Become a Running Buddy

Want to get involved with Girls on the Run®, but don’t have a lot of time?

Sign up to be a Running Buddy and help a girl cross the finish line of her first 5k!

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 biggest accomplishment of Girls on the Run…and one of their favorite parts is having their very own Running Buddy by their side!

During the 10-week program, Girls on the Run participants slowly build up endurance and stamina as the running games they play gradually increase the amount of running they do. They’ve learned to pace themselves with walking and running, set goals, and feel proud about what they accomplish.  Girls on the Run participants top off their experience by running or walking in a 5k event at the end of the program.

The goal of the 5k 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 means making it to the finish-line- whether it is by walking, running or skipping!

Qualities of a Running Buddy: Female who is at least 16 years old, enthusiastic, fun-loving, patient, supportive, enjoys spending time w/youth, ability to run or jog a 5k (3.1 miles). Please note that male relatives and teachers of participants are permitted and encouraged to serve as Buddies as well.

Running Buddy Volunteer Description: The job of a Running Buddy is to accompany and encourage one or two girls through her end-of-season 5k event experience. That means registering for the event in advance, arriving in time to meet and spend time with your girl, running or walking at her pace and encouraging her to do her best, while recognizing and respecting her limits. The fall 2015 5k will be the Girls on the Run 5k on November 22, 2015. This is a one-time volunteer opportunity. Buddies do not attend lessons or practices.

Please note that part of signing up as a Buddy includes registering and paying the fee for the 5k event.  This is a mandatory step for anyone wanting to be confirmed as a Running Buddy. Also, basic background checks must be run on all community volunteers applying as a Buddy. Details for completing this step will be provided upon receipt of your Buddy application.

How to Apply:  Running Buddies MUST register in advance.

There are Two Categories of Running Buddies:

  1. Those that are requesting to be paired with a specific girl or site (family members, friends, teachers, siblings etc.)
  2. Community Volunteers signing up for GOTR to match them with a girl/girls who need a Buddy.

Please be sure to select the correct category when registering as a Running Buddy. Also, please be sure to adhere to these very important deadlines…

Deadlines: In order for us to properly plan, we ask that you please sign up as a Buddy at your earliest convenience. Anyone requesting to be paired with a specific girl or site (such as parents, family members, teachers etc.) MUST register by October 18th  in order for us to fulfill your assignment request. Otherwise we will assume that your girls needs to be matched with one of our fantastic community volunteers. We ask community volunteers to register as soon as possible. (Slots are filled on a first come, first-served basis meaning that this category may close early if all volunteer slots are filled). Register early to take advantage of lower pricing.


Or use this paper registration form to complete and mail with payment

If you commit to be a buddy but have to cancel, we ask that you please notify us as soon as possible so that we have time to find a replacement Buddy for your girl. We do our best to make sure that every buddy and girl is paired on race day.  However, there is a chance that due to circumstances such as family emergencies, illness, transportation issues etc., your girl may not be in attendance on race day. In this case we will make every effort to reassign you.

If you have questions, please contact Adrianna Tusek Erickson at or 602-795-6572.

Thank you in advance for your support!