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 – Maine was established in 2012 as an independent council of Girls on the Run International by a group of hard-working volunteers with passion for our mission. Our first teams, a total of 37 girls at one site in Portland, completed their season and celebratory 5k in November 2012. Since that time, we have seen great demand for our programs and experienced rapid but controlled growth. In 2017, GOTR-Maine will be celebrating its 5 Year Anniversary by serving 1000 girls at more than 40 sites well beyond Southern Maine.

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


Emily Clark

Executive Director

“My passion is improving lives through positive life experiences so working for GOTR is an absolute joy. Seeing the exuberant smiles and happy tears at the 5K finish line motivates me to work harder to empower Maine girls and inspires me to be the best leader, friend, partner and mother I can be.”

Staci Olson

Program Director

“As I travel around the state to meet our program participants, I am constantly in awe of the discussions that our girls are having during the lessons. Giving girls the chance to be a part of a team while they grow as individuals inspires me to bring the program to more girls in Maine.”

Debbie Megna

Development & Middle School Program Coordinator

“As a coach, I am continually amazed as I watch each girl discover the unique and special person that she is as the season unfolds. The "I can" confidence is a contagious and powerful gift the girls will carry into their future lives!”

Allison Ayan

Program & Fundraising Assistant

“I feel honored to be a part of Girls on the Run. I am inspired by the commitment GOTR makes to create a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential. What a gift it is to see girls discover that they are able to surpass what they thought was possible and be extraordinary.”

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Rachel Wertheimer

Board Chair

Verrill Dana

Robert Ayotte

Board Vice Chair

Retired Finance Exec & Race Director, Cape Turkey Trot

Julie Paquette

Board Treasurer

Baker Newman Noyes

June Usher Wallace

Board Secretary

Bangor Savings Bank

Rob Fast

Board Member

Willis Re

Jennifer Bush

Board Member

History IT

Lisa Wolff

Board Member


Michelle Drucker

Board Member

Martin's Point Healthcare

Anne Wilkinson

Board Member

Athlete & Proud Parent

Jennifer Mahoney

Board Member

Athlete & Proud Parent

Jennifer Libby

Board Member

Scarborough Middle School

Paula Huntsman

Board Member

MDI Hospital

Heather Blier

Board Member

Supervising Psychologist, Dirigo Consulting

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-Maine
980 Forest Avenue
Suite 206
Portland, ME 04103

(207) 747-5677