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.

OUR PROGRAMS

Founded in 2004, and expanded to include Muskegon County in 2016, Girls on the Run of Kent and Muskegon Counties has worked with over 20,000 girls. In 2016, more than 2,500 girls participated in our programs, and we provided over 20,000 girls. In 2016, more than 2,500 girls participated in our programs, and we provided over $94,000 in program scholarship assistance to over 1,000 participants.

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

Embrace our DIFFERENCES and find STRENGTH in our CONNECTEDNESS

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

LEAD with an OPEN HEART and assume POSITIVE INTENT

NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people

OUR STAFF

Lori Burgess

Executive Director


“Every day I am inspired by the real life stories of how GOTR empowers and changes lives of our girls, their families and our coaches.”

Elizabeth McEwen

Communications and Development Coordinator


“I love empowering girls to find their inner strength and tenacity!”

Heidi Roberts

Program Manager


“I love to see how girls are empowered and encouraged to be confident in who they are and to be proud of their accomplishments.”

Mary Reif

Registration Coordinator


“I love being able to do something every day that helps girls become their best selves! Even the adults who volunteer with us become better people because of GOTR!”

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Carolyn Quiney

Board President

Kent County Health Department

Amy Snow-Buckner

Member-at-Large

Mayor's Office - City of Grand Rapids

Josh Reynolds

Member at Large

Thornapple Kellogg Schools Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids

Gail Zemmol

Member-at-Large

Grand Valley State University

Joanne Roehm

Member-at-Large

Grand Laughfest - Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

Mindi Johnson

Member-at-Large

Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith PC

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year. Contact us for Board of Director opportunities.

Contact Us

Girls on the Run Kent & Muskegon Counties
4835 Eastern Ave SE
Kentwood, MI 49508

(616) 204-4267

info.gotr.kmc@gmail.com