Girls on the Run of Southern Idaho has announced that its longtime executive director, Mary Fauth, will leave her position on Dec. 31.
“We are grateful for the hard work and energy Mary has put into the program. We wish her the best on her new journey after leaving [Girls on the Run],” the organization’s board of directors wrote in a collective media statement on Nov. 12.
In the last 12 years leading Girls on the Run—a nonprofit geared toward furthering young girls’ physical and mental well-being—Fauth has helped expand the organization from three groups at Hemingway STEAM School and the Community Campus to all elementary schools in Blaine County. She has also implemented the Heart and Sole fitness program at Wood River Middle School and organized a one-week summer camp in Hailey.
“Right now, Girls on the Run is at its strongest point ever in terms of participation and support across the community,” Fauth said in an interview. “Personally, I just am excited to be able to pass the torch to the next leader, who will leave their stamp on this organization and take it to the next level.”
The Wood River Valley-based organization is an independent council of a nationwide program that delivers social and emotional tools and mentorship to girls in grades three through eight.
Fauth said the idea of Girls on the Run is to use the tool of running as a basis for building a sense of accomplishment in girls, who receive 10 weeks of after-school training leading up to a 5K race. It’s also about imparting life lessons.
“Our goal is to give them the confidence to believe in themselves and know their unique values—that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to,” she said.