Primary school girls attend practice with Girls on the Run in New York City on Dec. 6, 2016.

Girls on the Run Vermont needs coaches!

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires students in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The ten-week program incorporates movement to empower participants to develop critical life skills, build confidence, cultivate positive connections with peers, manage their emotions and stand up for themselves and others.

In Essex, the programs at Founders Memorial School and Hiawatha Elementary are in need of coaches this spring.

Volunteer coaches utilize a curriculum to engage teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons. The spring season begins the week of March 27. Teams meet twice a week for 90 minutes and the program culminates with all teams participating in one of two noncompetitive, celebratory 5K events in Essex and Manchester.

Coaches do not need to be runners. Girls on the Run Vermont provides training so volunteers have all of the tools needed to facilitate the season and to have a positive coaching experience.

All volunteer coaches must complete a background check. GOTRVT welcomes high school students to volunteer as Junior Coaches. Please visit for full details or email

Participant registration opens on Wednesday, Feb. 22 for Northern teams. Join GOTR for a virtual Q&A session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. More information about the program, registration, and virtual session on 1/24 can be found on the Girls on the Run Vermont’s website:

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