Member Spotlight: Adena Andrews

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?
The course! I’m born and live in Brooklyn. Also all my cool TFK gear!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
Wherever I’m with friends. It makes the time fly by!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I listen to Navy military chants. It helps keep me on a rhythm. I also like Tupac. Lol

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Cookies. Chocolate chip to be specific. With milk!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
Running the LA Marathon in 2007. It was great way to stay in shape and showed me so much of the city for free!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions?
I have to see my fiancée and parents or talk to them before a race. They give me strength. Also I like to wear the newest coolest run gear because I feel like a running superhero.

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
Athletics made me the person I am today. I can’t imagine growing up without them. I want to give kids the same opportunities I had and help them build confidence to take on the world.

Tell us a little more about yourself.
I’m a huge sports fan. As a sports social media manager, it’s my life’s work but also my favorite pastime. Go Knicks! I’m crazy about my alma mater (University of Southern California), my family and my cat Hersey. I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like and I’m the nicest New Yorker you’ll meet until you start walking slowly in front of me on the sidewalk.

Connect via the links below:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/adena_andrews
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aandrews00/

Member Spotlight: Carolina Cagno

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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’m excited to do something I love and, at the same time, support a good cause.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
I love running when I am visiting a different city. For me, it is the best way the know a place. Here in Brazil, where I live, my favorite place to run is near the beach enjoying the sea breeze.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Sometimes I run with music, others not. I am veeeeery eclectic, but what really makes me run faster is Axé and Funk (typical Brazilian music).

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Anything with peanut butter. 😛

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started running with my mom when I was 15, just after I “quit” competitive swimming. However, my big dive into the running world was when I was 20 and I challenged myself to complete a full marathon – and, of course, I chose NYC to be the first one! At that time, I was writing for a famous magazine here in Brazil and I reported my whole preparation on a blog inside the magazine website. It was a wonderful experience, a game changer in my life.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions?
Not yet…

 

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
Because I really believe that sports can help people achieve their goals at all aspects of life. So, as far as I can I encourage young people to start running.

Tell us a little more about yourself.
I am Brazilian and 28 years old. I work with advertising, but my biggest passion is sport. Nowadays, I am training for a triathlon and I am to complete a half iron man by the end of the year.

Connect via the links below:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolcagno/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolina.d.cagno

Member Spotlight: Cat Stern

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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?
Having the support of a team and knowing that I am running for a great cause is really exciting to me.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
Prospect Park– it is so peaceful in the morning. People are always out running and it sort of feels like they are running with you like you are apart of something.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions?
I love to eat trail mix before, (it may be a placebo effect) but it gives me all of the energy that I need.        

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I love listening to any upbeat indie or rock such as TV on The Radio, MGMT, Interpol, or Phantogram.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Random but I would have to say anything with olives– I really crave salt post-run so any salads or pastas with olives seems to really do it for me!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
At a super young age (age 5) — my parents were (and still are) really big runners. I would always to the kids dash races at whichever run they were attending. It was so fun and exciting for me at such a young age to have that experience. 

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
It is so important to me because I was afforded the opportunity to compete at a young age and I would want that for everyone else. It really helps a child’s mental development and your self-esteem and I am so grateful to be able to help support this.

Tell us a little more about yourself.
I work in media sales at Fast Company and live in Brooklyn. I have been a steady guest lecturer at my alma mater, Pace University, for the past year now. I also volunteer for the Felix Organization which helps send foster children to summer camp and mentor college students to help them with internships and career direction. I love to run (obviously, haha) and play on a soccer league on Thursdays. I also love cooking, horror movies/books, and meeting new  people.

Connect via the links below:
Instagram: _the_noble_savage_
Facebook: facebook.com/catstern91
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/cat-stern-2b798634

Member Spotlight: Karen Lim

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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?
This is my first time running for a cause, so I am thrilled that it’s for TFK! I am also really excited to run on the support of my family and dearest friends. It was my birthday on March 6 and I began my fundraising shortly before that. Seeing the amount of love and support (and money obviously!) I’ve received truly makes me so proud to be related/affiliated/amongst such good-hearted people so this race is extra special to me.

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Member Spotlight: Emily Drewry

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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’m really excited to have a more meaningful reason to run. Being surrounded by a community of people working together makes the challenge of a race so rewarding.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
My go-to route is along the West Side highway, which is a great place to run because there’s so much to see. I love to make it all the way around Battery Park City and up to the Brooklyn Bridge—it’s the perfect mini-tour of NYC and a great reminder about the incredible city I live in.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I mostly run with top 40 hits, but every once in a while I love a good old-school Kelly Clarkson song to motivate me during a tough stretch. I let Spotify take the reins on the playlist—they do a much better job than I could!

What is your favorite post-run meal?
If you offer me pizza post-run, I wouldn’t be disappointed 🙂 But more typically I grab a protein bar and call it a day.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I began running for the physical challenge in college, but it turned into a bigger mental exercise for me. I needed an opportunity to get my mind off everything and running provided that (and kept me in shape!)

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I don’t—I try to focus on why I’m running the race but also remind myself to have fun.

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
I have experienced firsthand the power of running in keeping your life on track, and I think NYRR Team for Kids offers invaluable support and a focus on health. I am lucky to be able to run, so I want to be sure my runs mean something.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’ve lived in New York for about 2 years now (originally from the Midwest) and work in social media. I love to travel—last trip was to Aruba, next will be to Tokyo! I spend most of my free time in various workout classes, reading, or eating/making dessert.

Connect with Emily via the links below:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilykdrewry/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilyKDrewry
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilydrewry/

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 🙂

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

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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.