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 of of the Triangle is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, established in 2000 to serve Wake, Durham and Orange Counties. Since inception, we've served more than 12,000 girls all across the Triangle. The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but in the words of the girls who participate. “I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.” “As a Girl on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!” Girls on the Run believes that all girls and communities should have access to our programs. We strive to eliminate barriers to participation, to continue creating programming that engages all communities, to be intentional about staff and volunteer diversity, and to promote a culture of inclusion across the organization.

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


Juliellen Simpson-Vos

Executive Director

“Girls on the Run is this amazing space where courage, compassion and confidence is nurtured. When those three things come together, magic happens. It’s what will change the world.”

Sharon Shofer

Program Director

“Our goal isn’t to create runners, it’s to use running as a tool to empower girls to be whatever they want to be. The beauty of GOTR is that the life skills taught in our curriculum – confidence, strength of character, compassion, confidence, and connection – stay with our girls whether they develop a love of running or not. Once they complete that first 5K they realize even seemingly insurmountable goals can be achieved through persistence, one step at a time.”

Mia Xavier

Development Manager

“Girls on the Run makes girls brave, compassionate and open-hearted on the inside so they can be joyful, healthy and confident on the outside.”

Jamie Botta

Communications & Outreach Manager

“Serving Girls on the Run is a one-in-a-million opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of our community's girls, our future leaders.”

Hannah Robinson

Program Coordinator

“Girls on the Run inspires girls to believe in their limitless potential, gain the confidence to embrace who they are, define who they want to be, and express joy throughout the journey.”

Kelly Caldwell

Operations Manager

“I love how Girls on the Run inspires young girls to make healthy emotional and physical choices for herself. These choices become life lessons for our girls who will grow up to be strong and positive women, spreading joy and kindness.”

Kathy Therber

Office and Volunteer Coordinator

“Girls on the Run speaks the language of belonging. There is room for everyone, and everyone matters. This message is readily heard and gives rise to confident, caring, and joyful girls who inspire us all.”

Ronnie Bower

Special Projects Manager

“A big life is a series of small events. Girls on the Run creates the small events that will lead to girls living their biggest, best lives.”

Dara Burg

Intern, Coach & Former Girl on the Run

“After being a part of Girls on the Run as a participant, intern and a coach, I have seen firsthand how life-changing and important the Girls on the Run program is. The Girls on the Run community is a much-needed, lifelong space for continuous personal growth.”

We're always considering passionate individuals to join our team and help us inspire more girls in the Triangle.

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Bob Pleasants


Asst. Director , UNC Learning Ctr; Adjunct Asst. Professor

Sarah Lamm

Vice President

Client Services Director, CRISP

Ginny Chiarello


Portfolio Manager, Plexus Capital

Ashley Paonessa


Brokerage/Wealth Management

Peyton Stokley

Past President

Director of Development, UNC Arts and Sciences Foundation

Colleen Cox

Board Member

Sandford Board Leadership Duke Student

Michelle Engle

Board Member

Vice President, Product Mgt and Product Marketing, Max Point

Tiffany Jones

Board Member

Portfolio Analyst in the Project Mgt Office, BCBSNC

Kelly Bailey

Board Member

Teacher, Wake Co. Public Schools

George Linney

Board Member

Pastor, Tobacco Trail Church

Caren Mangarelli

Board Member

Pediatrician, Duke Children’s Primary Care

Edie Oakley, RN

Board Member

Integrative Health Coaching, Oakley Integrative Health, LLC

Kechie McCallum

Board Member

Network Engineer at Cisco

Ann Skye

Board Member

Assistant Director, Employee Health Management, Quintiles

Melissa Kalzuny Williams

Board Member

Managing Counsel, Law Dpt, BCBSNC

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

Board Opportunities

GOTR Triangle
1415 West Hwy 54
Suite 211
Durham, NC 27707

(919) 401-6307