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 South Louisiana is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations throughout the United States and Canada.  Our council was formed in 2009 and included 24 girls at 2 schools and was the first Girls on the Run council in the state of Louisiana. Today, over 200 volunteers deliver the 10-week program at 70+ public and private school sites and the organization will serve 1800 girls in 2015. Approximately 50% of participants are provided with full or partial scholarships each year. Girls on the Run South Louisiana serves the parishes of: East Baton Rouge, Ascension, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermillion, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa & Washington.

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


Hydie Wahlborg

Executive Director

“I am inspired by the joy, positivity and connectedness that Girls on the Run brings not only to the girls, but to their families, the coaches and all who find themselves connected to the organization.”

Kimberly Douet

Program Coordinator

“I fell in love with the mission and purpose behind Girls on the Run. The GOTR girls inspire me every day!”

Michele Dunbar

Volunteer Coordinator

“I am inspired by the joy and confidence of the girls and thrilled to be a part of an organization whose every activity tells girls “You can!””

Carley Fuller

Event and Communication Director

“Sharing our mission and the positive impact of our programs with the community is the greatest part of my job!”

Christie Howard

Lafayette Liasion

“Watching the girls' self-esteem grow along with their excitement to run has been my favorite part of coaching.”

Emily Vicknair

Volunteer Coordinator Intern

“I am so inspired by the mission of Girls on the Run and the girls that help to carry it out. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization.”

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

Corporate Opportunities
Our Board

Randa Patrick

Board Member

Jeff Soileau

Board Member

McCall Dempsey

Board Member

Shelley Mockler

Board Member

Treva Parolli-Barnes

Board Member

Layna Rush

Board Member

Megan Andrews

Board Member

Amanda Boggs


Emily Hamner

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 South Louisiana
3185 Balis Drive
Unit 104
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

(225) 636-0800