Member Spotlight: Mercedes Mottek

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I am extremely THRILLED to be running the QUEENS 10K supporting NYRR Team for Kids and its passionate mission! 😀

What is your favorite place to run and why?
My all time favorite place to run has to be where I started running…steps away from our Florida home, the beautiful “Boca Raton Beach”. It’s soft, yet firm, sand is heaven and distance can be whatever one needs. Not to mention, spring & summer year round with the “Grand Reward” of jumping in the magnificent sea after a great training session.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
WOW, as a lifelong Thespian, I LOVE ALL MUSIC…yet, I have many sides to my rhythmic soul. Being 1st generation born American, from amazing Cuban parents that found their way to Birmingham, ALABAMA (lol, long fun story) after the Cuban Revolution of 1959. At first, I ran with the inspiring sounds of the Boca Ocean waves and now I vary between passionate SALSA sounds of Celia Cruz, Ricky Martin, JLO, Pitbull, etc. to my Southern “KICK it” artists and way, way beyond. Truly, ANYTHING GOES!!! 😀

What is your favorite post-run meal?
My favorite post-run meal has to be a 32 oz. multi-fresh fruit protein shake, for starters along with fresh bread with honey, almond butter, turkey and a fully loaded omelet all topped with a fantastic double Cuban expresso – yum, yum 😀 !

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I have always admired this sport and its commitment, however, my profound Passion for running began a couple of years ago when my children ran their 1st NYC Marathon in 2013. I was WOWED beyond words. My humbled soul felt so very proud of them. I am still WOWED at their commitments & achievements with everything they do. I truly want Dominique, Carl, Pedro (son in law) and my amazing hubby, Peter, of 30 years to feel as proud of little me, too! 😀

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
My pre-race rituals include stretching, eating and, well…of course, going to the potty…lol!…and sunblock 🙂

:o) … right sock on first 🙂 Also, I always say a little prayer of “Thanks” for my family and their support, being healthy and giving back. I take absolutely nothing for granted. 🙂

Why did you choose to run this event?
I chose NYRR Team for Kids because I simply ADORE its’ mission & passion to HELP, Encourage and INSPIRE “people” through Running & Athletic achievements. I come from an extremely passionate football family, my brother Jose’ was an ALL-AMERICAN and his son, Jose’ Armando, as well. OUR life is all about “Mind, Body & Spirit” …” nothing is impossible, give your BEST!”

Tell us a little more about yourself
For years, our family has lived in many countries around the world. In each country and beyond, I involved myself with endless hours of countless charities. Even creating new ones…’locally & globally’, making wonderful friends everywhere and following up with them throughout the years. Many are amazing runners in NY, as well.

As our children grew and attended many wonderful schools exploring “new” surroundings every few years, I always created and developed opportunities to motivate, encourage and inspire students, children & adults, alike….ie, …from watching & helping babies born in the sandy hills of Peru’ to countless governmental panel issues impacting OUR world today.

I am extremely passionate about the WORLD that we all share and that we “TOGETHER”. Educating our communities, giving all people a chance to shine and a brilliant vision of inspiration towards never losing HOPE that their Dreams can become Reality…LOVE does conquer all, indeed! I feel that I have been blessed to have had many opportunities to “hands on” unconditionally embrace “people” all over the world towards bettering themselves and OUR magnificent World.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
As I move back to our AMERICA the Beautiful (and over 50yrs old…lol) …especially, my beloved “NYC” (TriBeCa area), I want to passionately embrace OUR COUNTRY and community in every positive way.

So, to reignite my passion to humbly serve and “give back” to the USA…. training with the Queens 10K and NYRR Team for Kids is a blessing and perfect for me!!! 😀 I simply pray to “motivate, encourage & inspire” our amazing communities, at large, all people…especially our NYRR Team for Kids runners and the youth who benefit from our fundraising. Oh YES, “RUNNING IS EXTRAORDINARY” and, as my beloved late Papi, Juan Jose’ Casanova-my lifelong inspiration, always said to me, “to GIVE ANYTHING LESS THAN YOUR BEST IS TO SACRIFICE YOUR GOD GIVEN GIFT…just DO IT NOW!”

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