Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.


Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri was established in 2008 to serve Greene County. We expanded to serve Christian County in 2014. We have served over 2700 participants over the past nine years.

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5K events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5K series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.

core values

Recognize our POWER and RESPONSIBILITY to be INTENTIONAL in our decision making


Express JOY, OPTIMISM AND GRATITUDE through our words, thoughts
and actions


NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people


Trish McAdams

Executive Director

“Running is what initially attracted me to Girls on the Run, but the message of the program is what hooked me and drove my desire to start Girls on the Run in southwest Missouri. This program has changed my life and I believe it has the power to change the lives of other girls and women!”

Alecia Bare

Program Coordinator

“We are truly changing lives, by empowering young girls to embrace their differences and strive to be the best they can be.”

Emma-Quin Smith

Event and Volunteer Coordinator

“I have learned so much from Girls on the Run just by hanging out with the girls and watching them grow. The lessons we teach are universal and women of all ages need to hear them. I am so excited to see what the future holds with so many strong women out there who have been built by Girls on the Run.”

We're always considering passionate individuals to join our team and help us inspire more girls in the Southwest Missouri area.

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Alyea Alldredge

Board Chair

Big Time Results

Cameron Black

Board Member

Ollis Akers Arney

Charity Fitzgerald

Board Member

ADsmith Marketing and Advertising

Sarah Hayden

Board Member

Hayden Machinery

Molly Ledger

Board Member


Pam Leggett-Lutes

Board Vice Chair

Elite Promotions

Jen Murphy

Board Member

Blue Valley Surgical Associates

LeeAnn Neill

Board Member

Springfield Public Schools

Marilyn Nolan

Board Member

Preferred Family Healthcare

Andrea Reynolds

Board Member

Running Chics

Joy Weis

Board Member

Jordan Valley Community Health Center

Colleen Boulware

Board Member

Commerce Bank

Vanessa Brandt

Board Member

The Marlin Company

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year.

Board Opportunities

Southwest Missouri
1111 S Glenstone Ave
Suite 120
Springfield, MO 65804

(417) 763-3646