Fall 2017 Community Running Buddy Role & Application
Each girl in the program is paired up with a Running Buddy (RB) who runs, walks, or skips alongside her throughout the program to encourage and keep pace with their girl, ensuring her safety and sharing in her exhilaration as she crosses the finish line of the end-of-season community 5K. Running Buddies are often provided by the girl’s family and are usually member of a girl’s immediate community such as a family member, teacher or family friend.
When necessary, GOTR will supply an inspiring and qualified GOTR Volunteer RB to ensure every GOTR girl has one. GOTR Volunteer assigned buddies are matched with girls who do not have a family matched RB that is able to participate with them.
“I wasn’t sure how running with a girl could make an impact, but when we crossed the finish line together, my shy girl gave me a big hug and an even bigger smile. Her smile showed me that it meant the world to her to have someone dedicated to supporting her.”
What is the time commitment?
The Running Buddy is a committing to joining 4-6-practices. This number includes: running with a girl at several practices, the practice 5k (takes place during her regularly scheduled practice time before Thanksgiving. Site practice 5k’s vary based on site and weather during the season) and the end-of-season 5K on Sunday, December 10th at 1:00 p.m. Practices are 90 minutes long and take place immediately after the school day.
What are the requirements for being a GOTR Volunteer Running Buddy?
-Must be committed to running, walking or skipping with a GOTR girl and supporting her pace.
-Running Buddies must be at least 18 years old. § Must attend 4-6 practices over the course of the season (will include practice 5k and final 5k)
-Must be available, self-register and cover payment for the end-of-season 5K on December 10th. § GOTR supplied Volunteer Running Buddies, must meet the requirements above, complete this application and pass a $4.25 background check in advance of working with a girl.
Can males volunteer as GOTR Volunteer Running Buddies? Yes, with parent permission. Typically, a RB is a parent, guardian, family member, school staff or family friend. We encourage male family or friends to be RBs because we believe that girls benefit from having positive male role models in their lives!
Do Running Buddies have to be runners? NO! Running 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.
Where and when is the GOTR Community 5K? The GOTR community 5K, where all the girls in the Greater Richmond program come together to run and celebrate, will take place on Sunday, December 10th, 2017 in Innsbrook. In past years the event has started at 1:00 p.m. We ask buddies to be ready to run by 12:30. We partner with the “Toys for Tots” 5k for our season culminating event, therefore it is also open to the larger community. Family, friends, neighbors are encouraged to come walk, run or skip alongside the girls!