Pace Leaders: Marlana and Sonia


Marlana leads our 5:00 hour group. She has been with us since day 1 and has always stepped up to help anyone that needs the support. She may have taken a wrong turn here and there but always made sure the miles were completed and that there was no runner left behind. You may recognize her by her big smile and remarkable finishes. Or you may have heard her chant “Sola, Sola!” as she danced her way and cheered you on. Thank you Marlana for everything you do. Your selfless heart has shown so many the meaning of Pacer Love and we love you for that.

Marlana De La Rosa

  1. How long have you been running?
    I’ve been running for 3 years
  2. How many marathons have you completed?
    I’ve completed 2 marathons
  3. Which race is your favorite?
    Favorite race would be Santia Anita 5k Derby
  4. What tip do you have for those running LAM?
    Believe in Yourself
  5. Favorite Mantra?
    Sola! Sola!
  6. Most memorable training run and why?
    Most memorable training would be the LAM training for 2020. The atmosphere, and the support from the Whittier Pacers
  7. What’s your next race?
    LAM is my next race
  8. What does running mean for you in your life?
    Running is my get away place where I can get lost for hours and have no worry in the world. My happy place.

Sonia leads our 5:30 hour group. She always has a smile on her face and a positive outlook on each training run ahead of her. She has run through heat and rain and neither changes her positivity. Thank you, Sonia for the light you share with us all.

Sonia Galindo

  1. How long have you been running?
    4 years
  2. How many marathons have you completed?
    2 – 2018 and 2019 both LAM
  3. Which race is your favorite?
    Conquer the Bridge in San Pedro
  4. What tip do you have for those running LAM?
    Have fun and don’t stress about time.
  5. Favorite Mantra?
    Your pace, your race
  6. Most memorable training run and why?
    All I can think of is lots of rain during the 2019 marathon training!
  7. What’s your next race?
    Santa Anita Derby
  8. What does running mean for you in your life?
    I’m grateful to be able to run, the freedom it provides of getting a great workout with friends.