When did you first get involved with Girls on the Run and why? I attended my first GOTR 5k in May of 2012 and fell in love with the energy. I loved how empowered the girls looked, the joy and smiles in their faces and their running buddies and knew I needed to do more. I joined the Young Professionals Board (YPB) in January 2013 and served on the YPB Executive Board as vice president from July-December 2013 and as president from January-June 2014.
What is the most rewarding thing about Girls on the Run that both you’ve experienced and that you’ve seen for the girls you’ve coached? I think the reward is watching the girls’ cross the finish line.
Why would you recommend others get involved as a volunteer for Girls on the Run OR why would you recommend a girl participate in Girls on the Run? GOTR focuses on empowering girls to become women living healthy lifestyles. In doing so, it empowers all who come in contact with the program to see the beauty in what can happen when we empower the young women in our lives!
What are your hopes for the future of Girls on the Run as an organization? I hope GOTR continues to reach out to those girls who think they can’t do it and then show them that the can. This is the life lesson we all need to be reminded of sometimes!
Any favorite memories or stories you’d like to share? Working the results table after the race brings a lot of joy to YPB members. Girls are so excited to see how they did, to realize they’ve gotten faster – and if they didn’t, to declare their goals for the next race. The smiles on race day are contagious.
Anything about yourself you’d like to share? Running accomplishments? Family? Place of employment? Hopes and dreams? Favorite ice cream flavor? I hated running as a child and dreaded the mile we ran every week in gym class. It took me many years and lots of struggles before I found running and the way it could help me through life’s stressors and challenges. In the past 9 years I’ve run 6 marathons and 18 half-marathons. As a physician and a runner I’m so excited by the world GOTR opens up to these girls. I so wish we’d had such a program when I was a kid!