Girls on the Run faces shortage of 60 coaches

Sites in Fox River Grove, Marengo, Richmond, Cary, Woodstock and Crystal Lake in need of coaches to operate

Girls on the Run of Northwest Illinois is looking for coaches and other volunteers ahead of its spring season starting the week of March 15.

Girls on the Run, an after-school program for girls in grades 3 to 5 focused on building up a girls’ sense of self, currently has a shortage of 60 coaches locally, according to a news release.

In a typical year, half of the program’s coaches are teachers, but coaching isn’t an option for many this year, according to the release.

More information about becoming a Girls on the Run coach can be found at Coaches can choose the days of the week and location where they want to be a coach.

The program, which will be operating out of parks instead of schools in some cases because of COVID-19 restrictions, provides girls a chance to meet twice a week with their coaches, for most sites in person.

McHenry County sites that would like to offer the program but need coaches to make it happen include: Algonquin Road School in Fox River Grove; Grant Intermediate School in Marengo; Richmond Grade School in Richmond; Three Oaks, Deer Path and Briargate elementary schools in Cary; Mary Endres, Olson, Prairiewood, Greenwood and Dean Street elementary schools in Woodstock; and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in Crystal Lake.

The program at Deicke Park in Crystal Lake is also looking for more coaches to support additional teams.

Additional McHenry County locations are on track to offer the program include: Alden-Hebron Elementary School in Hebron; Conley Elementary School in Cary; Cotton Creek School in Island Lake; Coventry, Glacier Ridge, North, Woods Creek and Indian Prairie elementary schools in Crystal Lake; Hannah Martin and Lincoln Prairie elementary schools in Lake in the Hills; Hilltop and Valley View elementary schools in McHenry; Jefferson Elementary School in Harvard; Johnsburg Elementary School in Johnsburg; and Leggee Elementary School in Huntley.

Participant registration begins Jan. 27 and can be completed at