5k SoleMate Spotlight: Chaya

Today we feature Chaya, a 5k SoleMate, Sparkle Runner, and Bus Captain! Thank you, Chaya!

Why did you decide to participate in the Girls on the Run NYC 5k? I am excited to participate in the Girls on the Run 5K as it is a great way to really see the program in action. As the culmination of the Girls on the Run semester, the 5K is an amazing event for the girls to show what they've learned and to run together with all the other NYC teams. I'm excited to be a part of what is sure to be an awesome day!

What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you? As a graduate of an all women's college I really value the benefits that can be gained from learning in an all female environment. The message of empowerment and friendship that Girls on the Run teaches at such a young age is important not only for a healthy lifestyle, but for a happy one. 

Tell us a little bit about your running history! I have been a casual runner for years, mostly running whenever I needed to clear my head, but not consistently. In the summer of 2015 I ran my first official race and since then I've been hooked. I started running more regularly and have run two other races since 2015. I look forward to continuing to push myself further, to longer distances and more races in the future. 

And finally, why did you decide to become a 5k SoleMate and fundraise to support Girls on the Run NYC? Every girl should have the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run. Participating as a SoleMate and fundraising for Girls on the Run NYC not only raises valuable funds for the program, but helps get the word out to people who may not have heard of Girls on the Run. I hope that as a SoleMate I can introduce the program to at least one person who may then enroll their child or tell their niece or neighbor about the program and help spread the Girls on the Run mission.