Where are you from?
I am from Houston, Texas, but I was born in Mexico City.
What brought you to Boulder?
Boulder was always a dream home for me. I’d been coming here every summer since 2011 to train and I attended this high school running camp that was held at CU and then in college I worked it every summer. So I decided every summer, I’m coming to Colorado and I’m going to do what I love: run. So it’s cool to actually move here and make this my home.
How did you first get into running?
In 5th grade, the middle school track team was open for tryouts and it was the first time they allowed 5th graders to join the middle school team. And we were sitting at lunch and I saw Kimmy (a girl I had a huge crush on at the time) sign up and so I signed up. I wasn’t very good at the beginning but I kind of fell in love with running along the way. (Me and Kimmy didn’t work out, but we are still friends.)
Strava FKT on Magnolia Road. That’s pretty awesome.
Magnolia Road has always been kind of a happy place for me. When I went to the camp here, the Sunday long run was the last day of camp and a chance to kind of show your stuff and it was always on Magnolia Road. And that day, I didn’t even realize we were doing it. We got there and my coach was like, “Today is an all-out effort. I want you to go as hard as you can.”
Normally at Magnolia you try and be somewhat conservative ‘cause you never know how things are going to go toward the end. So it was just a really cool experience. 15 miles all out at 9,000 feet is something I never thought I’d do.
When was it?
That was September 26 of 2020. The day after my birthday. And the day after I found out I won the US 15k Championships. A lot of happy motivation.