youngest NYC half-marathon runner races for kids camp

Ana running with mom in the NYC half

ivivva NYC got the chance to catch up with Ana, the youngest competitor in this year's NYC Half-Marathon in March, just before she darted into soccer practice.

Ana finished the iconic course that takes you 13.1 miles (21 km) through all five of New York City's boroughs in an impressive two hours and 22 minutes.

While she loves running, among her other sports like soccer, she didn't run the race just for fun. She's raising money to help send kids to summer camp, an experience that she holds close to her heart.

So far she has raised more than $2,800 for the Fresh Air Fund which gives New York City children from low-income communities the opportunity to go to summer camp. The race may be over but she is still running full speed ahead in her fundraising efforts.

Ana pauses mid-race with her family

To help Ana reach her fundraising goals, donate here.

Ana with her NYC half marathon medal

Why did you choose the Fresh Air Fund?

The best part about camp is you get to be yourself. Everyone counts; everyone matters. Camp has helped shape me into a well-rounded person, and an individual character.  At camp, you have a lot of responsibility, you have to take care of yourself, and I think everyone needs to know how to do that. You have friends who really love you and you get to spend time with people your own age without the pressure of school. It's stress-free and there's no competition.

Ana practicing soccer skills

What do you like about running?

It helps me mentally relax, improves my speed and overall fitness.

How did you mentally prepare for the race?

Before the race I reminded myself that I could do it and it was going to be all right.

What was a highlight from the race course?

Running through Times Square; looking down 7th Ave. and seeing all of the gorgeous, extravagant buildings.

What was the biggest challenge?

The last few miles. I kept thinking "when is this over?"

What advice do you have for other girls who want to race?

Believe in yourself and have confidence—it's what will get you through anything.

Ana warming up at soccer practice


Ana, you are so impressive – not only for your athletic accomplishments, but especially for your commitment to do good for others. What an inspiring example you set. Here’s hoping that everyone helps you to reach your fundraising goals for Fresh Air Fund. Congratulations.

Comment by Eric — April 10, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

What pants is she wearing in the last picture

Comment by Elia — April 11, 2014 @ 7:15 am

Hi Elia,
She’s got the Speedster Pant on:

Comment by lululemongec — April 11, 2014 @ 8:27 am

That is nice for a yonge runner!And I do love her outfit in the last picture

Comment by Chelsea — April 11, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

And also what jacket is she wereing in the last picture

Comment by Chelsea — April 11, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

Wow! Go Ana!
Also are you guys going to restock on the bileve in me tank or the free movement tank?

Comment by Alex — April 11, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

That would be the break line jacket, Chelsea!

Comment by lululemongec — April 12, 2014 @ 8:05 am


I was considering exercising just now, but having viewed these images, am overcomee by sudden exhaustion. You are a blur of activity. I’m proud of your healthy, civic, and charitable habits. Love, Bubi.

Comment by Bubi — April 13, 2014 @ 5:06 am

ana.i will always look up to you.when I saw you running toward me I felt so proud to have such a awesome big you have taught me to never give up and to think about others not just yourself.

Comment by dani — April 14, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

Are you going to make bathing suits? And go girl!!!! We’re so proub of you, your my inspiration. I want to do the boston marathon with my dad!

Comment by Anna — April 24, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

Hi Anna,
We have made Ivivva bathing suits in the past so you never know what we might come up with for the future. We’ll be cheering you on the day you and your dad conquer Boston!

Comment by lululemongec — April 25, 2014 @ 10:58 am

One of my friends told me that they’re was a design party tomorrow? Is that true? and woohoo! go Anna!

Comment by Alex — April 26, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

Never mind i missed it! :( My friend told me i missed it :( :( :( :( :( !!!!!

Comment by Alex — April 27, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

Post more please!!

Comment by Erica — May 8, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

I’m new to ivivva and I’m really loving it, I just wanted to say thanks. Your clothes are so comfortable,and stylish!! I do track in ur clothes and they feel extremely comfy!!

Comment by Zoe — May 23, 2014 @ 5:45 am

Hi! I love your clothes,(I read above that you made swimsuits in the past) I would love if you made a ivivva swimsuits,because I’m a competitive swimmer and I always look for good practice suits! Hope you make some soon! ;)

Comment by Jillian — May 25, 2014 @ 5:36 pm

hello ivivva i’m a gymnast and i really love your products. I looked at your leotard it seems to always have the same design, this then leads to my question have you ever considered changing things up a bit. :)

Comment by Kendahl — June 6, 2014 @ 11:24 am

Hey Kendahl,
We’re always looking to switch things up and keep it fresh! Thanks for your feedback on this, I’ll be sure to pass it along to our design team.

Comment by lululemongec — June 9, 2014 @ 8:43 am

Hello Ivivva! I love your clothes so much i wear them everywhere! but i just have one question. When are you going to do another blog post? I really love reading about new and exciting people in our community!
Also great job Ana that is a huge accomplishment.

Comment by Alex — June 11, 2014 @ 8:51 am

This is so amazing and also so inspiring! I too am a runner, but the most I’ve ever done in a race was a 10k! So proud of Ana and her achievements!

Comment by Christina — June 11, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

this is so amazing

Comment by lilly — June 14, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

Hi ,definitely would love competitive swim suits, I think a lot of girls would buy them. :)

Comment by Alex — July 2, 2014 @ 8:46 am

Hi ivivva, I understand that it is the summer but could you please post more often?? Thanks

Comment by Jillyan — July 14, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

Hi, I was just wondering if you were asked would you sponsor a gymnastics club or a dance group? just wondering. thanks :)

~ Alex

Comment by Alex — July 17, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

Hey Alex,
We love supporting our communities! Pop by your local ivivva store and chat with them more about this, so we can see how we can support your team.

Comment by lululemongec — July 18, 2014 @ 9:26 am

can you make some swim suits ivivva?

Comment by Mavis — August 27, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

Hi Mavis,

Since we are moving into fall, we will likely not see any swim suits dropping. Keep an eye out next summer!

~Liz, Digital Engagement

Comment by lululemongec — August 28, 2014 @ 11:41 am

Keep it up Anna!

Comment by Evelyn Altschuler — November 2, 2014 @ 10:12 am

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