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.
To help Ana reach her fundraising goals, donate here.
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.
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.