Jeremy Ardanuy out on a run in Baltimore City

This COVID-19 researcher gets in a workout by running to campus when he can.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Office of Sustainability is featuring UMB staff, faculty, and students who commute to and from campus using sustainable methods in place of driving in a single-occupancy, gas-powered vehicle. If you’ve never thought of taking the MTA or carpooling with a colleague, now is a great time to consider these and other sustainable commuting methods!

Our sixth feature in the series is a Q&A with Jeremy Ardanuy, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow working on COVID-19 research at the Frieman Laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 

What method of transportation do you typically take to get to campus? 

During the week, I use a mixture of run commuting and public transit (94 bus line and Light Rail) to get to campus and back home. 

Do you have a backup plan if your primary method falls through for some reason? 

If the weather is inclement, I will usually take the Light Rail since rail is generally unaffected by weather. 

What’s your favorite part about run commuting to get to UMB (saving money, getting exercise, etc.)?  

I love to run commute because it is actually just as fast as any other form of commuting with a vehicle. It’s about 2.5 to 3 miles each direction and I don’t have to pay for bus passes or parking. As a bonus, I get some exercise in and generally get into a good head space following a run to take on the day or unwind after work. 

What’s your favorite thing to listen to on your commute? 

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts, particularly RadioLab and 99% Invisible, which focuses on the hidden elements of design. 

What advice do you have for others who may be considering switching their commute to this method?  

My advice would be to research and get a good run commuting backpack. You are going to need one that is comfortable, light, and has enough storage to carry whatever you need for the day (like spare clothes or a laptop). Also, make sure you have access to a shower somewhere on campus ideally. I use the URecFit gym shower so that I’m not super smelly around others. 

To learn more about URecFit and Wellness and its facilities at the SMC Campus Center, visit URecFit and Wellness’ Facilities page. If you are a frequent bus or Light Rail user, check out Parking and Transportation’s MTA Commuter Benefits page.

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