Atalanta NYC.

We are a nonprofit organization that employs professional female runners to serve as mentors to girls in underserved NYC communities while continuing to train and race professionally.

Our runners are supported by a full-time dedicated coaching and support staff.

Atalanta Professional Athletes.

Mary Cain

Mary Cain

CEO and Founder

Fun Facts

I live on the Upper West Side in NYC with my boyfriend, Jake, and dog, Nala. The shortest race I’ve ever run is the 400, and my longest run is 18 miles. I typically prefer to run without headphones, but when I do, I love listening to running podcasts or my favorite musicians, Hozier and Dermot Kennedy.

Race Results

• 2013 World Championship 1500m Finalist (10th Place)

• 2014 World Junior Champion 3000m

• 2014 Millrose Games Mile Champion

Jamie Morrisey

Jamie Morrissey

Runner

Fun Facts

Michigander turned New Yorker. I live on the Upper West Side and am a 2018 University of Michigan graduate from the school of kinesiology. I helped the wolverines to a runner-up finish at the NCAA cross country championships.

Race Results

• 2018 4:11.48 1500m PR at the Cardinal Classic, Palo Alto, CA

• 2018 2:05.09 800m PR at the Battle of the Blues, Durham, NC

• 2018 Big Ten Champion

Atalanta Coaches and Support.

Jon Green

Head Coach

Fun Facts

When I’m not coaching, you can find me spending time at Green’s Hardware, or my family’s business in Wellesley, Massachusetts (mile 15 of the Boston Marathon course). Also, although my last name is Green, I do not, in fact, have a green thumb and struggle to keep my house plants alive.

Race Results

While at Georgetown I was a multi-time All-American and an Academic All-American. I have my Bachelors in psychology and sociology and my Masters in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. While at college and as a professional, I competed in the 5000m and 10000m. Thanks to experience from my own running career and from the teaching of his coaches at Georgetown, I felt ready to make the jump to coaching. Within my first year of coaching, I coached Molly Seidel to the US Olympic team.

Lee Sossen

COO

Experience Fun Facts

Prior to joining Atalanta NY, I was President and General Counsel of HICKIES, Inc., an alternative shoe lacing startup that sold more than 6 million pairs of its patented elastic laces. I formerly practiced law at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, focusing on complex commercial and securities litigation. I also raced as a professional duathlete for three seasons during the mid-2000s and then raced around as a stay-at-home father of a daughter and son before returning to the world of startups.

Race Results

2021 is the 25th anniversary of my first open race win, the 1996 Little Falls Canal Classic Bicycle Race, and it is the 15th anniversary of 2006, when I won nine races including the Lighter Than Air and Thundergust Duathlons. Over the years, my wins in Central Park have included a bicycle race, duathlon, individual time trial, and team time trial, but never a running race.

Atalanta Board Members.

Evan Roth

Board Member

Fun Facts

I quit my high school cross country team after my Freshman year when my Coach shared that I would likely finish last at every race (his actual quote: “someone has to finish last”). After those inspiring words, I attended the University of Pennsylvania where I won a national championship as the varsity coxswain for the heavyweight rowing team. In building my business, I have incorporated the benefits and joy that sports and running, in particular, bring to friendship, community and success. 

Race Results

Triathlete of all distances from Sprint to Ironman.

2x USA team qualifier for age group duathlon.

Adventure trail runner and biker.

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Mary Wittenberg

Board Member

Fun Facts

I didn't grow up running. In fact, I was pretty bad at most "traditional" sports. Yet, I loved being on a team and pursuing my personal best. Rowing during high school and college turned me into a runner toward the end of college. Ever since then, my ambition has been to help others unlock their potential - and to bring people together - through sport and fitness.

After starting my career as a corporate lawyer, I have followed my dream - working in leadership roles in sport and fitness for over 20 years. My favorite place in the world is Central Park at sunrise. I always run with my phone and these days spend as much time taking pictures as I do picking up the pace.

Race Results

Ancient History: Marine Corp Marathon Women's Champion & Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier 350+ race finisher.

Avid runner and aspiring cyclist.

Allyson Felix

Board Member

Fun Facts

It seems like we already know everything we need to know about her, but in many ways she is still carving her path. Her commitment to excellence has cast a shadow of predictability, but Allyson Felix stands alone.

She is the most decorated Track & Field Olympian in history. A nine- time Olympic medalist. Six-time Olympic Champion. World Record Holder. She has won, a mind-blowing, twenty-five global medals at the Olympics and World Championships.

With a recent event change on the track, Allyson is still honing her craft and seems to find passion and determination rivaled only by the greatest of the greats. Serena Williams. Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant. She continues to dig deep and find new goals to motivate and drive her.

At this stage of her career Allyson has found passions off the track which she believes are her true calling. She loves children and serves as a member of the Right To Play board hoping to raise awareness for underserved children in developing regions. She has hosted a wrap-up series for an Emmy- winning prime- time show on NBC. Allyson has accomplished so much, but her greatest accomplishment and her greatest love is her daughter, Camryn, who reminds her everyday that she can never stop fighting for what is right in this world. She continues to strive for greatness in all areas reminding us that we all can achieve things we never dreamed of. 


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