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Turning a Passion Into a Career: GOTRSD Executive Director Kasey MacNair Celebrates Her First Year On the Job

Turning a Passion Into a Career: GOTRSD Executive Director Kasey MacNair Celebrates Her First Year On the Job

Kasey MacNair, Girls on the Run San Diego’s executive director, just completed her first year on the job. We thought it would be a great time to learn more about our leader, what drew her to Girls on the Run San Diego and what fuels her passion for the organization.

SoleMate Spotlight: Mary Calhoun

SoleMate Spotlight: Mary Calhoun

We are thrilled to share that our very own SoleMate, Mary Calhoun, was the first-place finisher at the recent DIVAS Special Edition Half Marathon in Temecula, CA! 

Spring Intern Regan caught up with returning SoleMate, Mary Calhoun, about her latest (and greatest!) half marathon. Read on to learn more about this incredible runner who inspires with every stride...

My First Day as a Girls on the Run Coach

My First Day as a Girls on the Run Coach

Valentine’s Day was a SWEET way to start my first day as a Girls on the Run Coach!  As I walked onto campus, I was greeted by nine giggling girls, decked out in pink and red, licking heart shaped lollipops, and sharing Hello Kitty cards. I’m not sure if it was the candy, cookies, or cards, but the energy at practice was amazing. The girls were so excited to be back for their second week of practice, eager to learn new lessons and play games.


To kick off practice, each girl proudly shared her GOTR name: Stellar Stella! Kind Kailey! Awesome Annabell! “What should my name be?”  I asked them...

Meet our new partner, GRACEDBYGRIT!

Meet our new partner, GRACEDBYGRIT!

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with GRACEDBYGRIT, a women’s athletic apparel company founded by women and for women in San Diego!


Starting February 1st, mention Girls on the Run San Diego at checkout in store or online and GRACEDBYGRIT will donate 20% of your purchase back to our council. In addition to owning durable, safe, and fabulous athletic gear, you will also directly help more girls in San Diego achieve their limitless potential through Girls on the Run San Diego.

 

Brave Marathoner With Brain Cancer, Known for Running in a Tutu, Dies

Brave Marathoner With Brain Cancer, Known for Running in a Tutu, Dies

Monika Allen, a girls-empowerment advocate and long-distance runner of great courage, who ran a marathon while receiving chemo treatment for brain cancer, has died of the disease. She was 38 years old and leaves behind a husband, David, and an infant daughter.

“I’ll never be in remission, so I’m just living day to day,” Allen told Katie Couric about her inoperable brain tumor in 2014, on what was then the Yahoo anchor’s daytime talk show, Katie.

Allen, of San Diego, Calif., had been invited to the show to discuss...

MONIKA CARLSON ALLEN COURAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

MONIKA CARLSON ALLEN COURAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Monika Carlson Allen, marathon runner, GOTRSD coach and board member, tutu maker, wife, and mother exemplified the spirit and character of Girls on the Run San Diego: strength, empowerment, kindness, enthusiasm, perseverance, love, and living your truth.

GOTRSD has created a scholarship in Monika's memory. This scholarship will be awarded to Girls on the Run San Diego participants who are facing daunting life challenges. Scholarship recipients will reflect the attributes of Monika: perseverance, courage, and fearlessness.

Runner's World: Runner Who Battled Cancer With Tutus Dies at 38

Runner's World: Runner Who Battled Cancer With Tutus Dies at 38

To Monika Allen, the tutu she wore was more than a fashion statement.

The tutu was a way of life. It was a symbol to say that she was going to dress the way she wanted while living with terminal cancer. 

The woman who helped make tutu running popular in San Diego and around the world, after a publicized back-and-forth with SELF magazine several years ago, died last week after a long battle with brain cancer. She was 38, and she leaves behind a husband, David, and a daughter born in 2015.

Meet our 2016 Coaches of the Year: Lisa & Danielle

Meet our 2016 Coaches of the Year: Lisa & Danielle

In 2016, GOTRSD was thrilled to introduce a new annual honor, the Allison Janusziewicz Coach of the Year Award!

Named after a long-time GOTRSD Coach, the Allison J. Coach of the Year Award recognizes coaches who envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

In 2016, the Girls on the Run San Diego Coaches of the Year are Lisa Williams and Danielle Ricci!

Meet Our 2016 Volunteer of the Year: Jill Basinger

Meet Our 2016 Volunteer of the Year: Jill Basinger

As part of our 10-year anniversary celebration, Girls on the Run San Diego introduced a new honor, the Nancy Davis Volunteer of the Year Award!

This annual honor recognizes volunteers who use their passion and skill to not only help Girls on the Run as an organization, but to elevate it for years to come. Named after a long-time volunteer, director and all-around GOTR supporter, this award is given to someone who truly embodies our mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. We are pleased to announce the 2016 Volunteer of the year is Jill Basinger!

Girls on the Run San Diego
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Encinitas, CA 92023

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