While others settle on the sofa with a stiff drink after a stressful day in the investment world, Christopher Solarz hits the streets of New York.
Consultant takes stress to the streets
A runner from the age of 12, Mr. Solarz absolutely loves running, so much so that he does at least one marathon or ultramarathon (anything over 26 miles) per month. Mr. Solarz has competed in 200 marathons, including a race in Antarctica in January, where he sped past emperor penguins and was attacked by aggressive nesting great skuas (seabirds).
“It's so natural to me, so easy to do in New York, and is such a great counterpoint to my busy workday,” Mr. Solarz said in an interview.
He recently joined the New York office of alternative investment consultant Cliffwater LLC as director-global macro hedge fund strategies, after spending some years as an analyst at hedge fund-of-funds managers.
Mr. Solarz's running speed and stamina were essential in setting a Guinness World Record in 2009 for the fastest navigation of the New York subway system. He and a friend in the investment industry used their quantitative skills to model an optimized route that after qualitative tweaking during trial runs, helped Mr. Solarz visit all 468 subway stops — literally on the run — in a record 22 hours and 52 minutes.