I'm Running the NYC Marathon (sometime)!

Sometimes things don't work out the way you'd expected. My mom and I signed up to run these specific 26.2 miles in celebration of her 60th birthday and the incredible NYC community we call home. We planned to run with my cousin Lilla, a mentor and junior board member at Read Ahead, in support of this organization that does important work to support NYC students.

VISION: Read Ahead’s vision is that our students have the opportunity to unlock their full potential through mentoring relationships based on a love of reading.
MISSION: Their reading-based mentoring develops in students the social-emotional skills essential for academic and life-long success.
VALUES: Students First | Relationships | Growth | Opportunity | Empowerment | Joy

As you know, COVID-19 has turned all of our systems on their heads, but the needs that those systems were striving to meet persist. Read Ahead has worked over the last few months to pivot to virtual programming, e-mentoring, and virtual volunteer opportunities. A critical component to the education access gap in NYC and across the country is access to technology — Read Ahead has helped to connect families to technology and other resources so that their students can continue to learn. 

So much has become unclear during the pandemic, with the year that we'll be running the marathon a teeny tiny example of that. Lotteries will determine which 2020-registered runners participate in the 2021, 2022, or 2023 marathons. But one thing that's remained clear throughout all of this is the importance of supporting Read Ahead's contributions to the NYC community and the difference their work can make in a student's life. 

+ Thank you so much for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support Read Ahead's valuable work in NYC public elementary schools! +

More on Read Ahead: Read Ahead, an organization that pairs over 1,000 New York City public school children with caring mentors who can help them develop the social-emotional skills essential for academic and life-long success.

Children need positive adult role models to thrive. Young people who are mentored — especially those challenged by poverty — are more likely to have better school attendance and participation, to develop the motivation and skills they need for success in school and in life, and to enroll in college. I decided to run on Team Read Ahead so that more students have an opportunity for mentorship.

Every dollar you donate has a direct impact on Read Ahead's ability to serve high-need schools in NYC.

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  • Misty Althizer Good luck Anna! This a near and dear race to me and I love that you are donating your efforts to such a great cause! November 2020 $15.00
  • Robert Nakosteen November 2020 $25.75
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  • Olivia Mosolgo You rock Anna & Anna's momma :) November 2020
  • Talley Cain You are a wonderful light in our cohort! November 2020 $10.30
  • James Pflasterer Run hard - then treat yoself! November 2020
  • Anonymous Good luck haha November 2020
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  • Anonymous You are such an inspiration, Anna! Miss you, Alicia September 2020
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  • Julie Foster Go get 'em, Anna!! September 2020 $50.00
  • Anonymous So proud of you Anna! Jacob and I can't wait to cheer you on...eventually! :) September 2020
  • Adam Laug Congratulations Anna! Good luck and go get 'em! Keep us posted, okay? thinking of you, ~The Laugs September 2020 $125.00
  • Jayn Chaney Go, Anna, go! September 2020
  • Posey Krakowsky September 2020 $250.00
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  • Posey Krakowsky September 2020 $250.00
  • Adam Laug Congratulations Anna! Good luck and go get 'em! Keep us posted, okay? thinking of you, ~The Laugs September 2020 $125.00
  • Julie Foster Go get 'em, Anna!! September 2020 $50.00
  • Robert Nakosteen November 2020 $25.75
  • Katherine Ferraro September 2020 $25.75
  • Marie Healy September 2020 $25.75
  • Jake Joseph Thank you, Anna, for fundraising for this very important cause. Jake Joseph Grinnell'11 September 2020 $25.75
  • Mariana Robertson So thrilled to support two of the most amazing women I know in running (eventually) a marathon and helping (now!) support Read Ahead! September 2020 $25.00
  • Anonymous October 2020 $20.00
  • Misty Althizer Good luck Anna! This a near and dear race to me and I love that you are donating your efforts to such a great cause! November 2020 $15.00
  • Talley Cain You are a wonderful light in our cohort! November 2020 $10.30
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