TFK Alumni Training

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New York Road Runners Team for Kids is thrilled to offer this free opportunity for our alumni to continue running with us. See details below to join us for our Thursday night TFK alumni weekly group run!

TFK Alumni Speed Series
Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
NYRR RUNCENTER Featuring the New Balance Run Hub

Stay fit, have fun and build speed and strength with Team for Kids! Coaches Asteria, Sid and Glen will alternate leading standalone speed workouts on Thursday nights for TFK alumni separate from other TFK event practices and training schedules. These workouts are not event specific and will positively benefit any runner training for all race distances, especially those planning a full or half-marathon. Interested runners should meet at 6:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the Run Center: lockers are available to store bags. Please note, unlike Open Run, this opportunity is exclusively for TFK alumni. Remember to check TFK social media for practice cancellations due to weather.

* Waiver: If you plan to participate in the TFK Alumni Speed Series, please complete the waiver linked here http://bit.ly/TFKWaiver

We look forward to staying connected and continuing to run with our alumni at these exciting sessions! If you have any questions, please contact us at teamforkids@nyrr.org.

Alumni Spotlight: Benjamin Vaschetti

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What events have you run with Team for Kids?
2015 TCS New York City Marathon and this year I will run the Airbnb Brooklyn Half and Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Team for Kids!

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
All the training prior the race that TFK coaches provide, running as a group with others TFK members and most importantly knowing that we’re raising critical funds to help kids in need.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
Central Park! It’s such an amazing place right in the middle of the city, especially in spring and fall. It has some nice little hills so it’s perfect to vary your training and, for the most part, its traffic free!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I like to run with quite fast beats and I enjoy deep house music… it gives me some kind of “superpower” when I need it. My favorite artists are actually DJs like Lexer a young man from Germany and also DJ Redg’ice from France who is actually a friend of mine.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Waffles & Bacon with maple syrup. A good cold beer is always welcome too!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started to run regularly back in 2005. At the time I was living in China and a colleague challenged me to run the Shanghai half marathon and I thought he was crazy! I ended up running it and it was a very nice experience and while I thought I reached my maximum with 13.1 miles, somehow 10 years later I ran a full marathon in New York City!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I make sure I have some food (brown pitta bread with my homemade almond butter and banana) and a super strong coffee. Other than that I’m not very superstitious and every race is a different approach for me.

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
For my first marathon I wanted to do special and I thought about running for a cause that supported youth fitness and nutrition…Naturally I joined Team for Kids!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I’m originally from France, I have traveled all across the world for my career with New York City being my most recent stop. I love the energy and fast pace of New York and I think it suits me. I work as Chef which can make it a challenge to train after a 12 hour work day, but I still manage to go as much as possible. Running is beneficial for my mental well-being, so I always welcome my training runs after a long day at work! Outside of working and running, I like all what New York has to offer and I also envoy visiting new places and meeting new people.

Are you currently training for any events with TFK or do you plan to run any in the future, if so which events?
I’m currently training for the 2016 Airbnb Brooklyn Half and the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Team for Kids!

What would you tell someone who was considering running with Team for Kids
Honestly, all great things! I would strongly encourage singing up to run with Team for Kids! The support you get from everyone (TFK staff, TFK coaches, TFK mentors, and other TFK runners) from the moment you sign up for your event is amazing! Everyone at TFK is really really nice and running and fundraising to support of over 200,000 students across the nation with free youth running programs is incredibly rewarding. You can’t beat that! 🙂

Connect with Ben via the site below:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Cookingmachine/

Alumni Spotlight: Christie Crowl

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What events have you ran with Team for Kids?
The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is the Lafayette Reservoir, close to my home in Walnut Creek, California, which is about 25 miles outside of San Francisco. There is a 3-mile paved loop just around the water as well as a 5-mile trail with significant inclines and amazing views of the east bay.  And plenty of other dogs for our yellow lab, Posey, to meet along the way!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I am a big country music fan, so I use my running time to listen to my favorite country songs.  A lot of people like to change up their workout music frequently, but for me there is something comforting about knowing exactly where I am in my run once I hear Tim McGraw start to play!

What is your favorite post-run meal?
I always try to have a good mix of carbs and protein after I run, and since I do most of my weekday runs after work, I generally have dinner post-run.  But I for my long runs on the weekends, I have been known to park my car close to a local doughnut shop so that I can look forward to a maple old-fashioned when I return!  Sometimes my husband will even run with me for a bit and turn around early so that it’s waiting for me when I get there!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My mom has been a P.E. teacher at our local elementary school for almost 23 years and has dedicated her career to instilling a love for running, fitness, and healthy habits in thousands of students, including me!  She helped me start running and playing sports at a young age, so daily movement has always been part of my life.  I think that one of my dad’s proudest moments was when I was the fastest kid — girl or boy! — in a timed run at our city’s youth baseball league tryouts.  Fast-forward about 20 years and my mom and I are still running together, and she was there waiting for me at Miles 12, 18, and 23 in NYC!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I don’t have any real superstitions, but I always like my shoes to match my race outfit — it’s an excuse to have way too many pairs of running shoes!

Why did you choose to run this event with Team for Kids?
I was thrilled to be fulfilling a lifelong goal to run the New York City Marathon, and I am so proud to have run with Team for Kids.  To get the chance to run through all five boroughs with a million people cheering you on is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I was born and raised in Walnut Creek, moved to Los Angeles for college (go Bruins!), and came back to San Francisco for law school.  After living in San Francisco for a few years, my husband and I moved back to Walnut Creek, so I’ve really come full circle!  And now I can join my mom on runs again and get to enjoy her company as well as the company of my family’s adorable yellow lab, Posey, who loves to head out for a run just as much as we do.

What excited you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
As I said earlier, my mom is a P.E. teacher and two of my best friends are teachers as well, one of whom actually teaches in the Bronx (shout out to Bronx Success Academy 1!).  All of those educators have stressed the importance of their students’ health and fitness, and have also indicated that students’ academics and confidence levels directly benefit from the types of programs provided by NYRR and Team for Kids.  Being an athlete and having access to sports programs when I was younger has made me who I am today, and I know that the funds that I have raised will help build after-school running programs and enrich the lives of students in New York City and around the country.

Are you currently training for any events with TFK or do you plan to run any in the future, if so which events?
I am not currently training for any events, but I spent some time in London last summer and I would absolutely love to do the London Marathon someday!

What would you tell someone who was considering running with Team for Kids?
Running with Team for Kids will absolutely make your marathon experience incredible.  From the training plans to the coaches’ advice to the team huddle before the start gun, you always have someone encouraging you.  And knowing your fundraising efforts are helping to produce some amazing tiny athletes will keep you going when those runs get tough!

Alumni Spotlight: Noah Lam

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What events have you run with Team for Kids?
I ran the 2008 New York City Marathon, 2009 New York City Marathon, 2015 TCS New York City Marathon with Team for Kids.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
Knowing that my running is bigger than just me. The excitement and cheering spectators gets the blood flowing, but getting to know and becoming friends with real solid people like Irapaul Turner, Jackie Gossip, Wolfgang Wander, Bruce Stark, Asteria/Sid Howard, Vincent Corso, Joseph Kolisky, Drew Swiss, Sandra Cotuna, and so many more!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is where ever my wife or kids are running. It’s because of them that I am running!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Sans music for 7 years. During my first marathon, my friend ran with me for a little bit, so in order to talk to him, I pulled out my ear buds and that was the last time I ever listened to music. I now listen to my body and stay in tune with it. Plus I want to hear my wife or kids or friends if they want to have a conversation, because I think we don’t talk enough in this electronic society that we live in.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Simple: Burger, Fries, Onion Rings and a Vanilla Milk Shake!

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
After watching Forrest Gump run across America, I thought, heck, I should be able to do a marathon, so I chose the 2008 NYC Marathon and Team for Kids to make sure I did not back out!

I remember all of the promises that I made to take care of myself and I eventually ballooned to 245 pounds. My integrity was important so I stuck with it and now I have done 11 marathons and 1 Ironman, and I am back for more!!! So far I am down to 185.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
The only thing that has been consistent has been Pasta and Meat Sauce. The other thing seems to be missing my scheduled bedtime for more sleep and that is because I am way to excited for the next day to begin.

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
Because I wanted to live longer for my kids, what better way to honor my children then by supporting other kids, because I know if I was not around that I would want my kids to have every opportunity to be healthier!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a happy Father of 3 wonderful kids, and married to an amazing wife. We all have done at least 5k and triathlons and live on Long Island. I love to laugh at the stupidest things and always looking for something strange and funny to break up the levity of any tense situation, because life is to short to be taking so seriously. Having said that I do have a goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon and Ironman World Championships in Kona. Both goals at one time seemed impossible, but with the support of Team for Kids and my family, it’s getting closer!

What would you tell someone who was considering running with Team for Kids?
Always follow your heart in choosing a Charity to support, otherwise it won’t be as meaningful. If you choose to support Team for Kids, hundreds of thousands of kids will get a running head start for a healthier life!

Connect with Noah via the links below:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noah.lam.5
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RunWithNoah
Twitter: https://twitter.com/runwithnoah
Instagram: https://instagram.com/runwithnoah
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/noahlam
Blog: http://www.runwithnoah.com/

Alumni Spotlight: David Ariel

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What events have you run with Team for Kids?
The 2014 TCS New York City Marathon!

What excited you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
You are nothing with your teammates, the rest is excess.

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
Running in central park early in the morning is my favorite place to run. There is a peace that in the chaos of New York is hard to find any place else.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
*The Idan Raichel Project-Chalomot Shel Acherim
*Above and Beyond-Sun and Moon
*Straight No Chaser- Let It go
*Avicii- Levels
*Audioslave- Be Yourself
*Jerry Goldsmith- To Notre Dame

What is your favorite post-run meal?
My favorite post run meal is a tie between chunky peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich and my father’s homemade hummus with Sabich (an eggplant and egg sandwich in pita bread).

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
I started to run in high school, stopped for a year, then started running again in college and ran for my fraternity competitively. I stopped after college until my family told me I needed a new hobby outside of work.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
For cold races, I always need white gloves and always need to have something red on me. My hands get cold and white represents peace and good. Red according to my girlfriend is good luck in Chinese culture.

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
It was a mission I believed in. If i hadn’t started running at a young age who knows how my life would have turned out without the focus running teaches.

Tell us a little more about yourself
My family calls me Baby Davey. I am the youngest of 4 children to an Israeli father and an American mother. In 2014, I set my goal of running the TCS New York City Marathon for a TFK and I hit it and ran with it. I also had the honor of walking with the Israeli team at the opening ceremony as a salute to my father who was a professional soccer player in Israel. I am also a University of Buffalo grad – GO BULLS!

Are you currently training for any events with TFK or do you plan to run any in the future, if so which events?
I will be running again with Team for Kids in the future!

What would you tell someone who was considering running with Team for Kids?
It will go down as one of the greatest experiences of your life. I haven’t been married and haven’t had kids yet but I can’t image a much better feeling then completing the marathon and having teammates pushing you and people cheering you on every race.

Alumni Spotlight: Julie Tucker

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What events have you run with Team for Kids?
My first event with Team for Kids was the 2014 TCS New York Marathon.

What excites you most about running your event with Team for Kids?
I love feeling like a part of something bigger and doing something for a great cause. It was amazing how over the course of a few months and many miles, fellow runners became teammates and then close friends!

Where is your favorite place to run and why?
It’s funny I can feel so possessive about Central Park. We live at the very top of the park so I would say the Harlem Hills! And every race over them I think to myself ‘this is your turf, you’ve got this, this is your place.’ I also think that all the hilly miles really prepared me for the bridges and hills on race day.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I’m 50/50 about running with music. A lot of times I really enjoy just listening to the sounds of the city (and my feet), but if I do run with music it’s a mix of things from Pitbull to Coldplay.

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Not to plug a restaurant too blatantly, but Rubirosa in Little Italy for pizza, pasta and a great glass of red wine.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
Ha, this is funny, I really got into running when I liked this guy who was a runner and I wanted to spend more time with him. He asked if I liked running and I said yes (how hard could it be, really!?)…we went for a run together and I nearly died! But my scheme worked; we wound up getting married, running several marathons and hundreds of races together over the years. He is still the best running buddy I could ask for!

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I methodically lay everything out the night before including putting my number on my race belt. And, for big races, I make the same pasta sauce. Actually I keep the ingredients needed in the freezer labelled ‘pre-race sauce.’

Why did you choose to run with Team for Kids?
Despite having run several marathons before, I hadn’t run one in over 10 years (and I had three beautiful children in that time off) so I really thought of myself as a newbie and in need of all the support and camaraderie that TFK provides. The support and coaching was critical to my success!

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a married mom of three, and maybe a tad bit older than your average TFKer, but I really enjoy taking my running seriously. It’s such a great sport in which age doesn’t really matter! When I am not running, I work in marketing at The New York Times, love to cook, scuba dive and ski.

Are you currently training for any events with TFK or do you plan to run any in the future, if so which events?
I have already signed up to train and run the 2015 marathon and I can’t wait!

What would you tell someone who was considering running with Team for Kids?
Do it! If you start and stay focused, you can finish with a smile on your face.

Look Who’s Back for the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half!

Team for Kids alumni who are back, running the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half!

  • Susan Baran
  • Grant Behrman
  • Brian Benstock
  • Kevin Bracken
  • Philip Brayton
  • Nicholas Cerami
  • Theodore Chan
  • Pedro Collazo
  • Craig Copeland
  • Patrick Duffy
  • Philip Dumontet
  • Catharine Erhardt-Clohessy
  • Ludovico Feoli
  • Lauren Fink
  • Penny Foley
  • Avra Frucht
  • Leslie Hill
  • Johnny Jacapraro
  • Carl Johns
  • Spencer Kirsch
  • Sophie Kochmann
  • Joseph Lozito
  • Katharine Macmanus
  • Michael Madden
  • James Malley
  • Colleen Maresca
  • Marc Mofsowitz
  • Alex Morcos
  • Karen Moyer
  • Brace Negron
  • Don O’Toole
  • Melissa Padala
  • Audra Paterna
  • Paul Pendleton
  • Lydia Perez
  • John Piccolo
  • Charles Pridgeon
  • Kathrin Puhan-Henz
  • Thomas Quinlan
  • Benjamin Ross
  • Anthony Schembri
  • Jennifer Schlegelmilch
  • Drew Swiss
  • Lisa Schneider
  • Michelle-Anne Small
  • Tj Tedla
  • Roxanna Tineo
  • Michael Ulliman
  • Crystal Vidal
  • Karl Walsh
  • Ralph Walter
  • Ryan Yannetta
  • Ali Zentner