Aly Sivinski, who played on Staples’ FCIAC championship girls soccer team last fall, ran a half marathon for the first time nearly two years ago.
She picked up running the summer before her junior year to help her earn a varsity spot.
Sivinski, who graduates on Thursday, decided in March that she would train to run the New York City Marathon, coming back here from wherever she was in college for the weekend.
When the marathon was canceled, Sivinski decided instead to run another half marathon, on a self-charted course in Westport. This week she chose to turn it into a fundraiser. Sivinski will run her race on June 21, with the proceeds going both to Black Lives Matter and the Connecticut Bail Fund.
“I wanted to contribute but as a teenage person I didn’t have the means of my own, so I thought a fundraiser would be a great idea to help raise money,” Sivinski said. “I attended a protest in New York and one in Connecticut and I was just really inspired how everybody was doing something and I wanted to do my part.”
Sivinski, who helps run social media for The Ruden Report, said she had let her training lapse until the pandemic caused schools to be canceled in mid-March.
“I didn’t have a lot to do and my running was suffering from the fact that online high school was really throwing off my schedule,” Sivinski said. “I decided to run a half marathon because it gave me a lot more structure and allowed me to better balance the changes from real school. It also definitely helped pass the time.”
Sivinski will be attending the University of Miami, where she was accepted into the nursing program.
Sivinski is asking for a suggested donation of $13.10 (the course is 13.1 miles) or any amount per mile. She set a goal for $1,500 and raised it to $2,000 after she passed her initial mark in just two days.