Baton Rouge Mandeville New Orleans
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Linda Akhter

How long have you worked at running stores and where?
I have over 6 years of sports-related retail experience beginning with Oshman’s Sporting Goods and Fleet Feet in Houston, TX, and recently with Varsity Sports, New Orleans, LA. I came to New Orleans to be with my daughter and granddaughter.

Favorite running shoe of all times? Why?
Newtons.  I was an over striding heel striker before switching to the Newtons.  I am still working on my running form, but I feel the Newtons have helped me with adjusting my form.

Best song to run to?
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson

Pre-race food of choice?
Iced coffee and a banana

Random something no one knows about you?
When I was about 10 years old my family was living for a short time in Los Angeles.  That summer I hung out with a boy named Jon Gries who would later become an actor and play the part of Uncle Rico in the movie Napoleon Dynamite.