Run Grouper of the Week: Ky Kastes

Introducing Run Grouper of the Week. A series of regular profiles to spotlight some of our most endorphin-addicted friends and expand everyone’s pace group. Don’t be shy – if Ky sounds like your speed, say hi and make a new running buddy tonight!


Hometown: Palm Harbor, Florida

High school: Countryside High School

College: University of Arkansas/Tulane

Did you compete in college? Yes, Swimming and a few XC meets my senior year at Tulane.

What were your events/times in college? 200 fly, 100 fly and 200 freestyle. I don’t think  swimming times mean that much in the running community.

Rumor has it you recently did a marathon. Can you confirm this and if so, did you qualify for that big one in Boston? Yes, I qualified for the Boston marathon (3:31.41) while running in Portland on October 6, 2013. It was my first marathon and the best experience of my life.

What was the transition like going from a swimmer to a runner? Shoes have to be lighter on your feet than flippers. 

I trained as a distance swimmer in high school and college, so running distance came pretty natural. I’m very new to running, but I have a very tough competitive side which make endurance sport, like running, fun.

When was your first run group? Did you feel like a fish out of water?

My first run group was in March, when I started working at LRC. Yes, although the running group was very welcoming, I still hadn’t run anything over 6 miles in my life. So it was daunting for someone with gills.

What is your favorite part of the NOLA running community? (Say something other than Chad and Ana Rice’s baby Catalina)

I have met some of the most amazing people through running. Very supportive and downright great people. I couldn’t have trained for a marathon without the people of run group.

Now that you went beast mode on the marathon, what’s going to be your next race? 

I don’t know about “beast mode,” but I’d like to do another marathon at the beginning of next year. Maybe in Tampa. All I know is that I won’t be racing on any hills, anytime soon.

What’s your favorite NOLA race and why?

I have only raced in 3 road races since I started in May. I liked the Spillway classic, closest I can get to swimming!

What are your favorite hobbies besides running and going to bed when the sun sets? 

Tanning, bicep curls and shopping.

We all know this interview can’t all be about running. It must be difficult to balance running and being the full time queen of LRC. How do you manage juggling both of those things? 

So very difficult. Being the queen takes so much more time than I anticipated and the role that I play is so important to the store, I don’t think many people could handle all the things I have to do. (All sarcasm intended)

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