NYRR Volunteer Spotlight: Katelyn Yannie

NYRR Volunteer Spotlight: Katelyn Yannie

Katelyn Yannie, left, and fellow volunteer Afifa Ansari kept bags super organized at the NYRR New York Mini 10K on June 10.

Katelyn Yannie, left, and fellow volunteer Afifa Ansari kept bags super organized at the NYRR New York Mini 10K on June 10.

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!

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