After reading about Girls on the Run in the June, 2002 issue of Runner’s World magazine, founder of the Wood River Valley Girls on the Run Shari Kunz could not let go of the power the program would provide to young girls in the Wood River Valley.  By August, the first session of 14 girls was up and running under the umbrella of the St. Luke’s Women’s Health and Fitness Celebration.  Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley obtained it’s 501c3 non-profit status in July, 2003 and became its own independent council of the national Girls on the Run organization and consistently runs over 150 girls through the program each year.

The Girls on the Run curriculum culminates with the girls completing a 5k (3.1 mile) event.  Each fall and spring the program holds a 5k for participants and their families.  In the summer of 2004, Girls on the Run held its 1st annual Girls on the Run 5k and Healthy Living Expo as a fund raiser for the program and to provide to the entire community a morning of accomplishment, celebration, and fun.  Participants and families of all ages and abilities come together each Spring for the 5k and to enjoy expo booths from community organizations offering healthy living information, fun, and activities for all.


Mary Fauth, Executive Director


Shannon Mclean, President

Hilary Sinnamon, Vice President

Mary Kim Deffe, Treasurer

Hank Dart, Secretary

Christy Giglio

Jenny King

Shanti LaRue

Angenie McLeary

Katja Peller


Our program could be possible without the volunteer coaches that implement it every season.  We have approximately 16-18 men and women that commit 3 hours + per week during the 10-week fall and spring seasons.  We'd like to acknowledge our long time returning coaches in recent years: Alex Taylor, Sara Burns, Gwen Thompson, Steve Thompson, Jodie Taylor, Emily Watts, Christy Giglio, Julie Bell, Marlin Valdivia, Hilary Sinnamon, and our founder Shari Kunz!


Shannon Mclean, Chair

Board Development
Hilary Sinnamon, Chair
Angenie McCleary

Mary Kim Deffe, Chair
Chrity Giglio

Community 5k & Healthing Living Expo*
Jenny King
Sara Burns
Julie Brown

Lunafest Film Festival*
Mary Kim Deffe, Chair
Kelly Lusk
Kim Macdonald
Aliki Russo

Program Development*
Hilary Sinnamon, Shanti LaRue, Katja Peller, Co-chairs

Solemates Charity Racing*
Hank Dart, Chair
Susie Lambert

Community Outreach Film Project - Girl Rising
Chauncy Pague
Emily Siegel
Olivia Ott
Hannah Conn
Hilary Sinnamon
Mariah Stout

Community Outreach Film Project - Miss Representation
Jody Stanislaw, Chair
Shannon McLean
Rebecca Rusch
Mimi & Blair Clark
Julie Carne
Cynthia Carr
Angela Burrell
Deb Hobart
Kat Vanden Heuvel
Julie Slocum Dahlgren