Member Spotlight: Cardeux Nel



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Where do you live?

Hong Kong

What event are your running with Team for Kids?

NEW YORK MARATHON BABY!!!!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?

Being a physiotherapist I have a great passion for helping people, especially children. Whenever I hear charity I am always in! It is an honor to be running this race as well as doing it for a good cause ūüôā

What is your favorite place to run and why?

Well…. I moved to Hong Kong 5 months ago from South Africa. After 15 days of being here I decided I needed a goal for the year. At the time I had never even run a 21.1km and I am unsure what came over me but I thought it would be amazing to run a Marathon. And what better marathon do take part in then The New York Marathon. So basically to answer the question after all my rambling… My favorite place to run is right outside my doorstep… On Lantau Island Hong Kong. In the mountains and through the rural parts of this city.

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

“Oe… this is a great question. I love running with music. My playlists consists of:

Oldies – Purple rain , Spice girls, Queen, Eagles, Dreams by Gabrielle

Feel good ballads- Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston

Hip Hop and RnB. Kanye West, Run it by Chris Brown, Yeah by Usher and  A$AP Rocky

New hits- Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Tay Tay Swift OF COURSE!

What is your favorite post-run meal?

I would have to say fruit. I love having some juicy watermelon. Mmmm. After a run I always have an electrolyte drink: Pocari Sweat. And after about 2 hours I enjoy either a Chicken Salad or I smash some pasta.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?

 

I am a very sporty person. A field hockey player in fact. I have been playing since the age of 3. When I moved to HK the hockey seasons were different so I had to wait 7 months for the new season to begin. I am the kind of person who needs goals…. and that is where my long distance running really began. I went online and entered the NYM and when I saw you could do it for a charity I was even more stoked! Now I have met many amazing runners in Hong Kong and its so fun wen I get a chance to run with them.

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

I try not to drink too much before I run,  I just take enough water with me for the run. I am a physiotherapist so obviously I am a big fan of warming up and stretching, as well as activating my Gluts if they are being lazy that particular day. I also always made sure I have a buff, headband or cap on because nothing is more irritating then your hair sticking to your face or getting in your eyes.

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?

I am very privileged to have grown up in an environment where sport was always encouraged. From a very young age I always knew I wanted to grow up to be an athlete. My school and community supported me and I was lucky enough that when I traveled overseas to represent my country, my parents were behind me all the way. Even if they could not fully support me financially, they promised that they would always find a way. And they did. I have always been very grateful for what they have given me. Sport made me into the person I am today and nothing can replace that. Sport helped me get through very difficult times in my life and it was the one thing I could always rely on to take my mind off the crappy things happening around me.

I know many kids aren’t as blessed as what I have been in my life and I am willing to raise money for this cause because it can give them hope, it can give them a dream and most importantly it can show them a part of themselves they never knew existed.

Any ways… Like I said I dig charity work a lot. If I could travel the world and help people, I’m on board.

Also North America is the only country, well and Antarctica, that I have yet to see. So I will be touching down soon and I would love to travel the U.S for a bit after the race.

Tell us more about yourself.
South African living in Hong Kong
Physiotherapist
On a new journey to travel all over the world
I love networking – So you can contact me via Facebook or follow me on Instagram (not many people have my name haha)

Excited to be healthy and living life to the full..See you soon New York!

Member Spotlight: Jon Deitchman

 

Where do you live?

Fairfax, VA

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?

I think that giving back to a cause such as giving kids the ability to run and be active is one of the most important causes out there. We have all seen how a lack of activity leads to numerous health issues later in life, and I want to do what I can to help kids either get through a current hardship, or not deal with a hardship at all.

What is your favorite place to run and why?

My favorite place to run is downtown in Washington, DC. I only live about 15 mins from downtown, and being able to run amongst all the gorgeous monuments and history is inspiring for me.

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

I must admit that for me, music is a must have for my runs. And I usually have to go with upbeat songs that give me some energy when it’s lacking. Most of my playlist includes hip hop or classic hard rock. It’s a combination of Jimmy Hendricks and Eminem.. Ha.

What is your favorite post-run meal?

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a Cobb salad from Chopt, a restaurant that predominantly focuses on healthy salads. I won’t lie though; after some of my long training runs, I’ve been see going to Chipotle as well.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?

My relationship with running began when I was in elementary school. I was a sprinter, and participated in a lot of baton relays, mile runs, and short distance events, all the way through high school. For me, it was a release. That said, tragedy struck when I was 16, and my mother died of a massive heart attack. Not two months later, during a basketball game, my heart stopped on the court. Fortunately the wonderful doctors at Faifax Hospital saved my life, but I was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

I was petrified of running again, but one day I just laced up and went outside. I was used to running a mile here and there; that day, I ran 5 miles. And it was love from there. I wasn’t afraid anymore; it was freedom for me. It was a way for me to forget I had just lost my mother; I had almost just lost myself; but now at least I could hold onto something nobody could take from me; the ability to run.

Running to me symbolized not running from my problems, but running with me in an effort to minimize them. Weird, I know. But I’ve never wanted to be seen as someone running from my problems because that doesn’t work. I run with them and allow them to energize me in a positive way. They’re my fuel for finishing, first or last.

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

I always write the distance of my race on my right hand; and I write the date of my mom’s death on my left hand. Intermittently throughout the race, should I get tired and begin looking at the distance on my right hand wondering why I’m doing this, I look at my left hand and understand that as hard as anything is in life, it’ll never be harder than the day I lost my mom.

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?

You always hear, the children are our future. Well that truly says it all I think. We obviously have an issue in this country, and around the world really, with childhood obesity, which then leads to other diseases, such as heart disease. I was lucky enough to never suffer with obesity, but I know what it feels like to be a kid and diagnosed with a life altering health issue. I want to prevent other kids from getting the same talk I got from doctors when I was a kid.

Tell us more about yourself.

Well, I’m 34 years old but still maintain the mindset of being a kid sometimes. I love life and enjoy living it. One of my passions is volunteerism; I spent quite a while in Kenya and Tanzania after college volunteering with multiple organizations. I also love to travel obviously and become immersed in culture. Sports is a huge part of my life, from basketball, football, baseball; you name it, I’ll watch or play it. I live right outside of Washington, DC, but most of my family is from NYC.

 

Member Spotlight: Emmanuel Jacobo

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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!

Member Spotlight: Cherie Grimm

 

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Where do you live?
New York, 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 excited that each mile will help raise money for an amazing cause.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I love running through Central Park. It’s completely uninterrupted and you can always find great competition there.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I like to listen to dance music, or rap usually.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
A bagel ūüôā

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
It started in high school when my brother (who is running the marathon with me!) joined the track team. I followed everything he did, and so I followed him to the track team.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
The night before I have to have Chicken Parm with Pasta.

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?                                                          When I was younger, being able to participate in sports, especially the track team, truly helped me become what I am today. I went from being a shy, timid girl, to a true athlete.

I learned about teamwork and leadership as I ultimately became the track team captain. I learned about time management and dedication. I was one of the slowest people on the team when I first started, but after putting in time, effort, and yes, miles, I became the fastest, scoring in many events.

I want to be able to help teach  kids what I learned through running!

 

Member Spotlight: Ping Wong

What is your favorite place to run and why?

Anywhere there is a great scenery.

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

I rarely listen to music, but something upbeat is uplifting!

What is your favorite post-run meal?

Veggies & Chicken. Bananas & Apples & Chocolate milk for quick replenishment.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?

During college when I volunteered at a run Рseeing people run is inspiring. When I started to run and exercise, I sensed the empowerment,  and independence  that flourished from running.

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

Dynamic stretches, eat light and drink at least a cup of water 1 hr before running.

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?

To promote benefits of running among friends and family. Help those less privileged and to get people excited about running.

Tell us a little more about yourself.

I enjoy traveling, meeting new people and trying new foods. I like to cooking ¬†and garden. I like to¬†challenge my limits physically, mentally and socially because it’s fun!

 

 

Member Spotlight: Linda Walsh

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Where do you live?
Baldwin

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?
What excites me the most about running my event with Team for Kids is that I know that the money I am raising is going to a good cause. I happen to have had a hands on experience with a Team for Kids event at Icahn Stadium on June 15, 2016 with schools from all 5 boroughs running their own events. It was such a rewarding event and I will do it again next year. I also had the pleasure of meeting Michael Rodgers from NYRR, who is a great guy all around. Me and my friend Susan were asked to hold the banner at the finish line and we were very honored to do so. Let’s go Team for Kids!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is upstate New York near my summer home in Saratoga. I love the rolling hills and the scenery running around the lake. They have what they call turkey hill. I have done it multiple times and feel amazing when I hit the top because I know it’s downhill from there. I also run the Long Beach Boardwalk and listen to the waves hitting the shoreline.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I just listen to some old songs on my phone. I run with a partner and we normally talk and just have music in the background.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
My post run meal is a banana, string cheese and a hard-boiled egg. I also drink chocolate milk as a reward, especially after a long run. Also some tart cherry juice.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My relationship running started in October 2014. I was 55 years. I had lost my husband in Feb 2013. I let myself go to the dogs. I needed something to get me back on track. I joined WW, lost 40 lbs. and started running. I started with a 5K as a group run. After I was done I had this running high and decided that I loved what I just did. I did a 15K in Feb 2015. Did my first 1/2 marathon one year later in Oct of 2015. Just finished my 2nd 1/2 marathon in May 2016. I also have a very good running buddy who had kept me going when I wanted to quit. When she said that she wanted to do a Marathon I thought she as crazy. But I am looking forward to this experience. I will finish one way or another, whether it’s running, walking or crawling.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I always have a cup of coffee when I wake up. I eat a 1/2 of a salted bagel with Greek yogurt cream cheese and a little jam.

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?
I chose to run this event with Team for Kids because obesity is on the rise and kids need to do more activities and get out from behind the TV and video games. Raising funds to support youth programs is important to me because growing up I did not have this chance, and I think that kids need more to do and get them off the streets.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am 57 years old and a single parent of a 21 year old. I am retired from Verizon after 30 years of service. I live on Long Island. I love to play Mahjongg and I bowl once a week. I also volunteer for a group supported by Verizon.

 

Member Spotlight: Alyssa Walz

Where do you live?
Atlanta, GA

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

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I am a pediatric physical therapist and kids are my life. This is my first marathon running for a charity and I’m excited to raise money for a good cause. It gives me motivation to run my 3rd marathon!

What is your favorite place to run and why?
Any place new… I love exploring and the great outdoors so I love being able to see different places and discovering new sites through running.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Anything upbeat! Lots of pop and oldies!

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Protein!!! Usually a big salad with chicken or salmon.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I hated running but I really wanted to run the Peachtree Road Race so my Dad made me train. He’s a big runner running Peachtree every year and multiple marathons. After Peachtree, it was such a high finishing; my friend asked me to do a half marathon. My Dad told me that would be very hard for me and to think twice. I think he knew that would subconsciously push me harder to train and run so I ran the Atlanta half marathon that year. What a whirlwind experience? Then, my same friend wanted to run a marathon and my Dad had a similar reaction saying it would be so hard and much harder to train for then a half. His comments motivated to run and the next year I ran the Chicago marathon. I ran it and loved it. Races are such a thrill that I love.

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

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?
It’s important to me because I believe in raising money for any programs supporting youth. Children are the future and we have the power to help and influence them in a positive way. We have to help pave the way for a bright future!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a pediatric physical therapist and I absolutely love my job. I started paddle boarding aquatic therapy with another colleague and it’s been so amazing for the kids to try something new. I love tennis, yoga, hiking, running, paddle boarding, the lake and outdoors. My family and friends are so important to me and I love love living life and documenting my life through photos!

Connect with Alyssa via the links below:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alyssa.walz.98
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