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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!

GOTR Night at Eastbound

GOTR Night at Eastbound

Join us for an evening of food and drink at Eastbound Bar & Grill, the place East County can call their own. Friendly faces, good food, and memorable events are something to enjoy at this local grill.

Eastbound is generously donating a percentage of all purchases made this evening to Girls on the Run San Diego. We will also be selling brand new GOTRSD pint glasses and other merchandise!

Our Favorite Places to Run (and more!) in San Diego

Our Favorite Places to Run (and more!) in San Diego

The sun is out and weather is warm-- it must be SUMMERTIME! While we love to work up a sweat any time of the year, the summer months remind us to get outside and enjoy an outdoor workout in our beautiful city.


We went straight to the source and asked GOTRSD’s amazing Volunteers, SoleMates, and Coaches where they like to run, walk, hike, bike, or swim. Here’s what they said...

Nancy Davis Volunteer of the Year Award Celebrates Dedication and Passion of Former GOTRSD Board Member

Nancy Davis Volunteer of the Year Award Celebrates Dedication and Passion of Former GOTRSD Board Member

Nancy Davis has been a constant force for Girls on the Run San Diego for more than six years.

At every 5k, countless expos, fundraising events, media interviews and board meetings, Nancy exemplified the passionate volunteerism that has helped the organization grow and thrive during its first decade.

GOTRSD would not be celebrating its 10th anniversary if it were not for...

The Allison Janusziewicz Coach of the Year Award Celebrates Excellence in Coaching

The Allison Janusziewicz Coach of the Year Award Celebrates Excellence in Coaching

As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, we are thrilled to announce a new upcoming honor, the Allison Janusziewicz Coach of the Year Award-- recognizing the very best coaches in our organization.

The Allison J. Coach of the Year Award is named after a long-time coach who truly envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. I recently had a chance to meet Coach Allison and chat about her time coaching with GOTRSD.

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