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 Buffalo 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 Buffalo was established in 2010 and quickly expanded to serve alll all eight counties of Western New York. Since our start, over 9,000 girls have participated in our program from all 8 counties and over 30 school districts of WNY. We have expanded from schools to after-school programs, community centers and church's allowing girls from all neighborhoods to become a girl on the run!

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


Katie Joyce

Council Director

“"Seeing how our girls change in 10 short weeks is the most remarkable part of this program."”

Meghan Cavanaugh

Program Director

“"Being able to provide a program to every girl in our area who would like to participate and watching the impact GOTR can have on these your girls is so rewarding"”

Laura Scalzi

Program Assistant

“Watching our girls create strong friendships in such a short time frame has inspired me to coach.”

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Christine Tinnesz

Board President

Buffalo State College

Julia Spitz


Savarino Properties

Lisa Palladino


The Bonadio Group

Lola Buckley

Board Member

Physical Therapist

Meghan Cavanaugh

Board Member

Girls on the Run

Paula Eastman

Board Member

John T. Waugh Elementary

Susan Epstein

Board Member

Sacred Heart Academy

Katie Joyce

Board Member

Girls on the Run

Mary Miller

Board Member

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Andrea Privitera

Board Member

Holistic Coach

Christine Vincek

Board Member

Physical Therapist

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Girls on the Run of Buffalo
PO Box 1271
Buffalo, NY 14213

(716) 873-2221