You do NOT need to be an elite runner to coach Trail Blazers. We welcome positive, enthusiastic volunteers who are committed to developing lifelong runners!

The Trailblazers coach is a volunteer that works with a team of coaches to keep kids safe on the trails and moving forward. 


  • Coaches need NOT be competitive runners (walkers welcome!)
  • Coaches can be women or men
  • Must consent to and complete a background check and complete Child Abuse Prevention training
  • Attend one practice per week for one to five sessions (each session is seven weeks)
  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Have fun!


  • When and Where are the Practices?

When:   The Fall 2019 starts the week of September 16th and another session the week of October 28th. Teams meet once per week for seven weeks after school (2:30 – 4:30 pm).

Using YMCA vans, we pick up two groups of 13 kids each day of the week (Monday –Friday). We have five consecutive seven week sessions throughout the school year. The weeks of:
     Sept. 16 - Oct. 21
     Oct. 28 - Dec. 2
     Jan. 13 - Feb 24
     Mar. 3 - Apr 13
     Apr. 20 – Jun. 1

Where: We pick up runners at their elementary schools and drive to various trailheads throughout Whatcom County.


Coaches agree to:

  • Demonstrate a positive, encouraging demeanor and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Be your wonderful self with the kids at all times and have fun with them!
  • Communicate effectively with the Trail Blazers staff and respond in a timely fashion.
  • Notify staff as soon as possible if there is any change in your coaching status.

What are the Benefits of Coaching?

  • A discount on your Trail Blazer’s program registration fee.
  • An official “Trail Blazers” T-shirt.
  • Complimentary 5K registration.

How do I sign up?  

Contact Jen at or (360) 255-0517


Our 5K at the end of each Girls on the Run season is a BIG event and takes many hands to make it successful.  We need help with set-up, registration, Happy Hair Station, refreshments, course monitoring and take-down.  Join us and be part of this inspiring and joyful event! Contact Sharon Stone at to volunteer.

More Questions?

Contact Program Coordinator Jen Gallant at or (360) 255-0517