WHY ARE RUNNING BUDDIES ADULT WOMEN?
Here in Portland, we've been inspired by seeing our girls matched with strong women and by watching them cross the finish line together. In addition to surrounding GOTR girls with positive female role models, we're motivated to show them that women (of all shapes and sizes) are athletes. We're passionate about encouraging women and girls to become active and to celebrating their health and wellness. Inviting them to have a special relationship at the 5k is one of the ways that we do this.
WHAT'S THE TIME COMMITMENT OF BEING A RUNNING BUDDY?
Being a Running Buddy is a one-time commitment--running buddies run/walk ONCE with their girl buddy at the Girls on the Run 5k. If you are interested in further engagement opportunities with the program participants, consider becoming a Girls on the Run coach.
DO I HAVE TO BE A RUNNER TO SIGN UP AS A RUNNING BUDDY?
Buddies do not have to be runners, but they do need to be able to complete a 5K and match the pace of their girl buddy.
CAN I CHOOSE THE GIRL THAT I RUN/WALK WITH?
Running Buddies may indicate a preference for a specific girl or a specific program site when the application is filled out. If you have a preference, sign up as soon as registration opens on Monday, April 3rd.
WHO ARE RUNNING BUDDIES?
Running Buddies are usually members of a girl’s immediate community such as family members, teachers, or family friends. For girls that need help finding a buddy--Girls on the Run offers assistance. We recruit women (such as friends of our coaches and the organization who are background checked) to fill-in to ensure that every GOTR girl has a (fabulous) running buddy.
WHAT IS MY ROLE DURING THE 5K? WHAT WILL I TALK WITH MY GIRL ABOUT?
Your role is to encourage and motivate your girl to cross the finish line. Most girls will not be working to reach a specific goal time or pace. Some will talk your ear off during the 5k and others will be more reserved. It can be helpful to be prepared with questions to ask her: What have you been learning about in Girls on the Run? What is your favorite part of the program? What do you plan to do during the summer break? What is your superpower?