About Us


We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.


We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Our Core Values

Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:

  • 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
  • Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and others

Our History

How Girls on the Run Began

Girls on the Run® was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Girls on the

A few of our council members at training with GOTR founder, Molly Barker.

A few of our council members at training with GOTR founder, Molly Barker.

Run® curricula, the heart of the program, provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. The earliest version of the 24­ lesson curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of thirteen brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then seventy-five. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501c3 organization was born.

With the help of over 55,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North America each year. In 2012, Girls on the Run hosted 253 end-of-season 5k events across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run has been featured in many media outlets including People, Runner’s World, Redbook, Women’s Day, O Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Self Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Parenting, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR and ESPN.

The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but rather in the words of the girls who participate. “Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain.” “I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.” “At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!”

That is success.


Our People

We’re thrilled to be offering fall and spring seasons of Girls on the Run in Mid-Missouri.

Our local council is led by a Council Director and governed by a Board of Directors.

Current Board of Directors

  • Caroline Dohack – Board Chair
  • Anita Ellis – Vice Chair
  • Michelle Haner – Secretary
  • Angie Cantin – Treasurer
  • Dawn Brown
  • Heather Mueller
  • Emily Wright
  • Erin Caldwell
  • Valerie Slayton

Our Current Staff

  • Council Director – Cheryl Unterschutz
  • Program Coordinator – Christina Crawford
  • Coach Coordinators – Maureen Kokoska
  • 5K Coordinator – Becky Lohmann
  • 5K Volunteer Coordinator – Emily Wright
  • Social Media Coordinator – Amy Eultgen
  • Website Designer – Stephanie Tosh

Founding Board of Directors

Our 2011 Founding Board Members: (back L to R) Helen Crawford, Sarah Moore, Annie Fennewald, Gretchen Yancey, Maggie Mayhan, Diane Seifert-Wade, Christina Crawford, (front L to R) Stephanie Tosh, Nicole Pele, Nancy Yaeger, Dawn Brown

  • Dawn Brown – Board Chair
  • Christina Crawford – Vice Chair
  • Sarah Moore – Secretary
  • Stephanie Tosh – Treasurer
  • Helen Crawford
  • Annie Fennewald
  • Maggie Mayhan
  • Nicole Pele
  • Diane Seifert-Wade
  • Gretchen Yancey
  • Nancy Yaeger – Council Director