Member Spotlight: Chad Mooney

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Where do you live?
Amherst, New Hampshire. Recently moved from Medford, Massachusetts outside of Boston

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2016 BMW Berlin Marathon

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
My wife and I have been running marathons and fundraising for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for many years now. We take great pride in raising money to help seriously ill children attend summer camp for a week and act ‘normal’. As I’ve run and watched many marathons over the years, I always noticed the TFK runners, but never did research to see how the charity supported children. When looking at the Berlin Marathon official charities, I noticed TFK and did research on the charity. I found the mission to be inspiring and a fantastic way to educate children on the benefits of living an active lifestyle. I’m excited to be a part of the team and excited to be fundraising for such an important mission.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
With just having moved from an urban environment to a fairly rural environment, I’m now getting used to much different runs (no sidewalks, trails instead of roads, dodging angry turkeys, wearing bright colors so not to be mistaken for a deer, etc). It’s been a fairly difficult running transition and one I’m a bit nervous about as I start ramping up the mileage. Still my favorite runs were from Medford, MA to Boston and down the Charles River and back. I ran it so many times, it was easy to get lost in thought and let the miles easily pass by.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I run with music during training, but never during big races. I’m a big fan of mixing it up and don’t like specific playlists. Generally I’ll have: Pearl Jam, Eminem, Tom Petty, Mumford & Sons, Fishbone, Imagine Dragons, etc. The one song that I will always have in rotation for long training runs is Queen’s Under Pressure.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Beer after long races. After long races its time to celebrate the months of training and hard work with a few beers. For long runs during training periods leading up to races….tacos!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
When I moved to the Boston area in 2000, my wife and I both wanted to lose weight and started running on a treadmill just 1-2 miles. Then we ran our first 5k, then we decided to run the 1/2 marathon in Indianapolis (we both grew up in the Midwest), then from that we decided to run the 2006 NYC marathon. And we’re both still running and its become a big part of our life.    

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
No, I always feel like I should though.

Why did you choose to run this event?
This will be the 5th of the World Marathon Majors for me (with only Tokyo to go after). I chose the event as it is one of my life goals (bucket list items if you will) to complete all the world marathon majors. Half the time during training, I wonder why. After doing research on TFK I’m excited and inspired to support this great mission while getting closer to achieving my personal goal. I believe running has changed my life and helped me, and subsequently my children, live a healthy and active lifestyle. Breaking the habit, and generally problematic idea, of ‘dieting’ and replacing it with a healthy lifestyle is something that should be instilled in children as early as possible.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I grew up in Indiana and graduated college from Indiana University. After school my girlfriend (now wife) and I decided a 9-5 job wasn’t an enjoyable thing at that time and moved to Ireland for 6 months. After returning from Ireland, we moved to where we wanted to live (Boston) and found jobs. We lived in Boston for the next 15 years and have recently moved to New Hampshire (and am loving it!). I love to travel, run, eat good food, drink good wine and spend time with my family (2 young and growing girls and 1 dog). Berlin will be my 6th marathon and gets me oh so close to completing all the World Majors.

Connect with Chad via the links below:
Instagram: https://instagram.com/chadmooney
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chadmooney
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chadmooney
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chad-mooney-1a42b02

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