Member Spotlight: Fred Graver

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

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Central Park. I’m faster than most of the horses pulling tourists around.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
When I hit my “stride” Spotify usually kicks into “I Am The Walrus,” followed by the little robot voice asking me if everything’s okay.

What is your favorite post-run meal?

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I began running in college, mostly to relieve stress. Once the Walkman was invented, I discovered I could go into my own world. Every day, running is that part of the day that is part discipline, part release, part joy.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I’m always worried that the “pen” I’ve been assigned to will actually be so far behind the starting line that it will actually be just in front of the starting line.

Why did you choose to run this event?
Okay — here’s the serious part — I love the Team for Kids. Running really has kept me focused and sane and in love with life. I am running to raise money for the Team.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m on the Media Team at Twitter, and am a comedy writer and producer living in New York City.

What excites you most about running the United Airlines NYC Half?

Here’s the deal. I am slow. I am so slow.

I was once running a race in the park and saw a family — stroller and two toddlers in tow — point at me and say “Hey, I’m sure we can get across in front of that guy.”

A guy pushing a shopping cart passed me once. People who are lost in Central Park don’t have any qualms about asking me for directions — I don’t look like I’m going anywhere.

So, I run to go the distance. That’s enough for me.

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