Member Spotlight: Andy Fenack

Where are you from?
Astoria, NY

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
The fact that Team for Kids runners have raised over $500,000 through this race alone motivates me the most. It will be awesome to run the streets of Brooklyn with a unifying cause. And I can’t wait to hear “GO TFK!” while I’m out there.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
In the city…Central Park. I love the variety of hills, flats and bridle path trails for any type of training that I want to do. Out of the city…any trail that I can find!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I’m old school….no music! I can’t imagine running with music during a race….what other time am I going to have that many people cheering for me?!?!

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Day to day…pretty healthy and boring but after a race…pizza or hamburgers and few cold IPAs. I may go for Joey Chestnut’s hot dog eating record on the Coney Island boardwalk after the BK half….

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I’ve been running since high school, joining the cross country team in 9th grade on a whim. I was running trails around my high school to get in shape for baseball and some members of the cross country team asked if I wanted to join. I didn’t even know cross country was a sport but quickly fell in love with distance running, especially on the trails in south Texas where we trained and raced.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I’ve got a pair of socks that must be worn for my key races. Really denying the fact that they’re losing elasticity…. I also get to races ridiculously early, usually passing people that are still out partying along the way.

Why did you choose to run this event with TFK?
I had the pleasure of joining Team for Kids as an assistant coach for the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, meeting a group of people working together for a great cause. As I wasn’t coaching for the Brooklyn Half, I decided it’d be great to get the TFK experience as a runner. I’ve always been motivated to change young lives, from working with homeless children and at-risk youth in high school and undergrad to programs that combat childhood obesity through nutrition and exercise in Physical Therapy school. The Team for Kids mission has been a perfect fit for me.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m a Physical Therapist at Finish Line Physical Therapy, specializing in treating runners and endurance athletes. I grew up in Texas, went to UT (hook ’em!) and moved to NYC with my wife 7 years ago. She and I met at UT and have been together for 14 years! Endurance sports have long been a part of my life…I’ve completed 2 Ironman triathlons, 3 marathons, 10 Half Ironman triathlons, and numerous half marathons, Olympic and sprint distance triathlons.

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