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 began in Orlando in 2008. The first season consisted of two teams and 25 girls. The next season the number of teams grew to ten with over a hundred girls. Our council has continued to experience significant growth since those first two seasons, and in 2016 alone we served over 1,200 girls ages 8-13 years old at over 60 different sites. Our program sites include schools and community centers throughout four counties in Central Florida—Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. We are excited to grow and expand our reach to even more girls throughout Central Florida in future seasons!

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


Karen Allen

Executive Director

“Great things are done by a great team of people, and I love the great things we are doing at Girls on the Run. Our core values not only apply to our programs, but intertwine their way through the entire workplace and seep into our personal lives. I am honored to be part of a team of people who are impacting the lives of girls in such a meaningful way.”

Kendra Rahne

Program Manager

“I didn’t realize until later in life how much a lifestyle that included regular exercise positively impacted me. This is just one of things Girls on the Run teaches girls at an earlier age. When you lead a healthy lifestyle, you feel better physically and mentally. When you feel better, you tend to make healthier, more positive choices.”

Jennifer Fluker

Development Coordinator

“I learned about Girls on the Run through a friend who was a past coach! After learning about our mission I knew I wanted to be involved in sort of capacity! I have two young children of my own and the values that GOTR teaches is completely aligned with what I want my children to learn about being healthy and confident. It has been a pure joy watching our GOTR girls experience such joy through accomplishment!”

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Lori Hermenau

Board Chair

Run Disney Expo Manager

Alexandra Hughes

Board Member

Partner, New York Life

Brandie Curnutte

Board Member

Student Services Director, Herzing University

Kelly Ferris

Board Member

Orange County Government

Lashon Goins

Board Member

City of Orlando

Bilinda Kaufman

Board Member

Disney Cast Member

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 Orlando
2100 Lee Road, Suite C
Winter Park, FL 32789

(407) 704-8356