Vote for Trish & Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri has been chosen by one of 417 Magazine’s 10 Most Beautiful Women, Director Trish Hopkins, as a contender to receive partial proceeds from 417′s signature women’s event, Indulge: An Evening for Women. Trish and 19 other women are campaigning for votes in hopes of raising money for their charities and becoming one of our 10 Most Beautiful Women. Voting takes place now through Friday, May 30, at 5 p.m. and will narrow our 20 finalists to our final 10 women. To cast your vote, go to www.417mag.com/10MB/.

Catching Up With Coach Jane

When Girls on the Run is in session, we depend on our volunteer coaches to teach and encourage our girls. From plugging into the Girls on the Run cord to covering themselves in silly lap markers, from serious heart-to-heart talks to silly Energy Awards, our coaches give tirelessly of themselves every week. We love our coaches, and we think you should, too, so about once a month we feature a coach for you to get to know.

Jane Vest

  • Tell us about your everyday job. 
    I am an orthopedic/neuroscience/trauma RN for Cox Health.
  • Tell us about your family.
    I am single and have no children.
  • What school do you coach for?  
    Field
  • How many seasons have you coached?  
    This is sixth semester, I believe.
  • Why did you get involved with GOTR? 
    I had been looking for some volunteer work, and Rosie posted on Facebook about needing coaches, and I messaged her back and the rest is history!
  • What is the last book you read? 
    I am currently reading Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle.
  • What is your favorite quote? 
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. — Philippians 4:13
  • Describe your perfect pizza.  
    Thin crust with ham and pineapple.
  • What is your favorite physical activity?  
    Riding horses.
If you’re interested in coaching with Girls on the Run, check out the Coaches page for head coach and assistant coach job descriptions or contact us!

Nine Questions for Alyea Alldredge, Board of Directors

 The Girls on the Run Board of Directors represent a diverse cross-section of backgrounds and businesses, and we are glad to have them on the Girls on the Run train! Without their support, we would not be able to engage the lives of hundreds of young girls every year. We are thankful for our board members, and we feature about one a month for you to get to know and thank, too.

Alyea Alldredge

  1. Tell us about your everyday job.
    Pharmaceutical sales rep and WellCoach — Recently started my own Wellness Coaching business called W.H.A.L.E. done! WellCoaching.
  2. Tell us about your family.
    My hubby is Noah, aka Mr. BigTime! We’ve been married since 12/12/12 and are enjoying our time pre-kiddos! We recently just completed our 1st full marathon together.
  3. What is your role on the GOTR board?
    Board vice president and governance committee chair
  4. What’s the best part about being involved with GOTR?
    Where to start?! Besides the awesome and inspiring mission it serves, GOTR spoke to me from the very beginning more than five years ago. I feel like the best thing might be the people involved with GOTR — from the girls in the program to the coaches to the AWESOME BOARD to those from the community that have given their support. The PEOPLE make this organization what it is.
  5. Are you involved in any other great causes in southwest Missouri?
    Yes, I’m the assistant chair for the Junior League’s Pitter Pat committee, an annual 5K/10K race supporting charities like Isabel’s House and other Junior League signature projects. I’m also a Tiger Club of Springfield Board Member and Leadership Springfield Alumni.
  6. Who is your hero?
    Hmmm, I have so many earthly people I look up to/respect, but think I might have to go with Jesus here.
  7. Where would you go on your dream vacation?
    Anywhere with my hubby–tropical locations would be best though!
  8. What is your favorite dessert?
    Ice cream–too many favorite flavors–though nothing with nuts (ew!)
  9. What is your favorite physical activity?
    Running!
If you’re interested in volunteering for Girls on the Run, check out our Get Involved page for volunteer opportunities or contact us!

Talking With Team Nixa

Super, super girl power! This little energy award captures the heart of our Girls on the Run. While every school team has a grand amount of energy, each has its own personality. We love our Girls on the Run, and we know you will, too, so about once a month we highlight a school team for you to get to know.

Team Nixa – JTSD

  • Mascot.
    Eagle
  • Coaches.
    Kathleen Norman, Charity Middleton, & Pam Blankenship
  • Teammates.
    Emma B., Allison, Abby,  Rosie, Lauren, Harper, Lili, Emma V., & Makayla
  • Best thing about being a GOTR?
    Hanging out with your friends, running, and being bawesome (Boss and awesome together)
  • Favorite energy award?
    Awesome sauce/Awesome socks
  • Describe yourself in one word?
    Bawesome, awesome, fun, amazing, cool
  • What did you learn in school today?
    How to divide fractions and how a lever works
  • What is your favorite book?
    Heart of a Samari, Loser, Out of My Mind, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days, The False Prince, Because of Winn Dixie, Double Identity, Dear Aubrey
  • What is your favorite physical activity?
    Running, volleyball, dancing, gymnastics, yoga, karate, softball, basketball, football

If you’re interested in bringing Girls on the Run to your school, check out our Schools page for an application or contact us!

Catching Up With Coach Susan

When Girls on the Run is in session, we depend on our volunteer coaches to teach and encourage our girls. From plugging into the Girls on the Run cord to covering themselves in silly lap markers, from serious heart-to-heart talks to silly Energy Awards, our coaches give tirelessly of themselves every week. We love our coaches, and we think you should, too, so about once a month we feature a coach for you to get to know.

Susan Duckworth

  1. Tell us about your everyday job.
    I am a teacher at Delaware Elementary.
  2. Tell us about your family.
    Besides my wonderful 3rd grade school family, I have one son, Cole, a daughter Rachel, and a cute dog Hanna, all who love to run.
  3. What school do you coach for?
    Delaware
  4. How many seasons have you coached?
    Three years
  5. Why did you get involved with GOTR?
    I became involved with GOTR through a long time YMCA friend Trish Hopkins.
  6. What is the last book you read? 
    Through school, I am constantly reading books. I usually have several going at once. Recently a student shared with me The One and Only Ivan. I have since shared it with the whole class. Thank you, Sophie, a Delaware GOTR!
  7. What is your favorite quote?
    I have 2 favorite quotes: “To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world.” + “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery; but today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.” — Elexis Bell
  8. Describe your perfect pizza.
    Pizza, I love them all, but I am quit fond of pineapple on my pizzas.
  9. What is your favorite physical activity?
    Most weekends, for the past 20 years, you can find me on the trail with my favorite running partners. My friends, family and running get me through the tough times and share my joys!

If you’re interested in coaching with Girls on the Run, check out the Coaches page for head coach and assistant coach job descriptions or contact us!

Nine Questions for Andrea Reynolds, Board of Directors

The Girls on the Run Board of Directors represent a diverse cross-section of backgrounds and businesses, and we are glad to have them on the Girls on the Run train! Without their support, we would not be able to engage the lives of hundreds of young girls every year. We are thankful for our board members, and we feature about one a month for you to get to know and thank, too.

Andrea Reynolds

  1. Tell us about your everyday job.  
    Owner, Running Chics (www.runningchics.com) Athletic Apparel
  2. Tell us about your family.  
    Husband (Mike), Son 17 1/2 (Alex), two dogs
  3. What is your role on the GOTR board?  
    I am a board member but also work on three committees: Valentine charity dinner and dance committee, 5K committee, SoleMates committee
  4. What’s the best part about being involved with GOTR?  
    I’ve met a lot of great people who are passionate about the organization. It’s great to be associated with like-minded people who are all together for the same purpose. To help those in need. In this case… to help young girls develop into confident, self-reliant adults who can then help others in need. Keeps the cycle going.
  5. Are you involved in any other great causes in southwest Missouri?  
    Not at this time.
  6. Who is your hero?  
    I don’t have one hero. My heroes are the everyday women that I interact with on a day to day basis. They inspire me and keep me motivated to do and be my very best.
  7. Where would you go on your dream vacation?  
    I’ve been on some pretty great vacations.  The place that I am the happiest and the most at peace is in the mountains of Colorado.
  8. What is your favorite dessert?  
    Anything with chocolate or peanut butter (together is even better).
  9. What is your favorite physical activity?  
    Running of course. Also love to hike, ski, bike, walk my dogs.
Side note:  I donate a percentage of all sales to our local Girls on the Run chapter. It’s important for people to know that the money I donate stays local.

If you’re interested in volunteering for Girls on the Run, check out our Get Involved page for volunteer opportunities or contact us!

All Star Park to Park Run

Ever wanted to run 150+ miles? Ever wanted to run from the home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to the home of the Springfield Cardinals? How about running it as a relay team? If you answered yes to any of those questions, we have a race for you!! Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri is forming a team to run the All Star Park to Park Run on June 13-14. The race starts at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas and finishes at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri. For just $25, you can be part of the team! For more info, please contact Rosie Laughlin at Roselaugh@att.net ***We are just accepting runners that are 21 years or age or older***  Click Here to Sign up today!

Talking With Team Delaware

Super, super girl power! This little energy award captures the heart of our Girls on the Run. While every school team has a grand amount of energy, each has its own personality. We love our Girls on the Run, and we know you will, too, so about once a month we highlight a school team for you to get to know.

Team Delaware

  • Mascot.
    Indians
  • Coaches.
    Kasie Ferguson, Sue Duckworth, and Vanessa Jacoby
  • Teammates.
    Alexis C, Alexus, Alexis J, Ananda, Alivia, Bayleah, Brianna, Kyleigh, Lola, Sophie, and Wambui
  • Best thing about being a GOTR.
    Learning about how to deal, running, getting to see my best friend twice a week
  • Favorite energy award.
    Super star, 7-7-3-3, GOTR is so much fun, Elvis
  • Describe yourself in one word.
    Intelligent, crazy, creative, neutral, chill, happy, unique, a good friend
  • What did you learn in school today?
    Love reading, ALEX (a computer program), learning how a bill becomes a law, math, art
  • What is your favorite book?
    Hunger Games Series, The One and Only Ivan
  • What is your favorite physical activity?
    Running, bowling, swimming

If you’re interested in bringing Girls on the Run to your school, check out our Schools page for an application or contact us!

Catching Up With Coach Erin

When Girls on the Run is in session, we depend on our volunteer coaches to teach and encourage our girls. From plugging into the Girls on the Run cord to covering themselves in silly lap markers, from serious heart-to-heart talks to silly Energy Awards, our coaches give tirelessly of themselves every week. We love our coaches, and we think you should, too, so about once a month we feature a coach for you to get to know.

Erin Kathleen Bennett

  1. Tell us about your everyday job.
    I am currently a college student at Missouri State University studying to become a physical therapist! I work at the front desk of my residence hall and also am a server at Longhorn Steakhouse.
  2. Tell us about your family.
    I am from Kansas City, Missouri, and I have a younger brother and sister ages 12 and 16. My parents are divorced and both are on the brink of getting remarried to wonderful people. I also have two dogs and three cats between both families!
  3. What school do you coach for?
    I coach for Bingham Elementary School.
  4. How many seasons have you coached?
    This is my first year coaching!
  5. Why did you get involved with GOTR?
    I became involved with Girls on the Run because this organization is what made me fall in love with my sorority. I am a Gamma Phi Beta, and we sponsor Girls on the Run as one of our philanthropies. Learning about what this organization does made me wish we had this in Kansas City because I know how hard it is to grow up a confident and self-assured young woman.
  6. What is the last book you read?
    The last book I read was “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins. I love love love Jennifer Lawrence in the movies and how well she portrays the character I have developed in my head!
  7. What is your favorite quote?
    My favorite quote is from a song by Awolnation that my brother and I always listen to when we are together. It says, “Never let your fear decide your fate.” I want everyone to feel this way because how can you accomplish your dreams if you’re afraid to chase them?
  8. Describe your perfect pizza.
    My perfect pizza… hmm… I would have to say a pizza with white cheese, chicken, spinach, and mushrooms. I know. I’m weird.
  9. What is your favorite physical activity?
    I love all physical activity! I’ve always enjoyed running, and volleyball is the love of my life, but I’ve played tennis, flag football, soccer, softball, and basically anything I’ve had access to!

If you’re interested in coaching with Girls on the Run, check out the Coaches page for head coach and assistant coach job descriptions or contact us!

Talking with Team Wilder

Super, super girl power! This little energy award captures the heart of our Girls on the Run. While every school team has a grand amount of energy, each has its own personality. We love our Girls on the Run, and we know you will, too, so about once a month we highlight a school team for you to get to know.

Team Wilder

  1. Mascot.
    Wildcats
  2. Coaches.
    Sally Rutledge & Emma-Quin Smith
  3. Teammates.
    Cidra, Ireland, Karson, Lexi, Macy, Nadia, Nikolette, Paige, Raylee
  4. Best thing about being a GOTR.
    You get to hang out with friends and do fun activities. You find a way to be nicer to people. You make new friends and express your feelings here. You get to exercise and make new friends.
  5. Favorite energy award.
    GOTR Rocks the House, Peel the Banana, You are a Star, Victory (Wilder cheer)
  6. Describe yourself in one word.
    Pretty, sweet, awesome, crazy (in a good way!), energetic, excited, unique, creative, marvelous
  7. What did you learn in school today?
    How to turn fractions into decimals.
  8. What is your favorite book?
    Junie B. Jones, Dork Diaries
  9. What is your favorite physical activity?
    Swimming, gymnastics, running, dancing
If you’re interested in bringing Girls on the Run to your school, check out our Schools page for an application or contact us!