Girls on the Run®

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Project Description

Fall 2020 GOTR Registration opens July 2020!


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 are participating in the Girls on the Run Spring 2020 season:

Aberdeen – Roncalli Elementary
Baltic Elementary
Brandon Elementary
Brandon – Robert Bennis Elementary
Bridgewater – Emery Elementary
Brookings – Dakota Prairie Elementary
Brookings – Medary Elementary
Brookings – Camelot Intermediate
Canistota Elementary
Chester Elementary
Corsica-Stickney Elementary
Dell Rapids – St Marys Elementary
Edmunds Central Elementary
Fort Pierre – Stanley County Elementary
Harrisburg – Endeavor Elementary
Harrisburg – Freedom Elementary
Harrisburg – Horizon Elementary
Harrisburg – Journey Elementary
Madison Elementary
McCook Central Elementary
Mitchell – Gertie Bell Elementary
Mitchell – John Paul II Elementary
Mitchell – LB Williams Elementary
Mitchell – Longfellow Elementary
Pierre – Buchanan Elementary
Rapid City – Corral Drive Elementary
Rapid City – Horace Mann Elementary
Rapid City – Meadowbrook Elementary
Rapid City – Rapid Valley Elementary
Rapid City – Wilson Elementary
SF – Anne Sullivan Elementary
SF – Cleveland Elementary
SF – Discovery Elementary
SF – Garfield Elementary
SF – Hawthorne Elementary
SF – Laura Wilder Elementary
SF – Oscar Howe Elementary
SF – Renberg Elementary
SF – Robert Frost Elementary
SF – Sonia Sotomayor Elementary
SF – Susan B Anthony Elementary
SF – Terry Redlin Elementary
SFCS – Holy Spirit Elementary
SFCS – St. Mary’s Elementary
Sioux Empire Boys & Girls Club
Sioux Valley Elementary
Spearfish – Creekside Elementary
Tea – Legacy Elementary
Tri-Valley Elementary
Vermillion – St. Agnes Elementary
Wagner Community School
Watertown – Roosevelt Elementary
West Central – Humboldt Elementary
Woonsocket Elementary
Yankton – Beadle Elementary
Yankton – Lincoln Elementary
Yankton Boys & Girls Club

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

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 Spring 2020 GOTR season will start the beginning of March and end mid-May. 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 (held throughout month of February)
    **You do not need to be a runner to coach a GOTR team!

Apply today to coach for our Spring 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 Spring EmBe 5K will be on Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Sioux Falls!

More details to come!

Our first ever Camp GOTR is coming in June 2020!

Dates: June 22 – 25
Location & Times: EmBe Downtown, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Participants:  3rd – 5th grade girls (for girls entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in 2020-2021 academic year)
Cost: $133.13

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.

Registration opens on January 20th! Click here to get your GOTR girls signed up!

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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.

Can you empower women and families with a donation?

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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Click here to learn more about EmBe’s Program Scheduling changes due to COVID-19.



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

Get In Touch

300 West 11th Street

Phone: (605) 336-3660

Fax: (605) 336-2238