Member Spotlight: Gary Rubin

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Where do you live?
Washington, DC

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

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I believe that supporting youth programs is essential to helping young boys and girls — especially those who may be what we call underprivileged — to develop teamwork, discipline, and heightened self-esteem. I grew up in Brooklyn and Queens (P.S. 219, JHS 189, Flushing H.S.), and there were precious few out-of-school sports programs, which would have been an important adjunct to classwork.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC; along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia; and, of course when I can, Central Park. The scenery along Rock Creek and the Schuylkill River are breathtaking; Central Park reminds me of growing up in NY (as I did in Brooklyn and Flushing).

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I don’t run with music.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
My favorite post-run meal (after a typical training run) is usually salad, fruit, and a home-made smoothie. However, after running a marathon or 1/2 marathon, I eat whatever I want! Pizza, ice cream, you name it!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running when I turned 30 (nearly 40 years ago). I wanted to lose a bit of weight and I had always been fascinated with running, though I never really had the discipline. But then it happened, and I have been hooked ever since.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I always (always) have the same pre-race breakfast: I/2 toasted bagel with almond butter, banana, and honey. I wear pink socks and shoelaces, and I have a fanny pack I always make sure I take with me. It contains some “lucky” things, stones, and coins, and small objects that I have collected over the years, as well as a few notes written to me by my late wife. I never run without them.

Why did you choose to run this event?
In an election year, the focus is (of course) on voters. Not enough attention is paid (in my view) to those who will become voters, the kids. Supporting youth programs, of any kind, is essential as kids tend to be forgotten. Running is a great way to instill discipline, teamwork, and just plain fun in folks, especially in kids.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I will have turned 70 about 10 days before the NYC Marathon, so the race will be a celebration as well for me. I love running through the streets of NYC, passing old neighborhoods I still remember fondly. I am an attorney in Washington, DC, a perfect city in which to run.


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