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Amir M. Figueroa on Harlem Run, public health advocacy, and finding a greater “why” in running

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Amir Figueroa is an endurance athlete with a wide range of experiences in the outdoors, from qualifying for the Boston Marathon to a top-10 finish in the Mohonk Preserve 50-mile race. He works as a Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University Medical Center. When he’s not running or collaborating with other scientists, he co-leads Harlem Run, which is a collective of runners passionate about the Harlem, NY community. It is a strong, positive, and diverse groups of runners, walkers and joggers of all sizes, ages and abilities. In this episode, Amir talks all about his passion for running, building community through sport, and his advocacy work of various types.

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Quote: “𝐈 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐩𝐮𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐚𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟. 𝐈 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐦𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐩𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐞𝐠𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐢𝐭; 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞.”

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