by BECCA BARR | photo by Jessica Breaux 

On the Run

For local resident Sharon Covitt, running isn’t just a way to exercise. Running is her passion, one that she shares with girls from Girls on the Run (GOTR). As an assistant coach for GOTR, “I lead the girls through a curriculum that creatively integrates running into life lessons, such as choosing friends, expressing emotions, resolving conflict, and supporting our community, with an ultimate goal of helping girls build confidence and strengthen emotional health,” Sharon explained. While the organization is designed for girls in third through eighth grade, Sharon volunteers her time with the third through fifth grade Carmel Valley team. She also leads training sessions as a Coach Expert and is on the 5K Planning Committee. The girls meet twice weekly for 10 weeks, culminating in a 5K run with all the other GOTR teams in San Diego.


Meet Sharon

Name: Sharon Covitt
Community: Carmel Valley
Volunteer Affiliation: Girls on the Run (San Diego)
Profession: Director of Implementation and Training Services, Procede Software
Family: Engaged to be married in late December 2017
Hobbies & Interests: Running
Favorite Local Spots: Torrey Pines State Reserve, Balboa Park


Sharon found GOTR in 2009 after seeing a flyer at a race expo for her first half marathon. “I was looking for a new way to be involved in the community and this seemed right up my alley,” Sharon related, “combining running with mentoring young girls to recognize their potential.” Back then, there were only six teams in San Diego. Today there are about 30 teams, with over 400 girls in each season (two seasons per year). “I love seeing how much more comfortable the girls become with just a few new skills. At the end of the season when the girls accomplish the 5K, it’s awesome to see their pride in their accomplishment,” she noted, “and just a few months of focused discussions help these girls become more confident in expressing themselves.”

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When not volunteering with the girls, Sharon works as a director at Procede Software, overseeing implementation and training. “Work days can be stressful and all-consuming, so being involved with GOTR at a local level in my community is a great balance,” Sharon stated. She also volunteers as a Bruin recruiter, representing UCLA at local college fairs. However, running remains her main hobby. She had played sports all her life, but never considered herself to be a runner until 2009. “Now I make sure to have at least one upcoming half marathon on my calendar,” said Sharon. It’s clear that Sharon has found her calling, combining her love of running with philanthropy!