November 2023 Run Muskegon Runner Spotlight-
Meet Pedro Santiago! Pedro is a Mexican athlete, born in the state of Oaxaca on December 10, 1968. His passion for running began at the age of 14. He was part of three athletic teams (Estrellas del mañana, Club Totocani, Rodolfo Gómez club). With the latter, he had the opportunity to train with the best generation of Mexican runners in the 80s and 90s.
Pedro graduated from Colegio de Bachilleres Plantel 20 with a specialization in Cooperative Production Societies. He also studied the art of Serigraphy and computer programming. In addition to that, Pedro took various courses in sports training, especially for marathons. In 1996, Pedro decided to travel to Los Angeles, California, where he spent 3 months, then traveled to Muskegon, Michigan, where he has been living for 27 years now, along with his brother, Félix. During this time, Pedro has worked in various restaurants, gaining knowledge in cooking and baking. Currently, he is in the process of personal renewal and pursuing personal projects.
Pedro continues to run and provide advice and motivation to people who want to start running or improve their running.
As a part of our Runner Spotlight, we also asked Pedro to answer a few fun questions:
1. How long have you been running?
I have been running for 40 years.
2. Do you race? If so, what is your most memorable race experience?
Yes, I regularly participate in 8-10 races per year, ranging from 5k to marathons. One of my most memorable moments was with My Team Triumph in 2015 when I pushed our captain Jazmín in her stroller and ran 25k during the River Bank run. Every race is special, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be my first 800-meter race.
3. Only running shoes for me are…
I prefer Nike and Adidas for running.
4. What is your worst running-related injury?
I had a minor hamstring tear in my right leg last July, which prevented me from running for about 5 weeks.
5. Hot or cold weather runner?
I can adapt to both climates, but I prefer a temperature of 12-15°C (50°F) without strong winds.
6. What is your motivation for running?
My goal has evolved from wanting to go to the Olympics at 14 years old to seeking emotional and physical stability. It's also in honor of my sister who passed away 2 years ago (she always ran with me).
7. If I didn't run I....
If I didn't run, I would likely participate in another sport.
8. I can't run without…
I enjoy coffee a lot and I cannot run without it.
9. What's the farthest you have run at one time?
My favorite race is the marathon.
In addition to running, I enjoy walking with my brother and our two canine friends, Ek Balam and Maya Torbellina. We explore trails and new places. I also continue to educate myself on training, cooking, politics, and construction. I have a desire to learn to play the guitar and consider myself a sponge for learning.
Running has allowed me to experience different places, cultures, and people with diverse backgrounds. We come together to achieve goals and dreams, regardless of how fast or far we can go. Running is my best expression!