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 Middle Tennessee 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 Middle Tennessee celebrates its tenth birthday this year serving Davidson, Montgomery, Rutherford, Sumner, and Williamson counties.

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


Tiffany Patton

Executive Director,

I am so thankful that organizations like Girls on the Run exist to teach our girls to be joyful, healthy and confident and to boldly pursue their dreams. The beautiful thing about Girls on the Run is that not only do we inspire our girls, but everyday our girls inspire us! We all are on this journey together to live our best lives, encouraging one another along the way.

Brigid Bresnihan

Program Coordinator,

Empowering girls is my passion and I believe that joyful, healthy, confident girls will change the world. I love how GOTR programs help girls grow into exactly who they want to be, follow their dreams, set and achieve their goals, and learn the value of giving back to their community. I'm so grateful this organization exists and that I get to spend my time making this program available to girls in Middle Tennessee.

Beth Rattray

Communications and Events Officer,

Igniting a sisterhood between women, young and old, from all walks of life, is the foundation necessary to teach, empower, and bring young girls to their full potential. Girls on the Run is a perfect example of how a community can help the next generation of strong women lead. If that unity starts by crossing a finish line together, then I’m all in.

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Andrew Smith

Board President

Brookdale Senior Living

Bobbie Jo Beach

Board Vice President

Belmont University

Janelle VanHootegem

Board Secretary

Caterpillar Financial Services

Susan Keffer

Board Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair

McKerley & Noonan CPA

Corrie Anderson

Board Member


Jennifer Berry

Fundraising Committee Chair

Hospital Corporation America

Mary Brooke Bonadies

Board Member

Fridrich & Clark Realty

René Ciarametaro

Board Member

Marathon Runner, Community Volunteer

Mary Taylor Gallagher

Board Member

Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC

Sebastian Haupt

Governance Committee Chair

Onlife Health Inc

Kelli Henley

Starting Line Committee Chair


Cara Ince

Board Member

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Bonna Johnson

Board Member

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

Dina Kraus

Board Member


Kenneth John Yanicky

Board Member

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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

    Girls on the Run of Middle Tennessee
    1451 Elm Hill Pike #110
    Nashville, TN 37210

    (615) 356-4829