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 of the Greater Piedmont started in the spring of 2008 with just 4 teams of 48 girls and 8 volunteer coaches from Iredell County. Today we serve both Iredell and Rowan Counties and support 60 teams and approximately 900 girls annually thanks to the support of 225 volunteer coaches. Due to the generosity of our sponsors and donorswe are able to provide financial assistance to 30% of our girls who otherwise would not have been able to particpate.

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


Kristine Bienstock

Program Coordinator

“I love working with all our volunteer coaches as we join together to empower our young girls. It is extra special for me too to share the GOTR experience with my daughters!”

Amy Spear

Events Coordinator


Jaclyn Pardini Hartzell

Council Board Chairperson


Jennifer Summers

Council Founder and Board Member

“I love to see the girls smiling at the 5K finish, proud of their accomplishment! The ripple effect of GOTR is real!”

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Jaclyn Pardini Hartzell

Board Chair

Lowe's Corporate

Jessica Babington

Board Vice Chair

Trump International Realty

Jennifer LaFever

Board Secretary

Roush Yates Racing

Lisa Cartner

Board Treasurer

Salisbury Historic Rentals

Jennifer Summers

Board Member/Founder

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

Michelle Hepler

Board Member

Iredell County Parks and Recreation

Marie Quinn

Board Member

MARBLE Professional Services LLC

Irene Vero

Board Member

Stephen Saks

Board Member

Saks Orthodontics

Gary Holland

Board Member

In Motion Fitness

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 Greater Piedmont
PO Box 5063
Mooresville, NC 28117

(704) 280-6203 or (980) 307-3135