December’s Girl Heroes

December’s Girl Heroes

  Angie Buysse & Cynthia Per-Lee!

We are thrilled to be associated with the Girls on the Run Puget Sound (GOTRPS) as donors, running buddies and overall cheerleaders! We first became acquainted with GOTRPR five years ago through Angie’s work with the Seattle Storm Foundation.  GOTRPS was a beneficiary of the Storm Foundation that year and continues to be an important partner.  From the beginning, we were invited to observe after school lessons, review (and practice) the curriculum and participate as running buddies.  It didn’t take long before we knew and felt firsthand that GOTRPS was achieving its mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident!  We could hear it in their voices as the girls shouted “Girls on the Run, Girls on the Run, Girls on the Run is so much fun!”

We love the organization’s mission and the vision of every girl having the opportunity to know and activate her limitless potential and to be free to boldly pursue her dreams. Who can’t get behind that?  For us, almost as important as the mission is an organization’s values and how it achieves its mission.  For example, we have been so impressed with GOTRPS’s focus on equity and inclusion.  One of their core values is to “embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness.”  They are living out this core value everyday as they sincerely work to make it possible for every girl in our community to have access to this incredible program.  They work tirelessly to raise funds to ensure no girl is unable to participate because of a family’s income level.  They also recognize that English is not a first language for some of the parents.  To reduce that barrier and become more inclusive, they are translating important materials and applications into languages that will enable more families to participate.

While we have never considered ourselves “philanthropists,” we were recently recognized for our philanthropy in the community. That recognition has caused us to reflect on what causes and organizations we support and why we support them.  We partner with effective organizations, like GOTRPS, that lift up girls and help them thrive today and in the future.   We are proud to support Girls on the Run Puget Sound because we believe in its mission and we applaud how it shows up in the community.

November Girl Hero

November Girl Hero

Super Star Site Liaison, Susan Shorr!


Few women are more dedicated to ensuring girls at their school feel confident and strong than standout Site Liaison, Susan Shorr, from John Muir Elementary. Site Liaison’s like Susan facilitate the smooth implementation of the Girls on the Run program by serving as a link between coaches, participants, parents and the organization. To say that Susan has gone above and beyond is an understatement. Susan has been a site liaison for the past 9 years, guaranteeing that each year girls at her school have access to the positive and confidence boosting messages that Girls on the Run provides. When we asked Susan why she stays committed to the program, she answered “It is quite special for young girls to have the opportunity to build friendships, healthy habits, and self-confidence, all at the same time” and that the Girls on the Run program “complements many of the same missions we maintain at our school.”

We are extremely thankful for Susan’s commitment to Girls on the Run and ensuring girls at John Muir Elementary know and realize their self-worth and make positive decisions. Thanks to passionate Site Liaisons like Susan, we’re able to offer our positive youth development program to a growing number of girls across King County each year.

If you would like to join Susan and bring Girls on the Run to your school or community this spring, be sure to fill out a New Site Application by Dec 15th, 2016. Learn more about starting a new program site here. Together, we’ll be able to empower 43 new teams of girls to believe in themselves, each other and their limitless potential.

October Girl Heroes

October Girl Heroes

Our Remarkable Girls on the Run Volunteers!



This month’s Girl Heroes are ALL the wonderful volunteers that make Girls on the Run possible! So, how many amazing volunteers are we talking about? Each year, we rely on over 2,000 volunteers to ensure our program is successful and our girls receive empowering messages. From coaches who work tirelessly empowering their teams of girls to site liaisons who help coordinate the logistics of the program at their site to Running Buddies who inspire the girls to reach the finish line at the 5k; we owe a tremendous amount to our volunteers. Although we don’t thank all these amazing and generous folks enough, we couldn’t be more grateful for their time, support and dedication to ensuring King County girls know their true potential and self-worth.

But it doesn’t end there. Each month, we send a call out to volunteers to help with special events or program preparations. And they almost answer the call. Most recently, a group of 15 volunteers from Microsoft helped us build program kits so our coaches would have all the materials they needed to reach their teams of girls. And this past August and September, around 100 volunteers helped us fundraise for new program sites this spring by selling programs at several Seahawks training camps and a home game at Century Field Stadium. Thanks to them, we will be able to establish brand new program sites this spring.

Would you like to join these awesome folks in ensuring all girls know their self-worth? Join us as a volunteer at the Seattle Kids Marathon or sign up to coach this spring. Do neither of these opportunities fit into your schedule? Email to be placed on our on-call volunteer list and we’ll send you an email as opportunities arise!


September Girl Heroes

Our September Girl Heroes are Jeff & Laura from 5Focus!

Not many people can say they have empowered hundreds of Puget Sound girls, but this month’s Girl Heroes, Laura and Jeff Robinson from 5Focus are nothing short of amazing. In 2008, Laura and Jeff Robinson created the Lake Union 10K and named Girls on the Run the beneficiary of the race. The race had 600 runners and was a big hit its very first year. In 2015, the Lake Union 10K was named a “must run” Seattle 10K by Run Guides Magazine.

Last month, in its eighth year in operation, the event sold out, with over 1,500 runners crossing the finish line at South Lake Union. As a result of the Lake Union 10K and the Robinson’s hard work, we have been able to award 215 full scholarships to girls who may not have otherwise been able to participate in Girls on the Run. Not only do Laura and Jeff work tirelessly to coordinate and promote the event, but each summer, without fail, you’ll find them enthusiastically cheering on race participants at the finish line.

We are eternally grateful for the Robinson’s commitment to Girls on the Run and girls in our community. Thanks to them, every girl who applies this spring will have the chance to participate in our confidence boosting and empowering program, irregardless of ability to pay.

Our August Girl Heroes are our SoleMates!

Our August Girl Heroes are our SoleMates!

Since January, our team of 30 amazing and inspiring SoleMates have worked tirelessly towards personal fitness goals, while supporting Girls on the Run of Puget Sound through fundraising efforts.


During our Spring 2016 GOTR season, SoleMates trained hard to prepare for their goal races of either the See Jane Run 5K & Half Marathon or the Northwest Passages Ragnar Relay (and in some cases, both races!), participating in weekly group run/walks, strength training sessions, and track workouts. While they were busy checking off workouts on their training plans, they were also busy creating new friendships, serving as Running Buddies for spring program participants, and fundraising to support scholarships for our future participants.

This awesome team has raised over $21,000 and counting to make sure that Girls on the Run is accessible to all girls in our community. This is our biggest SoleMates season EVER, both in terms of team members and fundraising, and we are incredibly grateful for this group’s hard work and dedication to both their running and fundraising goals! Thanks to their efforts, more than 7 full teams (113 girls!) will receive full scholarships during our next season.

We are honored to be supported by such an inspiring, enthusiastic, and FUN group of women! Thank you for all you do for GOTR and congratulations on your accomplishments this season. If you are interested in learning more or joining our SoleMates team, please visit our webpage or contact


New Youth Ambassador Opportunity!

Girls on the Run Puget Sound has established the 2016 GOTR Youth Ambassador program to give current program girls and alum the chance to share their GOTR experience with the wider community and to continue developing their interpersonal and communication skills.

A select number of Youth Ambassadors will be chosen to participate in a variety of exciting media and community engagement opportunities. Opportunities include: sharing your story for recruitment videos; visiting current and potential program sites; participating in coach training activities; attending Girls on the Run fundraising events; and many more! We will also be highlighting GOTR Ambassador stories on our website, blog and social media outlets.

Applications due Friday, July 29th at 5:00pm.

Learn more and apply




Volunteers Needed

Do you love races? We do too! So much so that we’re helping out at a couple of upcoming 10K’s and need your help. Both 10K’s benefit Girls on the Run in one way or another. Click below to sign up for a shift!

Lake Union 10K: Sun, August 14th
Girls on the Run is the beneficiary of this awesome race. Which means that all proceeds raised from this race go directly towards providing scholarships for girls next spring. We are in need of both volunteers to work the Registration tables (handing out t-shirts & bibs to race participants) and water stop volunteers. Registration volunteers will be needed from 5:45-7:30am. Water stop volunteers will be needed from 7-8:30am.

Sign up to volunteer at the Lake Union 10K


Seattle Marathon 10K: Sat, August 27th
The Seattle Marathon provides all the equipment for the Girls on the Run 5K each spring. Help us return the love by hydrating thirsty race participants at their 10K. Volunteers & staff will work at the water stop from 7-10am.

Sign up to volunteer at the Seattle Marathon 10K

June Girl Heroes

June Girl Heroes

June’s Girl Heroes are Board Members, Doug & Erin!



This month, we celebrate former Board of Directors members Erin Kenny and Doug Jackson as our Girl and Guy Heroes! Erin and Doug joined our board in 2010 and have been tireless champions for our program and girls over the past six years. We are so thankful to both of these hard working board members for their commitment to our mission and the many ways that they have positively impacted Girls on the Run.

During their board terms, Erin ensured the fiscal security and strength of our organization as she served as our Treasurer and Finance Committee chair, while Doug served as Program Committee chair before taking a lead role in Board Governance. Their thoughtful and strategic leadership over the past six years has enabled us to grow our program by 76% (from 850 girls a year to almost 1,500!), something that Erin says she is particularly proud of helping to accomplish. Doug has been instrumental in increasing the diversity, accessibility, and quality of our programming these past 6 years. And together, they’ve watched literally thousands of girls cross the finish line of their very first 5K.

Thank you, Doug and Erin, for all you’ve done for our Girls on the Run community! We are better and stronger organization because of you.

May Girl Hero

May Girl Hero

Our May Girl Hero is Swedish Medical Center!


Our Girl Hero this month is our longtime partner, Swedish Medical Center! Beginning in 2010, Swedish has provided scholarships to offset the cost of registration fees for participants in our Tukwila and Highline districts, and this year, Swedish generously expanded their support of Girls on the Run to provide scholarships to schools throughout King County. Thanks to this incredible partnership, we have been able to serve approximately 288 girls on full scholarship (that’s 19 teams!). In addition to providing scholarships, Swedish has also hosted multiple GOTR coach trainings and is always a friendly and fun presence at our 5k events. We are so grateful to Swedish for working to supporting our community in so many ways!

What’s next for our partnership? This spring, Swedish Medical Center and Girls on the Run teamed up with SQORD Activity Band to promote physical activity while building a healthier community together. SQORD makes play more entertaining, social and fun with the use of an activity band and accelerometer that tracks everyday activity and allows the kids, parents, teachers and family members see the number of points of physical activity. More about our pilot program coming soon!


Coolest 5K Ever

Coolest 5K Ever

5 Wonderful K’s Through Ikea

In February, my friend and I had made a pact to participate in a 5K each month so of course we signed up for the Practice Awesome 5K. How fun that we could choose where and when we wanted to run! Tina and I were bouncing ideas off each other – Portland, a bar crawl, Discovery Park… The options were endless, so we decided to take a break and chat about her upcoming move to a bigger home. That’s when it hit me and I knew where we would be running. Tina and I would stroll 3.1 miles through the Scandanavian magestic wonderland that is known as IKEA. We would use this time to not only get some exercise, but shop for her new house. It was going to be the most productive 5K ever!

At 10am we began our 3.1 mile journey through IKEA.

We followed our course arrows for what we mapped out to be 2 miles…


Then we rested on one of the conveniently placed couches. Only 1.5 miles to go!


After 3.1 miles we felt like we had earned a frozen treat.


Frozen yogurt is a pretty awesome finisher’s prize!


Here is the map of our course. We did it! 3.1 miles through IKEA. Best 5K ever!


To follow Jen’s awesome example and complete a 5K anywhere, register for the #PracticeAwesome5K anytime this week. Learn more and register:

Be sure to take pics and post your awesome route using the hashtag #PracticeAwesome5k and we’ll share your journey & route on our social media channels!