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.

OUR PROGRAMS

Girls on the Run of Orange County is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Girls on the Run of Orange County was established in 2014 by a committed group of volunteers that realized the need to offer girl empowerment programs to the young women throughout the county. Currently we offer programs in four different school districts and serve over 200 girls annually.

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

Embrace our DIFFERENCES and find STRENGTH in our CONNECTEDNESS

Express JOY, OPTIMISM AND GRATITUDE through our words, thoughts
and actions

LEAD with an OPEN HEART and assume POSITIVE INTENT

NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people

OUR STAFF

Gretchen Long

Council Director


“The first time I saw a little girl cross the finish line, I was a believer.”

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Melanie Galloway

Board Chair

Tanya Jordan

Past Chair

Gina Magee

Board Treasurer

Amy Ostrand

Board Secretary

Paula Verkuylen

Board Member

Veronica Vidal Praeger

Board Member

Becky Garfinkle

Board Member

Amy Cook

Board Member

Leigh Ferrin

Board Member

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 Orange County
14 Monarch Bay Plaza #164
Monarch Beach, CA 92629

(949) 423-6140

info@girlsontherunoc.org