This week's Runner Bio Column brings us an interview with recently joined FrontRunner, Nick Hersh!
Nick Hersh - SF FrontRunners Member
How long have you been running with FrontRunners (SF and elsewhere) and what attracted you to the club?
Nick: I have only been running with FrontRunners since the mid-May. I just moved to San Francisco and thought joining FrontRunners would be a great way to keep up my running and meet new people (and it has!).
Where did you grow up and what brought you to the bay area?
Nick: I grew up mainly in White Plains, right outside of New York City. However, I have been living in Ontario, Canada for about four-five years.
What do you do for work/during the day?
Nick: I work for ORAM, an NGO that focuses exclusively on LGBTI refugee rights advocacy, mainly doing research and writing.
What got you involved with ORAM and how has working with them been so far?
Nick: Working with ORAM has been a very enriching experience so far. I have had previously done work related to refugee law as well as LGBTI rights, so this position has been a great way to combine my interests. The work is also especially gratifying given the lack of research available on LGBTI refugees around the world.
Before coming to FrontRunners, did you do much running or any other active activity on a regular routine?
Nick: I've been actively running for about five years, completed my first half-marathon in 2008. I also try to cycle and do yoga among other activities.
What kind of stuff do you enjoy in your spare time?
Nick: I usually spend my free time running, cooking, doing yoga, eating Mexican food, and exploring this great city.
Have you found yoga and stretching to be helpful with preventing running injuries and overall health and fitness in general?
Nick: Bikram yoga has been a great way to improve my running performance and prevent injuries. I always feel energized and stronger after a session.
What's a favorite spot to eat that you have found since moving here?
Nick: No single favorite restaurant, but I'm pretty sure I could eat through the entire Mission neighborhood if my body allowed it.
What do you hope to see happen/change with FrontRunners in the coming months?
Nick: I'm just hoping to continue meeting new people and discovering new running trails around SF.
Thanks, Nick, for a wonderful interview! We hope you are enjoying the club and city!
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