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.


It was in 2002 that Tracy Ashdale, our Executive Director, read an article in Runners World Magazine honoring Molly Barker, Founder of Girls on the Run International that got the drums beating in her heart. Soon after making a call to headquarters, Tracy founded the local Montgomery and Delaware Counties Council. She coached her first team of 12 girls at Fort Washington Elementary in 2007 and has presided over an incredible time of organizational growth. The council has served over 6000 girls. Our 350 fearless coaches led 81 teams of nearly 1300 girls over the 10 week session.

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


Tracy Ashdale, LSW

Executive Director

“Tracy Ashdale is the Executive Director. In her role, she is responsible for all organizational and operational aspects of Girls on the Run. "I am grateful to have Girls on the Run as the platform for my life’s work. I courageously use my integrity, compassion and wisdom to be brave in all my endeavors.”

Lauren Psimaris

Development Director

“I have always been inspired and excited by GOTR and its mission. After recently having my own 2 daughters and reflecting back on positive influences in my own life, I decided this was the time to join this amazing organization!”

Megan Briggs

Program Coordinator

“Running has been an important platform of my life for physical fitness, mental strength and relationship building. It brings me fulfillment to be a part of a team of staff and volunteers who are working together for the purpose of building each other up while strengthening the lives of young people.”

Kelly De Palma

Program Director

““In my personal life, I have always strived to live by the 5 C’s (caring, competence, confidence, character, and connection) that is the foundation of Girls on the Run’s program which is why I am so passionate about this organization.””

We're always considering passionate individuals to join our team and help us inspire more girls in Montgomery & Delaware Counties.

Board & Staff Opportunities
Our Board

Laura Brewer

Interim Board Chair, Board Secretary

Berk, Laughton, Brewer & Burk, LLC

Stephanie Sobol

Board Treasurer

Pathways, LLC

Emily Yanok

Board Member


Robyn Pollack, Esq.

Board Member

Trellis Consulting

Derek Hopper

Board Member

PMA Companies

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

Email us

Girls on the Run Montgomery & Delaware Counties, Pa.
P.O. Box 502
Ambler, PA 19002-0502

(215) 540-0813