Member Spotlight: Katie Portelli

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I’ll be running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I run through my neighborhood, Sunset Park, in Brooklyn. There’s always something interesting going on! I like to switch up my route, but tend to keep local.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I love hip hop and reggae from the 90s! I’ll admit I just added some Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine to my playlist, now THAT gets me going.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Eggs and veggies. It’s easy for me to cook up while my two children are begging for attention. They “miss me so much” while I’m out running.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
It’s a time for men to be alone and decompress. I love exercise in any form and I started running because I could literally step out of my door and run. No travel time to a gym, taking classes, etc. I’m a busy, working mom of two and need to get it done!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
This will be my first big race! I’ll need to do something fun to squash my nerves.

Why did you choose to run this event?
It’s my hometown! I’m a Brooklyn girl born and raised and couldn’t think of a better event to train for.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m a 33 year old mom of two. My daughter Lucy is 4 and my son Rowdy is 2. I own and operate a home daycare in Sunset Park. I was and raised in Brooklyn. I spent a lot of time volunteering and working with at risk youth and have a special place in my heart for kids in need. I love all kids actually! I love to cook and eat; I’m passionate and good food and feeding my family well. I love my friends, most of whom I have been close with since high school. I even convinced some to join TFK in running the Brooklyn Half!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
This is my first big race and getting behind TFK and their mission makes it even more meaningful. I’m so excited to push myself to do something to benefit the boys and girls who need it the most. The cheering crowds will be pretty awesome too!

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