Today we're shining a special spotlight on our 2017 TCS New York City Marathon SoleMate, Camille Mainolfi! Camille is running her second marathon for Girls on the Run NYC.
Why did you decide to be a SoleMate for the NYC Marathon and fundraise for Girls on the Run?
Truth be told, I decided with only 8 weeks before the marathon which was two days before the registration deadline with NYRR to run the marathon again. I was very lucky to find Girls on the Run. I believe in signs and was fascinated to find out about the organization and how we are connected on a daily level. I am a Title 1 Math teacher for the NYC DOE and my students are the ones that Girls on the Run take under their wing.
What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you?
My favorite part of the mission statement is the word “confident”. I find that today, so many young girls are lacking this quality. To have confident women teaching young girls the skill is priceless.
Favorite place to run?
I enjoy running in my neighborhood. Nothing like running the streets of Staten Island and having your friends honk as you run past.
Favorite time of day to run?
I am not a morning person in general but do enjoy an early morning run. Gives me lots of motivation for the rest of the day.
Favorite running accessory?
I always have my headphones and have to chew gum.
Favorite pump-up running song?
All I Do Is Win. DJ Khaled.
Group or solo run?
I do most of my runs solo.
When you get tired, what makes you keep running?
The running high I will have knowing that I pushed through and finished.
Tell us a little bit about your running history!
I became serious about my running around three years ago. In 2015 I ran my first race. The NYRR Brooklyn Half Marathon. Since then I have run numerous races from 5k’s to Full Marathons. This summer I came in second place in my age group for The Triple Crown run series on Staten Island. It was an amazing accomplishment.
What do you do besides running to keep yourself healthy, confident and joyful?
I kickbox multiple times a week at Tiger Schulman to keep myself healthy. Confident, I surround myself with positive people that enjoy life. Joyful, watching my two boys play travel baseball and ice hockey. They keep me quite busy.
Any other fun facts you want to share?
I do love coaching other runners and that is something I would like to pursue in the future.
What words of encouragement would you share with a girl starting with Girls on the Run?
Remind yourself daily that you need to be happy in this world. Only those that are happy can make others happy. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Win or lose.
Any fundraising tips for fellow SoleMates?
Share your daily accomplishments with friends and family.
Thank you for all your support of Girls on the Run, Camille! If you want to donate to Camille's fundraising efforts, click here.