The Usual Prospects: Oren Efrati
On October 28, 2012, Oren Efrati crossed the Marine Corps Marathon finish line in 3:37:37. He was thrilled to complete his first marathon, but with the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy due to make landfall within the next 24 hours, Oren’s thoughts shifted from elation to anxiety. The New York-area bridges and tunnels were rumored to be closing at 7PM, so Oren had to get on the road after the race to ensure that he could actually make it home (rather than risk getting stranded somewhere along I-95). Due to the weather forecast, Oren’s family had stayed in New York, so Oren drove back to the city himself (thankful for cruise control, so he didn’t have to further exhaust his already tired legs). Oren made it back to Brooklyn in the nick of time – literally outrunning (and out-driving) the storm! Oren, originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, moved to Brooklyn after college. Oren is a Brooklyn-neighborhood expert having lived in many locations throughout the borough. He now calls Windsor Terrace home. Perhaps Oren intuitively knew that he would always become a runner, as something told him to settle near Prospect Park when he was searching out his current home over seven years ago.
While Oren casually dabbled in running about 10 years ago, he rediscovered running about three or four years ago, running races such as the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge and PPTC’s own Turkey Trot. Oren donned the red singlet and joined PPTC about a year ago making his club participation official after last year’s Brooklyn Half Marathon. Oren joined PPTC to add a social component to his running. He has enjoyed running with a wide variety of runners and learning from his teammates.
On weekday mornings, you can often find Oren taking full advantage of his proximity to the park, running loops before work. Being an early morning runner permits Oren to eat dinner with his family in the evenings and help his two children with their homework. Currently, Oren is the only runner in his family but he thinks it would be exciting to run with his children one day. Oren has been a regular presence at Saturday group runs, where he regularly ran long runs with many of our Boston-bound runners during winter training. Oren particularly enjoys running up the West Side Highway for many of his long runs.
Oren recently ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon and the NYCRUNS Verrazano Half Marathon. Oren was feeling a bit under the weather the night before Brooklyn but put forth a gutsy effort to complete the race in 1:45:30 – and have a good time out on the course! He enjoyed the PPTC picnic and all of the PPTC cheerleaders along the course. Oren plans to run the Philadelphia Marathon in the fall and hopefully run the New York City Marathon in 2014.
Oren offers some advice for those new runners who may be contemplating joining a running club: “if you’re a casual runner, it’s a good way to take your running to the next level.” Oren also offers that PPTC provides a great means to meet new people and learn from runners of all ability levels.