Get inspired by the amazing runners who will be participating in the TCS NYC Marathon on behalf of PAWS NY! First up in our Runner Spotlight series: Christopher!
Christopher is a PAWS volunteer who lives in Brooklyn and specializes in running long-distance races. Here in NYC, Christopher likes to run the Manhattan Bridge and along the East River and Hudson River waterfronts, but he also once ran rim to rim of the Grand Canyon!
“Running the New York Marathon again was a chance I could not pass up, particularly for a great cause like PAWS!” Christopher says. “Being a dog owner, I understand how close and mutually supportive the connection between dogs and humans can be.”
We’re so excited to cheer on Christopher later this year, and we’ll be posting more Runner Spotlights in the coming weeks & months to keep the excitement going. Read Christopher’s full Q&A below!
Why did you decide to run the Marathon? Have you participated in long races in the past?
I have run the Marathon three times, but not since 2010. In more recent years I have been enjoying running longer distances on trails, but running New York again was a chance I could not pass up, particularly for a great cause like PAWS!
What is your connection to PAWS NY? Why is this cause important to you?
I have been volunteering for PAWS for about a year, and walked a pit/mastiff mix named Sky in Downtown Brooklyn. When I learned about the organization it seemed like a great way to help both dogs and people who really need it. I know the 30 minutes out of my week makes a big difference.
Do you have any pets of your own? Did you grow up with pets?
My wife and I have a Newfoundland named Sasha. We love her very much and the feeling is mutual. Being a dog owner, I understand how close and mutually supportive the connection between dogs and humans can be.
How long have you been running? What is your favorite place to run in NYC?
I have been running since I was a kid and started doing longer distances about 15 years ago. I love running over the Manhattan Bridge and along the East River and Hudson River waterfronts in Manhattan. I have also begun to take the bus up to Bear Mountain, where there are some beautiful trails.
What do you do in your free time (besides run)?
Wait – runners have free time? Just kidding – I like walking my dog, listening to podcasts, and cooking.
Share 2-3 fun facts about yourself! What should we know?
I have been a vegan since July 2017. I once ran rim to rim of the Grand Canyon. I work for the NYC Department of Transportation, which plays an important role in the NYC Marathon, getting the streets ready for the big event.
What are your goals for the Marathon? How can PAWS support you?
I don’t have any ambitious time goals – just to finish strong and enjoy it!
Click here to donate to Christopher and the PAWS NY TCS NYC Marathon Team and stay tuned to see more Runner Spotlights in the coming months!