Meet the 2017 Team UC in the Westminster 10K


Name: Thea Buen

Campus: UC Irvine, 2004

Hometown: Chino Hills, California

The University of California Education Abroad Program changed Thea's life completely. It gave her the courage to pack two bags and move to London - just two weeks after graduating from UCI. She has visited many countries, volunteered in Buenos Aires, and lived in New York. She's been loving her last five years living in London, but having got the travel bug; who knows where she'll go next! 


What's your favorite...

Post-run snack? Cocktails, because hydration is important! 

Place to run in London? Victoria Park.

Playlist to run to? Most of the time I don't listen to music, but when needed Kendrick Lamar and Little Dragon get me going.

Why did you choose to run with Team UC? I only recently realised there was a Team UC and saw that last year one person from UCI ran. So I knew I had to represent this year! I'll be the one holding a plush doll of our mascot, Peter the Anteater. 

Do you have a personal best for the British 10K? This is my first time running the British 10K, but I'm hoping to get a PB (as close as possible) to 52.30.

What are you looking forward to after you cross the finish line? I look forward to my TomTom watch recording the distance correctly after I cross the finish line. What can be more annoying than Strava recording the run as 9.9K?!  

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