Member Spotlight: Travis Stratford

What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
I’m excited to be part of the collective energy and excitement. And I’m looking forward to the free Gatorade.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I live in Westchester and typically take an early train and run from my office in Tribeca. I start by heading to the West Side Highway Path, down to Battery Park, up the East River Promenade—and then I cut through Chinatown to get back to Tribeca. It’s beautiful and eclectic—and occasionally accompanied by interesting smells of raw fish.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I’ve been listening to various Spotify run mixes along with “Stuff You Should Know” and Radiolab podcasts. But I just read that NYRR discourages earbuds during the marathon—so now I’m now trying to wean myself (the jury is still out as to which way I like best).

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Eataly Prime Rib Sandwich.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
When I was 15 growing up in California, my dad “strongly encouraged” me to play high school football so he could re-live his youth through me. My 98 lbs late-bloomer frame wasn’t well suited to this, but I went along with it anyway. In addition to the various bruised and broken bones, I developed an intense aversion to running. Fast forward 25 years: I decided to face my fears and start running again in preparation for the 2014 NY marathon.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I tuck my shoe laces into my shoes before running because I don’t want the extra force of them hitting the shoes to slow me down. I’m pretty sure this makes my runs significantly easier than they otherwise would be.

Why 26.2?
Midlife crisis bucket list.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m married with three kids (my youngest has autism). I help run a boutique branding agency that focuses on beauty, fashion, and hospitality brands. I like snowboarding, skateboarding, and my custom-running orthotics‎.

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