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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.

We are moving to a lottery system for spring registration.  It will open on 1/31 and close on 2/2.  The lottery will run on 2/2.  You will be emailed if your daughter was selected for our program.  Registration will re-open on 2/3 and will be first come first served for any remaining slots.  For more information on our lottery system please click on the registration tab above.  Site information is now posted under GOTR sites and our scholarship application is now open as well.  For any questions, please contact us!

Please see our 2015 Gratitude Report here:  GratitudeReport

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.