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 Charlotte was established in 1996 by Molly Barker 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 501(c)3 organization, was born. Today, Girls on the Run Charlotte has 130 program sites in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties. In 2016, we served over 3,750 girls and, with the help of our generous sponsors and donors, we were able to provide financial assistance to 59% of our girls who otherwise would not have been able to participate.

Girls on the Run Charlotte is a subsidiary council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 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


Carrie Hanson

Executive Director

“​It is a privilege and an honor to work for an organization so deeply rooted in their core values. Seeing first-hand what an impact Girls on the Run has on our community fuels my desire to make this transformational program available to ALL girls. I am grateful to the donors, partners and volunteers that help us bring this vision to life each day.”

Ann DellaValle

Fund Development & Marketing Manager

“Being part of the Girls on the Run team is an incredible honor because empowering girls to believe in themselves and to boldly pursue their dreams has a long lasting positive impact on the girls, but also a ripple effect to their families and the community.”

Susan Sears

Program Manager

“I am grateful to work for Girls on the Run because I am able to make a positive impact on girls throughout our community. Their lives will be forever changed from participating in our programs and they will know what it means to be joyful, healthy and confident!”

Brittney Riddick

Volunteer Coordinator

“Girls on the Run allows me to connect with some of the most inspirational people in our local community. Whether someone is a 10-season veteran coach, coaching for the first time, or volunteering at a 5K, they all have something unique and valuable to contribute to our program.”

Maghan Knight

Program & 5K Coordinator

“​The joy and confidence that GOTR girls show upon completing the end of season 5K is incredible! By participating in our program, the girls have gained new life skills that will continue to make an impact long after the season concludes. I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing community and look forward to working with Girls on the Run Charlotte teams.”

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

Our Board

Mitchell Kelling

Board Chair


Kara Barner

Board Member

Carolinas Healthcare Systems

Melissa Buchanan

Board Member

Wells Fargo

Raenard Dillard

Board Member

Bank of America

Jill Dinerman

Board Member


Kevin Demeter

Board Member


Natasha Kuehl

Board Member


Lauren Lewis

Board Member

Essex Richards

Eleanor Norman

Board Member

ERN Consulting

Rashaan Peek

Board Member

Your Girl, Inc.

Chris Rhea

Board Member


Sarah Ritzer

Board Member

Tiffani Tedder

Board Member

Park Sterling Bank

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

Girls on the Run Charlotte
801 E. Morehead Street
Suite 201
Charlotte, NC 28202

(704) 837-0088