Alumni Spotlight: Christie Crowl

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What events have you ran with Team for Kids?
The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is the Lafayette Reservoir, close to my home in Walnut Creek, California, which is about 25 miles outside of San Francisco. There is a 3-mile paved loop just around the water as well as a 5-mile trail with significant inclines and amazing views of the east bay.  And plenty of other dogs for our yellow lab, Posey, to meet along the way!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I am a big country music fan, so I use my running time to listen to my favorite country songs.  A lot of people like to change up their workout music frequently, but for me there is something comforting about knowing exactly where I am in my run once I hear Tim McGraw start to play!

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I always try to have a good mix of carbs and protein after I run, and since I do most of my weekday runs after work, I generally have dinner post-run.  But I for my long runs on the weekends, I have been known to park my car close to a local doughnut shop so that I can look forward to a maple old-fashioned when I return!  Sometimes my husband will even run with me for a bit and turn around early so that it’s waiting for me when I get there!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My mom has been a P.E. teacher at our local elementary school for almost 23 years and has dedicated her career to instilling a love for running, fitness, and healthy habits in thousands of students, including me!  She helped me start running and playing sports at a young age, so daily movement has always been part of my life.  I think that one of my dad’s proudest moments was when I was the fastest kid — girl or boy! — in a timed run at our city’s youth baseball league tryouts.  Fast-forward about 20 years and my mom and I are still running together, and she was there waiting for me at Miles 12, 18, and 23 in NYC!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I don’t have any real superstitions, but I always like my shoes to match my race outfit — it’s an excuse to have way too many pairs of running shoes!

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?
I was thrilled to be fulfilling a lifelong goal to run the New York City Marathon, and I am so proud to have run with Team for Kids.  To get the chance to run through all five boroughs with a million people cheering you on is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I was born and raised in Walnut Creek, moved to Los Angeles for college (go Bruins!), and came back to San Francisco for law school.  After living in San Francisco for a few years, my husband and I moved back to Walnut Creek, so I’ve really come full circle!  And now I can join my mom on runs again and get to enjoy her company as well as the company of my family’s adorable yellow lab, Posey, who loves to head out for a run just as much as we do.

What excited you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
As I said earlier, my mom is a P.E. teacher and two of my best friends are teachers as well, one of whom actually teaches in the Bronx (shout out to Bronx Success Academy 1!).  All of those educators have stressed the importance of their students’ health and fitness, and have also indicated that students’ academics and confidence levels directly benefit from the types of programs provided by NYRR and Team for Kids.  Being an athlete and having access to sports programs when I was younger has made me who I am today, and I know that the funds that I have raised will help build after-school running programs and enrich the lives of students in New York City and around the country.

Are you currently training for any events with TFK or do you plan to run any in the future, if so which events?
I am not currently training for any events, but I spent some time in London last summer and I would absolutely love to do the London Marathon someday!

What would you tell someone who was considering running with Team for Kids?
Running with Team for Kids will absolutely make your marathon experience incredible.  From the training plans to the coaches’ advice to the team huddle before the start gun, you always have someone encouraging you.  And knowing your fundraising efforts are helping to produce some amazing tiny athletes will keep you going when those runs get tough!

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