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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.

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.

Registration for the fall season will be on 7/27 @ 7 pm and can be done via our website.

Registration Link

Please see below information regarding scholarships.  The deadline to submit is 7/22/15. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Girls on the Run New Jersey North offers our program to all girls who desire to participate in our program, regardless of their financial status. Scholarships are granted on a first-come, first-served basis and may be limited by the resources available at the time of application. Please note that first time scholarship applications will take priority over girls who have already received a scholarship in an effort to allow more girls to experience our program.  Our scholarship application will close on 7/22 to allow time to review and process before registration opens on 7/27 @ 7 pm.

Scholarship Application

I have been distance running since  2007 but haven’t set a PR since 2010. This year I’m going for it. I want to break 1:30:00 in the Run the Reservoir Half Marathon in September, and I’m looking to Girls on the Run for inspiration. It’s an organization dedicated to physical and emotional health that teaches young girls problem solving, independent thought, healthy living and running. What a great cause to run for!
Not everyone can afford to participate in this program, so I’m fundraising to provide scholarships. I’m working to improve myself. Please help me provide the opportunity for underprivileged girls to improve themselves in a more meaningful way.
All donations, big or small, make a difference and will be appreciated.


I am running the Summer Solstice trail race to support Girls On The Run, a nation-wide, non-profit organization, which uses running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment.

In this group, certified coaches are dedicated to encouraging and reinforcing girl’s social, psychological, and physical skills and abilities through fun and educational activities.

Being overweight for most of my life, I understand how difficult it can be to maintain a positive outlook and persevere when you believe your abilities are not at the same level as others.

Please help me support GOTR and ensure girls can continue to take advantage of this wonderful program by sponsoring me as I run the Summer Solstice trail race for GOTR.


Site information is now posted on under GOTR Sites.  Please note that our sites are tentative dependent on securing more coaches.  If you are interested in coaching with us please fill out an online coaching application.  We are also still in the process of securing some days and times for sites.  Please continue to check back.  Our scholarship application is also now open under the Registration tab.  Please read all our information regarding our scholarship policy.