SoleMates Spotlight: Claire Loht

Today we're shining a spotlight on Claire Loht! Claire will be a Girls on the Run NYC SoleMate for the TCS New York Marathon in November!

Why Girls on the Run? Because Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Swimming was a major part of my life as a young girl, and in many ways has shaped me into the woman that I am today. It’s inspiring to see GOTR teaching girls the same invaluable life lessons that I developed through swimming in creative, healthy, and accessible ways. I’m so proud to be a SoleMate and be part of such an impactful team!

Is this your first marathon? This is my second marathon. I have a (super long term) goal of running a marathon in every state. I ran the Mt. Nittany marathon in Pennsylvania with my parents two years ago, and I’m registered for Big Sur April 2017. After that, I’ll only have forty-seven to go!

Favorite place to run? When I’m in New York, I love to run across Brooklyn Bridge early in the morning. Prospect Park is a close second.

My favorite place to run in the world is where I grew up in central Pennsylvania. The hilly terrain makes for tough but incredibly serene runs. My dad has a “berry run” route that we do to collect wild berries for extra energy during distance runs.

Favorite time of day to run? I typically run immediately after work during the week. It’s the best way to unwind at the end of the day! I like to run as soon as I wake up on the weekends.

Favorite post-run snack/meal? Bananas! Also avocado toast. Not together.

Favorite running accessory? I recently started using a water belt for longer runs, and it’s been such a game changer. Running is so much more enjoyable when you’re properly hydrated.

Group or solo run? Both! Distance runs can be boring without a buddy.

What shoes do you run in? My mom recently converted me to Brooks. I’m currently in Brooks Ghosts and can’t rave about them enough.

Favorite non-running activity? I love spending time outdoors with friends or a good book.

Farthest distance you’ve run? 26.5! (We took a wrong turn.)

Inspirational Quote/Words to Live By? "You’re only one workout away from a better mood."

What’s your Myers-Briggs? "The logician,” INTP :)

Thanks, Claire! If you'd like to support Claire in her fundraising efforts, you can visit her virtual fundraising page here.