girls on the run



Camp GOTR is an inspiring and interactive camp where girls will learn about confidence, friendship, leadership and teamwork. This camp combines everything fun and empowering from Girls on the Run program. During the 5-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 as well as meet with inspiring female leaders from our community! We will explore the “Girls have Power” Camp GOTR curriculum. During our dynamic week-long camp, girls will learn about the power they possess [...]

Camp GOTR2022-02-17T14:16:09-06:00

Spring 2022 GOTR Season Starts


The Spring 2022 Girls on the Run Spring season kicks off with teams meeting in locations across the South Dakota, NW Iowa and SW Minnesota. Please visit -  for a list of participating locations and for registration information!

Spring 2022 GOTR Season Starts2022-02-17T14:04:33-06:00

EmBe Fall 5K


EmBe has a rich tradition of inspiring girls of all ages and stages to understand their voice matters. The mission of EmBe and Girls on the Run empower confidence in young girls to pursue their dreams and become future leaders in our community. Come cheer on and support girls from 32 teams across the region as they participate in the annual EmBe 5K, serving as the culminating event for the Girls on the Run curriculum. The non-competitive event will take place on Sunday, November 14, at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds and will be open to the public. The EmBe 5K raises [...]

EmBe Fall 5K2021-10-11T11:02:24-05:00

Spring 2021 New Coach Application Opens


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 [...]

Spring 2021 New Coach Application Opens2021-01-15T11:44:25-06:00

EmBe 5K


EmBe 5K is Canceled Hello GOTR Families & Runners: We are writing to let you know that today’s EmBe 5K is canceled. The weather conditions, especially the 40 mph wind gusts, make a good experience for our participating girls impossible. Add in public health concerns and the natural urge to huddle up in the wind, and it’s clear to us that cancellation is in the best interest for all. Our program coordinator Allison Sinning will reach out about logistics for medals and t-shirts will come on Tuesday. While we know this is disappointing, the lessons learned from Girls on the Run [...]

EmBe 5K2020-11-15T10:31:04-06:00

Girls on the Run Registration Closes


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. Fall 2020 season registration closes Monday, September 14. Click here to register. For more information or [...]

Girls on the Run Registration Closes2020-09-08T11:15:00-05:00

Star Power: Girls on the Run® Helped One Runner Regain her Shine


“I hate myself.” Cassidy Wassenaar, a Girls on the Run coach, found this message on one girl’s lap goal card after a long practice.  Concerned, Wassenaar asked her about the message. The little girl explained that it had been a rough day — it was her first time in timeout since kindergarten. Wassenaar spied the perfect teaching moment. “Hating ourselves is like having a cloud over our head,” she explained. “What can we do instead?” The girl replied, “Activate our star power!” Wassenaar helped the girl to find five ways to activate her star power. Star power, a Girls on [...]

Star Power: Girls on the Run® Helped One Runner Regain her Shine2020-07-31T07:54:55-05:00

Brookings Cross Country Runner Awards EmBe Grant through Gatorade


Ellie Abraham received her award and presented her gift to EmBe's Executive Director for Youth Programs, Stacy Stahl at Brookings High School's Athletic Awards.   South Dakota State Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year, Ellie Abraham, awarded EmBe with a $1000 grant to help accomplish our mission to empower women and families to enrich lives. Abraham is a junior at Brookings High School. It's her second time being named Gatorade’s South Dakota Cross Country Runner of the Year. While this award recognizes incredible athletic performance, it also highlights athletes with high academic achievement and positive character both on [...]

Brookings Cross Country Runner Awards EmBe Grant through Gatorade2019-05-23T16:01:16-05:00

LEGOS and Bib #1


Like good South Dakotans, we have been leaning into the wind, continuing our work and play through the drifts and flows of our snowy landscape. Although I enjoy the winter’s beauty, I also noticed some signs of spring in the activities of our staff and our wonderful volunteers. One of the best signs of spring? We’ve opened registration for our summer camp programs, most with multiple sessions. Our camps range from babysitting to an introduction to FIRST® Lego® League, from Camp Changemaker to Leadership Camp for Middle School Girls. The first camp is scheduled for May, so be sure to [...]

LEGOS and Bib #12019-04-24T16:26:43-05:00

Grant Benefits EmBe Youth Programs


EmBe received a grant from the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council of $3,600 to support scholarships for girls to participate in Girls on the Run at Hayward and Lowell Elementaries in our spring 2018 season and Terry Redlin Elementary in our fall 2018 season. The Council's Initiative is to promote philanthropy "for youth - by youth" and their purpose is to enable their students to make a difference in the lives of young people in the Sioux Falls area. The grant was written to offset expenses at these three elementary schools due to their Title I designation [...]

Grant Benefits EmBe Youth Programs2019-02-27T17:11:04-06:00
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