Half Marathon Pacers
“There are no shortcuts in running, you get out what you put in.”
Josue started running in 2011 as a means to lose weight and get healthy. Since then he has lost over 60lbs and has run over 200 races ranging from 5k’s to full marathons and BQ’ing in his last two marathons.
Josue paced the Lexus LaceUp Palos Verdes Half Marathon 1:40 group in 2017
His Half Marathon personal record is 1:21 which he achieved at the REVEL Canyon City Half in Azusa
“Find joy in everything you do!”
Tac loves to be outdoors…running and hiking! He took up running a few years ago when a friend asked him to participate in a Turkey Trot 10K run. Since that race, Tac has participated in countless 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, marathons, and ultramarathons. He finds particular joy in trail running, but loves to be physically active in any way possible. Most recently, he paced the 2:00 and 2:10 half marathon groups at the Great Race of Augora Hills and Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Half respectively.
Fabiola Diaz, born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. Currently working on her Teacher’s Credential/Masters in Education program at California State University, Northridge. She obtains a B.S. in Kinesiology with the emphasis of Physical Education, in addition to her NFHS running coach certifications. She is currently working as an Assistant Track/XC Coach at South Pasadena High School.
Fabiola is a super energetic ‘No Meat-Athlete’. She started running marathons at age 23. Her first marathon is LAM ‘09 where her goal became a new year’s resolution challenge, and since then she has run over 63 races (15 marathons, 42 half-marathons, 6 ultra-races and countless 5K’s). Her fastest marathon is LAM ‘16 with a time of 4hrs and 10 minutes and her best half marathon time is (1:45hr). Her longest distance has been Avalon Trail race 50 Miler in 2016 (11:45hr). Also, she paced the New Year’s Half Marathon in 2016 (2:20hr).
Juan Carlos Cortes
Juan Carlos Cortes started running 15 years ago, doing many 5K’s , 10K’s, Halfs and the Long Beach Full finishing in 3:45. He didn’t run much during college after graduation in 2009 he came back, this time doing triathlons completing several half Ironmans before taking another break. Most recently, in 2017, Juan got into ultramatathons, completing a few 50K’s, 50 millers and running his first 100 miler in August 2018.
A veteran pacer of half and full marathons including, Long Beach, San Diego, Ripon, OC and most recently Bakersfield. His half PR is 1:28 at Santa Clarita and he BQ’d at Revel Big Bear this year with a 3:15. After Laughlin he has his sights set the LA Marathon and Ironman Arizona in 2019.
“Veni. Vidi. Vici.” (I came. I saw. I conquered – Julius Caesar)
Greg is a lifelong runner and caught the running bug in 7th grade. Since then, he has run on six continents through all manner of terrain, weather and distance. Greg’s current half marathon personal record is 1:31.
“Do what makes you happy”
Graciela has been running since high school where she ran cross country and track & field. She has run more than forty races including the LA and New York Marathons. Her favorite distance is the half marathon and achieved her personal record of 2:24 at Rock & Roll San Diego Half (2009). Graciela is passionate for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and when not running she is either working as an accountant or dancing tango.
“Beat your impossible”
Steven Carvente has been running for about two years. He began running by joining his high school, Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, cross country team. For the last two years, Steven has taken running seriously and has begun his journey towards qualifying for the Boston Marathon. His favorite aspect of running is how tight knit the running community is in Los Angeles. He enjoys being part of a community of runners who continue to motivate and push each other to improve and be the best versions of themselves. His most recent race was the Blacklist Happy Birthday LA 5k, which he completed in 20:39 minutes.