Started running as a sprinter when I was 12 years old in all local scholar championships in Santiago city Republic of Chile in 1976. Since then, I have been running different distances and sport disciplines, including triathlon until the present time. From 1976 up to 1980 – my high school years – belonged to the Royal Running Club. Learned, practiced and competed with proper technique in all Track & Field disciplines; sprint 100 meters, long jump, high jump, 400 meters, 400 meters x 4, etc. Ran my first half marathon in the Feb 1979 in Viña del Mar city, Chile, finishing in 1hr 24mins reaching the 22nd place overall. Then, at 16 years old, I joined the Chilean NAVY and competed in several Inter-Arm-Forces Athletics Games from 1980 to 1987. The most relevant half marathon in the NAVY was during the “UNITAS” Operation (the USA and Chilean NAVY for the Pacific RIM.) that took place in April 1981 obtaining the 4th place among all participants from both countries (200 Marines and Sailors in total).
From 1988 to 1993 kept on running as an amateur long distance runner registering and participating at least in one or two events every year. – In 1993 came to Toronto, Canada and joined the Running Room. I enjoyed getting registered in several clinics and running events since then. Besides my participation in several marathons in Canada, I also participated as a volunteer and member of the TRC (Toronto Running Club) since 2002 until Nov 2012 when I moved to Winnipeg. I also enjoyed helping other fellow runners to achieve their personal objectives during the Wednesdays and/or Sunday’s social runs. Helping as a volunteer for major Running events in Toronto such as the Sporting Life 10K, the Scotia Bank Marathon and the Good Life Marathon among others had the opportunity to appreciate and value everybody else’s physical, mental and spiritual sacrifices and challenges in order to become a better athlete.
In the year 2003, being 40 years old, I finally was able to proudly qualify for the Boston Marathon with 3hrs 15mins time. After completing the race in Boston and not having any instruction on how to properly swim, I decided to start my training and participation for the Sprint and Olympic distance Triathlon in Ontario area. Then, after several years of hard training and dedication to the sport when I turned 45 years old, I obtained the third place in my age group in the Americas ITU Olympic Distance Triathlon in January 2009 in Viña del Mar city in Chile, South America with a time of 2hrs 31 minutes sharp.
Nov 2010 was not a good time when I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, since then I‘ve been battling the symptoms of lack of motivation, lack of stamina, muscles pain and hacks, swings of mood, injuries and other personal challenges but still always keeping in mind who I really am facing all medical challenges as instructed by my specialists.
In May 2012, in the Good Life Marathon I was able to qualify for the second time to the Boston Marathon with a time of 3hrs 30min in my age group (50 to 54), even though I wasn’t able to travel to Boston that year. In Nov 2012 found a job in Winnipeg, so despite all challenges I had in order to adapt into a new life in this city, I was able to conduct a few Running Room Clinics – to be more precise the Manitoba Half Marathon Clinic for a couple of years.
Since I obtained the second place in the Grand Prix Olympic TRI series (six Olympic distance Triathlons in the Manitoba province) I qualified to represent Canada in the ITU World Championship in Edmonton 2014 and in Chicago 2015. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGxHQ1_jYRU Then again in 2015, representing Canada ITU World Championship Olympic TRI – Chicago US Sept 15th 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BusayKaSfaw
I have participated in several International Icon Triathlons like “Escape from Alcatraz” in San Francisco, USA in June 7th 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKE-bO00yN4, also participated a couple of times in the “70.3 City Bikes Ironman in Miami, USA in October 2014 and 2015. Finally, I completed my first full Ironman 140.6 miles in Mont Tremblant in a rainy and windy day back in August 2016 with a newy time of 14hrs 19 minutes at 53 years old. I’m still very proud about it.
A little later, back in Nov 2017, after the accident I had at IMAZ in Phoenix, Arizona I had to get surgery to fix a multiple right clavicle fracture getting a 12 centimeters titanium plate, several stitches and 7 screws. It took me several months to recover from that one, physically and psychologically. But this episode in my life, gave me the opportunity to value even more every single day that I’m capable of doing and complete my Ironman training and the time I have for my next race: IMFK in Mainova, Frankfurt, Germany.
Recently I’m so excited to become a Multisport Canada Ambassador so I can contribute with my experience and bring purpose to motivate and excel other fellow triathletes in this marvelous life style of Triathlon.