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Project Description

*Due to COVID-19, many of our schools have opted to wait for our Fall 2021 season. Please email Allison at, if you have questions about your school site.

Register Now for Summer 2021 Camp GOTR!


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

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 school sites will be participating in the Spring 2021 Girls on the Run season.

  • Aberdeen – Roncalli Elementary
  • Baltic Elementary
  • Bridgewater – Emery Elementary
  • Brookings – Dakota Prairie Elementary
  • Brookings – Medary Elementary
  • Canistota Elementary
  • Chamberlain Elementary
  • Colman-Egan Elementary
  • Harrisburg – Horizon Elementary
  • Harrisburg – Journey Elementary
  • Spearfish Elementary
  • Tea – Legacy Elementary
  • Tea – Venture Elementary
  • Tyndall Elementary
  • Wagner Elementary

*We are continuing to confirm school sites for the Spring season. If your school is not listed, please check back for updates!

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…).

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. Our Spring 2021 GOTR season may look a bit different than previous years as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that social connection, physical activity and creating a space for girls to express themselves in more important than ever. We are still finalizing our plans for the upcoming season and more information will be available very soon!

Each team consists of 6 to 15 girls that meet afterschool 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.  It’s our volunteers that bring this program to 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
  • Able to complete National Coach Training (either in-person or online)
    **You do not need to be a runner to coach a GOTR team!

Our New Coach Application is now open for our Spring 2021 season! Click here to apply!

Contact Allison at if you have any questions!

Our Spring 2021 EmBe 5K will be May 15th at 9:30am at Yankton Trail Park!

Registration information for all GOTR participants, coaches and families coming soon!

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.

Register Now for our Summer 2021 Camp GOTR!

Dates: June 14 – 17, 2021
              June 28 – July 1, 2021
Location & Times: McKennan Park & EmBe Downtown, 8:30 am – 4:3o pm
Participants:  3rd – 5th grade girls (for girls entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in 2021-2022 academic year)
Cost: $133.13 – tax included

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 Heart’ curriculum. Throughout the week, girls will have fun exploring friendships with activities designed to discover what makes a good friend and how to be a good friend to others. Girls will move, build, create, write, discuss, connect, and laugh all while participating in games and activities that will leave them feeling confident and appreciated by their teammates. 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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The COVID-19 pandemic impacts our community more and more each day. Suspending program offerings and decreasing demand for childcare are impacting our organization. We ask you to consider a donation to EmBe so that we can respond to urgent community needs like childcare scholarships and employment resources. Click here to learn more about how you can help.

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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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Phone: (605) 336-3660

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