What year did you begin working at Run With Us?
February 2002 until January 2013 and I came back in September 2020 to present.
When & where did you go to high school? College? What did you study?
Pasadena City College 96-98, AA degree. I was an Assistant Running Coach at Pasadena City College for 10 years from 1998 to 2007 in the Men’s Distance Program. XC* Cross Country and Track & Field.
Did you run in high school and/or college?
PCC XC cross country & Track 96-98.
When & how & why did you get in to the sport of running?
In 1985 there was a community run in my hometown (Cuernavaca, Morelos. Mexico) The event was to celebrate Children’s Day on April 30th 1985. It was for kids under 15 years of age and younger, I was 14 years old at the time. My older brother (Octavio) was my soccer coach Club Panteras (Panthers) as part of my training he made the team to signed up for the 3k event which I ended up winning and that’s how I became a runner and continue till this day 35+ years later.
Do you have a favorite moment that stands out in your running career?
Representing my home state at various National Championships throughout the years in cross country and Track and Field. until 1995
Any personal records we should know about?
In competition, what is or was your favorite distance?
Just running in General, I enjoy my Track Days “speed” XC team work 2nd place at State Championship 1996, Individual road racing anything from (5k 3.1 miles) 10k, 10 miles race very rare distance Half Marathon and Full Marathon and a 50K trail race, always having fun while enjoying the competition.
Road, Track, Trails, Treadmill, Couch?
No couch, No treadmill
What do you enjoy most about the sport or your own running?
Peace of mind and clarity.
Since working at Run With Us, what has been your favorite aspect of the job?
Being able to share my passion for running and helping people with the proper way of running shoe purchase and equipment for their running needs. Before Run With Us, I knew a little about running shoes base on my running skills and being around coaches, but when I got to Run With Us and learned and studied the technicality and science on running shoes my expertise increased tremendously thanks to Peter Van Gansen (owner) Training.
What has been your favorite running shoe of all-time? What is your favorite shoe currently?No favorites sorry, most companies spend a very good amount of money when it comes to running shoes technology. For the new runner, I always recommend to do their own research and come to Run With Us to hear from our experts/professionals and runners with over 100 years of running experience combine on running/competing, some of us are running couches.
Do you have a favorite meal of all-time?
Don’t have the greatest diet, but I don’t eat hamburgers or tacos every day HAHAHA! 😆😂 I love food and that’s why I keep on running. Now I’m hiking too!
Outside of Run With Us & Running, do you have any other interests?
Since I have a Life Insurance License and I am an instructor “teacher” I help and review insurance policies. I love the idea of an FNA “Financial Needs Analysis.” It takes me back to my coaching days but now in the financial sector.