Meet the Runners: Oskar Ortiz

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Meet Oskar: Ambassador, Marathoner, Dreamer.

February 07, 2020

From people who have run dozens of marathons to those conquering the distance for the first time, every runner has a story. The 2020 Los Angeles Marathon race field is made of 25,000 people. That's 25,000 different stories, relationships to running, and reasons for stepping onto the course. We're excited to introduce you to some of the people who make up our race field. You never know; you might see one of them on race day!

Oskar is one of our 2020 Los Angeles Marathon ambassadors. He has previously run seven marathons and uses all the people that believe in him as motivation to keep going when things are hard.

Besides running, what do you like to do for fun?

Getting to know new places, especially when it comes to food or museums.

Who do you look up to?

In running? Patrick Cutter. In life? Definitely my mom.

How many marathons have you previously run?

7!

How do you motivate yourself to keep going when things are hard?

I just remember where I started and all the people that believe in me. For me, that's pure gasoline to never give up.

What inspired you to start running?

I noticed, after a breakup, that I was 220 pounds. That was my motivation to get back to my healthy life. I used to play soccer since I was a kid, but when I went to college, I stopped playing. Then, I started drinking and smoking and that turned into my style of life. When I noticed I had a problem with my weight, the magic happened. I started running and after my first 5K, I fell in love with the environment of the races immediately and with the feeling that running gave me.

Has your reason for running changed over the years and if so what is it now?

To stay healthy and to demonstrate no one but my self, that I can achieve anything I want.

What's your game plan for the race?

Enjoy the route, the city, the people every single mile. If I can mix those 3 points with my passion and a good strategy, I know I can reach a 2:54 marathon in order to qualify for Boston.

What is it that you love most about our course?

I'm not sure if I can define only one thing about the course. I just LOVE everything about LA Marathon.

What training tips do you have for runners?

The "rest" part is very important. It has the same importance as the normal training. If we sleep for hours, our body will recover more and we will have more energy to use at the big day.

What is a quote you like to live by?

"Impossible just takes a little bit more."

What does living an active lifestyle mean to you?

Everything. Running changed my life and I can't see my future without it.

Thanks Oskar! Follow Oksar on Instagram HERE and keep an eye out for his ambassador discount code!

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