Member Spotlight: Danielle Perkins

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?
I love how TFK funds help support programs for more than 200,000 children in more than 1,000 schools and community centers nationwide. It is amazing to be contributing to an organization that has such a large-scale impact.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
Anywhere along the water, especially in the summer. It is so peaceful.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I actually don’t listen to music when I run. I love music, but I find it distracting during a race. I like taking in the sights and the sounds; every race has it’s own vibe, and I like be a part of it and experience it totally and completely.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Egg & cheese on a bagel. I can eat like 7.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
When I was a sophomore in college. I watched a friend run a race one weekend and was instantly inspired. I stepped out of my apartment one day after class the next week, and just started running. It sounds super cheesy, but I haven’t stopped since. Growing up I absolutely hated running, but I’ve come to really love it. To me it is the best way to get out of my head and clear my mind. I love that I am able to always challenge myself, and I learn something new with every race I run.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions?
I eat pasta for dinner the night before every race. If I don’t, I feel super weak. I swear, the power is in the pasta.

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
When I started running, I was running just for myself. I found it as a way to challenge myself and to ensure I stay fit, as well as a method of relieving the stresses that come along with living in a bustling city, one that truly does never sleep. At the end of the day, if I can do something I really enjoy while also giving back, I couldn’t ask for anything better. I love that I can help support running and fitness programs for students across the country, ultimately allowing youth to build a healthier and happier lifestyle like I aim to do for myself. It’s empowering to know that I my running is supporting a larger community much greater than myself.

Tell us a little more about yourself.
I am 23 years old and work as an Assistant Buyer in menswear at Bloomingdale’s. I am passionate about fashion, theater, music, art, and travel. I am a firm believer in making the most of each and every day, and enjoy taking advantage of what my city has to offer, exploring new places, meeting new people, and trying new things.

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