Running Buddy

Share a girl’s exhilaration and excitement as she crosses the finish line of her first 5K. For many girls, this is the biggest challenge and greatest accomplishment of their Girls on the Run experience. One of their favorite parts is having their very own Running Buddy by their side! The goal of Girls on the Run is for the girls to do their best and HAVE FUN! Girls are not encouraged to race competitively, but are encouraged to reach their own goals. For most girls, that’s making it to the finish line- whether it is by walking, running or skipping!For a detailed description check out RunningBuddyJobDescription

To apply to be a Running Buddy:

  • Sign up for our Reindeer Run 5K on December 17th and follow the questions asking if you’d like to be a buddy.  We will pair you if you do not currently have a buddy.
  • Fill out our background check information: background check

User Name: gotrcoco
Password: volunteer
Authorization Code: cocovol

Any questions please contact  Christine McConnelee, christine.mcconnelee@girlsontherun.org.

Frequently Asked Questions about Running Buddies

What is a Running Buddy? 
A Running Buddy runs, walks, skips or hops with a GOTR girl during two 5K experiences: on-site at the Practice 5K  and at the 5K race April 23rd at 8am at Sugden Park, Naples. That means keeping pace with the girl, ensuring her safety, and cheering her on!

What are the requirements?

  1. Must be 16 years or older by February 2, 2016.
  2. New and returning Running Buddies must consent to a background check.
  3. Must attend both the practice 5K and final 5K. Each Running Buddy is matched with a specific girl based on walking/running pace. Having the same Running Buddy for both 5Ks contributes to the girls’ overall experience of mentorship and encouragement.
  4. Only cost is the 5K race registration fee.

Please don’t hesitate to call Christine McConnelee at 239-777-3720.

Can males volunteer as Running Buddies?
Running Buddies must be female, unless they are a parent/guardian, family member, or school staff. We strongly encourage families to participate in the program, and we encourage males to be Running Buddies only if they know the girl prior to Girls on the Run. We believe that girls benefit from having positive male role figures in their lives!

How often do Running Buddies volunteer?
Running Buddies only attend one practice – Lesson 16: The Practice 5K. Running Buddies also attend the 5K at the end of the season. In total, this equals about 6 hours of time over the length of several weeks including potential travel time.

What are some qualities of a Running Buddy? 
Running Buddies are fun loving, patient and supportive, they enjoy spending time with youth and have the ability to run or power walk a 5K.

Do Running Buddies have to run?
No, Running Buddies do not have to run. Running Buddies may be of all fitness abilities, but they do need to be able to complete a 5K. Running Buddies will be matched as best as possible according to pace.