#ReasonsToRun: You Can Take it With You

Running is truly a global sport that you can take with you anywhere you go. Whether traveling in the states or overseas, pack your running shoes. It’s a great way to explore a new destination and pick out your favorite places.  Going someplace foreign? Not a problem. Before leaving, Google running clubs in your city and make contact. Runners everywhere will be excited to have you join them and most likely will invite you for a few local beverages afterwards. And if you are brave enough to explore a foreign city on your own, all you have to do is nod or give a thumbs up to a passing runner and you’ve made a new friend.


For more information on how to support NYRR youth programs and sign up to run with Team for Kids visit: https://runwithtfk.org/

Share your reasons to run by using #ReasonsToRun and tagging Team for Kids in your post on Facebook and @TeamforKids on Instagram or Twitter. You can also email us a photo and your reason to run at teamforkids@nyrr.org with #ReasonsToRun in the subject line for a chance to be featured.

Member Spotlight: Noa Kupfer

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

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I love to run in parks and along the water. It is so relaxing and there is so much to see. When I was living in Boston, I ran alongside the Charles River so here in NYC, I run through Riverside a lot and in Central Park. It’s also nice to be around other runners and be surrounded by so many people who enjoy the art of running.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I listen to the Top Hits of 2014 on Pandora or the country and pop music I have on my Ipod.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
My favorite meal is anything with protein in it. I try to drink a nice big glass of chocolate milk, which is good for recovery. Plus, it’s chocolate and good! I do like my pastas, and salad with fish or chicken; something that is hearty, but healthy at the same time.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running in 8th grade when I joined my middle school track team. My dad has been an avid runner and participated in the Boston Marathon four times when I was growing up. That definitely sparked my interest and my freshman year of high school, I wanted to join cross country. My dad had to literally push me out of the car the week before school started for preseason runs. I was very scared that I wouldn’t be able to keep up and not get to be as fast as the other runners. Flash forward 9 years and I am now a graduate student. In undergrad, I competed for my university in cross country and track, ran at NCAA Regionals and won my conference two times. Competing was an amazing experience, but now that I am out of college, I have been learning that running is a life long passion and activity I can do, but not focus solely on having every run or race go perfectly. Now, I am running for myself and only myself.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Competing in college, I had the same thing for dinner every week before a race, typically pasta, bread and salad. And the morning of the race, I would have a Cliff Chocolate Chip Protein Bar (that flavor every single week, for basically 4 years. That is a lot of races, both cross country and track).

I have to lay out my racing clothes the night before and do some deep relaxation and go through the race plan. My main concern is making sure my things are together and ready for the next day. Also, I always listen to a few specific songs, but I cant remember them at the moment as this is the first race I have done in a while!

Why did you choose to run this event?
I am doing this half marathon because I recently graduated from undergrad where I predominantly ran cross country and indoor/outdoor track (5k and 3k). Outside of college, I have done a few 10k and 5k road races here and there, but not yet a half marathon. I know I am beyond capable of doing well and running a gutsy, fast race. I think I needed time to reflect on myself as a runner after graduating and finding myself within the crazy city of NYC. The half marathon is a great distance and will help me prep for an eventual marathon!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a 2nd year graduate student at Columbia University School of Social Work. I graduate in May 2015, soon after the half marathon.

I am a huge fan of professional runners (Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagen) and follow almost every race they run.

I have worked at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for 4 summers. It is a camp founded by Paul Newman, which provides a summer camp experience for children 7-16 who have chronic/terminal illness. Those experiences have driven me to get my masters and hopefully work with pediatric cancer patients. I have a strong passion of giving back and immersing myself in community work that benefits the lives of children of all ages and backgrounds. That is why I am very excited to run the United NYC Half as a member of Team for Kids!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I am excited to be able to do something I love that not only benefits myself, but others too. To have the opportunity to raise money for such a great organization, gives me the strength to get through every training run and to motivate myself on rainy and snowy days. I am really excited to run with Team for Kids for the first time for this half marathon. In addition, I am excited to run throughout Manhattan and Times Square, and have the cheering crowd back me up the entire way and serve as extra motivation.

Member Spotlight: Jeannette Martimucci

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I am running the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Central park is my favorite place to run. I sometimes feel that my heart is in this city, but my soul is in Central Park. There is so much history there! I always take my friends into the park who don’t run and give them tours. I love that the park is an awesome green space that is right in the middle of the city with skyscrapers all around you.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I actually don’t listen to music when I run. I got out of the habit when I started running with a group in 2010, now I just either chat with friends or think about how I’m going to totally kick butt on my run.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I’m a big fan of eggs and toast post run. I don’t eat meat so they are a great source of protein. If I’m feeling crazy, I’ll go for an egg and cheese sandwich!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I have always been athletic, but never considered myself a runner. In 2010, I was in grad school at Teachers College, Columbia University and I decided I needed to get moving again. My grandfather had just passed away from prostate cancer and I wanted to do something in his honor. So, without really thinking about it, I signed up for a marathon! I did the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon, and raised money for cancer research. After that, I was hooked and have been running ever since!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I don’t really have any superstitions, no lucky socks or anything like that. I do always eat the same dinner before races. I have a bagel with lox, cream cheese, and capers.

Why did you choose to run this event?
I’m running the NYC Half Marathon, because I wanted to give back to the organization that does so much for my school. I am one of three coaches for my elementary school’s track team – a Young Runners team. We have been so grateful for the support we have received from NYRR and Team for Kids runners! Our school put together a team of teachers, and some parents to run this event and raise money!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a third grade teacher, and a triathlete. When I’m not training for running events you can see me on my bike or in the pool. I have completed 4 consecutive New York City Triathlons, and my 5th one is coming up this July!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I’m most excited to have the opportunity to give back to the organization that has helped bring a great running program to our school. It has helped inspire our team to realize they can reach their goals.

Member Spotlight: Bianca Harris

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I am running the United Airlines NYC Half with Team for Kids and would like to run the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon as well!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I really enjoy running in Brooklyn. The culture changes from street to street and there is a lot of great street art to admire and use as checkpoints/mile markers.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I plan my playlist out by my miles. I have easy tempo songs as the run begins and power songs at the end to keep me motivated. Currently there is a lot of Nirvana, Diplo, Alex Clare and Soundgarden. Beyonce ‘Who Runs the World’ is an all-time favorite.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
A quinoa salad loaded with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded beets and carrots, sliced apples, spinach or kale, seasoned with light lemon juice and black pepper. I always do a baked chicken breast or pork chop on the side to keep my muscles fed.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I sprained my hip a few times and vowed that when I would be able to be active again, I would start running. I ran my first race, a 4M, with my CEO. She had run the marathon previously and helped me finish strong with tips on breathing, pace and fun facts. It was really her positivity that made me enjoy the run, and inspired me to start running on my own. I started focusing on building my endurance and strength thereafter, and for 2015 I am focusing on running my first marathon and finishing it strong. All of my friends, family and coworkers are very supportive of it!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Water. I drink as much as I can the week of my race to stay hydrated on race day and make sure my body is ready to go.

Why did you choose to run this event?
I am running a number of races and wanted to run for a charity. A Half-Marathon is a perfect gateway for it!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I work in New York City and am developing a wellness program with some friends during my down time. Running, charitable work and eating clean are big components of it!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Meeting other members and getting my friends and family excited about running for a reason.

#ReasonsToRun

This past fall a number of our Young Runners participated in the new NYRR Youth Running Series at cross country events through Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Driven by the brisk October air and the competition of their fellow students, these Young Runners were wholeheartedly inspired to give it their all. Some of the students from PS 011 in Queens were inspired to write poems about their experiences. You can read their poems by clicking here. Thank you Team for Kids runners for your fundraising efforts which support our Young Runners programs!


For more information on how to support NYRR youth programs and sign up to run with Team for Kids visit: https://runwithtfk.org/

Share your reasons to run by using #ReasonsToRun and tagging Team for Kids in your post on Facebook and @TeamforKids on Instagram or Twitter. You can also email us a photo and your reason to run at teamforkids@nyrr.org with #ReasonsToRun in the subject line for a chance to be featured.

Member Spotlight: Maeghan Robertson

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

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Spring Lake Boardwalk. I grew up at the Jersey Shore, and nothing is more awesome than jogging on the boards with the view and beautiful sound of the ocean.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Anything with a good beat. I actually need help updating my iPod, so any recommendations on music, please feel free to share. I am kind of out of the loop these days with music thanks to my 2 year old and 6 month old 🙂

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My relationship with running started in 2011 when I signed up for a 10K. I signed up as motivation to get in shape for my wedding. I remember the high I had when I crossed the finish line. It was an incredible feeling. Since then I have done a few runs here and there.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
None at the moment.

Why did you choose to run this event?
I tried signing up for the NYC Half Marathon last year through the lottery and I did not get in. This time last year, I found out I was pregnant with my second child, so I thought I was probably better off I did not get to run it. My daughter, Elin was born 2 months early on July 8th and I have to say that was the most scariest and stressful time in my life. Her arrival was very unexpected, and she was in the NICU for 5 weeks. I was by her side almost every day, as my husband was home taking care of our now 2 year old. I honestly do not know how I got through it, but being at the other end of it, I look at her and I see a fighter. Elin has inspired me to sign up to run the United Airlines NYC Half.

Tell us a little more about yourself
Born in NYC and raised on the Jersey Shore. When I am not running around after my two little ones, I enjoy a run to clear my head. I also am obsessed with the Barre workout, spending time with family and good friends, reading, and traveling.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
What excites me most is knowing I will be making an impact on children in the NYC area and around the country. Exercise and physical activity was such a big part of my childhood and not only is it good for the heart and soul, but it also helps with confidence, self-esteem, and team work.

Member Spotlight: Marc Ernay

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

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Central Park has always been my favorite place in town, period. Running in the park enhances every visit.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I’ve been training with a lot of Rush, Fun, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, and Fitz & the Tantrums.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I shouldn’t say, but bacon cheeseburgers & deep dish pizza make me feel like I “earned” a reward.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
In November of 1999, I was watching the NYC Marathoners stream past me on 1st Avenue, and decided then & there I needed to add the race to my bucket list. I challenged myself, if I could do 3 miles the following morning, I’d train for the 26.2. And I was fortunate enough to run/complete the race in 2000.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Just trying to stay warm.

Why did you choose to run this event?
It was part of my New Year’s resolution to get back in “fighting” shape.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m Sports Director and Morning Drive Anchor for 1010 WINS radio, in addition to serving as an Adjunct Professor of Mass Communications at St. John’s University in Queens.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I’m most excited about having a chance to help the kids. The challenge of getting back in shape, 15 years removed from my lone NYC Marathon, was also alluring. The course and the crowd are what make any race in the greatest city in the world that much more special.