In today’s Runner Spotlight, meet Dawn! Currently working as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion practitioner, Dawn (she/her/hers) is moving from Manhattan to Maryland this summer, and we’re excited to stay connected with her for the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon.
Dawn previously volunteered for PAWS NY a few years ago and is passionate about the work that we do here in NYC. She’s also a talented musician! Read her full Q&A below and be sure to cheer her on this November!
Why did you decide to run the Marathon? Have you participated in long races in the past?
I’ve always wanted to run a marathon, but it’s more rewarding for me to pair it with a great fundraising cause like PAWS NY.
What is your connection to PAWS NY? Why is this cause important to you?
I volunteered years back for a woman named Ruth and her cat(s). I’m a DEI practitioner, so I strive to create inclusive communities. The mission of PAWS NY—keeping senior and disabled residents with their pets—helps with this. I hope the money I raise can ensure PAWS NY can reach out to more people across NYC.
Do you have any pets of your own? Did you grow up with pets?
I never grew up with pets, but I did have fish. I now have a dog (Pinot, a failed foster) and a cat (Blanca). I’m starting a job at a school that has 20 horses.
How long have you been running? What are some of your favorite places to run?
I started running after I started coaching track and field at a private school. I love running Riverside Drive, Van Cortlandt Park, Central Park, and the 145th track.
What do you do in your free time (besides run)?
Walk my dog.
Share 2-3 fun facts about yourself! What should we know?
I played violin for 14+ years, flute for 8+ years, and did musical theatre. Most of all, I love to eat.
What are your goals for the Marathon?
I would love to raise $5,000 and finish the race in under four hours.
So excited to cheer you on, Dawn! Click here to help Dawn reach her fundraising goal!