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How Girls on the Run Began

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.

Girls on the Run of Stark County History

In the Spring of 2010, Girls on the Run of Stark County launched our first season. That first season, programs were held at Allen Elementary, Jackson Memorial Middle School, and Orchard Hill Elementary. Twenty four girls completed the season with our inaugural Girls on the Run 5k Run/Walk at Walsh University in June 2010.

Since our first season, we have touched the lives of more than 1,000 girls and their families. We have continued to expand our programming into new schools and school districts, and we are serving more girls with each passing year. In the Spring of 2013, we offered 32 programs and reached more than 470 girls.

The spring 2014 season showed significant growth, as we served 624 girls through 43 Girls on the Run and Girls on Track programs throughout Stark County.

Spring 2015 showed conservative growth, as we served 653 girls through 46 Girls on the Run and Girls on Track programs throughout Stark County.

In the spring of 2016, Girls on the Run of Stark County grew to include 725 girls in 53 programs throughout Stark County, showing considerable growth in our new middle school program, Heart & Sole.

In the fall of 2016, Girls on the Run of Stark County expanded to include Wayne County. The first teams in Wayne County served 30 girls at Shreve Elementary. The fall season also included just under 80 girls in Stark County.

In Spring 2017, we plan to serve 800 girls in both Wayne and Stark Counties and will be adding a spring 5k for Wayne County participants.

Spring 2016 Gratitude Report

We can't thank you—our sponsors, donors, and volunteers—enough for all that you have helped us accomplish and learn in 2016. Download our Gratitude Report here.

We'll be adding our Spring 2016 survey summary soon!

Spring 2015 Gratitude Report

Download our 2015 Gratitude Report here. (Our new version of the annual report.)

See what our Spring 2015 participants had to say here!

Spring 2014 Annual Report

Download our Annual Report for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014).

See what our GOTR girls have to say about the 2014 program. Download the Spring 2014 survey summary.


Spring 2013 Annual Report

Download our Annual Report for fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013).

See what the girls have to say about our program. Download the Spring 2013 survey summary.

Founding Board

John Sutton, Chairperson, 2010–2014
Kellie Johnson, Vice Chairperson, 2010–2014, Chairperson 2014–2015
Eldon Jones, Treasurer, 2010–2014
Amy Shock, Secretary, 2010–2012
Lori Marmon, 2010–2014
Danielle Wirick, 2010–2014

Patty Lovell, Founding Council Director, 2010–2014

Previous Board Members

Krystal Tolin, 2012
Becca Wirfel, 2014–2015
Peggy Fryan, 2014–2015
Torie Utterback, Secretary, 2014–2016
Steve Marrero, 2014–2016
Adrienne Nyholm, 2014–2016





2010 Allen Elementary Girls

"You can run at your own pace. Even though you might be last, you still get cheered on."

—2013 GOTR Stark Participant

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