Seasoned runner Anahid Ugurlayan finished her most difficult marathon in Edinburgh just a few weeks ago.

A few months ago, seasoned runner Anahid Ugurlayan finished her most difficult race. As a marathoner with 10 years of experience Anahid is used to distance running. But this time, in addition to the usual challenges, she also found herself battling 40 mph winds as she pushed toward the finish line of the Edinburgh Marathon.

“I did finish this marathon, but with my slowest time of 6:31 as I ran in very harsh conditions for the last 9.2 miles. Yet the scenery was amazing! I am very proud to have run for the Gavar Special School,” she said.

What Anahid started as a personal challenge 10 years ago has become an exemplary pursuit of the sport. “I decided from the start that I would run for charities — Armenian and American — particularly those that help women, children and the elderly. I have run for the Armenian Relief Society, FAR, the Armenia Fund and the Tufenkian Foundation. My non-Armenian charities include the anti-child trafficking group ECPAT-USA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Make It Right, among others. It is humbling to help these great charities in a small way, and it is what keeps me going during my run!”

"It is humbling to help these great charities in a small way, and it is what keeps me going during my run!” said Anahid.

The New York attorney has remained true to her goal, as she has raised over $23,000 to date for her chosen causes. This year alone, Anahid has raised $1,000 for ECPAT-USA and $1,365 for Gavar Special School. The Edinburgh Marathon is the third race she has run for FAR. Anahid has also run to support the FAR Children’s Center and FAR’s Soup Kitchens.

FAR’s support for Gavar Special School started 7 years ago, and varies from covering construction costs to providing school supplies and clothing for its students. All of us at FAR are extremely grateful for Anahid’s efforts and support of our projects. Her donation will truly help to improve the quality of education given to the school’s disabled students.