Girls on the Run of Bay County

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 is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada.

Girls on the Run of Bay County is sponsored locally by the Junior League of Panama City. Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization which uses an interactive curriculum and running to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The twelve-week program uses running, playing games and discussing important issues to empower girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team building and a commitment to enhancing their communities. The program concludes with all participants walking or running in a 5K event. Girls on the Run focuses on the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being of third through fifth grade girls. Our secondary program Girls on Track is aimed at sixth through eighth grade girls.

Now in our ninth year, we have grown to our largest number of sites ever. We continue to rely heavily on the assistance of the District’s school teachers and volunteers. Our League committee only makes up a small fraction of the numerous coaches we train every year in the GOTR philosophy.

During the school year, our girls participated in either a Fall or Spring 5K. This experience offers the feeling of accomplishing a goal and the jubilation of crossing a finish line while people cheer you on. Each Girls on the Run or Heart and Sole participant receives a medal for completing the 5K.

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Girls on the Run is designed to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living with warm-ups and workouts that encourage emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical health. Our objective is to reduce the display of at-risk behaviors (including teen pregnancies, eating disorders, depression, suicide and substance abuse) among our participants by providing the girls with the tools and encouragement to make good decisions and to form healthy self-images. Our goal is a community service project and a 5K run at the conclusion of our 12 weeks of lessons. Additionally:  We require each girl to pay a participation fee of $55.00 for the GOTR Season.  Scholarships are available if you qualify.  The typical cost for each 5K event is $25.00. The class size is limited to 30 girls. For insurance purposes, all volunteer “coaches” must submit to a background check and must sign non-compete paperwork. There is also a 2 hour training that we ask each coach to attend. Also the site’s head coach must be CPR/First Aid certified. (The Junior League covers the cost of this training if needed.) The season runs twice a week for twelve weeks. There is a set curriculum, listed supplies, and goody bags for each girl which includes a t-shirt, sports bottle and bracelet.

Support Girls on the Run by shopping for apparel and accessories by clicking here. Please use the code FL-5-120. 


We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.


We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Our Core Values

Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:

  • Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
  • Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
  • Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
  • Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and others

This year we finished the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 seasons successfully! Coaches will be notified via email (using prior year coach contact information) for the upcoming Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 seasons. If you are interested in making sure your site is included in registration information emails, contact GOTR Board of Directors Chairwoman Lauren Presser or GOTR Bay County at the emails provided above.

Check out the awesome video from the Spring 2019 GOTR 5K race! 

FALL 2019 Register Below:

Click here for general participant registration for the FALL 2019 Girls on the Run season.