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.

OUR PROGRAMS

Girls on the Run of Northeast Indiana 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. Girls on the Run of Northeast Indiana was established in 2012. We serve Allen, Wells, Huntington, and Noble counties, and have had over 1,000 participants over the past few years.

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

Embrace our DIFFERENCES and find STRENGTH in our CONNECTEDNESS

Express JOY, OPTIMISM AND GRATITUDE through our words, thoughts
and actions

LEAD with an OPEN HEART and assume POSITIVE INTENT

NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people

OUR STAFF

Hillary Knipstein

Council Director


Running our Girls on the Run council is one of the joys of my life. We have brought together a community dedicated to inspiring and empowering the girls in our community to boldly pursue their goals.

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

Current Opportunities
Our Board

Gail Gerber

Board Chair

Emily Arata

Board Member

Fort Wayne Community Schools

Kristina Ledo

Board Member

St. Charles Borromeo School

Amanda Dreher

Board Member

Fort Wayne Fire Department

Melinda Kinder

Board Member

Three Rivers Running Company

Rachel Batdorff

Board Member

The Bowen Center

Danny Powell

Board Member

Trine University

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 Northeast Indiana
10326 Missaukee Trail
Ft. Wayne, IN 46804

(317) 407-1145

hillary.knipstein@girlsontherun.org