Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.


Girls on the Run Capital Area was established in 2011. In our first season, 22 girls participated at 2 schools with 4 amazing volunteer coaches. In our fifth year, we served over 1,600 girls at 74 sites with now almost 300 coaches. We have expanded to include sites in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and part of Lebanon (Palmyra and North Lebanon SD) Counties.

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5K events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5K series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.

core values

Recognize our POWER and RESPONSIBILITY to be INTENTIONAL in our decision making


Express JOY, OPTIMISM AND GRATITUDE through our words, thoughts
and actions


NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people


Gillian Byerly


“I love seeing girls find a place where they know they matter, that they measure up, that they can have an impact in the world.”

Sarah Fahrney

Program Director

“I love how my whole family is able to be involved in empowering girls everywhere!”

Machelle Schraeder

Program Coordinator

“As a GOTR parent, I was amazed at the impact of the program on my daughter's evolution. As a GOTR coach, I was surprised at MY evolution.”

We're currently looking for a passionate individual to join our team and help us inspire more girls in the Capital area.

Corporate Opportunities
Our Board

Brad Garfinkel

Board Chair

Orrstown Bank

Abigail Fortino

Immediate Past Chair

Conrad Siegel Actuaries

Amy Shultz

Board Secretary

Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitor's Bureau

Annie Olives

Board Treasurer

Martin M. Sacks & Associates

Laura Hess

Board Member

Conrad Siegel Actuaries

Mary Quinn

Board Member

YWCA Greater Harrisburg

Matt Raback

Board Member

Cumulus Media

Nickeea Raves

Board Member


Brad Sanders

Board Member

Econ Wealth Management

Mary Oliveira

Board Member


Dana Chilson

Board Member

McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC

Suzanne Williamson

Board Member

PA State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)

Jill Helsel Gingrich

Board Member

LaTorre Communications

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year.

Board Opportunities

Girls on the Run Capital Area
525 North 12th Street
Suite 205
Lemoyne, PA 17043

(717) 763-4869