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Runner Profiles

  • We're proud that so many of our employees, friends and supporters are participating in the 2015 Blue Cross Broad Street Run. To celebrate them, we'll be posting their profiles here.

    Why I Run


    AJ Nanayakkara, Global Abilities Founder & Athlete

    photo of Gabriel BrunName: Gabriel Brun

    Affiliation to Einstein: Supporter

    How long have you been running? 15 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? Second time

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run: Maintain fitness as part of marathon training


    photo of Alina EsquenaziName: Alina Esquenazi

    Affiliation to Einstein: Supporter

    How long have you been running? 1 year

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? This is my first time

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? To be active and have a goal to train for.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Power by Kanye West


    Ethan Wergelis-Isaacson BSRName: Ethan Wergelis-Isaacson

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? A few years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 2 years

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I started running the Broad Street Run because it was something I thought every person in Philadelphia should do once. I am back to run again because it was a great experience.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Something by the Alabama Shakes or I'll listen to a podcast - I love star talk radio


     Stephen KlaskoName: Stephen Klasko

    Affiliation to Einstein: President of Jefferson. Einstein has been a major factor in training our students for many years

    How long have you been running? My first marathon was in 1990

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? I am a newbie with Team Einstein

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? Because last year I was forced to watch and I felt bad!

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Smooth-Santana


     Lisa RedmondName: Lisa Redmond

    Affiliation to Einstein: Supporter and vendor

    How long have you been running? 14 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? This is my first time.

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? Mostly to see if I can do it. I’ve heard this race is lots of fun so I thought I would make it my springtime goal.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? You Get What You Give by the New Radicals


     photo of Lirui LiName: Lirui Li

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 1 year

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? none

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? New challenge!

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Imagine Dragons - Radioactive


     photo of Lauren GilmartinName: Lauren Gilmartin

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 3 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? none

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? It has always been a dream/goal to run the broad street especially since I work here and seeing the starting point here.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Out of my league by fitz and the tantrums


     photo of Angela NicholaaName: Angela Nicholas

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 2 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? First year

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? Personal challenge

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Call me maybe


     photo of Lisa BorowskiName: Lisa Borowski

    Affiliation to Einstein: Consultant

    How long have you been running? about 3 months

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? To prove to myself I can.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? I Bet My Life - Imagine Dragons


     photo of Laura TalarowskiName: Laura Talarowski

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 10 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 1

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? Had a blast last year!

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? I usually don't run with music


     photo of La-Teefa CowduryName: La-Teefa Cowdury

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 2 yrs

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? It has always been a personal goal for me to run in the broad street run. This is the very 1st year I feel truly confident to run.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Workout plan by. K. West


     photo of Tania ConwellName: Tania Conwell

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 4 yrs

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I watched the start from the windows in tower 6 for years and was inspired!

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Black Dog Led Zeppelin


     photo of Theresa BakerName: Theresa Baker

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? Since I was 12

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? Never

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? Because I love to run and really enjoy this race

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Shut up and dance


     photo of Shante WebsterName: Shante Webster

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 20 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? This is my first time!!!!

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I'm running for personal achievement

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Scared of Lonely ( Beyonce)


     photo of Liz FritzingerName: Liz Fritzinger

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 4.5 years. Running is the best thing that has ever happened to me

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? It's one of my favorite races

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Definitely a song by The Killers, but I have too many to pick a favorite


     photo of Lauren WrightName: Lauren Wright

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 10 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I ran last year and had a lot of fun. I talked my boyfriend into running this year and I want to try and beat my time from last year

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? No playlist


     2015 Amy ZiminskiName: Amber Czonstka

    Affiliation to Einstein: Living in the Philadelphia area, my family has gotten care from Einstein on multiple occasions. It is a fantastic hospital network, and I want to support it.

    How long have you been running? 5 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? This is my first year

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I run Broad Street to get in shape for Spring while raising money for a great cause!

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? My husband and I recently got into country music, so right now I would say "Gentle on my mind" by The Band Perry


     2015 Jim McFaddenName: Jim McFadden

    Affiliation to Einstein: I follow the Twitter account

    How long have you been running? 16 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? This will be my first

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I am running because I love the city and the atmosphere on the day of the run makes me proud to be a runner.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist?Anchor- Tritonal


     2015 J. P. McFaddenName: J.P. McFadden

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 3 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run?  Fun!

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? n/a


     2015 Michael SaulinoName: Michael Saulino

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 26 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 15 years

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run?  I try to run it every year

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Hard Sun (by Eddie Vedder)


     2015 Alex FeltsName: Alex Felts

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 4 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein?  This is my first year running.

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run?Personal goal, to support Einstein.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? The Final Countdown!


     photo of Colin LentonName: Colin Lenton

    Affiliation to Einstein: Supporter

    How long have you been running? About 10 years now.

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? This will be my first year.

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? It is something of a tradition for me at this point, Broad Street Run is how I got started running.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Warren G - Regulate


     photo of Mandy BakerName: Mandy Baker

    Affiliation to Einstein: Supporter

    How long have you been running? 5 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 1

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? Enjoy the atmosphere and the distance

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Move Shake Drop Remix


     photo of Nikul PatelName: Nikul Patel

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 12 years on and off

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I enjoy running and I wanted to be on the team!

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? No music when I run!


     photo of David HoffmanName: David Hoffman

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee (Physician)

    How long have you been running? Decade

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? To be a part of the team

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Nada


     photo of Jessica AntonacciName: Jessica Antonacci

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 2 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 1 year

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? To keep in shape, and work towards my goal of running a marathon!

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Right now it's Bruno Mars-uptown funk


     photo of Stacie WebsterName: Stacie Webster

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 30+ years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? This is my 1st year.

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I'm running for enjoyment and a sense of accomplishment.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Conqueror by Estelle


     2015 Frederico AndinoName: Frederico Andino

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 3 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? For my patients who can’t

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Run Like Hell by Pink Floyd


     2015 Samantha BrancoName: Samantha Branco

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 3 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? This is my 1st year.

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? Personal goal!!!

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? 90's Hip Hop radio on Pandora


     2015 Maria Elena VegaName:Maria Elena Vega

    Affiliation to Einstein: Physician wife

    How long have you been running? 2 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? For my patients who can't

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Don't have one


     photo of Brittani AdamsName: Brittani Adams

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 16 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 0

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? been a runner for 16 years, want to compete in my longest distance race as part of a winning team

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Uptown Funk-Bruno Mars


     photo of Dan LeichterName: Dan Leichter

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? all of my life

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 2

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? The question should be "Why not?"

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Eye of the Tiger

     


     2015 Nancy CurryName: Nancy Curry

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 10 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? First time

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I'm running as part of my marathon training and because IT'S FUN! The last time I ran Broad Street, I was 10 weeks post-partum, so I'm excited to set a faster record for myself!

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Feel Good Inc by Gorrillaz


     2015 Collene DunnName: Collene Dunn

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 3 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? First year.

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I am running to feel more confident and a sense of accomplishment. When I first started running it was to keep up with my kids. (especially the 16 year old) I would run with him and give up after a mile. I now ran a few 5K's and my new goal is to run a race greater than 5k. Prove to my boys that anything is possible; all goals are reachable if you really want them.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Bullet Proof


     2015 Fahd ChaudhryName:Fahd Chaudhry

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 3 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? First year

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? Health

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? All about the base


     photo of LizanoName: Ramiro Lizano Santamaria

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 5 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? First year

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? This is my last year of residency and I would like to have this experience of my life in Philadelphia and Einstein, we are running with other residents of the pediatric department.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Fireworks


     photo of Dene McKeeName: Dene McKee

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 8 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? First year

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? To have fun of course! I want to to be a positive and healthy role model for my daughters. I love to see them and my husband cheering me on. I also want to inspire my family, friends, and co-workers to become more active and live a healthy lifestyle.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Live Like a Warrior by Matisyahu 


     

     2015 Diane NgureName:Diane Ngure

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 1-2 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? First year

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? To show my support for the American Cancer Society and to also support my Team Einstein. I love a good challenge and crossing that finish line will be one of the most rewarding feeling.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Happy by Pharell


     photo of AliName: Ali El-Kerdi

    Affiliation to Einstein: Employee

    How long have you been running? 4 years

    How many years have you run with Team Einstein? 1 year

    Why are you running the Broad Street Run? I run for an old patient who loves to run bad can't participate because of various alignments. I have been running this race for 7 years. the last 3 I gave her my medal. I will do the same this year and every year going forward so long as I can still run it.

    What is your favorite song on your running playlist? Rocky Soundtrack



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