Meet our Solemate Amanda!

Meet our Solemate Amanda!

Hey!!!  My name is Amanda, former couch potato turned runner 🙂  I am a wife, mother of 2 fabulous kids, Realtor and 2nd season GOTR coach.

I don’t have an athletic bone in my body and used to live a fairly sedentary lifestyle.  2 years ago, my husband had a terrible heart issue and the reality of almost losing him was the wake up call I needed.  Thank goodness he is healthy now, but I used that scare as a springboard to start living a more healthy life, so I had the best chance of being around for my family.  I decided to take up running and I had never run in my life EVER.  I couldn’t even run a quarter mile, but I signed up for a 5K and was determined to train so I could run the whole thing and I DID!!!!  I was the most proud of myself as I had ever been.  Fast forward a few months and I decided to sign up for my 1st half marathon, the Wild Half.  This is way outside of my comfort zone, but I know I can do anything I set my mind to.

My daughter is so proud of me and I want to show her and all other young girls that they really can do anything.  GOTR is near and dear to my heart and I want every girl to have the opportunity to participate in this phenomenal program.


Meet our Solemate MaryEllen!

Meet our Solemate MaryEllen!

“Three years ago, I joined a running group with the hopes of getting into shape and making some new friends. I started with the Couch to 5k program and instantly fell in love with running and racing. Since then I have run numerous races including a full marathon.
The love and support I get from my teammates on Jersey Women Strong has enabled me to achieve goals I never thought possible, both in running and in life.
I found out about GOTR from a JWS teammate and decided to coach a team this Spring because GOTR has the same mission as my running group- giving girls confidence in themselves to achieve any goal, helping them feel connected to each other while they work towards those goals, and giving back to the community.
Also, as a mom of three grown daughters, I am happy to be a part of something that empowers young girls to be their best selves!
I am excited to run my 15th half marathon- the Superhero half marathon in May – to raise money for the GOTR scholarship fund so more girls can have the chance to be a part of such an amazing program! “
Thank you Coach Neon! If you would like to support her on her journey you can do so here:
Meet our Solemate Jennifer!

Meet our Solemate Jennifer!


Welcome to our newest Solemate Jennifer! Here is a little bit about Jennifer.
“I live in Franklin with my husband, 2 year old daughter and two dogs, Chica and Sasha. I am an online editor and freelance writer, and love to be active whenever there’s time. I play roller derby with the Garden State Rollergirls, I kick box at CKO Franklin, and run in the spring, summer and fall. The longest races I have run so far is a half marathon — the NYC Marathon will be my first marathon ever! I love the mission of GOTR — I feel empowering girls at an early age — and promoting physical fitness is so important. I volunteered for GOTR for the first time in November at their Sussex County Fairgrounds 5k and figured since I was running the marathon, I might as well raise money for something close to my heart. So glad I am a Solemate!”
We are so glad you are a Solemate too! If you would like to make a donation you can do so here:
Meet our Solemate Susan!

Meet our Solemate Susan!

Meet our Solemate Susan!!!
“As a mother of 3 girls and a Girls on the Run coach I have seen firsthand how amazing this program is for young girls. My oldest daughter has been a Girl on the Run for 6 seasons now and I saw a positive change in her almost immediately when she started. She entered the program as a shy, quiet 3rd grader who has now become a confident, kind 5th grader.
Girls on the Run teaches girls that inclusivity, kindness and gratitude gives them far more strength then exclusivity ever could. Every girl should have the opportunity to realize their potential is limitless and anything is possible. If being a Solemate gives more girls that opportunity then sign me up!”
Thank you Susan! If you would like to make a donation you can do so here: #5for5gotrnjn #solemates
Meet our Solemate Wendi!

Meet our Solemate Wendi!



Meet our Solemate Wendi!  Wendi has coached with us for 5 seasons and loves GOTR and what is stands for!  She is joining our Solemates family to help raise funds for our scholarship program.  Wendi will be running the Super Hero Half Marathon in May!

Meet our Solemate Stephanie

Meet our Solemate Stephanie

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: #solemates
Meet our Solemate Wendy!

Meet our Solemate Wendy!

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.

Meet our Solemate Erin!

Meet our Solemate Erin!

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.


Meet our Solemate Lisa!

Meet our Solemate Lisa!

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!!

Important Message from our Board of Directors

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