We caught up with first time marathoner and Team Fox member, Thomas Moore, who is running with this year’s TCS New York City Marathon Team Fox Team. Why is he running 26.2 miles? - All for his father-in-law, Joe, and for those who are living with Parkinson’s.
What was your inspiration to join the NYC Marathon team? Is this your first marathon?
My father in-law, Joe, was diagnosed with PD in 2007. I am running on behalf of him and all those affected by PD. This is my first ever marathon!
What are you most looking forward to on race day?
There are a few things… I am excited about the Team Fox bus ride to the start of the race. I am also excited about the crowds. Rumor has it that I should put my name on the front of my jersey for race day so spectators can root me on. I am going to put a combo of my father-in law's name and my nickname on the front of my jersey to hear everyone root for "T Mo Joe" as I tackle 26.2. It will provide a boost of inspiration/motivation to hear people cheer him on, which I am sure I am going to need to finish strong!
Do you have any quirky training habits or race rituals you’d like to share?
Let's see... For training, I have continued to stick to my regular plant-based diet of not eating any meat or dairy. Other than that, I try to run in the rain anytime I get the chance!
What are your three top songs that are getting you through training?
Oddly enough, this is the first race I have ever trained for in which I don't listen to music during my runs - Sounds boring but it's been refreshing! If I do decide to play some tunes while training, I tend to go with some Rusted Root (drum beat stuff), Foo Fighter's and some old school rap.
You are currently ranked as the number 4 fundraiser on this year’s team, any fundraising advice or tips you can share?
There are two things that have worked for me thus far. First, have any willing family members/friends email out a copy of your fundraising letter to all of their connections. The same goes for sharing your fundraising post(s) on Facebook. I have received donations from friends of family members (whom I have never met), which is just awesome all around! Be sure to write a thank you note and mail it off fairly quickly after you receive a donation (people have mentioned that they appreciated the handwritten personal note and I assume this may help come donation time next year.
Second, offer an incentive to donate. I have offered a "mile sponsorship" in my fundraising letter and on my fundraising page. For instance, if someone donates the sponsorship amount, then I will place their name somewhere on my running gear on race day. Know your audience and set a price per mile that you think people will donate (e.g. $5 per mile X 26.2 = $131). And don't be shy! It was awkward sending off my first few emails asking for donations but it is for such a great cause (not me!) and every cent is an investment in the future well-being of others!
We can’t wait to cheer on our 150+ person team as they conquer the NYC streets on November 2nd!
Editor's Note: Looking for a race to entry into a Race? Team Fox still has available spots for the Chicago Half Marathon, the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half and 5K and the Disney Marathon Weekend (Goofy Challenge and Marathon spots only).