Today we feature Queenie, a Brooklyn Half Marathon SoleMate & dedicated Girls on the Run NYC volunteer!
Tell us about you!
I’m a native New Yorker – born and attended elementary school in downtown Manhattan, spent my middle & high school years in the Garden State, and ultimately returned for college. I am currently a Financial Services Consultant at PwC, focusing on helping banks and insurance companies manage their risk.
How has running been a part of your life?
I started running as a freshman in high school when I joined the cross country team. Before that, I was never athletic. In elementary and middle school, I struggled to keep up with my classmates in gym class. Running was the only form of physical activity that I enjoyed. However, I was far from speedy and having to finish a 5k was excruciatingly difficult. I continued running because I loved how I was able to break personal records in terms of distance and time when I truly set my mind towards a goal. And cheesy as it sounds, I learned that running is truly the best metaphor for life – you get out of if what you put in.
Why did you choose to support Girls on the Run?
I got involved with Girls on the Run as a volunteer and SoleMate because I credit running with making me the strong woman I am today; running has taught me resilience, perseverance and mind-body connection - all of which have spillover effects in areas of my life much greater than the mere physical accomplishment of crossing a finish line. I hope to impart those same lessons upon other young women in the first steps of their running journeys.
What would you say to encourage others to run a race as a SoleMate?
If you’re already signed up for a race, think of it as giving meaning to your training. The miles are so much more heartfelt when you remember you committed to not only do this for yourself but to also empower young women along the way. When the going gets tough during the race or even on your training runs, there’s always that little voice that creeps out to ask “Why are you doing this?” You now have the answer to those pesky doubters in the back of your mind: “I’m doing it to build strong women leaders.”
What tip do you have for other SoleMates?
The most important message to get across to your potential donors is why Girls on the Run matters to you. I think sharing my personal running journey was ultimately why I found it easy to hit my fundraising goal (and win two SoleMates Fundraising Challenges along the way!).
Thank you for being an amazing volunteer & SoleMate, Queenie!
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