Ty Kanoya

Ty Kanoya
Volunteer Photographer

How did you first become involved with Girls on the Run?

I was pulled by my ears into the GOTR-STL organization by Wendie Cummings. Well that’s not true, but she was the one who recruited me to volunteer as a roving photographer so that a lot of photos would be captured up close. Wendie and I had met through the St. Louis Track Club. I ended taking a lot of photographs at their races because I felt their website needed more than just one or two photos that were captured at their events. One thing led to another, Wendie saw my penchant for capturing unique shots and told me that I had to do the same thing for GOTR-STL and here I am still doing it several years later!

What keeps me coming back? 

Seeing all the young girls having fun and being able to finish the race as well as enjoy the post-activities. After all, memories captured are forever, right?  In addition, seeing all the coaches help the girls get to the finish line with great big smiles are fun to watch.

What’s your favorite race day memory?

There are many, but if I had to pick one it would be the first year I worked at the event. I was at the finish line trying to ask all families and friends to pose together for a finish line shot. Since I didn’t have the GOTR-STL shirt or some sort of identification, I received weird looks. I had to talk fast and say…”I’m taking pictures for Jill Indovino and the GOTR organization which will be available online”. As soon as people heard my comments, they all wanted to be photographed.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I spend time with my dog, Taiko. I’m a HUGE dog lover. I love to read e-books/books. I like training for triathlons, marathons, and one of my goals is to do an Ironman event in hopes to qualify for Kona (Hawaii) before I get too old.

What’s something we don’t know about you (employment, hobbies, favorite ice cream flavor)?

My guilty pleasure would be vanilla ice cream because you can add anything to it and it still tastes awesome. I prefer pecan pie to any kind of cake. In the past, I used to play soccer for the USA National Deaf Soccer; which took me to Denmark, England, Italy, and Australia. It was a lot of fun representing the United States! Best of all, I love spending time with family and close friends.