Alumni Spotlight: David Ariel

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What events have you run with Team for Kids?
The 2014 TCS New York City Marathon!

What excited you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
You are nothing with your teammates, the rest is excess.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
Running in central park early in the morning is my favorite place to run. There is a peace that in the chaos of New York is hard to find any place else.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
*The Idan Raichel Project-Chalomot Shel Acherim
*Above and Beyond-Sun and Moon
*Straight No Chaser- Let It go
*Avicii- Levels
*Audioslave- Be Yourself
*Jerry Goldsmith- To Notre Dame

What is your favorite post-run meal?
My favorite post run meal is a tie between chunky peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich and my father’s homemade hummus with Sabich (an eggplant and egg sandwich in pita bread).

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started to run in high school, stopped for a year, then started running again in college and ran for my fraternity competitively. I stopped after college until my family told me I needed a new hobby outside of work.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
For cold races, I always need white gloves and always need to have something red on me. My hands get cold and white represents peace and good. Red according to my girlfriend is good luck in Chinese culture.

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
It was a mission I believed in. If i hadn’t started running at a young age who knows how my life would have turned out without the focus running teaches.

Tell us a little more about yourself
My family calls me Baby Davey. I am the youngest of 4 children to an Israeli father and an American mother. In 2014, I set my goal of running the TCS New York City Marathon for a TFK and I hit it and ran with it. I also had the honor of walking with the Israeli team at the opening ceremony as a salute to my father who was a professional soccer player in Israel. I am also a University of Buffalo grad – GO BULLS!

Are you currently training for any events with TFK or do you plan to run any in the future, if so which events?
I will be running again with Team for Kids in the future!

What would you tell someone who was considering running with Team for Kids?
It will go down as one of the greatest experiences of your life. I haven’t been married and haven’t had kids yet but I can’t image a much better feeling then completing the marathon and having teammates pushing you and people cheering you on every race.

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