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I was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. I am the eldest of 8 siblings, and most likely the craziest one. My brothers and sisters have gifted me with 15 nieces and nephews, 2 grand-nephews and another niece is on the way. Yes, we are a big family indeed.
I have always loved to run, but I have never belonged to a running track team or cross country team while in school, as it is not common to have running teams as part of the school curriculum in my country. When I was growing up, sports was not a profession that would help you get out of poverty, so I decided to graduate in a career with high demand jobs and with the skill I love the most, like math, electronics, computers and problem solving.
Therefore I first I graduated as Industrial Instrumentation Technician and then as an Electronic Engineer.
It was not until 2015 that actually I participated in my first official 10K race. This was done after a long running break due to work schedule and health issues that kept me sidetracked. I remember when I tried to start running again; I could not run more than a block at a time.
It was then when I used my first training plan. When I was younger, I used to run almost every day, and on Saturdays I would run for 2 or 3 hours, without any fancy watch, smartphone or running track to log my distance, so I have no way to determine how many miles I ran in my youth.
As I wanted to get back to running and drop a few pounds, I picked my first training plan ever. It was 5K plan. I downloaded the app C25K, and soon thereafter I was running easily more than a block, then 2, and as I started to build my endurance, I crushed my 5K plan and decided to train for a 10K. I found a race to keep my goal in sight and register for it!
I was lucky enough that the race I found was organized to raise funds for a charity; I learned that you could run not only for your health, but also to support a worthy cause. So, I have aimed to run with a bigger purpose since then!
I have considered it an honor to be able to organized races to raise funds for children. Being a runner and being a race organized are very different. With the experiences I had completing many races before, around the world, I tried to implement what I considered the best of each one in order to bring fun and success to each and every event I organized.
The children’s smiles while they crossed the finish line was always the best part of each event and then to give them a medal as recognition of their effort made feel each one them like a winner; and certainly all of them were winners, because with their participation they were supporting children in need and saving lives.
Now I am back to the United States with my wonderful husband who supports all my craziness, and my two 4-legged babies, Tigre and Tie.
Fast-forward to today, now my current in a challenge to complete 20 marathons in 2020.
Run for a reason, run with a purpose, run for those who can’t