Interested In Starting A Badass Lady Gang?
So you want to start a badass lady gang chapter in your city…
We have one goal at the Badass Lady Gang, to connect and empower the women in our communities through running.
It’s thanks to our community leaders, organizers, and connectors that the BALG is as vast and expansive as it is today. We’re hard at work creating a safe, inclusive, and supportive space for women to meet-up and get active in ways that empower them FOR FREE.
No membership dues.
No one-time fees or sign up costs.
Because the Badass Lady Gang is run by volunteer leaders, we want to make sure that potential leaders understand the commitment before granting applicants permission to start growing their local BALG. Being a volunteer leader can, at times, feel like an unpaid part-time job. It’s a labor of love that only those who are serious about community building should apply for.
Submitting an application does not grant you permission to start an official Badass Lady Gang in your area. If you are a trainer, running coach or small business owner looking to expand your clientele or use this as an opportunity to leverage yourself or your services, leading the Badass Lady Gang isn’t for you.
**Before we get started, make sure there isn't already a chapter in your city. If there is, GO. Many chapters still need co-leaders and the best way to become a co-leader is to attend and become a core member of the chapter.**
Here’s what you can expect as a BALG Leader:
Time Commitment. Getting started, you are expected to lead a group run either once a week (same day, same time, same place), every other week (same day, same time, same place), or once a month (same day, same time, same place.) As your community grows, you will be expected to eventually host a weekly run. But remember, this isn’t your workout, you are there to lead.
The Run. The Badass Lady Gang is community first, fun/great workout second. Because we’re open to women of all athletic levels, your runs need to be as exciting for someone who is on Day 1 of their running journey as they for your experienced runners. It’s your job to find a space and route(s) that have opportunities for interaction. Our workouts are created so that runners are never outside of yelling range from one another. Think 100 yard or 1/4 mile loops or out and backs. NO ONE is to be left behind. NO ONE is to be made to feel like they are too slow or too fast to get a great and fun workout. There is no first place and last place.
Growing your Badass Lady Gang. Your job starts before the run. The most fun workouts are ones where lots of ladies show up so it’s your job to continually hype, promote, and invite, encourage, and challenge people both in real life and online. Your community is depending on you (AND taking cues from you) so if they see you promoting the hell out of the BALG, they’re going to promote the hell out of the BALG. The more women you have showing up, the more fun you’re all going to have.
It is your job to go out of your way to ensure that everyone feels welcome, supported, and excited to kick ass and take names.
I want to stress again that if you aren’t all in and ready to embrace this volunteer part-time job, leading the Badass Lady Gang isn’t for you. If you travel often or work crazy hours and know that you won’t be able to make it to every single run, leading the BALG isn’t for you.