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.
Hi Everyone and thank you for taking the time to look at my fundraising page!
As I am about to take on my second season as a Girls on the Run coach, I decided to take on the role of a SoleMate for the second time as well. This program is incredibly rewarding and when the opportunity arose to do it for the NYC Half Marathon, I knew I HAD to do it.
My goal for this race is to raise $1,600 which is enough to provide 5 girls a scholarship for a full season.
please consider donating ANY amount to this amazing organization.
I ran my first half marathon in 2012 after being encouraged by my father, who started running marathons at 57 years old. We ran most of the course together until his marathon race split off from my half marathon. Finishing that race was the best feeling in the world because I never thought I could run a long distance. In 2016, at the encouragement of my father again, I signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon. We ran the whole race together. He encouraged me during the first half when I was nervous and not so sure I would finish and I encouraged him the second half when he had to slow down due to severe knee pain.
I am not the fastest runner, but nothing gives me a better sense of accomplishment and pride. I see the same thing in my daughter, Alyssa. She is not always the most confident kid, but when she ran her first 5k as a second grader she felt like she could conquer the world. I knew that day I would coach her GOTR team when she entered 3rd grade. I want Alyssa and every girl to have a chance to realize their limitless potential and that is why I am running the NYC Half Marathon as a Solemate.
The Board of Directors for Girls on the Run New Jersey North is pleased to announce new staffing changes to our council leadership structure that will enable our council to continue to build a sustainable program and expand program impact in our communities of Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Sussex counties. Deb Siipola, the founding Executive Director for Girls on the Run New Jersey North, will be moving from the Executive Director position to Director of Partnerships and Development. Deb has been the Executive Director for last five years, first in a volunteer capacity and then as a part-time employee.
During her tenure, Deb helped establish the council, expand the council into 4 counties, and provide scholarships for over 200 girls. In the past 5 years, GOTR NJN has served over 2000 girls. Recognizing that it is time for the council to have a full-time executive director, Deb has decided to step down from the Executive Director role and will provide leadership to the council in new ways. The board is incredibly grateful for the leadership that Deb provided during her tenure and in this transition and are thrilled she will still be part of the leadership structure at New Jersey North. Deb stated, “Serving as Executive Director has been a wonderful experience. I have grown in many ways and will always treasure the opportunities provided to me. I am excited for this new challenge and grateful to be a part of this amazing organization as we continue to grow and serve more girls.”
The Board is also excited to announce that Maureen Dykstra will become our new Executive Director as of October 17, 2016. As a founding Board member and GOTR coach, Maureen has already contributed to our council’s success and is thrilled to move into this full time role. Through coaching, Maureen has seen firsthand the positive changes in the body and mind that a healthy lifestyle can make in a child’s life. Maureen graduated from Syracuse University and she worked for many years as a pharmaceutical sales representative.
It has always been our goal to provide a quality program for our girls and allow all girls the ability to reach their “limitless potential.” We are truly looking forward to the next chapter in our council’s growth and development.
The Board of Directors at Girls on the Run New Jersey North
We are planning to run the Alexa Thunder Run 1/2 Marathon in November but if we aren’t properly trained in time, we plan to cheer on all our friends running the NYC Marathon that day!….so please help us in reaching our goal of $750 by that time! Ryan and I are running pals and he hopes that one day his daughter can participate in this wonderful program, once she is old enough.