NYRR Volunteer Spotlight: Katelyn Yannie
Katelyn Yannie, a 26-year-old public relations professional from Astoria, first volunteered with New York Road Runners to fulfill her 9+1 requirement for guaranteed entry to the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon, but she continues to volunteer as a way to give back to a community that helped her when she needed it most.
“I ran the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon and was having a really hard time beginning at mile 19,” Yannie recalls. “The fluid station volunteers throughout the entire race were a huge support, especially those stationed at mile 19 and on. I really needed energy—Gatorade and water—and a cheer squad at that point in the race, and that’s exactly what I got.”
Now, Yannie’s paying it forward by volunteering at NYRR events, like this month’s NYRR New York Mini 10K. As an experienced runner—she’s finished a marathon each fall for the past three years—Yannie enjoys the contrast between racing and supporting those on the course. “As a runner, I’m mainly focused on finishing the race and don’t really interact with fellow runners,” she says. “But as a volunteer, I have the opportunity to meet new people with inspiring and interesting stories.”
Looking for a way to give back yourself? Check out our upcoming volunteer opportunities!