Today, we are spotlighting Christine Walsh, a SoleMate running the Brooklyn Half this weekend.
What motivated you to run in the Brooklyn Half Marathon this year?
I am a volunteer Girls on the Run coach, and seeing the girls on my team set out and accomplish their goals to finish a 5k race inspired me to push my own limits by running the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Even though I live in Washington, DC, I was motivated to run in this race because of the opportunity to explore a different city while raising funds for an organization I strongly support. Plus I have never been to Coney Island!
How has running been a part of your life?
As a long-time competitive soccer player, track athlete, and now recreational runner, running has not only been a regular activity throughout my life, but it has also played a central role in shaping my identity as a healthy, independent, resilient, and confident woman. Running gave me the tools to overcome the toughest periods in my life by helping me find the inner strength to confront self-doubt and get through any situation. Because of everything running has given me, I want to share this gift with other people, especially young girls, so they have the opportunity to build a strong foundation early on and go after their dreams no matter what comes their way.
Why did you choose to support Girls on the Run?
I am now in my second season as a volunteer Girls on the Run coach in Washington, DC, and every practice I see the incredible and empowering impact this program has on the girls and their community. I recognize the importance of supporting this program everywhere, which is why I chose to run as a SoleMate for both Girls on the Run DC and Girls on the Run NYC. I feel just as passionate about raising funds for programs outside of my hometown to ensure girls all over the country have the opportunity to participate.
What tip do you have for other SoleMates?
If you have a chance, sign up as a running buddy, race volunteer, or simply cheer on the girls at your local Girls on the Run 5k race and celebration. Experiencing the empowering and uplifting energy at this event will keep you motivated and inspired during the toughest workouts, and it will remind you of who you are directly helping with your fundraising efforts.
What is your favorite running accessory?
I have long bangs so no-slip hairbands that can keep them out of my face are essential.
What is your favorite running route?
My favorite running route in Washington, DC hits most of the major historical landmarks and includes beautiful views of the water. Starting from Dupont Circle, you run down to the Washington Monument and around the National Mall, then over to the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, and up 17th street (passing the White House along the way). It’s best before dusk when the sun sets over the city and most of the tourists are gone.
In NYC, my favorite route is the 6 mile loop around Central Park – it never gets easy or boring.
Thank you, Christine! You can support Christine in her fundraising efforts by visiting her online fundraising campaign page here.