Program Overview

At Girls on the Run of NOVA, we are creating a community of girls empowered to be their best, by teaching them the skills they need to be strong, confident, and healthy women.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving more than 50,000 girls since 2000, GOTR NOVA works to engage the entire community to positively impact the health and well being of the girls of Northern Virginia, their families and school communities, and the volunteer coaches who serve them.

GOTR NOVA is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, a network of more than 200 councils in the U.S. and Canada. By connecting our councils’ deep local roots with our strong national unity, Girls on the Run has become a powerful movement that is making a difference in the holistic health of girls, families and communities across North America. Together, we are inspiring girls to know their limitless potential and boldly pursue their dreams.


Mission, Vision, Values.

5Cs + 1

Girls on the Run is a program for elementary and middle school girls that combines a 20-lesson curriculum addressing the psychological, sociological and physiological aspects of physical activity, with training for a 5K run. Teams meet twice a week, before or after school for 10 weeks.

Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.

Read our 2015 Impact Report.


More Than a Running Program

When a girl joins Girls on the Run, what lies ahead is a life-changing experience that inspires girls to know and activate their limitless potential. Here’s what makes the Girls on the Run experience stand out above the rest.

High Impact

Research studies show that Girls on the Run promotes the physical, mental, social and spiritual outcomes that help prevent unhealthy and risky behaviors in adolescent girls.

Great Value

Two 75-90 minute sessions per week, delivered before or after school for 10 weeks for just $175 -- less than $7 per hour, plus free entry into the 5K (scholarships available).

Parents Too

Whether it’s training to run with your daughter in the 5K, cheering her on at the finish line, or reinforcing GOTR lessons using conversation starters from our Grown Up Guide, there are many ways you can be part of your daughter’s GOTR experience.

Girls on the Run 5K

This unique, end-of-season event brings together thousands of NoVA girls, their families, and community members for a celebratory 5K run. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment of the program, when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

Positive Role Models

Women with a desire to make a difference in the lives of girls volunteer their time as GOTR coaches to train and mentor the girls throughout the season.

Physical Activity

Running, stretching and team building games are woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.

Meaningful Lessons

A nationally acclaimed curriculum that prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living, with lessons on positive self talk, choosing friends, nutrition and fueling pace. 

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Each of us is passionate about making a lasting difference in the lives of girls by helping them tap into their limitless potential, and igniting a belief that girls can achieve anything.

Katey Comerford

Executive Director
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Caroline Clements

Director of Finance & Administration
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Emily Davis

Director of Fund Development
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Nicole Wright

Program Manager
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Jennifer Passey

Marketing & Communications Manager
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Theresa Fitzpatrick

Program Associate
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Theresa Urban, Board President - 1406 Group, LLC 

Jillian Katcher, Board Vice President - Marriott International

Tim Kelly, Board Treasurer - BB&T Insurance Services

Siri Oswald, Board Secretary - CRDF Global

Lonnie Davis - Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Margie Johnson - Acumen Solutions

Stephanie Johnson - The Boeing Company

Maureen Knight - Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

Alex Mirkow - Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Monica Schmude - Cigna


Rachel Alansky - Seamless HR Solutions

Emily Duesterhaus - L.F. Jennings

Stephanie Fichter - Job Corps

Katya Tomarev Gimbel - KPMG LLP

Simay Okyay - Clifton Care LLC

Jessica El-Hosni Pedersen - General Dynamics Mission Systems

Kristen Rachinsky - Gartner

Carolyn Elizabeth Rodehau - Population Council 

Kerry Schneider - Friends of the National Zoo

Casey Shellenberger - International Association of Chiefs of Police

Cheryl St. Amant - Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority

Nicole Thorpe - Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School 

Justine Weissenborn - Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center


Girls on the Run of NOVA is committed to using all program fees and donor funds to responsibility meet our mission, vision, and values.

Program fees are based on the direct and indirect costs of delivering our 10-week program and end-of-season 5K, and are detailed in What’s in a Fee?

Each year, GOTR NOVA provides an average of $150,000 in scholarships to make Girls on the Run possible for families who cannot afford the program fee.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Girls on the Run of NOVA is listed as a charity on Guidestar.  Our Form 990, Audited Financial and Annual Report are available for your review.

Girls on the Run of NOVA was selected for inclusion in the 2015-16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region's best community-based charities. The Catalogue's vetting process is rigorous with evaluation based on program impact and fiscal soundness.