Meet the Runners: Paulina Del Rio

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Meet Paulina: 2-Time Marathoner, Determined, Engineer

February 26, 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 up 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 even see one of them on race day!

Paulina is an engineer who started running as a track runner in junior high. She was always a sprinter and never really got into long distance running until college. Paulina ran her first marathon in 2017 and the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon will be her third marathon! She hopes to run a marathon in all 50 states. Her dad always inspired her to become the best self she can be and she owes her passion and love for running to him.

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

Play nerdy board games with my friends, eat like a pescatarian, barre, and enjoy life!

Who do you look up to?

My cousin who just got diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He is so strong and I know he can conquer anything.

How is your training going?

It’s been great overall! I’ve been getting a lot faster through the workouts I do with my run club.

How many marathons have you previously run, if any?

2!

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

I just think of all the people in the world that don’t have the ability to run due to various health reasons and how I am so lucky to be healthy and be able to push my body to the highest limits.

What inspired you to start running?

My dad! He’s always been such a competitor. When he started running I saw the passion he had for it and how it was such a relaxing thing to do for him that I wanted that same feeling. The feeling of accomplishment you get when you meet your goals and finish a race. That's why they call it a runner's high.

What's your game plan for the race?

I want to start out a little slower the first quarter of the race because I tend to get all excited and jump the gun during previous races. I want to keep a steady pace and negative split my way through the race.

What is it that you're most excited for about the course?

The whole course is incredible. Los Angeles is my favorite city and being able to run through all the historic sites of the city will be amazing. And ending by the beach?! Doesn’t get much better than that.

Is there a quote you like to live by?

"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth

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Thanks Paulina! Follow Paulina on Instagram HERE!

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