Member Spotlight: Craig Copeland

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I’m running the 2015 Big Apple Challenge – the United Airlines NYC Half and the TCS New York City Marathon.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I have two:

  1. In NYC: Sunnyside Queens to Central Park and back – via the 59th Street Bridge. Making the connection between my house and the world’s greatest public park via running, while also reliving the centerpiece of the NYC Marathon, is always uplifting (even in sub-freezing winter, or blistering summer). It’s a Feeling Groovy!
  2. In Italy: Rapolano (Siena). When I’m there to carve stone, I like to start many of my days running across the beautiful rolling Tuscan hills as the sun rises. The colors, scents and sounds are fully invigorating to the psyche. What a way to wake up the soul!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I used to run with music, but stopped last spring when I started running with TFK, thanks first and foremost to the great conversations always to be had. Now, even when I’m on a long run by myself, I run to the music that is around me, whether in the City or some countryside.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
A Dog & Duck (Sunnyside) hamburger and fries with a Brooklyn Lager.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running as a kid, in great concentration the last two years of High School. I focused mostly on the decathlon at the time, but I did run cross country one year, then occasionally I would run in 5K and 10K road races for a few years later. I fell out of running for well over a decade. As my own kids grew and became increasingly active, I knew I needed to keep up. A friend suggested I train and run the NYC Marathon…at first I laughed – I wasn’t running at all, and I should think of such a feat!…but after a couple more years, and rediscovering the joy of a run, I returned to running…And, on a whole new level, as I trained and ran my first Marathon with TFK last year.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
The night before, I have a pesto pasta dinner, and lay out all my gear. The morning of, I have a bagel with peanut butter 3 hours before start time, do my Rodney Yee AM Yoga (which I do every day). Gear up, and have a banana 1 hour before start. I get to the start in time for a 20 minute dynamic stretch.

Why did you choose to run this event?
I loved the Marathon so much last year, and I know I will love it even more this year (especially if I don’t corrupt my taper with a Machu Picchu hike the week prior…that is a story for another time).

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m an NYC architect and sculptor (www.craigcopeland.com)…and I have a lovely family that includes my wife, 13-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Helping spread the joy of running to kids through such a great training team…we practice what we preach: the joy of running.

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