Member Spotlight: Lauren Kreter

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The Airbnb Brooklyn Half – No Sleep Till Brooklyn!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I live in Bucolic, CT and love my regular “loop” – river trails, nature and hills surround me. But really as I long as I am outside and not on a treadmill I am happy!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Eye of the Tiger is my official ‘pump it up’ song. That song always seems to play exactly when I really need some serious motivation!          

What is your favorite post-run meal?
PICKLES!!!!  I don’t know why but it’s the first thing I grab after any run.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?  
I ran Cross Country in high school, but wasn’t really passionate about the sport. Over a period of time, I was diagnosed with Crohns and was looking for ways to help manage it. Running was always a suggestion, and years later I finally did my first race in 2012- VEGAS Half with the CCFA. It was a great way to learn a little bit about what I was dealing with and meet others individuals affected by the disease. After that race I put my running shoes back in the closet, as I figured I had met my goal, right?

My sister pressures me to meet her in Ireland for another half and it being Ireland, how could I say no?!? That’s when I officially caught the running bug. The following year we did the NYRR Five Borough series in NYC together.  I noticed her involvement with Team for Kids and the affect it had on her life – I wanted that too. It wasn’t until the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon that I would really call myself a runner and not just a “race day” runner. That also was my first race with Team for Kids. I remember wanting to be in the city all the time for training and not just races.  I also learned through more consistent training that running really does help me manage my Crohn’s, both mentally and physically.  So, it’s been a great win for me on many aspects of my life and I continue to enjoy it!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
My sister and I usually go out to dinner the night before. She always finds a fun gluten free restaurant especially for me. It’s kind of been our special thing and I really enjoy having some one on one time with her (that’s always hard to find when you come from a family of 7 brothers/sisters)! Getting ready the next morning together with some ‘pump it up’ music never hurts either!

Why did you choose to run this event?
This is my third time running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half; it’s actually my favorite NYC race! I love hearing the roar of people lined up on the boardwalk, and then making that turn onto the boardwalk for the final stretch is just amazing! This year I will not only be running with my sister, but also my brother in law! It will be a day for the books!

Tell us a little more about yourself
While I love visiting the city, I’m really a country girl at heart.  I own a vintage rental and design company where I focus on bringing unique, mismatched, and whimsical touches to any event. We offer a full range of event styling services in addition to our one-of-a-kind rentals. Because of my business (and passion for all things vintage), you’ll often find me on the road at any antique sale or flea market on the weekends when I am not racing! I absolutely love what I do!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
First, the TFK sea of green exudes such a fantastic feeling on race day! The meaning behind that color leaves a lasting impression on any member of Team for Kids Alumni. And the camaraderie and support is just outstanding.

What really excites me most though, is how much Team for Kids and their programs mean to the young runners. During the TCS New York City Marathon breakfast with Team for Kids, I was fortunate enough to meet a few of the young runners. Their stories and being able to better understand the impact these programs have had on their lives will keep me running with Team for Kids forever.

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