Member Spotlight: Charly Evon Simpson

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What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I’m running the Big Apple Challenge with Team for Kids! I ran the United Airlines NYC Half and am now looking forward to running the TCS New York City Marathon!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I love that I am running for a great cause. It makes every mile worth it.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I love to run along rivers. I’ve had the chance to live and run in Boston, Philly, and NYC. Each time I’ve had a river not too far from my apartment to run along. There is something so calming about running near the water.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Honestly, I will run to anything with a good beat. I run to bad pop songs and fantastic oldies. Right now, my playlist includes the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Chaka Khan, Kanye West, Beyonce, Wham! and Michael Jackson.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I am a big fan of a nice, big bacon cheeseburger after a run…with French fries, of course.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running in 2010 after an emotionally rough year and a half. I was living in Boston, working 12 hour days, and feeling really lonely. As a part of my AmeriCorps commitment, I had to volunteer a certain amount of hours. I learned that raising money and running races could count towards those hours. I was never a good runner–a mile was probably the only distance I was comfortable with. But I wanted to get health and I wanted something to fill my free time. So I started doing the Couch-to-5K and ran two 5Ks that spring. When I moved to Philly that fall, I wanted to keep up with the running and decided to do a 10K. From there, I’ve kept going for longer and longer distances. I am still amazed that my body can take me more than a mile at a time.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
No, not really.

Why did you choose to run this event?
I’ve been wanting to run a marathon for a while and when I had another rough few months, I thought that running could once again help me find my footing. So one night I was reading about Team for Kids and just bit the bullet and signed up. I wanted to do the Big Apple Challenge because I knew I’d have to get in shape for the United Airlines NYC Half early in the year. My hope is to keep my body strong and healthy all year long and into marathon training.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I just turned 30 so I am super happy to be starting about a new decade with this challenge. I am a playwright and performer who was born in Queens and now lives in Manhattan. I am a lover of wine and hot toddies and hope to get my first wine certification later this year. I have a pup named George.

Connect with Charly via the links below:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/charlywrites
Twitter: www.twitter.com/charlyesimpson
Instagram: www.instagram.com/charlyesimpson

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