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.


The Central Ohio Council of Girls on the Run was started in 2008 with just 12 girls and is growing exponentially. To date, our Council has reached 60 schools, serving over 1,000 girls just this spring alone. That’s over 7,000 girls since our inception who are now equipped with the skills to feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make meaningful contributions to community and society.

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


Jess Sparks

Executive Director

“Girls on the Run gives me the opportunity to be the person now who I needed back then.”

Kate Quinn

Development Director

“Knowing that I go to work to raise the self-esteem and change the lives of little girls gives me great purpose. I never have a 'Monday' at Girls on the Run. This work is a gift.”

Torre Summers

Program Coordinator

“GOTR has given me the gift of learning how to activate my limitless potential that I always knew I had. Modeling that gift to my children as well as our volunteers and GOTR girls is an important piece to me of bringing this vision full circle.”

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Ashley Weaver


American Electric Power

Mary Nienaber

Vice Chair

Franklin County Probate Court

Sara Kodak


Thirty-One Gifts

Allison Haedt


DHL Global Business Services

Janelle Fedlam

Development Chair

Company Name

Shereen Solaiman

Nominating Chair

Ohio Health

Jena Huffman

Event Chair

The Charles Penzone Salons

Jennifer Bennett

Past Chair

Cardinal Health

Dawn Marinacci

Marketing and Public Relations Chair


Deb Boiarsky

At Large

Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur

Sarah Chambers

At Large

Thompson Hine LLP

Sara Cisler

At Large


Kernesa Samana

At Large

AEP Ohio

Pam Snow

At Large

HER Realtors

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 Central Ohio
1145-L Chesapeake Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212