Today we're shining a spotlight on Hannah, a SoleMate who's running in the TCS New York City Marathon while also raising funds for GOTR programming! Hannah, we are so excited to see you at the Marathon and we are grateful for your support to help us reach more girls!
What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you?
I believe that every child can thrive. This doesn't always happen in a traditional classroom setting, which makes after-school programs even more important. Girls on the Run give girls an opportunity to learn about themselves, build confidence, and accomplish goals in an experiential way-- the best way for anything that we learn to stick. Young women are bombarded with so much messaging from society on how to look and feel and live-- it's overwhelming. I believe that Girls on the Run provides them with a strong sense of self so that they can move through the world confidently in their own skin.
Why did you decide to be a SoleMate for the NYC Marathon and fundraise for Girls on the Run?
I strongly believe in building up confidence in young people from an early age and empowering them to feel healthy and confident in all aspects of their lives. I was fortunate to have sports in my schools growing up, and it was so formative for me. I want to give more girls the chance to learn to love running and to love themselves.
Tell us a little bit about your running history! Why do you run?
I started running cross country in elementary school and have been doing it since! It took me a long time to actually enjoy the running part of it, but I always loved the camaraderie and family-like team that cross country brought together, especially during high school. When I was 16, I finally realized that I liked running! Now I run to clear my head, to spend time with running friends, to explore new places, and to stay active. The best part it, all you need is a pair of shoes!
Favorite place to run? Or Favorite pump-up running song?
My favorite place to run is on the trails in Prospect Park. It's fun to stumble upon new spots that feel secret and secluded.
Is this your first marathon? If no, how many have you run?
I ran the Eugene, Oregon marathon in 2010 and the Portland, Oregon marathon in 2011. This is my first NYC marathon!
What do you do besides running to keep yourself healthy, confident, and joyful?
I love to ride my bike, hike, and spend as much time as possible outside. I also love to cook food with and for my friends and family.
What words of encouragement would you share with a girl starting with Girls on the Run?
Take in your surroundings! Try to notice one new thing about where you are running each time. You can explore your own neighborhood in a new way!