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 began in Kansas City in 2007. Initially, two councils existed - Girls on the Run of Johnson County and Girls on the Run of Jackson County. In 2012, seeking to combine resources and expand the program to reach the maximum number of girls in the Kansas City area, the Board of Directors of both organizations voted unanimously to combine the councils. On July 1, 2012, Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City was established. Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City serves over 4,000 girls ages 8-13 years old each year. Our program sites are located at more than 115 different schools and community centers in 15 counties throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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


Gina Krahulik

Executive Director | (660) 909-5498

Jamie Paget

Operations Manager

Krystal Pittenger

Development Manager | (913) 645-6205

Leigh Krtek

Program Manager | (913) 645-6992

Lana Stenner

Program Manger | (913) 645-6991

Rachel Caruthers

Program Coordinator | (913) 608-0956

Morgan Young

Marketing & Events Manager | (913) 645-4016

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

Career and Internship Opportunities
Our Board

Kandra Person

Board Chair

CrossFirst Bank

Kira Montuori

Vice Chair

Marian Hope Center

Kristy Cope

Board Member, Secretary

Waddell & Reed

Lori Pittman

Board Member, Treasurer

Mize Houser & Company

Ali Mohsen

Board Member


Amanda Fisher

Board Member

St. Luke’s East Hospital

Christy Crossley

Board Member

American Century Investments

Melody Redburn

Board Member

Burns & McDonnell

Tricia Beahem

Board Member


Tanesha Ford

Board Member

Kauffman Foundation

Marvin Mastin

Board Member

Dimensional Innovations

Heather Broyles

Board Member


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

Board Opportunities

Greater Kansas City
2110 West 75th Street
Prairie Village, KS 66208

(816) 226-6586