Meet Every Mother Counts’ Running Ambassadors
Today is National Running Day and we just hit the pavement in New York City this morning to highlight the many ways our runners are going the distance to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
Running has always been an important aspect of our work at Every Mother Counts, as we work to address distance as one of the biggest barriers that women face when attempting to get obstetric care.
We have built a wonderful community of runners, some of whom have expressed interest in getting more involved. So for the last year, we’ve been working on an exciting program to organically grow our community with support from those runners — and today, we finally launched an official EMC running ambassador program to do just that.
The program, which started with just 10 ambassadors, has now grown to 27 ambassadors from all over the United States, and 2 ambassadors from Europe.
The role of the running ambassadors is to identify races of all distances within their communities and then function as the team captain for each of these races, leading group training runs and other team events. And for them, the responsibly goes beyond just running commitments.
These ambassadors are playing a critical role in the growth of the EMC community, and help us to provide more opportunities for our supporters to take meaningful action. They also take part in our maternal health education program so they can discuss the many contributors to poor maternal health outcomes with their communities and truly become an extension of the Every Mother Counts team. Thanks to EMC’s Running Ambassadors, we now have even more people, in more cities, logging miles for maternal health.
Alicia Walker — California
Alison Cebulla — New York
Amy Alderfer — California
Arlene Espinoza — New Mexico
Ashley Allred — Utah
Ayesha Akhtar — Illinois
Caitlin Wait — Minnesota
Catherine Calligas — Alabama
Christine Koenitzer — Connecticut
Elizabeth Lane — Massachusetts
Emily Carder — Texas
Hilary Chu — Massachusetts
Jessica Malone — Colorado
Josie Guigliano — New Jersey
Katie Malbon — UK
Kayla Keigley — Minnesota
Kiley Larson — Florida
Kristy Crisp — North Carolina
Laura Cope — Texas
Lei Dunn — Virginia
Lindsay Monaghan — New Jersey
Malena Capion — Sweden
Maria Bocanegra — Virginia
Megan Buschkopf — Wisconsin
Melody Parry — DC
Roma van der Walt — New York (Program Advisor)
Roni Belcheva — New York
Samantha Galvin — Washington
Shannon Hren — Arizona
Susan Kleisner — Washington
Check out our 2015 race calendar to find races near you. We still have a few spots open in these upcoming races and we’d love for you to run with us:
- 9/6/15 — The Magnificent Mile Half Marathon — Chicago, IL
- 9/26/15 — The Hamptons Half Marathon — Hamptons, NY
- 11/1/15 — The TCS New York Marathon — New York, NY
Together, with your help and our miles we can make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.