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!”

Melissa Stallbaumer

Interim Program Coordinator

“Girls on the Run teaches girls, at every age, how to be themselves. I've worked with the organization on many levels, and it proves to build strength and confidence in them all. I'm so proud to be a part of an organization that activates the limitless potential of women of all ages.”

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

Eric Belk

Board Member

Eric M Belk, PC

Cameron Black

Board Member

Ollis Akers Arney

Colleen Boulware

Board Member

OakStar Bank

Vanessa Brandt

Board Member

The Marlin Company

Stephanie Davenport

Board Member

Ozarks Technical Community College

Charity Fitzgerald

Board Member

Murney Associates LLC

Sarah Hayden

Board Secretary

Hayden Machinery

Jen Murphy

Board Member

Blue Valley Surgical Associates

Marilyn Nolan

Board Member

Preferred Family Healthcare

Elyssa Rapier

Board Member

Mercy Clinic Pediatrics

Andrea Reynolds

Board Member

Running Chics

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