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GOTR Council: Girls on the Run NYC
Project Created on: 07/29/2018
Project Type: SoleMates
In the summer of 2009 I received a letter from my all-girls boarding school that asked us to choose an activity for fall semester. I was overwhelmed by all of the choices and didn't know which one to pick, so I crumpled up the letter and threw it away. When I arrived on campus for my first day of 9th grade my math teacher, who also happened to be the cross country coach, asked me why I hadn't picked an activity. I was shook, to say the least. I don't remember our exact conversation or how I responded to her question, but I do remember her saying: "....and sometimes at the meets they give out free shirts". The idea that I would be given free clothing for just a few hours of labor every week was enough to get me to my first cross country practice. After a few weeks I discovered two things: I liked running. I was good at running. Since that first season my relationship with the sport has changed many times, but I'm grateful that I've been able to meet some of my closest friends and learn more about who I really am over the past 9 years.
On November 4, I am running the NYC Marathon for Girls on the Run NYC. In 2018, more than 1,500 girls in New York City will participate in Girls on the Run, a transformative running-based program. That's more than 1,500 girls who - through their participation in Girls on the Run's evidence-based curriculum - each will gain a better understanding of who she is and what's important to her, recognize the value of team work and healthy relationships, build confidence to overcome the obstacles she faces, and know that she can positively impact and shape our world. I found my love of running in an all-girls environment, and I truly would not have learned how to be diligent, confident, aware, compassionate, or hardworking without the sport of cross country and track. Because I've been so fortunate and lucky to have found this passion I am excited to share one of my favorite activities with girls younger than I am so they too can learn what they're capable of and who they are.