What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The Airbnb Brooklyn Half!
What is your favorite place to run and why?
I love running the loop in Prospect Park, you never get bored looking at all the unique people either running with you, or enjoying the park. Also Prospect Park has dogs, cute dogs, EVERYWHERE! I also really love to run around Astoria and Long Island City to discover some hidden gems.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I’m really into hip hop / rap / electronic / occasionally some emo rock. I try and get mixes that just run for 40-60 minutes so I don’t have to mess with it. A mix might include: Migos, Missy Elliott, Flume, Diplo, A$AP Ferg, Panama, Jack U, Drake, old school Fall Out Boy and Taking Back Sunday can do the trick too.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
Pasta and Meatballs! Or a good buffalo chicken wrap with grilled chicken.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
It’s definitely a love hate relationship. Playing sports from a young age, running was always sneaky fitness in soccer, basketball, softball. As I progressed into a better player on more elite squads, I had timed 3 miles, long sprints, so I grew up almost hating it. In college I began to enjoy it more as I played rugby, I realized my own pace was so important. Post college was really when I found a better routine for myself and grew to look forward to my alone time running in the busy city of NYC. Getting out of the crowds and into Prospect Park with my music helped me start to like (not quite love) running again 🙂
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Absolutely not. This is my first half marathon! I am planning to have fun with it!
Why did you choose to run this event?
I work for the non-profit organization STOKED, as a Program Manager in NYC. I preach to my students to get out of their comfort zone to learn how to skateboard, snowboard, and surf. We bring action sports mentoring, and after school programs to underserved communities in NYC and Los Angeles. I was ready to challenge myself to get out of MY comfort zone, to show my students that goals are attainable at any level with a positive attitude. I ultimately want to support youth development and Team For Kids is an organization supporting healthy students, and at the end of the day we’re all working towards the same results.
Tell us a little more about yourself
I grew up in South Buffalo, and fell in love with sports early on because of my athletic dad. I played hockey, basketball and soccer regularly and snowboarded too. As I moved from a high school all-star athlete to college, I fell in love with a new sport, rugby! I still play in NYC for the Village Lions. I majored in Sport Management in college at SUNY Cortland, while working at a local ski resort. Working there helped me realize my passions for the ski industry and working with youth! I volunteered for STOKED one day two summers ago and haven’t looked back since. I now manage 6 schools in NYC and all weekend sports programming (snowboard, surf, and skate). I love to hang out in Astoria, Queens, trying out new restaurants, new outdoor activities, and hanging with friends. I love comedy, especially podcasts! I love being outside whenever possible, and I have an unhealthy obsession with sneakers and clothes.
What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I’m happy to run for a good cause. Working with kids’ everyday helps me understand the importance of keeping kids active. It’s unnatural for kids to sit in school all day, then go home and sit some more on social media. The more free play, the more active kids can be, the healthier we will be as a nation! It starts with movement, and we only get better from there. I’m really excited to help raise money so more kids can be active. Simple as that!