Today we shine the spotlight on Betina Evancha! Betina will run the SHAPE Half Marathon as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run NYC!
Why did you decide to become a SoleMate and fundraise to support Girls on the Run?
Running has been really important in my life, and I want more young women to be given the chance to develop that kind of joyous hobby.
Why did you decided to sign up to run the Shape Half Marathon?
I've been running a couple of half marathons a year for a while, and hope to complete the New York Marathon this fall. Helping to raise money for a great charity added another layer of awesomeness to what was already going to be a lovely race.
What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you?
Running has been very meaningful to me as a young adult. It helps me explore a new place, and settle back in once I get home. It lets me have wonderful long conversations with a friend, or just listen to any music I want. It connects me to the city I live in, de-stresses me, and makes me feel powerful.
It seems important to me that young women be introduced to something so wonderful as early as possible. Girls on the Run does just that!
Tell us a little bit about your running history!
I played soccer in middle school and high school, and wasn't that excited about running. But my father encouraged me to go out and run anyway, and it slowly became something I did regularly: from running to reduce stress in college to doing my favorite leafy loop at home. About five years ago, I signed up for my first half marathon, and I've since fallen in love with long distance running. There aren't that many other excuses to listen to an entire musical front to back :)
What do you do besides running to keep yourself healthy, confident and joyful?
I love all kinds of fitness, but particularly boxing, spinning and yoga. I also play on my company's volleyball team :)
Favorite place to run in NYC?
Brooklyn Bridge in the morning, before it gets crowded.
Favorite time of day to run?
In the morning (if I can get up in time).
What words of encouragement would you share with a girl starting with Girls on the Run?
Running can be hard - don't let anyone make you think it's easy. But there's nothing better than finishing a difficult thing!
Thank you, Betina! If you want to support Betina in her fundraising efforts, you can visit her fundraising page here.