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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.

Meet our Solemate, Stephanie!!!!
“My name is Stephanie, I didn’t begin to run until I was 33 years old and I’ll always wish I found running earlier in life. I am a mom to two amazing daughters and I’m so happy to show them that it’s never too late to try something new and set a new goal for yourself. I ran my first half marathon in December and I’m excited for my next half in April. I just started my 3rd season coaching GOTR, I love everything about this important program. I became a solemate to help provide more girls with the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing organization.”
Thanks Stephanie! You are a rockstar!
If you would like to support Stephanie, you can do so here: http://giving.girlsontherun.org/girls-on-the-run-new-jersey-north/Stephanie-Runs-Rutgers-13-1-for-Girls-on-the-Run #solemates

We are really excited that Coach Wendy has joined our Solemates team for the SECOND time this year!

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.

Hi! I am Erin and I will be starting my 2nd season as a GOTR coach for Mohawk Ave in Sparta, NJ this Spring. I am a mom of 3 young girls and a Trunk Keeper for Matilda Jane Clothing, a boutique style clothing company for Women and Girls.

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.




My name is Lisa Saparito, and I fell in love with Girls on the Run during my first year of teaching in Sparta almost 4 years ago. Girls on the Run allowed me to connect with my students in another element aside from my physical education classes, and reflect on my own character. Over the years I have volunteered for Girls on the Run NJ North as a coach, angel runner, running buddy, and now two-time SoleMate.
This year I will be flying to sunny La Jolla, California to run the La Jolla 1/2 Marathon on April 23, 2017 as a SoleMate. I am excited to be raising money to help get girls into our chapter of GOTR. I strive to be a positive role model in our community and teach my students and GOTR girls to be their best self! I run because it makes me feel confident, determined, relaxed, and healthy.
Some other fun facts about me are that aside from running, I love the beach, reading, travelling, lifting weights, penguins, and the color red. I am also graduating this May with my Master’s Degree, so training for this half marathon will be my therapy! Thanks for your support and wish me luck!!

Dear Girls on the Run Community,

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.


With gratitude,

The Board of Directors at Girls on the Run New Jersey North