Catching Up With a SoleMate!
Erin Risk originally got involved in Girls on the Run St. Louis as a volunteer through Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, as Girls on the Run is proud to be their national philanthropy. Erin ran our 5k a number of times and is now running as a Girls on the Run St. Louis Solemate in the Zooma Women’s Half Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee. Erin is thrilled to be supporting our mission to empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living, even taking a pie or two to the face to fundraise!
We at GOTRSTL are so appreciative of Erin's contributions to the organization!
Tell us a bit about you
Hi, I'm Erin (Corkery) Risk. My husband and I met in college at Southeast Missouri State University when his fraternity was paired with my sorority. We are both native St. Louisans and of course, we are also huge Cardinals fans. I became involved with Girls on the Run St. Louis through my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. As an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta Alumnae group, I first learned about Girls on the Run when our sorority recently adopted the organization as its official philanthropy. When the partnership was formed, I was excited to learn more about the mission of Girls on the Run and in doing so I wanted to become more involved.
Why did you choose to be a Solemate for Girls on the Run St. Louis?
I wanted to further engage with the Girls on the Run community and learn more. Girls on the Run is still new to me as I was not familiar with the organization prior to the start of its partnership with Gamma Phi Beta. As the president of the St. Louis Gamma Phi Beta Alumnae chapter I want to be knowledgeable about Girls on the Run so that I can be an ambassador for the organization to the alum in our group as well as the collegiate women we work with throughout the year. One thing I am enjoying is choosing fun ways to fundraise, such as my pie in the face fundraiser!
Tell us about your training journey!
I am running my half in Nashville on November 8th. This race is part of the Zooma Women's Race Series. Their mission is to inspire women to live healthy, happy, & active lives. This will be my 4th half marathon but my first since injuring myself about a year and a half ago. As I work to regain my endurance and finish the race in under 2:30, I know that I have the support of my fellow GOTR Solemates and my sorority sisters. I am looking forward to race day for so many reasons. I will be decked out in my Girls on the Run and Gamma Phi Beta running gear, ready to run in support of GOTR-STL and overcome the injury that has nagged me both physically and mentally for so long. I know that the training I am doing now will pay off and I will be stronger.
What is one wish you have for the future of Girls on the Run St. Louis?
My hope is that Girls on the Run continues to spread throughout St. Louis and the schools in its Council jurisdiction. I hope that every girl participant keeps the passion of Girls on the Run alive and continues to learn, dream, live and run.
Anything else that you would tell someone about your Solemates journey?
I was intimated at first by the fundraising aspect of being a Solemate. When I started to reach out to family and friends for donations I was amazed at how many had been touched by Girls on the Run in some way. Most were ready and willing to donate to my campaign because they understood the importance of the Girls on the Run curriculum. Their excitement got me even more excited about this journey and made me think outside the box when it came to fundraising strategies. I like being able to introduce new people to the Girls on the Run programming and further spread the word about the impact they are making right here in St. Louis.