Member Spotlight: Andrew Zahler

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Where do you live?
Jersey City, NJ

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I’m most excited about the camaraderie and sense of shared purpose that go with training for a long-distance event and fundraising for a worthy cause. I look forward to meeting fellow TFK runners at group training runs this summer and fall.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I love running on the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City and Hoboken for the air, ample sunlight on sunny days, views of Manhattan and presence of lots of other runners.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
LCD Soundsystem’s “45:33” is a driving, evolving track that lasts 45 minutes, 33 seconds — a great length for a regular run. I also enjoy listening to podcasts like This American Life, Radiolab and Serial.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
PB&J with a banana and plenty of water.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I’ve been running off and on since I was a kid, but I’d say I got really serious about it when I moved to New York in 2011. That’s when I discovered Prospect Park, bought my first pair of real running shoes and signed up for my first race with NYRR, the Jingle Bell Jog. I got serious because I wanted to improve my health, in all senses of the word, and let off steam from my stressful job.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
The night before, I lay out my race gear and map my transit to the race down to the minute. In the morning, I get up nice and early to fully wake up and have a proper breakfast. I realize these things are not that extraordinary, but they all contribute to me arriving at the corrals relaxed and ready to run.

Why did you choose to run this event?
I first signed up with Team for Kids in 2014 to get guaranteed entry to the 2015 NYC Half, and I had such a great experience that I wanted to do it again for the marathon — even though I already had entry.

I feel connected to TFK’s mission because growing up I was fortunate to have organized sports and parents who encouraged me to be active, and it established healthy habits that I have maintained. Doing so helps me stay grounded and happy, and of course physically healthy. I realize that a lot of kids don’t have the opportunities I did but could benefit just as much if not more from being active. Raising funds for youth running programs is something I can do to help solve that problem.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m an editor. I’m getting married in August. I brew beer. I cheer for any sports team from Seattle, where I grew up. I have lived in Portland, Ore.; Columbia, Mo., Washington, D.C.; and Prague, Czech Republic. I used to play a lot of bass guitar and will again someday. I’m a grownup who still enjoys playing video games.

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