Saturday Spotlight – Tom Francisci (6/27/20)

Saturday Spotlight:Name: Tom M Francisci

Age: 37

Marital Status: Married

Kids: (4) 2 Boys & 2 Girls

Occupation: Operating General Supervisor in the Energy Control Center for Consolidated Edison

Hobbies: Family Fun, Traveling, Running, Hiking, OCR Racing, and Weight Training

Hometown: Maspeth, New York

Current Town: Kings Park, NYCollege: University of Phoenix (Bachelors of Science in Business)

Favorite Race: NYC Half Marathon (This may change after I run the NYC Marathon!!)

Frequent Running Spots: Sunken Meadow, NYC Bridges, West Side Hudson Greenway, and Selden Hills of Course!!

Personal Message:I would like to start off by thanking Lou for welcoming me to such an amazing group, and for selecting me to be Warrior of the Week. I’ll share a bit about my personal life and how I stumbled upon this unforeseen passion for running that I have today..

My wife and I began dating in High School and started our family very young as teen parents. I had to learn fast how to survive and make it on my own, which I still believe till this day was the best thing that could have happened to me at the time. I started at the very bottom in a basement apartment in a rough neighborhood. I was fortunate enough to find an entry level position at Con Edison reading meters and getting chased by dogs. Eventually I learned the electrical trade and became a High Voltage Splicer, which helped me to move my family into a nice 3 Bedroom apartment.

Fast forward to today, and I am now in Management and recently completed my Bachelor’s degree. I moved out to Suffolk County in 2013, and bought a home for my wife and 4 children. I find myself to be very fortunate because I get to spend my life with my best friend and my life lessons have taught me to appreciate everything that I have today!So.. while all of these life events were taking place, one thing that I didn’t realize was that I forgot to take care of my health. In 2015, I was diagnosed with High Blood Pressure and I was close to becoming a Diabetic at 230 Lbs. So after being placed on pressure pills, I made the decision to begin changing how I eat and began walking daily.

Then in 2017, I began an interval training program and by the end of that year I ran my first 5K race. Needless to say I was completely hooked into a sport that I could have never imagined myself being able to or even wanting to do!! I began weight training, Obstacle Course Racing, longer distance running, and I even got my children involved… Today I am 165 Lbs. and no longer have High Blood Pressure or Diabetes, and I completed the NYRR 9+1 to run in the 2020 NYC Marathon.

I just want to close this out by saying that I am really glad to be a part of this group. I have only been with the group for a short period of time and I am really impressed with each and every one of you! Whether it’s helping out our first responders, local businesses, or just showing up when someone is reaching out for a running partner.. Selden Hills Warriors always come through!