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 of Northwest Arkansas is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia. In 2004, three local leaders sought to bring this program to Benton county. With the assistance of the Boys & Girls Club, Girls on the Run of Benton County held its first season that fall. In 2008, a steering committee was formed by 10 passionate individuals who shared the vision of offering the Girls on the Run program to all young girls in our region. Their vision was for every girl in our community to understand that they are smart, powerful, and strong, empathetic leaders who can change this world. Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas proudly became an independent council in 2009 to serve Benton and Washington counties. Over the past 12 years and with tremendous community support, we have positively impacted over 9,300 participants.

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


Suzanne Clinard

Executive Director

““I love how my husband and daughter support empowering girls in our community and how GOTR inspires me to be the best I can be.””

Amenda Lacy

Marketing Director

“I love getting to see how our community comes together to support the girls through sponsorships and volunteering!”

Nicole Urban

Program Director

“I love how GOTR inspires young women to be joyful, healthy, and confident while working to bring the community closer together. “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” ~ Emma Stone”

Brenda Held

Program Coordinator

“I love seeing our local schools support the girls to reach their limitless potential and pursue their dreams. Being involved has been my most rewarding experience.”

Jessica Forst

Event Planner

“I love how GOTR empowers young girls to embrace their individuality and to follow their dreams despite what the world may say. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt”

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

Our Board

Beth Brown


Mercy Health Foundation

Gary Alecusan


Team Direct Management LLC

Pauline Mohler



Jennifer O'Dell

Board Member

Hershey Co.

Sara Leonard

Board Member


Kim Lauderdale

Board Member


Stacy Bigelow

Board Member

Rachelle Moore

Board Member

Kashi Company

Tracy Harlow

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

Girls on the Run Northwest Arkansas
PO Box 97
Bentonville, AR 72712

(479) 531-4519