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 Long Island is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ councils across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run Long Island was established in 2011 as Girls on the Run Nassau County and expanded to include Suffolk County in 2016 to serve all of Long Island!

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


Doreen Dunne

Council Director

“As a GOTR coach, I witness the benefits of this amazing program first hand and am thrilled to be in the role as Council Director to support the coaches and grow the program to bring it to more girls across Long Island.”

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Nancy Feinstein

Board Chair

Fitness Guru, President, Herricks Board of Education

Deirdre Bambrick-Oriani

Board Member

Mom, Grandma, Coach, Marathoner, Teacher-Herricks Schools

Meredith H. Celentano

Board Member

Assistant Vice President for Development & Alumni Affairs, Hofstra University

Elaine Kanas

Board Member

Superintendent of Schools, East Williston School District

Kate Heptig

Board Member

Partner, Rivkin Radler, LLP

Emily Seiman

Board Member

Afsheen Shah

Board Member

Garfunkel Wild, PC

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 Long Island
49 Jetmore Place
Massapequa, NY 11758

(516) 987-7477