For today’s National Volunteer Week spotlight, we are so happy to feature Janice, past SoleMate and 5k volunteer leader! Janice ran the 2016 New York City Marathon and 2018 New York City Half Marathon as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run NYC, raising funds for our program while training for each race. Funds raised by SoleMates provide scholarships to our girls, allowing them to participate in our life-changing program, so we are incredibly grateful to have these athletes supporting our organization.
Read on to learn about what inspires Janice to run for GOTR!
What brought you to Girls on the Run?
I’m a longtime runner and when I moved to New York in 2013, I volunteered for the 5k to meet other runners and volunteer for a cause I was interested in. Since then I’ve been a volunteer at every 5k in NY in multiple locations, and have run as a SoleMate for the NYC Marathon and NYC Half Marathon! I love GOTR’s mission to inspire girls to be joyful and confident and the programming and community is amazing.
Tell us what it's like to be a SoleMate!
It’s been a pleasure running for Girls on the Run. Allison (Executive Director), the GOTR team, the other volunteers and the girls are energetic, friendly and supportive. GOTR provides plenty of training tools and tips, and of course - bright, fun GOTR swag!
What is your favorite GOTR memory?
Running the 2016 New York City Marathon as a SoleMate! The energy of the race and spectators was incredible, and I met so many people who happily and excitedly shared their connection to GOTR when they saw my GOTR tank top. The cheer station at mile 18 provided lots of hugs, smiles and a huge boost of energy.
What do you do to be healthy, joyful, and confident?
I surround myself with positive people! Running (and everything) is so much better with the encouragement and support of others.
What GOTR event are you most looking forward to?
The Fall 5k! It’s usually a pretty cold day, but the number of volunteers and runners that come out with big smiles is pretty inspirational.
Want to run a race as a SoleMate like Janice? Visit gotrnyc.org/solemates to learn more about upcoming opportunities, including guaranteed entry into the 2019 NYC Marathon!