Starting a New Site

Girls on the Run of WNC currently hosts the program in 14 counties of Western North Carolina: Buncombe, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey. A site can be a school, parks & rec facility, fitness center, community park, or many other possibilities. If you are interested in starting a site outside our jurisdiction, please contact our national office, for more information.

Step 1: Read New Site Information Guide

New Site Information Packet

Step 2: Prepare

  • A Site Liaison: A contact person at the site to coordinate with GOTR of WNC. This person can be a site employee or a parent.
  • A safe place for running: Note: This does not have to be a track, a field is acceptable. However, it is necessary to measure off part of that area on occasions when lessons require running at certain distances, (e.g. 1 mile, 5k). Girls on the Run provides general liability insurance for all of our program locations.
  • An inclement weather space: Designated space indoors for team to meet; a gym, covered outdoor area, hallway, etc.
  • Volunteer Coaches: We provide the training, coaching materials, background checks and CPR/First Aid certification for all coaches.
    • Girls on the Run team- at least two coaches per team of 15 participants, three coaches for a team of 20 participants
    • Heart & Sole team- at least two coaches per team of 8-12 participants
  • Confirm Availability: Our programs are 90 minute sessions for Girls on the Run (3rd-5th) and Heart & Sole (6th-8th), twice a week for 10 weeks. Locations need to confirm that space is available to host the program twice a week. We offer a fall and spring program.
  • A desire to make a difference in the lives of girls throughout Western North Carolina 
  • Review the Site Liaison Check List.

Step 3: Complete a Site Application

Site registration for the Spring 2018 session for new sites is underway! Please contact our Program Director, Stephanie Bilotta, at or 828-713-3132, to obtain a Spring 2018 Site Application.

Upon receiving the site application, our Program Director will review the application and be in touch to arrange a site visit and work out the final details. All applications are subject to prior approval. A submitted application does not guarantee the program will be offered.

Step 4: Start the Volunteer Application Process

The Site Liaison, Head Coaches, & Assistant Coaches need to complete the online application.

Spring 2018 Volunteer Sign Up

Step 5: Prepare Site Materials

View our Site Support page to download & edit materials for your site, both recruitment/promotional materials AND your team's calendar. The calendar is very important! You'll need to list out each date of lesson with lesson # & cross-reference with your school's calendar (closings/early releases) so that your team is sure to get 20 lessons completed in the session. Your team may need to adjust lesson days in order to accommodate the scheduling conflicts. 

Step 6: Follow-Up

Once the site is approved, it remains important to communicate with the Program Director regarding training, coach needs, and site needs during the participant registration process. We are here to support and help your site get the program started!

Contact our Program Director, Stephanie Bilotta, at or 828-713-3132 with any questions or for more information.

Want to learn more about the impact of our program and hear directly from program participants? Click the button below to watch a short video about our Girls on the Run team at Bee Log Elementary, the smallest school in NC.

  Girls on the Run at Bee Log Elementary