Girls on the Run Volunteer and Internship Positions

Coach with girl

When a girl runs, she lives in the moment.

She’s no longer small, big, slow, fast, shy, loud, rule-breaker or rule-follower. The layers peel away with every step she takes until all that remains is strength. Utter confidence in her abilities and, by extension, herself. Through running, she discovers her power.

At Girls on the Run, the finish line is just the beginning.

Girls on the Run of the High Country has some of the best volunteers in the world! With only one part-time staff member, GOTR-HC wouldn’t be able to operate without the many many committed volunteers stepping-up every year to make the program as successful as it is. Listed below are some of the volunteer opportunities that we need help with! Please complete one of the forms below if you’re interested in being added to our volunteer list!  


Girls on the Run coaches are trained volunteers who lead a team of participants through a season of powerful and fun lessons. You do not need to be a runner; you simply need to have a desire to support and encourage the next generation. Coaches receive all the tools and support they need and find that they get as much out of coaching as they give.


  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete our Coach Registration Application
  • Consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend and finish Coach Training (online and in-person)
  • Commit to the season's practice schedule, which is two times per week after school
  • At least one female coach over 21 must be present at all times
  • At least one coach must have Adult CPR certification (provided free of charge to coaches)


  • Get to know and understand your co-coaches to better serve your team
  • Have fun while serving as a role model for progam participants
  • Review, prepare and supervise weekly lessons (curriculum and supplies provided by Girls on the Run)
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Commit for the entire season (practices and end-of-season 5K event)
  • facilitate communication with parents/guardians of program participants


  • Availability twice a week for 10 weeks for 1.5 hours (between 2:30-5:00pm)
  • Lesson preparation ~15 minutes
  • Must attend end of the Girls on the Run of the High Country 5K and participate either by running or cheering!

Apply to Coach now!


5K Helpers 

Yes! I want to volunteer for the May 5, 2024 GOTR 5K!  at Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences, Boone, NC

Twice per year (early December and early May)  Girls on the Run of the High Country hosts the GOTR-HC 5K for program participants and their running buddies.  The 5K celebrations are open to community runners in addition to program participants!

The goal of each 5K is for the girls to do their best and HAVE FUN! Girls are not encouraged to race competitively, but are encouraged to reach their own goals. For most girls, that's making it to the finish-line- whether it is by walking, running or skipping.

In order to make this a FUN event, we will need helpers to fill the following positions:

  • Sparkle Squad: This is a dedicated group of folks who will cheer girls on from the back of the pack! Every girl finishes and some need the support and encouragement of an entire team. Sparkle squad members must be able to walk a 3.1 mile distance. 
  • Cheerleaders!!!! Bring your home-made signs, cow bells, noise makers, hula girl costumes!
  • Decorators: We would love to liven up the event with a balloon arch, signs, banners, etc.
  • Directional people: The route for the course will be basic and clearly marked but we will still need flag-wavers to make sure participants stay on-course.


or Please send an email to indicating that you would like to be a part of the 5k!


Summer Internship  

Please visit the summer internship page for more information and to apply!


The Cub 7-Mile Helpers

As a fundraiser for GOTR-HC, we share many volunteers with the High Country Triple Crown. We need volunteers for all three of the races in the series: The Cub. The High Country Half Marathon and The Knob. All volunteers receive High Country Triple Crown volunteer t-shirts!

  • Water stations: set-up station, handing out of water cups to runners, clean-up, cheering!
  • Directional people: at each turn in each race, we need a volunteer to waive runners in the correct direction
  • First aid/emergency care: trained individuals are needed to help staff a tent for care for runners and to roam the courses to offer assistance.

 Yes!  I want to volunteer now! Please send an email to indicating that you would like to be a part of The Cub 7-Miler!


Luck o' the Lassie Leprechans

Our annual fundraiser, The Luck o' the Lassie (LOL), is always held around St. Patrick's Day in March and features a lively and green theme. This event requires considerable volunteer assistance. All volunteers received free entry to the event!

Leprechan positions include:

  • Auction coordinator: we hold a live auction at the Luck o' the Lassie that is much anticipated by all the attendees. This volunteer will coordinate and solicit auction items, creatively work to display and describe all items prior to the auction, create a script for the auctioneer and keep track of which items have been won by attendees.
  • Marketing guru: the LOL has a limited number of tickets for attendance- it is our goal to sell-out every year! In addition to advertising the event, we use this opportunity to market the strengths of the Girls on the Run program! This volunteer should have experience in advertising and fully understand the goals and mission of GOTR!
  • General helper: set-up, clean-up, registration, ticket-seller, auction item collector, etc.

 Yes!  I want to volunteer now! Please send an email to indicating that you would like to be a part of the Luck o' the Lassie!


Academic Year Internships

Girls on the Run of the High Country has supported interns from various disciplines at ASU including students from health promotions, counseling, exercise science, nutrition, social work, recreation, non-profit management and nursing.  We’re happy to work with you, your advisor and the chairperson of your department in order to facilitate a valuable learning experience. 

The primary responsibility of the GOTR-HC intern is to work with the Council Director to implement a successful program and to assist with other community health outreach efforts at BCBS IHHS.  Experience will include mentoring girls, marketing and administrative skill development and serving on the GOTR-HC Advisory Board. Other related opportunities at BCBS IHHS may include work on The Active Choice or the Community Resource Directory projects. The position provides a unique opportunity to execute knowledge based in health promotion and health education and to gain non-profit and program management experience.

Please contact Mary Sheryl Horine if you are interested in persuing an academic year internship or field placement.