Member Spotlight: Joseph Aubourg

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2015 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I love to run in Central Parks in NYC. The park is very challenging to runners because you have both flat ground and hills throughout the park. However, I truly enjoy running in the park, especially during races.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
My favorites artists to listen too when running are Aloe Blac, Fall Out Boy, Bruno Mars, Hoobastank, New Found Glory, Trapt, Hinder, Plain White T’s, Johnny Hates Jazz, Rick Astley, Richard Marx, Go West, Bon Jovi, Berlin, Babyface, Genesis, The Police,The System, Phil Collins, Chicago, Robin Thick, and Pharell.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Mine favorite post run meal would have to be sweet plantain, avocado, greek salad, and any type of broiled meat along with a glass of water with lemon.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running 3 years ago to lose 45 pounds. I was depressed and overweight. Even though I have the love and support of my friends and family, I wanted more challenges in my life and running was able to bring that to me.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Yes, I do have a pre-race ritual – before a race I like to lay out my running clothes and my bib. I then pack up my change of clothes, set my alarm 2 hours early before the race and listen to Reggae and Reggaton to get amped up.

Why did you choose to run this event?
The reasons I’m running the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half are that I want to show people that if you have goals in life you can achieve them. I set to complete my 9+1 for NYRR and I completed it and I wanted to run the United Airlines NYC Half and I’m running it. I have asthma and I’m a little chubby, but I ‘ve been told I can’t do a lot of things in my life. With the support of my Family (Dad-Joseph, Mom-Maryese, sister-Vivianne Marie Jouvelle and friends Walter, Omar, Brendan, Micheal Jabbs Kyle Yasnery Christine Jen and Keri) I’m overcoming obstacles in my life and am extremely happy to run the United Airlines NYC Half.

Tell us a little more about yourself
My name is Joseph Aubourg, I’m 32 years old and I’m Haitian American. I live in Roselle now, though, I was born in NYC. I work in and know the city like the back of my hand.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I love what Team for Kids does to help young people get active and healthy and inspire them to stay that way.

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