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Allison Sinning Portrait


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

Jasmina Nelson Portrait


For more information or questions, please contact Jasmina Nelson at (605) 681-8329 or


“To me, Girls on the Run gives me confidence and helps me know that I can do it no matter what I am going through.”


“Girls on the Run means to me to be myself and to strengthen my confidence.”


“Being a Girls On The Run coach brings incredible joy to my life. It breaks me out of my routine, getting me up and moving! The curriculum is impactful, and being an example of positivity and motivation is essential to me. And let’s be honest, I need to hear the lesson content just as much as my girls!”


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 Fall 2022 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. Fall registration will open July 19th at 6AM and August 9th at 8AM.

Brandon – Robert Bennis Elementary (Opens August 9th)
Brookings – Camelot Intermediate
Brookings – Hillcrest Elementary
Dell Rapids Public School
DeSmet – Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary (Opens August 9th)
Flandreau Elementary (Opens August 9th)
Harrisburg – Explorer Elementary (Opens August 9th)
Huron – Washington 4-5 Center
Platte – Geddes Elementary (Opens August 9th)
Rapid City – Robbinsdale Elementary
SF – All City Elementary (Opens August 9th)
SF – Anne Sullivan Elementary (Opens August 9th) 
SF – Discovery Elementary
SF – Eugene Field Elementary
SF – Harvey Dunn Elementary
SF – Hayward Elementary (Opens August 9th)
SF – John F Kennedy (Opens August 9th)
SF – John Harris Elementary
SF – Lowell Elementary
SF – Pettigrew Elementary
SF – Sonia Sotomayor Elementary
Spearfish – Creekside Elementary
Sturgis Elementary
Tri Valley Elementary
Vermillion – Jolley Elementary (Opens August 9th)
Yankton – Sacred Heart Elementary
Yankton – Stewart Elementary

Brandon Intermediate
SF – Memorial Middle School
SF – Patrick Henry Middle School

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!

Fall 2022 EmBe 5K

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.

More information to come soon!!

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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