Meet Turnaround Dean!

Meet Turnaround Dean!

I started running in early 1991. In just over a year, I quickly progressed to running races up to the half marathon. After my first half marathon in April 1992,  I was felled by an Achilles tendon injury and a digestive illness. The recovery time from both extended into early 1993 where I had lost my fitness and motivation.  By Summer 1993, my desire returned and I embarked on my 90’s Golden Years of Running. For 5 years, my love for the sport grew.

By Summer 1998, my love began to fade. A recent career change to Computers had me working odd hours and overtime. In addition, I was engaging in old not so healthy habits (drinking, smoking). For the next 5 years, there were periods of time I didn’t run for months.

On September 9, 2003 I made a decision to get it together. My running shoes were in the corner of my bed room after being last used 10 months prior. I quit smoking, put the shoes on and went out the door. This first run/walk started my second running career.  I quickly regained my love for running and haven’t looked back.

I’m now over 10 years into my 21st Century running with no signs of stopping. I’ve completed over 180 races including six marathons, an ultra-marathon of 50 kilometers, triathlons and the recent Dopey Challenge. This consisted of 4 races over 4 days (5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon – 48.6 miles total). I’m planning another marathon in March and ultra-marathon in May (where I plan to complete 50 miles in 12 hours).

In addition to all the miles I’ve logged, I’ve become involved with a  few running organizations. I’ve been a volunteer coach for the Bears Youth Running Club and it’s offshoot – The Polar Bears since 2007. I joined Team Eastern in 2010 and love being part of the Sea of Yellow at local events. In 2012, I became part of the Do Run Runners who participate in many USATF races.

My Team Eastern captain passed my name on to Coach Melissa from Girls on the Run. They were reviving the race around Lake Mohawk and adding a 5K. I was asked to volunteer and was very happy to do so. Since my first Girls on the Run volunteer job in May 2012, I’ve helped 3 times since. I’ve been designated Turnaround Dean after working the turnaround at the 5K in Sparta.  I greatly enjoy volunteering for Girls on the Run because it is such a positive running program. Everyone from the youngest girls to the coaches work very hard and the results are evident. At the last Fall 5K, I was amazed how the program has grown. The building at the Fairgrounds was much more crowded than the previous year. There were hundreds of girls and family members running the 5K. Being able to provide encouragement and pass on my love of running to Girls on the Run is a way I can give back to the sport which has given so much to me.

Coaches Training

Coaches Training

We would like to thank and recognize the 31 amazing coaches that came out today for our spring coaches training!  We are looking forward to spring!

Personalized Bibs!

Parents, we are pleased to present personalized Girls on the Run bibs!  They are $6.99 each with a $1.99 shipping charge!  Every bib ordered; our council will receive $2.  These are great for your girls to wear on the back of their t shirts when they are running their 5k!  For more details, please check out the website.  The bib sale will end on 5/7/14 to allow bibs to ship to you!


Personalized Bibs

Meet Terri

Meet Terri

Meet Coach Terri!!!


I got my start with Girls on the Run as the first ‘solemate’ for the New Jersey North Council raising funds through athletic events I participate in. While I’ve always enjoyed working out, and was a swimmer in high school, I started doing sprint triathlons in September 2010 and over the last three years have completed triathlons, runs and open water swims from Washington DC to Hawaii; most recently completing a 5K in Bangalore, India.  Married with three boys, Joe (22), Will (19) and Anthony (16),  I work in Montvale for KPMG LLP and LOVE my role as ‘coach FABU’-LOUS!   It is privilege to be a GOTR coach, incorporating fitness with the Girls on the Run lessons, and pure joy to watch the girls grow, and cross the 5K finish line at the end of each season.


Meet Gabby!

Meet Gabby!

Now that registration is officially underway, we would like to introduce you to some of our GOTR coaches and junior coaches!  Meet Gabby!  Gabby has been involved with Girls on the Run since it’s inception.  She volunteered at its first fundraiser at the Wendy Mass Book Signing in the Fall of 2011.  She was a Junior Coach for the Sparta Middle School Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 Seasons and the Rev Brown Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 seasons.  She is known as Gabby Banana to the RB Fall 2013 team because of her enthusiastic version of the Banana Song.  She is planning on volunteering again as a Junior Coach for the Rev Brown Spring 2014 season.  All together she has volunteered about 140 hours with GOTR thus far.

She is a Senior at Pope John High School.  She is an AP Scholar with Honor and a National Merit Commended Scholar.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, the German National Honor Society and the Pope John SAT 2000 Club.  She participates with the Pope John Players and is a Senior Altar Server at Our Lady of the Lake Church.

She was accepted early decision to the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and will be attending there in the fall.  She is undecided on her field of study.  Go bananas Gabby!


5k Race Director

We are looking to expand our team and add a Race Director!  If you are interested please check out the job description under “Latest News” and email us your resume!

Important Spring Registration Information!

Hello everyone!

Registration for Girls on the Run will be on 2/4 at 7pm.  Registration closes on 2/24.  There will be no late registration.
Registration will be done through Raceplanner and the link can be found on our website
Please note that we will only be accepting online registration with a credit card.  If a site fills, a wait list will generate through Raceplanner and you will get an email stating that you are on the wait list.  If a spot becomes available you will be contacted.     If you are in need of a scholarship for the season you must fill out this online scholarship application prior to registering.
Scholarships will be reviewed and you will be given a code to put in when you register your daughter. Scholarships are granted on a first-come, first-served basis and may be limited by the resources available at the time of application.
We are still looking for coaches for two of our sites:  Green Hills and Reverend Brown.  In order to run these sites we do need 1 more coach at each site, if you are interested please contact us!
Our season starts on March 3rd and we are looking forward to an amazing season with several brand new sites!

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Vikki at  

Think spring!  🙂

Site Information

Site Information is posted!

GOTR Sites

Please note that all sites are tentative and subject to change at any time.

Bergen County


Fardale Trinity Church-Tuesday and Thursday 5-6:30 pm (3rd-5th grade) 73 Chapel Road, Mahwah

Fardale Trinity Church-Tuesday and Thursday 4-5:30 pm (3rd-5th grade) 73 Chapel Road, Mahwah

Fardale Trinity Church-Tuesday and Thursday 4-5:30 pm (6th-8th grade-Girls on Track) 73 Chapel Road, Mahwah

Glen Rock

Glen Rock Central School-Monday and Tuesday 3:45-5:15 pm (3rd-5th grade)

Glen Rock St. Catherine’s Academy of our Lady-Monday and Tuesday 4-5:30 pm (3rd-5th grade)


Somerville Elementary School-Monday and Wednesday 3:15-4:45 pm (3rd-5th grade)

Passaic County

West Milford

West Milford Presbyterian Church-Monday and Thursday 4-5:30 pm (3rd-5th grade)


Sussex County


Helen Morgan School- Tuesday and Thursday 2:45-4:30 (3rd-5th grade)

Mohawk Ave School- Monday and Wednesday 4:45-6:15 (3rd-5th grade)

Alpine School- Monday and Wednesday 3:45-5:15 (3rd-5th grade)

Reverend Brown School- Monday and Friday 3-4:30 (3rd-5th grade) Site is pending 2 more coaches, Email us at if you are interested in coaching

Sparta Middle School-Monday and Wednesday 3:15-4:45 (6th-8th grade-Girls on Track)


Lafayette School-Tuesday and Thursday 3:15-4:45 pm (3rd-5th grade)


Green Township

Green Hills School-Wednesday and Friday 2:15-3:45 pm (3rd-5th grade) Site is pending 1 more coach, Email us at if you are interested in coaching.


St. Francis De Sales Church-Monday 6pm and Thursday 4 pm (3rd-5th grade) 614 Route 517

Coaches Still Needed!

We are still looking for coaches for several of our sites including Lafayette, Green, and Sparta-Helen Morgan.  Contact us if you are interested!

Spring Season

Our website will be updated soon with spring season details!  Please check back often.  If you have not done so already please sign up for our mailing list and like us on Facebook to receive all the latest details on our council.