Fall Update from The Running Goddess

Bettina, Trisha and Frank at the NYRR 18M Tuneup in Central Park

Bettina, Trisha and Frank at the NYRR 18M Tuneup in Central Park

Fall is finally here and with it the NYC Marathon!  I’ve been a dedicated trooper putting in all the requisite long runs, speed runs, tempo runs, ab work, weights … and loving it.

I hope this email finds everyone well and staying strong with walks, runs, yoga, cycling – your sport of choice. It’s been beautiful, get out there!

Our inaugural The Running Goddess 5K held in June was a rewarding success. As the philanthropic arm of Cross Sport Woman, I wanted to personally thank all of you who ran or walked with us to raise awareness of  the importance of women’s health and education as a way to make a difference locally and abroad.

Please mark your calenders for June 1, 2014 for The Running Goddess 5K in Lasdon Park!  For those who weren’t able to join us, I hope you’re able to make it next year.  I look forward to running with everyone!
In recognition of International Day of the Girl, I am very pleased to provide you with a followup on the funds garnered from our race.

KEEP and Apne Aap International

KEEP and Apne Aap International received $4000 which was put into a general fund. The donations are helping to support a variety of different programs for at-risk girls in India.

In partnership with Apne Aap International, KEEP supports the protection and education of 160 at-risk girls aged 10-16 in Bihar, India.

Girls in Delhi community center learn computer skills

Girls in Delhi community center learn computer skills

Proceeds raised by The Running Goddess will go directly to the non-formal education
classes (including computer skills, sewing, karate, nutrition, painting, writing and legal rights training) offered at the hostel and three community centers run by Apne Aap. In addition, a portion of The Running Goddess proceeds will help pay the tuition expenses for two KEEP graduates who are now attending Arvind Mahila College in Patna, a women’s college affiliated with Magadh University.

Apne Aap's Art Therapy Workshop

Apne Aap’s Art Therapy Workshop

Sisters, Poonam and Resham Khatun, were enrolled in the KEEP project and are now among the first young women to attend college from their community.” Please click here to read more
Ruthie Rosenberg
Katonah Education Exchange Program (KEEP)

The Running Goddess Scholarship

The Running Goddess Scholarship received $1250. Thanks to everyone who purchased our “Strength In Numbers” Tshirt! We still have some left if you’d like a great tee and would like to contribute (holiday present?).

We are currently reaching out to schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties and will be announcing the lucky recipient of our scholarship in May 2014. If you know an athletic high school female senior with an interest in majoring in the sciences in college (2014), please let her know! Our application and requirements are available at www.therunninggoddess.com.

Asian University for Women

The Running Goddess has been speaking with an amazing women’s college, Asian University for Women (AUW), based in Bangladesh.

It is a women’s only liberal arts college that combines a uniquely international environment by providing a Western curriculum to young women from developing countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India and Africa. Please click here for more info about AUW. We’ll keep you posted on a possible AUW and The Running Goddess future partnership!

The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester

Westmoreland Sanctuary received $1800 for the creation of the “SMART Girls Get Science” program for the benefit of The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester. The following is a brief synopsis of the Westmoreland Sanctuary report. Please click here for the full report.

“A group of 10-15 girls in grades 6-7 participated in the program for sixteen sessions this summer. The emphasis of the program was learning basic hands-on field research skills in the study of the environment under Steve’s guidance. Further emphasis was the appreciation of nature. Many of the participants had little prior experience with or appreciation of the natural world.”
Michele Miller, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Westmoreland Sanctuary
Please click here to read more

What the girls wrote about their experience:

Nicole: “My favorite thing I learned is how to catch birds and doing s’mores. I liked coming to this place and learning about nature and seeing the cute animals. I like to learn new things and exploring.”

Guianella: “I really had fun catching birds and frogs.  We got to hold them and touch them. I hope I come back next year.”

Running For Gold in 2013

All in all, 2013 has been a good year. Women have been taking the gold in local races.

Isabelle Page at The Running Goddess 5K in June and Florence Chretien at the Church Tavern Biathlon in September.

And honorable mention must be given to Pippa Nuttall, age 12, who came in as the first overall women’s winner at the Katonah 5K in September!

Congratulations to these women for achieving the goals they set for themselves.

As for myself, age group wins at Run For The Hills in April and the Katonah 5K in September never cease to amaze me. They only get better with age.

I hope all of these gold medal women and girls inspire you as they continue to inspire me.

Your partner in health,

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