Today we're shining a special spotlight on our 2017 TCS New York City Marathon SoleMate, Rick Haines! Rick lives in Gainesville, Florida, and will be running his fourth marathon for Girls on the Run.
Why did you decide to be a SoleMate for the NYC Marathon and fundraise for Girls on the Run?
I have wanted to run the NYC Marathon since I was in Manhattan during the race in 2014. I had a friend selected for the lottery this year and decided I would run this year as well. I was thrilled to see Girls on the Run listed as one of the organizations I could run with and raise money for because I have a friend that helps run our local chapter, so I am very familiar with them and the great work they do. I have participated in several of their races and done some volunteer work for them.
What does the Girls on the Run mission mean to you?
As a chiropractor, I love anything that incorporates health and wellness. Empowering girls through running and health awareness is a mission I support 100%.
Favorite place to run?
My favorite place to run is around Haile Village in Gainesville, FL. We have a nice shaded asphalt path and I always see someone I know!
Favorite time of day to run?
Living in Florida, I have to run very early in the morning or after the sun goes down because of the heat and humidity.
Favorite post-run snack/meal?
Cold watermelon all the way!
Favorite running accessory?
My Garmin 35...I never leave home without it.
Favorite pump-up running song?
Reason to Believe by Dashboard Confessional
Group or solo run?
I always enjoy running with a group.
When you get tired, what makes you keep running?
Visions of crossing the finish line!
Tell us a little bit about your running history!
Finishing a marathon had been a bucket list item of mine since I was in my low 20's. I hit my mid 30's and thought, "I'm not getting any younger, I should probably get on with this or I won't be able to do it." So I signed up for and completed my first marathon in 2010. Since then, I have done the Poconos Marathon and several halfs along the way. I got into triathlon 2 years ago and completed my first Full Ironman Race in 2016.
What do you do besides running to keep yourself healthy, confident and joyful?
I eat well, I spend lots of time outside in nature and I see my chiropractor regularly.
Any other fun facts you want to share?
I am an identical twin, and I love to kayak and fish.
What words of encouragement would you share with a girl starting with Girls on the Run?
It doesn't matter if it's your first step or you have been doing it for years, if you run, you are A RUNNER!
Any fundraising tips for fellow SoleMates?
Keep reposting the link on Facebook and talk about your race and Girls on the Run to anyone who will listen!
Thank you for all your support of Girls on the Run, Rick! If you want to donate to Rick's fundraising efforts, click here.