Picky Bars

Aliya Reich

Baltimore, Maryland

Primary Discipline(s) Road Running, Trail Running, Hiking, Yoga, Studio Fitness (Pilates, Barre)
Bucket List RaceSomething with Orca Running - San Juan Half or the Orca Half because i'm low key obsessed w/ whales.
Favorite Picky Bars productOoooh, so tough! Chai and catch me bar or the new trail mix oatmeal, probably.
Off-Day ActivityFarmers market-ing

For most of my life, I didn’t consider myself athletic at all (and, frankly, I still don't; hand-eye coordination remains ever-elusive and the idea of rec league team sports gives me heart palpitations). But, after running the Baltimore Running Festival 5K on a whim with a friend in 2013, I walked past a charity tent for a group called Pacing for Parkinson’s, and my love of running was unexpectedly born.

My mother has Parkinson’s Disease, as did both of my grandfathers, and so Pacing for Parkinson’s was of great interest to me. I started fundraising with the team in 2014 and ran the 5k at the Baltimore Running Festival – the first 5K I’d ever actually kinda sorta trained for – and I timidly graduated to the BRF half marathon in 2015 with P4P. That was when the running bug really bit, and I was hooked. Since then, I've run a bunch more half marathons, my first full marathon at the BRF in 2018, and a bunch of 10Ks and 10 milers in between…not to mention a whole lot of 5Ks: from Memorial Day weekend 2018 to Memorial Day weekend 2019, I successfully ran a 5K each day for the whole year!

I've been a 5k/10k coach at Charm City Run Fells Point since 2019 and am an RRCA Level 1 Certified Run Coach. When I'm not running, I'm chairing the Pacing for Parkinson’s organizing committee, doing yoga or strength training, hanging out with my cat, eating mac & cheese or Picky Bars or other vegetarian fare, and planning conferences full-time for an awesome little library nonprofit called CLIR+DLF.