Member Spotlight: Maria Mercedes

What event are you running with Team for Kids?
I’m running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half with New York Road Runners Team for Kids!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Giving back to a good cause, cheering crowds and meeting new people!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
Forrest Park, because a lot of runners are always running there and it has a pretty scenery.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?

It’s a mix between dancing and hip-hop/rap

What is your favorite post-run meal?   

I have a thing for tacos and pizza

When did your relationship with running begin and why?  

Few years ago in high school but post-graduation I didn’t keep up with it much until post college – it keeps me exhausted, happy and in shape.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?

I will get back to you after I run my first half marathon on Sunday 🙂

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?

Because it makes me happy to give back and also help advocate on such good activity that is running! It’s a healthy and happy exercise!

Tell us a little more about yourself

I am a happy loving person! I love meeting new people, volunteering and giving back whenever I can! Currently work as an architect but I will be soon moving on to something bigger and better! I love dogs, taking pictures and traveling 🙂

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