Family YMCA of Black Hawk County

Girls on the Run

The Family YMCA of Black Hawk County partnered with Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa to expand their program into Black Hawk County this past Spring. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of 8-15 girls for a ten-week program that encompasses 20 various lessons that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community. For more details on Girls on the Run, visit

Girls on the Run has inspired girls in the Eastern Iowa area for over ten years and has impacted the lives of thousands of girls. In the Spring and Fall of 2019 we were able to serve 6 different schools throughout the Cedar Valley such as Aldrich, Lincoln, and Southdale in Cedar Falls and Lincoln, Lou Henry, and Poyner in Waterloo. In our 2 seasons combined, we served a total of 140 girls! We’re excited to announce the addition of a few more locations for our Spring 2020 Girls on the Run season. Check out the sites below:

Spring 2020 Sites

Season Start Date: February 24 | 5k will take place in Cedar Falls Saturday, May 9th

Girl registration will open up January 17th

Lincoln – Waterloo

M/W 3:45-5

Aldrich Elementary – Cedar Falls

T/Th 4-5:15

Lou Henry – Waterloo

T/Th 4-5:15

Cedar Heights – Cedar Falls

T/Th 3:45-5:00

Poyner – Waterloo

M/Th 4-5:15

Southdale – Cedar Falls

T/Th 4-5:15

Grundy Center

M/Th 5:30-7


Fall 2019 Sites

Season Start Date: September 2 | 5k will take place in Cedar Rapids Sunday, November 10

Lou Henry Elementary – Waterloo Aldrich Elementary – Cedar Falls
Lincoln Elementary – Waterloo Southdale Elementary- Cedar Falls
Lincoln Elementary – Cedar Falls

A generous program sponsorship by VGM Group is ensuring that this program is available to any girl, regardless of financial resources. The program is also supported by a grant from Teen Trust of the Northeast Iowa Community Foundation.

We had a great Spring 2019 Season and can’t wait for another round to start in the fall. Be on the lookout for information on the Fall 2019 Season by following Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa on Facebook.

If you are interested in becoming a new coach at one of our six sites, please fill out a new coach application

If you were a coach last season in the Spring and would like to a coach again this Fall, please fill out a returning coach application

New coaches will be required to attend a ‘New Coach Training’ at the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County on Saturday, February 8 from 9:00am – 1:00pm. If you can not attend that training, you will be required to go to a different training in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City. Find more training sites and dates at the Girls on the Run website.


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