Meet the 2015 SoleMates Committee!

The Girls on the Run SoleMates program provides adults an opportunity to raise money for Girls on the Run while training for the athletic event of their choice. SoleMates set personal goals such as running in a marathon or 10k event to raise money for Girls on the Run in their community. Each year, our SoleMates raise critically needed funds that ensure our councils are able to serve more girls in their communities.

Charity running has become an integral part of most endurance events across the country. Training for any endurance event is often challenging and being a SoleMate is a great way to keep it fun, stay motivated and maintain your commitment.

The SoleMates Committee is made up of wonderful volunteers who provide support to the individuals who have chosen to raise funds while training for an event. We are so grateful for these incredible women!

Meet the Committee:

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Alyssa GonlagCo-Director of SoleMates
“Three years ago I was looking to get involved with a not-for-profit organization, outside of my day-job, that tied in with my personal interests. As a long-time runner and four-time marathoner, Girls on the Run was the perfect fit. Getting girls active and empowering them at such an impressionable age really struck a chord with me. I started off assistant-coaching and supporting Girls on the Run NYC through various volunteer opportunities. This past spring I had the amazing opportunity to take on the Director of SoleMates position and I couldn’t be more excited to support our fabulous SoleMates!”

Kathy Jabara - Co-Director of SoleMates
“I started running a little over a year ago and it has made a tremendous impact on my health and fitness. I now can’t imagine my life without running! I became involved with Girls on the Run because I feel strongly about the mission and I love to witness the positive impact of the program on the girls.”

Jackie Fay
“I started running in college as a way to relieve stress and quickly fell in love with the sport. I have spent the past 7 years training for a variety of events and have now run 4 half marathons.  Athletics was not something I enjoyed when I was younger due to my asthma, I wish I could have participated in a program like Girls on the Run that promoted activity and empowerment in young girls.”

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Alana MacGregor
"I was always enrolled in sports as a kid, but never enjoyed running as a solitary activity until I ran my first half marathon. Once I did one, I was hooked. These races provided such a great sense of accomplishment and I wanted others to share in this experience.  I joined Girls on the Run in Washington, DC as a coach and as a Solemate in order to give back to a running organization. Now in New York, I'm thrilled to be able to serve on a committee that encourages the SoleMates to fundraise for a good cause, all while training for an incredible achievement of their own."

Lauren McKay
“Since moving to NYC, I’d be on the hunt for a volunteer opportunity with a cause I really cared about. In 2014, I volunteered as a Running Buddy for the Girls on the Run Spring 5k, and that’s when it clicked. Soon thereafter, I joined the SoleMates Committee and am so happy to have found an opportunity that brings together my love of running and a cause I believe in. I’ve run 5 half marathons and this fall I look forward to running the TCS New York City Marathon, hopefully as a Girls on the Run SoleMate!”

Elizabeth O’Brien
"Running has been a wonderful, important part of my life. It has become an outlet for stress, a a source of energy, and my overall "happy place".  I became involved with Girls on the Run to promote the power that running has to mold joyful, healthy and confident girls."

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Annie Quinn
“I first discovered my love for running in middle school, when I was looking for something to take the place of gymnastics training.  I ran my first half-marathon as a senior in high school; I have now run 4 marathons and countless half marathons.  I got involved with Girls on the Run because I wanted to help share the power of running and the benefits that it has on health, confidence, and happiness.”