She’s the First is highlighting our top “trailblazers” — some ambitious athletes who are setting themselves up for fitness challenges (such as their first 5K or half marathon!) and asking friends and family to support with donations to sponsor a girl’s education. We guarantee you will be inspired to RUN THE WORLD with us after reading about them!
This week, our attention focuses on Nicole Jimenez, as she prepares to face 13.1 miles, mostly UPHILL, all in the spirit of bringing education opportunities to Guatemalan students, like Ana Teresa. Below, volunteer blogger Meaghan O’Connor catches up with Nicole to see what motivates her to endure the 13.1 climb up the North Face Challenge’s Half Marathon Bear Mountain…and we are sure Nicole will bring down the mountain!
How are you helping girls to run the world?
I promote health and wellness for female athletes through my athletic training major. On May 5th, I’m also trekking a full 13.1 miles in The North Face Challenge’s Half-Marathon up Bear Mountain in New York to RUN THE WORLD with She’s the First.
What is your fundraising goal?
My goal is to raise $300 to help sponsor one girl in a developing country to attain secondary education.
What’s a training tip or fitness that you’ve learned in the process of being part of the campaign?
I’ve learned how to better balance my hard runs and easy runs to make sure I get full rest between workouts!
Best piece of support/feedback/encouragement that you’ve received?
I watched a documentary on Dean Karnazes (he ran 50 marathons in 50 days) and he said, “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, but never, ever give up.”
Your power song?
My power song is “A Dios Le Pido” by Juanes.
Tell us about a girl sponsored by She’s the First who motivates you.
A girl who motivates me is Ana Teresa from Guatemala. As the oldest out of her seven siblings, she has worked a total of eight jobs to help her family and she loves to study. When her dad told her they didn’t have enough money to pay for her school, she began searching for other options and found Starfish One by One. Her determination to continue with her education motivates me to work harder to sponsor girls’ education in developing countries.