Dakota 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 comprises 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. *If you do not see your site, they may have not confirmed yet. We are currently working on confirming sites for the Spring 2023 Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole season. Please check back again for an updated list as we continue to update it as sites confirm. 

Aberdeen – Roncalli Elementary
Alcester-Hudson Elementary
Baltic Elementary
Beresford Elementary
Bishop O’Gorman Catholic Schools – ST. Mary’s Elementary
Bridgewater-Emery Elementary
Brookings – Dakota Prairie Elementary
Chamberlain Elementary
Chester Elementary
Colman-Egan Elementary
Fort Pierre – Stanley County Elementary
Garretson Elementary
Harrisburg – Adventure Elementary
Harrisburg – Horizon Elementary
Harrisburg – Journey Elementary
Hermosa Elementary
Hills-Beaver Creek Elementary
Lennox Elementary
Marion Elementary
Mitchell – Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary
Mitchell – LB Williams Elementary
Mitchell – Longfellow Elementary
Parker Elementary
Pierre – Boys & Girls Club
Pierre – Buchanan Elementary
Rapid City – Horace Mann Elementary
Rapid City – Wilson Elementary
SF – Discovery Elementary
SF – Laura B. Anderson Elementary
SF – Laura Wilder Elementary
SF – Oscar Howe Elementary
SF – Terry Redlin Elementary
Sioux Falls Christian
Sioux Valley Elementary
Spearfish – Creekside Elementary
Tea – Venture Elementary
Watertown – McKinley Elementary
West Central – Humboldt Elementary
Yankton – Beadle Elementary
Yankton – Lincoln Elementary

Are you interested in bringing Girls on the Run to your school or community? Please contact the Council Director, Allison Sinning, at

Are you interested in bringing Girls on the Run to your school or community?

Importance of Girls on the Run:

At Girls on the Run, we know that girls’ self-confidence begins to drop at nine years old. Physical activity levels start to decline at ten years old. We also know that 50% of girls begin to experience bullying at ten to thirteen years old.

Girls on the Run strives to change these statistics with evidence-based curriculum to promote social-emotional health and creatively integrate running games in each lesson.

What you need to know:

  • Teams consist of up to 16 girls and five volunteer coaches.
  • Sites will receive recruitment materials and flyers to spread awareness of the program at your location.
  • Teams meet twice a week for 75 minutes.
  • There is no cost to bring the program to your community. The families will pay fees during the registration process.
  • Full or partial scholarships are available.

Download the New Site Packet for more information on how to get started.

Complete New Site Application

We look forward to working with you!

For questions, reach out to Allison Sinning at

Become a Girls on the Run Coach!

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, helping every girl activate her limitless potential.

Each team consists of 6 to 16 girls that meet after school around 3:00 or 3:30 pm. The GOTR team meets twice a week throughout the season. Each team will have 4 – 6 coaches to lead the girls, with a minimum of two coaches at each practice. Coaches lead the team through a comprehensive, interactive, fun curriculum. All materials are provided.  You can help bring this program to happen and invest in a girl’s life!

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
  • Complete National Coach Training (either in-person or online)
    You do not need to be a runner to coach a GOTR team!

Become a Junior Coach!

Serving as a Junior Coach is a fun and rewarding way for 16-18 years old high school girls to get involved with Girls on the Run, grow their leadership skills and make a difference in their lives of girls throughout their community. As a junior coach you get to 1) participate in a program that provides training, experience, and service credits, 2) impact youth girls, and 3) be part of a positive community!

Role Summary:
The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for high school girls to deliver Girls on the Run programs with a team of coaches at a program site. Junior Coaches serve a similar role as adult coaches, to develop new skills, grow in their ability to build relationships with participants, and guide a full lesson with the curriculum.

Junior Coach Qualifications:

  • Be 16-18 years of age (in high school)
  • Identify as female
  • Complete Junior Coach Application
  • Complete background check (if 18 years old)
  • Return signed waiver (signed by parent/guardian if under 18)
  • Complete in-person training
  • Consistently attend practice (minimum of once per week)
  • Commit 1.5 hours of time each week for 10 weeks

You do not need to be a runner to coach!

Spring 2023 Girls on the Run 5Ks

Inhale determination. Exhale doubt. At the 5K celebration, we gather as a community to celebrate the accomplishments of every GOTR girl. On this day, teams unite to recognize how far participants have come and how far they will continue to go. So register early, lace up your sneakers and get ready to witness greatness. It all starts with one deep breath.

Sioux Falls – Sunday, May 14, 2023
Black Hills – Saturday, May 20, 2023
Pierre – To be determined

Registration information coming soon!

Local Sponsors

EmBe is proud to partner with the United Way, the Presentation Sisters, Monument Health, Sanford Health and Davenport Evans Law Firm to bring Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole to our community.  Over 1000 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.