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.


Bonnie Grote, council director, started Girls on the Run of Union County in 2006 with nine sites and 90 girls. Since then, 10,000 girls have participated in the program with more than 49 sites a season, and $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded for girls with financial needs to participate in the program.

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


Bonnie Grote

Council Director

“Seeing the smiles on the girls face as they cross the finish line at the 5k celebration says it all. What a true inspiration to see the girls accomplish their goal of completing a 5k; it is priceless.”

Lani Koontz

Program Coordinator

“Girls on the Run means fun, growth, positive energy, encouragement, and team work. It is a place where girls, coaches, families, and the community can support one another to achieve goals and create a launching pad for young ladies to unleash their limitless potential.”

Kellen Williams

Site, Marketing, and Volunteer Coordinator

“I love that Girls on the Run creates a safe space for girls to embrace all that makes them unique. The experiences at Girls on the Run help girls to find self-love and purpose, to celebrate individuality and explore how to positively connect with and shape the world.”

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

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

Board Opportunities

Union County
1930 Weddington Rd
Weddington, NC 28104

(704) 814-0258