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! 

Catching Up With Coach Liz

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.

Liz Mergenthaler

  1. Tell us about your everyday job.
    I’m a junior studying dietetics at MSU, and I work at the Campus Rec Center.
  2. Tell us about your family.
    My parents, sister, and brother-in-law all live in St. Charles. I just have one older sister, who’s 25.
  3. What school do you coach for?
    Bowerman Elementary
  4. How many seasons have you coached?
    This is my first time!
  5. Why did you get involved with GOTR?
    I LOVE to run, and I love to volunteer. It seemed like the perfect fit for me. I also love working with girls this age because they are a lot of fun, and they are at a critical age where positive influences are really important. I hope to have that positive influence in their lives.
  6. What is the last book you read?
    The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbrieth… A.K.A. J.K. Rowling! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, so I had to read her newest book as well!
  7. What is your favorite quote?
    “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Ghandi
  8. Describe your perfect pizza.
    It’s called a Palermo at the restaurant I used to work at back home. It was thin crust with olive oil and garlic sauce, cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and bacon on top. I have to get it whenever I go home!
  9. What is your favorite physical activity?
    Like I said, I LOVE to run! I also really enjoy playing tennis and volleyball.

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 Ed Stevens, 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.

Edward Stevens

  1. Tell us about your everyday job. 
    Pediatrician at Mercy Kids specializing in newborn medicine.  I run a 42 bed neonatal intensive care unit.
  2. Tell us about your family. 
    Married to Elizabeth for 30 years. She is a registered dietician by profession, stay-at-home mom by passion. Three children: Oldest Bekah, our Miami Dolphins cheerleader currently in physicians assistant school. Charlie is a second lieutenant in the Air Force attending Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine on scholarship. Laura, our youngest, is a senior at University of Missouri hoping to attend medical school in Kansas City.
  3. What is your role on the GOTR board? 
    Chairman
  4. What’s the best part about being involved with GOTR? 
    Seeing the impact of the program on the girls in our community.
  5. Are you involved in any other great causes in southwest Missouri?  
    Camp Barnabas and March of Dimes
  6. Who is your hero? 
    Abraham Lincoln
  7. Where would you go on your dream vacation?  
    Backpacking an Alaska gold mining trail
  8. What is your favorite dessert? 
    Andy’s frozen custard.
  9. What is your favorite physical activity? 
    Biking — road, mountain or tandem — and running.

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

2014 Coach of the Year Nomination

Did you know that you can nominate your coach for Girls on the Run Coach of the Year!  Just fill out the attached form and mail it in!  Nominations must be postmarked by June 15, 2014. Coach of the Year Nomination Form

Talking With Team Bowerman

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 Bowerman

  • Mascot.
    Stars
  • Coaches.
    Sarah, Selena, Stacey, Liz, Kristin, Carolyn, Michelle, and Vicky
  • Teammates.
    Sabrina, Jessie, Autumn, Sadie, Felicity, Jasmine, Jenna, Marriah, Emilia, Mikayla, Raeann, Taneisha, Victoria, Kennady, Brielle, and Liberty.
  • Best thing about being a GOTR. 
    Running, meeting new friends, snacks, nice coaches, and having a positive attitude. 
  • Favorite energy award.  
    Dynamite, Tick Tick Boom, and the Roller Coaster.
  • Describe yourself in one word. 
    Sweet, Cookie Monster, active, awesome, good dancer, joyful, intelligent, funny, awesome, pretty, friendly, terrific singer, entertaining, kind, fantastalicious, and royalicious.
  • What did you learn in school today? 
    Sign language, number of bones in the body, muscle is a tissue, and reading. 
  • What is your favorite book? 
    You Don’t Know Who You Think I Am, Hidden, and Close to Famous
  • What is your favorite physical activity?
    Running!!!!

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 Melinda

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.

Melinda A. Ventress

Catching Up With Coach Melinda Ventress

  1. Tell us about your everyday job.
    My everyday job right now is a full-time student at Cox College.
  2. Tell us about your family.
    I have three kids, two have already moved out on their own, and I have my sweet little energetic 10-year-old daughter still at home. I am married to the most wonderful man in the world, and we have a very moody cat named Sassy.
  3. What school do you coach for?
    I am the assistant coach for GOTR at Price Elementary in Republic.
  4. How many seasons have you coached?
    This is my first season to coach.
  5. Why did you get involved with GOTR?
    I got involved in GOTR because of my 10-year-old daughter. GOTR has been such a wonderful, positive inspiration for her that I wanted to join in and hopefully bring a smile to a girls’ face and remind these little girls that no matter what life hands them they are wonderful and they can survive.
  6. What is the last book you read?
    The last book I read was my anatomy and sociology book.
  7. What is your favorite quote?
    My favorite quote is:  Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out!
  8. Describe your perfect pizza.
    My perfect pizza is the pepperoni and cheese at Pizza House in Springfield…. Yummy!
  9. What is your favorite physical activity?
    My favorite physical activity is anything my daughter gets me involved in. Currently it is jogging and preparing for a 5K with GOTR.

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 Joy Weis, 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.

Joy Weis

  1. Tell us about your everyday job.
    I work for Mercy explaining the Affordable Care Act to individuals and the public. I provide community education about the ACA to businesses assist people with enrollment.
  2. Tell us about your family.
    My husband Nick and I have 3 dogs and no children. We’re happy with that for now.
  3. What is your role on the GOTR board?
    I serve as a board member.
  4. What’s the best part about being involved with GOTR?
    I love seeing the changes the program makes in the lives of the girls. Not only is GOTR a great program for young girls, it is a great program for adults as well. The lessons taught are applicable to all stages of life.
  5. Are you involved in any other great causes in southwest Missouri?
    I enjoy working with several organizations that promote healthy lifestyles for families and spending time in nature. To me, there’s nothing more enjoyable than spending time outdoors. I enjoy working with organizations that promote trails, children in nature, and healthy activities in general.
  6. Who is your hero?
    I don’t think I have one hero. I am inspired by people I meet every day. Everyone has a unique gift to share.
  7. Where would you go on your dream vacation?
    One of two options. I would love to take a tour of Alaska via dogsled or I would like to spend a couple weeks on a tropical island.
  8. What is your favorite dessert?
    Cheesecake. Or Ice Cream Cake.
  9. What is your favorite physical activity?
    Do I have to pick one? Running was my first true love, but as I’ve grown older I’ve come to enjoy hot yoga, swimming, hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, and a little gym time. So, really anything that doesn’t involve a ball that can hit me in the face.

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

Girls on the Run International Promotional Video

Want to know a little bit more about Girls on the Run?  Take a look at this video from Girls on the Run International and enjoy!!!Girls on the Run International Promotional Video

Bass Pro 5K pics available

Special thanks to Mike Baxter of Fun Memories Photography for taking pics at the 5K! The pics are up on our Facebook page and they are available for purchase by clicking here!

Race Results

Great race everyone!  You can click here to check your 5K results!