We are shining a spotlight on Alison Lyness, and talking to her about her role as a member of the Girls on the Run NYC Coach Committee. Thank you for all you do, Coach Alison!
How long have you been involved in Girls on the Run NYC?
This is my fourth season coaching at the Briarwood Family Residence. Last season, I joined the Coach Committee and this season, I am running the ING New York Marathon through the SoleMates program.
What are the responsibilities of the Coach Committee? What is the time commitment like?
The Coach Committee is responsible for planning and promoting all Coach kick-off, mid-season, and end-of-season events. We also seek to ensure that Coaches receive all necessary, relevant and interesting information throughout the season and ahead of the 5K. We tend to have meetings or calls to coordinate every two weeks or so.
How do you think being a member of the Coach Committee has enriched your experience with Girls on the Run NYC?
Through my responsibilities on the Coach Committee, I’ve had the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with dozens of coaches across all of the different sites. I’ve benefited a lot as a coach by hearing the different tactics they use in their practices and how they handle the challenges they run into. I’ve also gotten to see every facet of the Girls on the Run organization in New York, which has led me to get involved in other ways. For example, I never dreamed I could run a marathon, but when I got exposure to the SoleMates program and learned about all the support it offers for training and fundraising, I decided to go for it!
What was has been your favorite event put on by the Coach Committee?
In Spring 2013, we threw a Coach Appreciation event at Lunasa in the East Village a few days after the 5K. Girls on the Run NYC sponsored drink tickets, appetizers and a raffle, and we gave each Coach a framed photograph from the 5K. It was such a fun night because everyone had put in a lot of effort over the season to deliver a great program for our girls – the event was solely intended to relax, thank the coaches for all of their hard work and celebrate a successful season.
What are you most excited about for coaching events to come?
Even though I think our coaching events are incredibly important for disseminating information about the curriculum and the 5K, I enjoy the social aspect the most. My hope is that every coach can feel a sense of community with Girls on the Run and can draw upon our network, whether they are looking for a running buddy, a new friend, or just someone to bounce lesson ideas off of.