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Bringing you untold stories behind luminaries and legends of the New York City’s running culture. A new show from the CITIUS MAG Podcast Network. Hosted by Leigh Anne Sharek and Chris Chavez.

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Bringing you untold stories behind luminaries and legends of the New York City’s running culture. A new show from the CITIUS MAG Podcast Network. Hosted by Leigh Anne Sharek and Chris Chavez.

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    Episode 35 – Wilson Tang, Owner of Nom Wah Tea Parlor

    Episode 35 – Wilson Tang, Owner of Nom Wah Tea Parlor

    Wilson Tang is the owner of Nom Wah Tea Parlor on 13 Doyer Street. The restaurant has been around since 1920 and seen different iterations as a bakery, tea parlor and it’s New York’s premiere dim sum parlor. 

    Wilson grew up in Queens but spent much of his childhood in Chinatown, where Doyers Street was one of the most dangerous streets in the neighborhood due to gang violence. His parents immigrated from China and quickly settled in the restaurant and bakery industry. Wilson grew up helping out his family and attended college at Pace University.  In 2011, he left his career in finance and took over for his uncle at Nom Wah. Ever since then, he has kept so much of the restaurant’s history in the Chinatown community alive. One step in there and you can immediately feel that history. The restaurant now has more locations in Manhattan, Philadelphia and China.

    When he’s not at his restaurants, Wilson is running for fun and frequently runs the New York City Marathon. He started off using the sport as a means to get healthy and lose weight. Now he’s just happy to be a part of it as one of the key members of Old Man Run Club. Catch Wilson on a run and he’s likely smiling. We think you’ll catch some of that in this conversation that we had when he hosted us at the original restaurant.

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    Recommended Read: Chinese Restaurants Are Closing. That’s a Good Thing, the Owners Say | New York Times https://nyti.ms/2V236rl

    New York’s Oldest Dim-Sum Restaurant Just Might Be the Future of Dumplings | GrubSrreet https://www.grubstreet.com/2017/10/wilson-tang-profile.html

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 34 – Kevin Montalvo of Queens Distance Runners

    Episode 34 – Kevin Montalvo of Queens Distance Runners

    Kevin Montalvo would be the first to describe himself as "just a kid from Queens." Those in the running community know him as the Queens guy. Those in the Queens community know him as the running guy. Kevin is the founder and team captain of Queens Distance Runners and the race director of the Queens Marathon.

    He grew up in an Ecuadorian family in Queens and has spent much of his life in the borough. One of the biggest things that has kept Kevin in Queens is the importance of diversity in Queens. His team reflects that and has more than 1,000 members in all parts of the borough from Astoria to Jackson Heights to Forest Hills to Jamaica and beyond. 

    In addition to his work as a team captain, he is the race director of the Queens Marathon. Through his race organizing, he maintains relationships and works closely with civic, non-profit and city organizations to make the race a reality. He also ties in the community by involving local businesses and sponsors. 

    The 2020 Queens Marathon and Queens Distance Runners Half will be held on March 22 at 8 a.m. Listeners of this podcast have been granted a special offer from Kevin and can sign up using promo code runnersofnyc for 15% off their race entry. (Register here: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=20770)

    ❤️ Support for this episode comes from FICS NYC (206 West 23rd Street, 3rd Floor) a fitness recovery and wellness studio. They have curated the top fitness recovery and wellness machines and combined them with classic techniques to elevate each individual’s pursuit of natural performance and overall physical and mental wellbeing. FICS will concierge you through their modalities and provide you a space to relax, recover, and unwind at their modern-day athlete's spa. Use code RUNNERSOFNYC to get 20% off all services, packages and memberships (only for first month). First-time users also get their choice of one modality for free on their initial visit. | https://ficsnyc.com/

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 33 – Olympic Trials Qualifiers Brendan Martin (NYAC), Lauren Perkins (Distance Project) & Jenny Donnelly (Central Park TC)

    Episode 33 – Olympic Trials Qualifiers Brendan Martin (NYAC), Lauren Perkins (Distance Project) & Jenny Donnelly (Central Park TC)

    The following episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the New York Road Runners Center as we honored some of the local runners who will be competing at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta on Feb. 28.

    For those who may not be as familiar with the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, the top three finishers at the race will represent the United States at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. In order to compete at the Trials, men have to run a marathon in 2:19:00 or faster. Women need to run a marathon in 2:45:00 or under. More than 200 men and 400 women have hit the mark. New York City is expected to field one of the strongest contingents of runners, especially on the women's side.

    Our guests for this episode:

    Brendan Martin of the New York Athletic Club

    Brendan is a Smithtown, New York native who ran at Columbia University and helped the team win an Ivy League conference cross country title in 2009. After graduating, he took to the roads as a member of the Hansons-Brooks team and debuted with a 13th place finish at the 2012 Boston Marathon. He ran 2:18:28 at the 2013 Fukuoka Marathon and qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2016 with a personal best of 2:16:28 at the California International Marathon. He lowered that to his current personal best of 2:15:30 at Grandma's Marathon in June 2015. He qualified for this year's Olympic trials with a 2:16:26 at the 2018 Berlin Marathon. When he's not running, he's a physical therapist at Finish Line Physical Therapy.

    Distance Project's Lauren Perkins 

    Lauren is the Chief Operating Officer at Great Oaks Foundation. Lauren ran 2:42:55 at the 2018 Chicago Marathon and finished as the 18th American woman across the finish line that day. In 2019, she finished second in her first trail marathon at the 2019 North Face Endurance Challenge in Massachusetts and then ran 2:43:40 at the 2019 New York City Marathon. She was previously nominated for New York Road Runners' Runner of the Year (30-34).

    Central Park Track Club's Jenny Donnelly

    Jenny is a senior manager in marketing insights at strategy at Glossier. She ran cross country and track at Yale and made her marathon debut in 2013 with a 3:12. Her qualifier for the trials came at last month's California International Marathon, where she ran 2:44:36 for a 15-minute personal best. She spoke with Outside Magazine about her close call and also recently appeared on the Ali on the Run Show alongside her mother.

    Support for this episode comes from FICS NYC (206 West 23rd Street, 3rd Floor) a fitness recovery and wellness studio. They have curated the top fitness recovery and wellness machines and combined them with classic techniques to elevate each individual’s pursuit of natural performance and overall physical and mental wellbeing. FICS will concierge you through their modalities and provide you a space to relax, recover, and unwind at their modern-day athlete's spa. Use code RUNNERSOFNYC to get 20% off all services, packages and memberships (only for first month). First-time users also get their choice of one modality for free on their initial visit. | https://ficsnyc.com/

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 32 – Sarah Cummings of New York Athletic Club

    Episode 32 – Sarah Cummings of New York Athletic Club

    To kick off 2020, we're going to try and share a few more stories from some of the top New York City women competing at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. We're kicking it off with Sarah Cummings of the New York Athletic Club. She's one of the nicest people that you might encounter if you're on an early morning run in Central Park. She owns a personal best of 2:34:47 from the 2014 Chicago Marathon, competed at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and represented the United States internationally several times. 

    She got her start as a competitive figure skater in New Jersey and then went on to have a successful high school career in California before committing to Princeton. She ended up being a four-time Ivy League champion in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, an All-American and a member of a fifth-place finishing team at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. She accepted a job in New York City in graduation and never skipped a beat in her running. The transition to the roads was seamless until a nagging hamstring injury finally caught up to her and detached from her leg during a 50K world championship race. She shares the road to recovery that nearly led her to quit the sport and how she managed to qualify for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a comeback at the 2018 California International Marathon.

    Never give up. Trust the process.

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    Support for this episode comes from FICS NYC (206 West 23rd Street, 3rd Floor) a fitness recovery and wellness studio. They have curated the top fitness recovery and wellness machines and combined them with classic techniques to elevate each individual’s pursuit of natural performance and overall physical and mental wellbeing. FICS will concierge you through their modalities and provide you a space to relax, recover, and unwind at their modern-day athlete's spa. Use code RUNNERSOFNYC to get 20% off all services, packages and memberships (only for first month). First-time users also get their choice of one modality for free on their initial visit. | https://ficsnyc.com/

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 31 – Victoria Fortune

    Episode 31 – Victoria Fortune

    Before we close 2019, we wanted to share one of the most moving and inspiring stories from this year's New York City Marathon. In the days after the race, Nike released a two-minute video titled "Lessons From My Champ" that told the story of how Victoria Fortune used her first marathon as a way to celebrate the life of her father, who passed away in November 2018. Victoria was a member of Nike's Project Moonshot, the 16-week summer training plan, and connected with the running community during her grieving process.

    We heard more about Victoria when she was part of a long run hosted by Old Man Run Club in November. We spoke with her and wanted to share more of her story on the podcast. We learn about her upbringing in Maryland, how she's never been someone to take an opportunity for granted, what she does for work with Global Citizen and eventually her epic day at the NYC Marathon. What comes next for her after running her first marathon and how does she want to get more involved in the sport? She opens up with us.

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    Support for this episode comes from FICS NYC (206 West 23rd Street, 3rd Floor) a fitness recovery and wellness studio. They have curated the top fitness recovery and wellness machines and combined them with classic techniques to elevate each individual’s pursuit of natural performance and overall physical and mental wellbeing. FICS will concierge you through their modalities and provide you a space to relax, recover, and unwind at their modern-day athlete's spa. Use code RUNNERSOFNYC to get 20% off all services, packages and memberships (only for first month). First-time users also get their choice of one modality for free on their initial visit.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 30 – Above the Midnight Half with Brenden Clarke, Jordan O'Donoghue and Sasha Whittle

    Episode 30 – Above the Midnight Half with Brenden Clarke, Jordan O'Donoghue and Sasha Whittle

    We were very fortunate to host one last live recording of the show for 2019 at the Equinox Hudson Yards Hotel. We got to share the storytelling process of how Brenden Clarke diversified his photography work to chronicle the 2019 Orchard Street Runners Midnight Half. Much like the unsanctioned race, sometimes it’s about taking a risk and trusting your instinct.

    We also sat down with Jordan O'Donoghue and Sasha Whittle to get their perspective on the race as well as their background in the sport.

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    • 1 hr 14 min

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