Jose Sotolongo works with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau for Miami.
Jose is a passionate Miami runner who has run the Miami Marathon or the Miami Half Marathon every year since it started in 2003. www.themiamimarathon.com
His story is similar to many people that as an adult he came to running as a way to lose weight and quit smoking. His first run of a mile ended with his neighbor thinking he was having a heart attack.
Jose has run 16 Full and 36 half marathons.
We talk about running the first edition of the Toyota Prius Tropical Marathon in 2003 and how the race has changed in 14 years.
We talk about what perks you get when you run a race every year.
We talk about what his favorite part of the Miami Marathon course is.
We talk about Miami 365 and also where he thinks the best place to run in Miami. Jose told me that Miami is the only city that has downloadable running routes www.miamiandbeaches.com . That is pretty cool.
Jose's favorite other local race is the Turkey Trot and he explains why that is.
He also gives some advice for new runners getting ready for their first marathon.
Because of Jose's position with the convention bureau he has some great information about the impact of the marathon on the city of Miami.
We also chat about how being a little bit competitive can keep you motivated from year to year.
We talk about the famous quote from Dean Karnases which might have actually been said first by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
― Dean Karnazes
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” - MLK Jr.
I want to say a special thank you to Frankie Ruiz - unofficial Miami running Mayor of Miami for connecting me with Jose Sotolongo for this interview.
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