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Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Girls on the Run is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada.

My name is Maggie Coyne and I am a 3rd grade teacher at the OLC School in Jersey City. I am a lifelong athlete, playing basketball, volleyball, track, and ultimate frisbee. I have recently began the transition into long distance running. I will be running my first half marathon this October and my third Tough Mudder in November! I know the positive impact exercise and healthy relationships can have on young girls. I just wish I knew about GOTR when I was in 3rd-8th grade!  I hear about GOTR from my principal and vice principal 2 years ago and decided to get involved this year. I did my research and they supported my efforts to launch a team at my school this fall! I am beyond excited to begin my first season of coaching through this amazing program!



My name is Adrianna Poetzsch. I am so excited to be a GOTR coach this season and a Sole Mate for the first time! I am a first grade teacher at the OLC School in Jersey City. I heard about Girls on the Run from my coworker Maggie. She told me a little bit about it and said she wanted to try to start it up at our school. I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved in this. I went home that night excited that I was going to be able to make a difference! Running is a big part of my life. However, it wasn’t always. I hated running and never really enjoyed any sport. One day my husband convinced me to sign up for a half marathon with him. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but I agreed. My goal was to train and finish the race without stopping. I was so determined. After I finished the race I said, “When can I sign up for another one?” I never thought in a million years I would love running so much. It makes me feel empowered and free. I am now signed up for my 6th half marathon this October. This will be my first race I will be raising money and running for a cause. Knowing the money I will raise will be even more rewarding. Running has given me strength and confidence I thought I would never have. I can’t wait to start coaching and have an impact on these girls lives, teaching them to be strong healthy and confident young women !




My name is Megan Leto and this will be my fourth season coaching with Girls On The Run.  I have four children, two girls and two boys ages 10, 9, 7 and 5.  I have always enjoyed sports and being active but a few years ago took up running and fell in love with it.  I have completed several 5 and 10k’s, a few mud runs, a few half marathons and one full marathon.  When I heard about GOTR from my pediatrician I instantly wanted to be part of it.  I helped get it up and running at our school and we are entering in our 5th season.   My running days were put on hold last year with a breast cancer diagnosis.  After healing from a double mastectomy I was able to resume running again during chemotherapy.  Some days I felt great and others not so great, but I knew I had to keep going.  I ran the Newport Liberty Half Marathon last September one day before my last radiation treatment.  Physically I wasn’t ready, but mentally I had to do it.  This year I want to give back to the future GOTR Coaches by raising money for scholarships that allow our girls to grow in to amazing humans.


Hi!  My name is Maggie Green a.k.a Coach Leprechaun (Leppie).  I’m 36 and moved to the east coast from Indiana about six years ago.  After moving to Northern NJ I listened to some friends from Indiana that were GOTR coaches and reached out to the GOTR New Jersey North family and have coached for 2 seasons and will be coaching again this fall.  I have completely fallen in LOVE with this program! I have learned SO much about what goes on in the day in the life of our girls, and can proudly say I’ve become a role model for them.  Little do they know, they have taught me so much about being a better, confident, compassionate person who is very determined to reach my goals.  I am a Maintenance Supervisor for a truck leasing company and work very hard as a female in a male dominated industry. I want these girls to know it’s ok to be a girl, have emotions, make tough decisions, be strong, and let your voice be heard because you ARE worth it!
As with everything I do, it’s always for the best family a girl could ever ask for.  Never, Ever, EVER give up.

HI! I’m Mary Barchetto.

I’m 41 and I am the stay at-home mom to three kids – Molly, Annie and Matt.  Besides being a GOTR coach, I am a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader and I volunteer at a local women’s shelter.
I started running 8 years ago after the birth of my third child.  I never actually thought I “could” run.  It was hard! “Maybe I should stick with power walking”, I thought.  But I stuck with it and running quickly became my escape – calming my mind and helping strengthen my body to deal with the demands of mothering three children under five years old.
I became involved in GOTR two years ago when a friend, Deihdra Miller, approached me to be an assistant coach.  I didn’t really feel qualified, but I thought how feeling physically strong translates into feeling strong in the rest of my life.  “If I can run a mile I can do this too!”  I thought about showing even one girl the transformative power of physical strength and encouraging her to believe in herself to achieve a goal- that would be something I definitely wanted to be a part of.  Now at the beginning of my fifth season, I couldn’t imagine my life without GOTR.
I am so excited to be a Solemate! I think every girl should have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful, life-changing program.  Knowing the money I raise will help bring this kind of joy and power into a girl’s life is so, so rewarding.