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
“Running is my breathe, running is my joy, running is also my clarity. When life gets hard, always know you can always give a little more — go a little faster, push a little further, climb a little higher. Running has taught me that is possible.”
Nadia was inspired after watching the Ironman World Championships one night in middle school, she had a dream that one day she can do one too. At the age 14 without any running experience, Nadia ran her first marathon with her father at the 1999 LA Marathon. Crossing the finish line hand in hand with her father was the experience that truly ingrained the love for the sport. Since then, Nadia and her father have shared hundreds of races together in the past 20 years. Nadia has now completed 140 marathons, 80 half marathons, 14 ultras, and 5 Ironmans around the world, frequently in the top of her age group or overall women. Nadia shares: “Running has opened friendships, communities, and, most of all, my heart. I have learned who I truly am and how strong I can be despite having fallen down many times in life.”
With a BS in Biology, M.Ed, and Teacher’s credential from UCLA, Nadia has worked as a Biology Teacher, Coach, Public Speaker and Marketing Consultant for the past 12 years. After a decade of going nonstop, she has now embraced this decade of her life to breathe, listen to her body, and quench her thirst for adventure. You often will find her running races with her father or in the mountains with her two lovable pups, Max and Bruno.
“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.
“Run with Determination.”
Mario is in his late 60s and have been running for some time. He completed his first marathon in1998. Mario believes nutrition and staying active are the medicine for a healthy long life.
His half marathon personal record is 1:56 which he achieved at the Vendurance Ventura Half Marathon in 2014
“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.