Member Spotlight: Emmanuel Jacobo

 

Where do you live?
Hoboken, NJ

What event are your running with Team for Kids?
2016 TCS New York City Marathon

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Seeing others running for the same cause…I feel like it will push me to go faster!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Anywhere new… All the different scenery is my favorite part of running.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artist or songs to listen to?
Jay Z, Eminem, Linkin Park, Drake, Lil Wayne, Mumford and Sons, Usher, Ne-Yo, KYGO, David Guetta, 2 Pac, and DMB.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Chicken Parm

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
A few of my colleagues ran the 2014 marathon and it inspired me to run the 2015 marathon. Mind you, never in my life had I run more than a mile… not even a 5K. I played basketball all my life and long distance running was never part of my regimen. I went back and forth for a while then July of 2015 I committed to running for a charity (CPNY). I fell in love during training… it became my therapy. I’ve been running ever since. This year I decided to run the 5 borough and the marathon- 2 down, 3 to go. As well as the Worlds Toughest Mudder.

Do you have an pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Yes. I go to the finish line the day before so I can visualize crossing it throughout the race. On race day I don’t speak until the end of the race- headphones on and visualize crossing the finish line.

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?
Funds they raise provide free or low-cost health and fitness programs to kids who would otherwise have little or no access to regular physical activity.

Tell us a little more about yourself.
My goal is to make it to the top of my industry and throughout my climb show kids that the environment doesn’t define you, YOU DEFINE YOU!

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