Runner Spotlight: Luis M. Tejada

Where do you live?
Bronx, NY

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 running with Team for Kids because I feel that nowadays children don’t take advantage of playing outside and playing sports as much as they should, like when I was younger. Back then, we didn’t have social media or anything like that, so I like to be involved with the well-being of children.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is in the streets of city I was born and grew up in–New York City (aka The Concrete Jungle). It’s the city that raised me, so-to-speak, and I absolutely love it and wouldn’t trade it!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
My playlist is very eclectic and consists of everything from classical to hip-hop/rap to punk rock to electronic

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Other than a nice strawberry/banana/peanut butter/chocolate protein shake, I love a nice salmon filet and side of quinoa.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
It began in high school, where I didn’t necessarily run track & field, but I just loved being active throughout. I consider running to be true freedom, where it’s just you, your music playlist (if applicable), and the road/surface on which you’re running.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I say a quick prayer before running or working out so that it will provide me with additional mental fortitude to get it done!

Why did you choose to run this event?
I feel as though not many kids nowadays take advantage of physical sports while at an early age due to a variety of factors, whether it be the increase in social media outlets & usage, funding cuts in school programming, etc. I feel that Team for Kids is doing great work and making great strides to provide such opportunities to children.

Tell us a little more about yourself:
I’m just a guy who loves to be physically active and participate in all sorts of competitions and races. Always with a smile on my face! 🙂

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