Pace Leaders: Jose, Daniel, and Julio


José leads our 4:30 hour group. If you ran with Jose, you likely saw him dance to his music that he took along every run. Running strong and staying safe is super important to him and his wish for each of us is to do the same. He is also responsible for our awesome hilly routes, and did great at making sure they always lead to water and access to restrooms. Thank you, Jose for always looking out for not just your group, but all Pacers.

Here’s a little about Jose:

  1. How long have you been running?
    Off and on since 2015.
  2. How many marathons have you completed?
    I’ve completed 6 marathons
  3. Which race is your favorite?
    5K, Whittier Spooktacular. Half, M2B. Marathon, LAM.
  4. What tip do you have for those running LAM?
    Just have fun, and enjoy it.
  5. Favorite Mantra?
    Set your mind to something and it will be achieved.
  6. Most memorable training run and why?
    Just seeing everyone smile at the end of a long run and realizing they CAN do it.
  7. What’s your next race?
    LAM then M2B in May and Rock and Roll Seattle half in June.
  8. What does running mean for you in your life?
    It’s helped me mentally and personally, but being able to join a running community and meeting a great group of people I consider great friends and family.

Daniel leads our 3:00 hour group. Although he often found himself being the only one at that pace, he did slow his pace to run with the other groups and share support and encouragement. Daniel, thank you for having a genuine Pacer spirit. Your hard work and dedication is an example to us all.

About Daniel:

  1. How long have you been running?
    12 years on and off.
  2. How many marathons have you completed?
    1 marathon: OC Marathon 2015.
  3. Which race is your favorite?
    I’m not sure if I have a favorite race.
  4. What tip do you have for those running LAM?
    Enjoy the experience especially through the first 18-20 miles when you still feel good enough to enjoy it. Then when it does get difficult(because it will), dedicate a mile to someone that’s dear to you. It’ll keep you motivated to keep going. That last mile, dedicate it to yourself. Because in the end most of us are doing it for ourselves.
  5. Favorite Mantra?
    “One mile at a time. My race, my pace.”
  6. Most memorable training run and why?
    A few years ago, I randomly ran 14 miles to the Santa Fe dam and back. The longest run I had done at the time. When I looked at my splits, my average pace was about 6:45/mile. I was surprised because I wasn’t dying. That’s when I realized that I can be really good at this.
  7. What’s your next race?
    LA Marathon
  8. What does running mean for you in your life?
    For me, running means freedom and peace. You could be having a bad day, week, month, etc. but then you go on a run, all that stuff leaves your mind for that short period of time. You don’t worry about school, friends, family, relationships, or jobs. For a moment you feel that everything is perfect and you don’t have to worry. It is also my stabilizer, anytime I’ve gone through difficult seasons in my life I would always come back to running to help me gain clarity. Running is like a best friend it’s always there for you when you need it. It always welcomes you with open arms, despite being a novice/expert, old/young, fast/slow, tall/short, the list could go on and on. And like a friend, if you’re willing to commit and work on the relationship, running will give back to you.

Juliooooo!!! Julio lead our 3:30 group. His energy is always positive, motivating, encouraging, and happy. He doesn’t just congratulate each runner that ran with him, but he will stick around and celebrate each runner that comes in after he does, regardless of pace. You will always spot Julio by his big smile. And if he spots you first, he will gladly come say hello and remind you he loves you. Thank you, Julio, for being an amazing example of Pacer Love for all.

  1. How long have you been running?
    Three Years
  2. How many marathons have you completed?
    Two Marathons
  3. Which race is your favorite?
    EVERY ONE of my race is really special… Great MEMORIES… I Can’t Choose one… Sorry
  4. What tip do you have for those running LAM?
    • Negative splits… Start a little slow the first 7miles some hills mile 3,4,and 6
    • Plan your race in 03 Routes of 8 miles (3×8)+2… Finish strong last 2miles.
  5. Favorite Mantra?
    I CAN DO ALL THINGS through God who gives me STRENGTH. Philip 4:13
  6. Most memorable training run and why?
    Last 22 miles… Because I believe that it’s POSSIBLE to finish strong if we train consistently.
  7. What’s your next race?
    LA Marathon
  8. What does running mean for you in your life?
    RUNNING is a blessing from God in My life. NOW IT’S MY PASSION… It is a Privilege being a RUNNER!!! THANK YOU PACERS MY FAMILY ♥