Member Spotlight: Tomas Nochta

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2016 United Airlines NYC Half!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Most of the time I run on the Saddle River County Park path in NJ. It is close to my house so I don’t have to drive. When the weather gets warmer and will have more time on the weekend I will definitely do some trail runs with the members of the Facebook Group “Runners of Bergen County”.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I usually run without music but like to listen podcasts. My favorite one is This American Life. If I don’t listen to anything I love to enjoy he nature around me.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I do not have any favorite post run meal, but I do like to refuel with some energy bars and Gatorade. I do enjoy a good and nutritious meal like chicken or salmon.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running in May 2015. Actually I started before, but never really make it for longer than a day. Many times I gave up and turned back at the end of the block. I started running to lose weight and keep in shape. My inspiration is my mentor, Rachel Pratt, who I admire on her success of running.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I only ran few races and haven’t developed any ritual yet 🙂

Why did you choose to run this event?
I choose to run the United Airlines NYC Half because I want to run thru Manhattan. Crossing Times Square with cheering fans all over and to run along the West Side Highway is priceless.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am originally form Slovakia and came to New York in 2006 and fell in love with the city. Life was rough in the beginning, but thanks to my friends support, I adapted to the new environment quickly. I am currently working in the hospitality industry. My career started from an entry level position where I learned a lot from my mentor, and has evolved to my current management position. Thank you to my wife being my greatest supporter. I love to travel, ski and run. Living in NJ and working in NYC make it difficult to find time for running especially in the winter because it gets dark early. However, I do not give up and still run even when it is dark and cold as I really enjoy running. My goal is one day to run a Marathon in a foreign country.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I am inspired by the mission of Team for Kids. I like the impact Team for Kids has on our youth. I am also excited about the crowd and hopefully to see my awesome team of co-workers cheering me on when I run by them.

Connect with Tomas via the links below:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tomas.nochta
Instagram: https://instagram.com/TheTomasN
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-nochta-033a484b

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