Member Spotlight: Norm Solomon

What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
It is an extravaganza! This will be my 7th NYC Marathon for Team for Kids and I know I will still be thrilled by the crowds and the challenge! Growing up as a kid in the Bronx, I would never have imagined doing the Marathon. It is truly, as the book title says, ‘a race like no other’…it is an event that really brings the city together!

Running for Team for Kids is the icing on the cake– helping the kids is a joy in itself.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I live in Connecticut and enjoy running in the town of Fairfield. Fairfield offers, lots of rolling hills and a beautiful campus at Fairfield University.

Central Park is a close second…but ohhhh those Harlem Hills are killers!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
…in my view those folks who run with music are missing out on one of the true pleasures of distance running…being alone with your thoughts. Also, I sweat too much too keep the earphones in my ears!

What is your favorite post-run meal?
A simple meal…a turkey sandwich ….or for longer runs some pasta.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I’ve been running for about 40 years but took up distance running about 9 years ago. What motivated me to do distance?…a college friend died suddenly of heart failure-waking me up a bit along with my doctor telling me to lose weight…so I decided to lose weight, get healthier & do something I had never done (& didn’t know I could do!)… Run a marathon!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I always have a bagel & peanut butter a few hours before the race …it gets me ‘in the mood’ for the long haul.

Why 26.2?
Why not?…it is such a nice number!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m 62 years old, have done 15 marathons and go by the motto, “I won’t finish first, hopefully I won’t finish last…but I will FINISH!”

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