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GOTR SoleMates Spotlight: Stephanie Golias

February 3, 2010

Stephanie with her running buddy at Hope Hill Elementary

This is the eigth in our series of GOTR Atlanta SoleMates Spotlights. GOTR SoleMates is a group of men and women training for an event of their choosing while raising money for GOTR Atlanta.

Name:  Stephanie Golias 

Profession:  Construction Project Coordinator, Hudson Construction 

Is this your first year as a GOTR SoleMate?  Yes 

What made you decide to join GOTR SoleMates? A friend asked me

What is or was your target race? 13.1 Atlanta, which was my first half marathon!

What do you like to do when not being active for GOTR SoleMates?  I like to read, travel, provide support to our deployed soldiers, hang out with friends and family, and I am very involved in the National Association of Women in Construction Atlanta Chapter#49.  I try to set up as many volunteer activities for the NAWIC chapter to participate in as possible.

Where is your favorite place to run?  I prefer to run on the treadmill so I can watch T.V. at the same time.  It helps make the time pass faster.

What advice would you give to a new runner or athlete?  Start out slow, don’t get discouraged, and don’t give up!  Just like when we were little we learned to walk one step at a time, the same is true for running or any sport.  You have to be patient and build stamina to progress and excel.

What is your favorite motto or saying?  Pay it forward. 

What has been your best GOTR SoleMates experience?  Being a running buddy for a Hill-Hope Elementary School student taking part in her first 5K.  I enjoyed being her “cheerleader” and getting to know her and her story. 

What would you say to anyone thinking of joining GOTR SoleMates? Go for it, you won’t regret it.  It is a great way to challenge yourself, keep you motivated and on track, all while forging friendships, reaching personal goals, building self-esteem, mentoring and helping young girls realize their potential.

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