Girls on the Run of Nebraska (, GOTR), an after-school program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident with running, is gearing up for another fun fall season of friendship, “girl power” and 5K fun at schools across Lincoln and Omaha. More than 25,000 girls across the state have participated in GOTR since its inception with 11 girls in Lincoln in 2003.

GOTR combines exercise, education and mentoring to build confidence and character in third- through sixth-grade girls. Teams meet twice weekly after school for two months to play running games that help train them for a 5K run/walk. Lessons on teamwork, decision-making and goal-setting are incorporated with physical activity, so participants get much more than exercise. The season highlight will be the Metro regional GOTR 5K Nov 3 in Lincoln.

Volunteer coaches are needed for sites across Omaha and Lincoln. You don’t have to be a runner to be a great GOTR coach and teach girls valuable life lessons. Coaching is a fun and rewarding short-term opportunity and you’ll have just as much fun as the girls. Training is required.

Help your girl put her best foot forward with Girls on the Run this year. Visit to bring GOTR to your school or to get involved.