History of Girls on the Run Puget Sound

Our History


Girls on the Run of Puget Sound was founded in 2002 by Jeanne Higgins along with Ana Maria King. Jeanne heard about Girls on the Run in the spring of 2001, and volunteered with Girls on the Run of NW Washington in Bellingham throughout the following year, including serving on the Board of Directors.

After experiencing the success of the program in Bellingham, Jeanne wanted to bring Girls on the Run to the Seattle area. She and Ana Maria started Girls on the Run of Puget Sound in the spring of 2002 and shortly after ran a pilot program at the Seattle Girls’ School. Girls on the Run of Puget Sound operated its first community-based program in fall of 2002 at Meadowbrook Community Center in North Seattle. GOTR has grown in the past fifteen years and currently serves over 1,400 girls per year at various program site locations in the greater Seattle area. Our staff has grown and is now comprised of a full-time Executive Director, Development Director, Program Manager, as well as apart-time Program Coordinator, Running Buddy Coordinator and Communications & Marketing Coordinator.


evening-150x86King 5′s Evening Magazine profiles GOTRPS

Watch the story here. Special thanks and kudos to producer Joan Kinsey for so artfully and masterfully capturing our spirit!


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