Friday, November 1, 2019

Immigrant of the Day: Guillermo Piñeda Morales, Marathoner (Mexico)


Meet Memo, the Marie Kondo of Fitness a video b New York Times website.  Here is the summary:

"In a cluttered world of boutique fitness studios and high-end gear, Guillermo Piñeda Morales reminds us that we don’t actually need much to be our best.

Memo is a minimalist, so we’ll keep this short. In the Video Op-Ed above, we trail Guillermo Piñeda Morales, a.k.a. Memo. He clocked a 2:28:42 at this year’s Boston Marathon. At age 46, that places him in the top 10 marathon runners for his age group globally. That’s very fast.

The American fitness industry is worth $30 billion, but Memo’s not in on the trend. He won’t pop up in your Instagram #fitspo feed and you won’t get a glimpse of him at your gym. But if you have a resolution to run a marathon sometime, Memo will likely be whizzing past you. This Sunday, he’ll be running the New York City Marathon, bib #477. You can track him on the marathon’s official app.

What’s Memo’s trick? Well, you can find that in the video. But it’s far simpler and cheaper than anything else out there."

The video recount's Memo's background, including growing up in Mexico before coming with authorization to the United States and his simple yet effect work ethic (1. Work hard. and 2. Never give up.).  Now a U.S. citizen, Memo loves running and it shows.  He is one of the top marathoners in the world in his age group. Memo will be running the New York City Marathon on November 3.

Hat tip to Dan Kowalski.


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