The Girls on the Run curriculum details the activities and lessons you’ll facilitate as a coach to implement the Girls on the Run program. There are currently three versions of the curriculum, which GOTR NOVA rotates through each season. Below is everything you need to facilitate the curriculum this season!

How can GOTR NOVA support you with curriculum facilitation? What questions do you have? Please let us know here.


This Fall season, the curriculum version we utilize will have lesson plans for both in-person and virtual facilitation.This will give you flexibility to be able to seamlessly transition between the two if needed, or opt to host a fully in-person or virtual season.

For in-person practices, check out the Coach Guide Addendum for physical distancing activity modifications.

Please review all of the curriculum information above for both in-person and virtual practices!

You can also check out the Coach Guide for additional coaching tips and tricks for a successful season. Click here to access the Coach Guide with the password: w3LOVEourCOACHES!


Fall 2021 season roadmap

The Roadmap shows the lesson breakdown and the practice timeline. Check out the lesson roadmap for this season!

To stay on track during the season, please refer to our In-Season Checklists here:

Season Checklist



family engagement

Send out a welcome to your team parents at least 3 days before the first practice – this is very important! Here’s a template:

It is important to keep in touch with parents/guardians about what the team is up to throughout the season, important updates, and 5K information with our weekly communication templates:

Grown Up Guides

All coaches will receive a physical copy of the Grown Up Guide in their coach supplies at the beginning of the season. Please distribute these to families during the first week of practice. 

You can also help families follow along at practice by providing them with a digital version of the grown up guide:

Grown Up Guide (English)

Grown Up Guide (Spanish)

behavior support/team expectations

To solidify expectations, it might be helpful to have a behavior agreement for participants to sign. Below are templates you can use or individualize to your team.


20 Ways to encourage girls to move

This is a resource from Girls on the Run International with some tips on encouraging your girls to stay motivated on their lap goals!


gotr completion certificate

Here’s a color version of GOTR Completion Certificate!

Download the template and individualize it for each of your girls.


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Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


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