2017 Spring 5k

Online registration for our 2017 Spring 5k CELEBRATION is now closed.

Day-of-race registration is $35 and opens at 8:30 a.m.

Spring 2017 Girls on the Run program participants are already registered through their program fee.

5k details:

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Where: West High School | 3300 Sutherland Ave | Knoxville, TN 37919
Race starts: 10:00 a.m.
After the race: Be sure to stick around for Happy Hair, face painting, and finish line photos!



Special Blog Post from our Board President

Girls on the Run Greater Knoxville

I’d like to share a quick story with you about one of our Girls on the Run (GOTR) participants. This is a real account, but I had to change the name for confidentiality reasons. Sam was a third-grader when she was first introduced to GOTR. She was having a very difficult time at home and at school, finding herself in the principal’s office or in in-school suspension nearly every day and with failing grades. At all of our schools, we have Site Liaisons who help identify girls who would benefit from the program and encourage their participation.  The Liaison at Sam’s school recognized that the GOTR curriculum could benefit her and approached her about it. Sam agreed to participate. By lesson 3, Sam was not making daily visits to the principal and slowly went from being the school bully to an engaged encourager. Another wonderful result of her participation in GOTR is that she discovered she loves to run and she’s fast! For 10 weeks, her energy went into the laps around the track and supporting her teammates and away from hurtful words toward others. When the 5k came around she not only ran the course, but her mother and siblings, who had never been involved with Sam’s school meetings, etc. in the past, were there with signs and cheers along the course. And Sam is only 1 of the hundreds of girls who participate. I have provided a brief description below about our program and I think Sam’s story will prove that our mentoring / coaching program works to develop confident girls that make a positive impact in their schools and community.

My ask is to please take a moment to consider volunteering for Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville and cheer on hundreds of girls just like Sam!

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity–based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd to 8th grade designed to develop and enhance girls’ competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. At Girls on the Run, trained and supportive coaches and volunteers teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goals of the program are to develop and improve competence, unleash confidence through accomplishment, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community, all while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

We have so many ways you can help:

If you would like to come see a coaching session to see if you might be interested in coaching in the future Terry would be happy to arrange a site visit. No better way to understand how Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville helps inspire girls to be healthy and confident than to see it firsthand! Please email Terry Keltner at terry.leann.keltner@ms.com with any questions!


General Volunteers are needed!

Not able to coach?  That’s ok, we have many other one-time volunteer opportunities! We are currently seeking volunteers for the Girls on the Run 5k Celebration on May 6, 2017!  You may sign up to be a running buddy (background check required) or 5k volunteer.  Please register to volunteer by clicking this link.

Thank you from Girls on the Run!


Sign up to Coach! Activate their #limitlesspotential

You can inspire greatness!  You can help activate their limitless potential!  YOU can coach!  And no, you don’t have to be a runner! Click here to sign up today!

  • Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville is a transformational learning program for girls. We teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games.
  • Coaches will volunteer their time to meet with a small team of girls (3rd-5th grade) twice a week after school for 10 weeks. Most sites begin practice at 2:45 pm!
  • A curriculum is provided with lessons and we provide a box full of materials! We will also provide you with a free training before the season.
  • You do not have to be a runner to be a coach! Just ready to have fun and inspire greatness.

Click here to sign up today!

GOTR Coach training is required in order to coach.  More information is forthcoming.

For more information about coaching, click here.


Scholarship Application

If you would like to receive a scholarship for our program, please fill out this form.

The completed application may be emailed to kelly.eldridge@girlsontherun.org or mailed to

GOTRGK | PO Box 31135 | Knoxville, TN | 37930

Questions can be directed to Kelly Eldridge at 865-712-9979