Member Spotlight: Joseph Beavers

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What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
The challenge, energy and caliber of people that run the New York City Marathon are unparalleled. I am so excited to be a part of this tradition and team. I always enjoy pushing myself to new heights and the NYC Marathon is on an international differentiated level.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I love running in Central Park and on the West Side Highway. It’s quiet and it’s a great time to reflect on myself while appreciating the beauty and tranquility that nature has to offer (and avoid NYC Smog).

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Bon Iver
The Shins
Broken Bells
Relient K
Anything EDM
Occasionally Spanish Gospel Music (extremely uplifting)

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Cherry, Blueberry, Strawberry and Peanut Butter Smoothie with Low-Fat Milk.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I was overweight as kid and had a moment of realization that it was entirely in my control to change that. Started with running and eventually moved to swimming, biking, kickboxing and now whatever keeps me active and stimulated.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Haven’t done a race like this before — but I’m sure I’ll have a moment of panic and come up with one on the spot.

Why 26.2?
13.1/2 = 6.55
6+55 = 61
6+1 = 7
There are 7 days in a week.
That’s my reasoning.

Tell us a little more about yourself
My last name is Beavers. I intend to show it on the course. I’ve never seen a Beaver run but, world, you’re about to see one.

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