This Week's Super NOVA Runs Around the Globe to Support Local Charities | Super NoVA
A Super NOVA is a person with a unique talent or business that makes them stand out in the crowd of Northern Virginia. Brooke Curran of Alexandria is this week’s Super NOVA for her incredible athletic achievements and her charitable efforts. She has raised $60,000 for 5 local charities in the last 3 years and has over 30 marathons in 5 continents under her belt. After running her first marathon in 2002, she was disappointed in her time and signed up for another one in just a few days. She has never run a half-marathon and went straight for the full 26.2 miles because “That’s just the way I am,” said Curran.
Once Curran became a distinguished runner, the races started to mean less to her. Around the same time she noticed the people in her community that were in need and wanted to make a difference. She decided she could use her running to raise money for local non-profit organizations. One of the organizations that she supports is the Child and Family Network Centers, which is a free, private nonprofit that provides preschool education to families that qualify for free and reduced lunches by USDA guidelines.
Child and Family Network Centers has been around for 26 years and the money that Curran donates to the centers, which are located in both Alexandria and Arlington, is used for classroom support such as supplies and teacher salaries. It costs around $9,000 a year per child to provide preschool education, and Curran is making a big impact for these local at-risk children. “If you can help, you should help,” said Curran.
This weekend she is running the National Marathon in DC, and another marathon on Sunday in New Jersey. This will mark Curran’s 33 marathon and state number 22. Currently the only continents she is missing are Antarctica and Africa, but she is scheduled to race in Antarctica in March 2012 and is looking at possible races in Africa. How does someone like Curran train for so many races? “The problem for me is resting. I am used to doing things everyday and training 2-3 hours a day, so the goal for me is to let my body recover,” said Curran.
Curran said she only has about 10 days a month where she is not recovering from a race or tapering down for another one to actually train. She tries to get 2 quality workouts in during that time which includes at least one long run (about 14 miles or so) and then some cross-training. Curran prefers to cross-train in the pool, and also loves Bikram yoga and hot vinyasa flow yoga. Her fuel the night before a race is always pasta or pizza, and race morning she has special banana bread or a hearty muffin. Check out the video to learn more.
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