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 Southcentral Alaska was founded in Anchorage in the Fall of 2011 by a group of dedicated volunteers. Our first program was held at North Star Elementary that Fall, and we quickly grew to 3 schools that Spring. With community support, our program has continued to grow each year, and now serves nearly 200 girls each season.

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


Kennis Brady

Council Director

“Girls on the Run inspires me just as much as the girls!”

Holly Spoth-Torres

Board Member, Marketing Committee Lead

“You’re mad. Bonkers. Off your head…but I’ll tell you a secret…all of the best people are. -Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton (2010)”

Lindsay Henkleman

Board Member, Secretary

“"The start to a better world, or a better life, or a better future is simply our belief that it is possible"”

Cora Campbell

Board Member, Treasurer

“"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." Dr. Seuss”

Deborah Wilmoth

Board Member, President

““Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.” - Ruth Gordan”

Shaina Seidner

Program Coordinator

“I love seeing girls (and coaches) grow both emotionally and physically each season. We need this program as much as our girls do.”

Tamara Deschaine

Board Member, Community Committee Lead

“"I love that we are teaching girls to not only love and respect each other, but we are teaching them to love and respect themselves."”

Amanda Gamble

Board Member, 5K Committee Lead

““Whether you think you can or think you can’t - you are right.” - Henry Ford”

Beta Rae Thompson

Board Member, Fundraising Committee Lead

“"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." H. Jackson Brown Jr.”

Kristen Kupperman

Board Member, Solemates Program Lead

“"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined" - Henry David Thoreau”

Stephanie Spring

Board Member, Vice President of BOD

“"Every girls is an inspiration and my vision is that our program gives them the skills and confidence to keep inspiring"”

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

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

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    Girls on the Run Southcentral Alaska
    PO Box 101273
    Anchorage, AK 99510

    (907) 351-2250