Vivian Mitropoulou Doesn't Shy from Challenges, She Looks for Them
Vivian Mitropoulou loves a challenge. Whether it's high-altitude hiking or running a marathon, she's always looking for new ways to push herself to her limit.
Her personal dedication to rigorous training as a committed athlete drives her to constantly seek new opportunities. Volunteering might not seem like something a person like Vivian would seek out, but to her, it's equally as important and just as physically challenging as any race.
Vivian was first drawn to volunteering with New York Road Runners the same way that many others are: through the TCS New York City Marathon. “You can always feel the pulse of the city when it's marathon time," she says. "I wanted to find something that would challenge myself in a volunteer role”. That was over five years ago, and today she has accumulated an impressive volunteerism resume with NYRR.
Vivian has been part of NYRR's volunteer leader program since its very first year in 2013, and has worked in many different roles at many different events. She has done everything from volunteering at fluid stations to handing out ponchos in the post-finish area at the TCS New York City Marathon. Each position has its own demands and paths to success. This is part of why Vivian loves doing it.
“Volunteering with the New York Roads Runners is always a challenge and you never know what to expect; it makes it interesting,” she says.
Vivian’s laser focus on self-improvement is also tied to why she volunteers. She is a strong believer that it is important to be a part of one’s community, and that it helps people to become the very best version of themselves.
“I have a whole new circle of friends because of volunteering,” Vivian says. “It has also improved my life because I can see that I am making a positive impact. I am a part of something bigger than myself. The marathon and rigorous volunteering opportunities bring out the best in everyone."
As a runner, Vivian has participated in marathons all over the world, but the events here in New York remain her favorite. “There is a big contrast between running events around the nation and around the world," she says. "The experience you get with the NYRR is unmatched."
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