Run NYRR Five-Borough Series: Queens 10K with TFK!

Just in, runners: NYRR Five-Borough Series: Queens 10K is SOLD OUT! Want in? New York Road Runners charity Team for Kids has a limited number of spots! Sign up today at http://bit.ly/NYRRQueens10K2017TFK

Hear about Rita’s experience running the NYRR Five-Borough Series: Queens 10K with Team for Kids:

“Running with Team for Kids added more value to what we love to do most – run! My brothers (Daniel and Anthony) and I, along with our family friend, Tim, run many New York Road Runners races together. Running with TFK was especially meaningful because of the impact we were able to be a part of, in raising funds for the NYRR youth programs. Not to mention, the TFK community is beyond AWESOME! They are as inspiring as the cause itself; from day one, we felt the support and camaraderie. We believe in the TFK cause and will continue to support the youth programs! Go Mighty Milers and Young Runners!” – Rita Omokha

Member Spotlight: Melissa Jackson Holloway

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Where do you live?
Yorktown, IN

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?
The support on the course from other Team members and from the kids that actually benefit from the program.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
I prefer an outdoor run over the devil’s sidewalk (treadmill) 99.9% of the time. I love to run my neighborhood and local running trials – especially the Cardinal Greenway here in IN and the American Tobacco Trial in NC. My favorite race location to date is my trip to the Paris Marathon in 2015.

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
I don’t run with music often but when I do I go for up-tempo hip hop or rap or Zumba music (I am an instructor).

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Starbucks (that’s a meal right?) or breakfast foods.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
My relationship with running began with a treadmill in the Green Bay, WI east side YMCA in 2008. I joined the Y in an effort to lose weight and to improve my fitness. I would go to the Y first thing in the am and walk on the treadmill after winter weather pushed me indoor. I am a fast walker and one of the trainers told me that I walked as fast as many people run and that I should try running intervals. He also introduced me to the Couch to 5k program and I set out to complete that program during the winter months and signed up for the first spring race that I could that would coincide with my completion of the program. I completed the program (all indoors) and so my first outside running experience was on race day in April, 2008. It was really different but I was able to run the entire race and cried like a baby at the finish line. I then went back to the couch and gain 50 lbs that I had already lost and so rediscovered running again in 2012 through Black Girls Run?

Running has helped me maintain a 150+ weight loss over the last 4-5 years.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
1. Never wear anything new on race day – especially the race shirt provided in advance of race completion
2. I try to eat the same meal the night before – salmon and brown rice or salmon and a baked sweet potato and the morning of a race (peanut butter and banana sandwich with black coffee)
3. Taking a picture of flat Melissa before the race and a prayer at the start line.

Why did you choose to run this event?
Overweight kids become overweight adults and I know this first hand. I did not discover running until I was in my 40’s and wish that I knew at 10 what I know now regarding the importance of health and fitness and the awesome sense of accomplishment that you get from running. I want every child to learn that lesson NOW rather than later.

Tell us a little more about yourself
I am a 46 year old married mom of 1; My 17 year old son heads to college in the fall; I recently relocated to IN from NC and have also lived in NY, NJ and Wisconsin; I am an attorney in higher education; a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; former ambassador for Black Girls Run! Raleigh (NC), a member of the National Black Marathoners Association; a Marathon Maniac; a Half Fanatic. Since 2012 – I have completed one ultra, 10 marathons, 20+ half marathons and countless other races of shorter distances.

Runner Spotlight: Luis M. Tejada

Where do you live?
Bronx, 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 most excited about running with Team for Kids because I feel that nowadays children don’t take advantage of playing outside and playing sports as much as they should, like when I was younger. Back then, we didn’t have social media or anything like that, so I like to be involved with the well-being of children.

What is your favorite place to run and why?
My favorite place to run is in the streets of city I was born and grew up in–New York City (aka The Concrete Jungle). It’s the city that raised me, so-to-speak, and I absolutely love it and wouldn’t trade it!

If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
My playlist is very eclectic and consists of everything from classical to hip-hop/rap to punk rock to electronic

What is your favorite post-run meal?
Other than a nice strawberry/banana/peanut butter/chocolate protein shake, I love a nice salmon filet and side of quinoa.

When did your relationship with running begin and why?
It began in high school, where I didn’t necessarily run track & field, but I just loved being active throughout. I consider running to be true freedom, where it’s just you, your music playlist (if applicable), and the road/surface on which you’re running.

Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
I say a quick prayer before running or working out so that it will provide me with additional mental fortitude to get it done!

Why did you choose to run this event?
I feel as though not many kids nowadays take advantage of physical sports while at an early age due to a variety of factors, whether it be the increase in social media outlets & usage, funding cuts in school programming, etc. I feel that Team for Kids is doing great work and making great strides to provide such opportunities to children.

Tell us a little more about yourself:
I’m just a guy who loves to be physically active and participate in all sorts of competitions and races. Always with a smile on my face! 🙂

Congratulations NYRR TFK Coach Brian Hsia

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Sending a big congratulations to our New York Road Runners Team for Kids Coach Brian Hsia for accomplishing a major achievement this past weekend.

On October 29, 2006 Brian started his ‪#‎RhodeTo50‬ at the Marine Corps Marathon. 10 years and 75 marathons later, he completed his #RhodeTo50 – a marathon in each of the 50 states!

Thanks for the endless inspiration Brian and congratulations on this impressive accomplishment!

A Global Movement to Get Active

On June 1, 2016, people everywhere will celebrate the joys of running. You can be a part of Global Running Day!

We invite you to make the pledge to run on Global Running Day, spread the word, and join in the worldwide fitness fun! Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 1, 2016. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids.

And speaking of kids, the first-ever Million Kid Run on Global Running Day aims to get young people moving. The goal is to have a million kids around the world pledge to run on June 1, 2016. The Million Kid Run is about making fitness fun and inspiring kids to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit. After you make your pledge, get your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and students to choose their running activities and be a part of something incredible.

Make the Pledge

To pledge, simply visit globalrunningday.org and commit to run on June 1, 2016. You’ll add your name to the list of runners from all over the world who are coming together to celebrate the sport.

The pledge page is designed for groups and individuals, kids and adults, able-bodied runners and athletes with disabilities. Pledge for yourself and/or your group—then check out the counter to see how many people from all over the planet will be joining you on the big day. Make the Pledge by clicking here!

Celebrate with Us

New York Road Runners Team for Kids is thrilled to participate in Global Running Day. On June 1, to celebrate Global Running Day, NYRR Team for Kids will have a group run and social.  Join TFK coaches and staff for an easy run starting at 6:30 p.m. meeting just inside Central Park at Central Park West and 81st Street. In addition, NYRR will have fluid stations in all five boroughs, coach-led group morning runs in three locations, and NYRR Open Run walks/runs in neighborhood parks across the city. Visit the NYRR website to learn more about where we’ll be and how you can join us!

Run with Team for Kids in the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

Are you in? New York Road Runners (NYRR)​ announced the TCS New York City Marathon​ lottery results! If not, guarantee your spot today by signing up to run with Team for Kids​ at https://runwithtfk.org/

For an inside perspective, see what Mim had to say about running with Team for Kids in 2014, “Welcome to all who are looking to join Team for Kids after getting their ballot results. That was me last year and I am so glad that I took this path. Running with this amazing group made my route to the marathon so much more meaningful. I developed wonderful friendships with other members, hugged the TFK coordinators at the expo, and rode the TFK bus to the amazing TFK tent at the start (heated tent, hot drinks and bagels!). The coaches cheered me on and my heart filled with pride knowing once I crossed the 26.2 mile line I not only achieved my dream of running the TCS New York City Marathon, but helped in a big way through my fundraising efforts to get over 200,000 youth running too! This year, I didn’t even enter the ballot because I knew running the TCS New York City Marathon for me, meant running with TFK. Good luck to you all and I hope to have you running with me and Team for Kids in 2015!”