Here in Miami when you say the name, Frankie Ruiz, chances are it conjures up memories of the incredibly popular and late Puerto Rican salsa singer belting out, “Bailando”or another one of his many popular hits.  But to many in Miami’s athletic circles, Frankie Ruiz is synonymous with the Miami Marathon which just celebrated its 15th year this past January.  Inspired by his father from a young age to run, he found it a great way to explore his hometown and as a sport he could always compete in.

Looking to inspire his team of runners at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Frankie invited a 12 year old athlete and double amputee by the name of Rudy Garcia Tolson who had aspirations of running a marathon. This fortuitous meeting eventually set the wheels in motion for Frankie and his partners at the time to create a marathon in Miami that could stand toe to toe with other reputable races such as New York City and Chicago. Faced with Miami’s bad reputation of being a hot, humid, and crime ridden city, many may have thought that a 26.2 road race through the streets of Miami was a bad idea, but Frankie and his team have worked hard to silence the naysayers and to prove to runners throughout the world that this isn’t a marathon or (spinning) finisher’s medal you want to miss.

Frankie’s involvement in the community is widespread and his desire to empower athletes of all levels to achieve their personal best is evident in the various groups he’s involved in, including the 7 State Championships and 1 SE National Regional Nike NXN Title earned by the Belen Jesuit Cross Country Team which he has coached for the past 19 years.  It was a pleasure speaking with Frankie and getting to know him better.

We hope you enjoy listening,

Jeanette & Alex

SHOW NOTES:

Yoga with Adriene
Parlour Vegan
Eat Drink Vegan
Hands Across the Sand
Monsanto March
Episode 46- Zen + Tonic with Jules Aron
Rudy Garcia Tolson
Episode 22: Running Across Cuba with Alexis Garcia
Chief Running Officer, Bart Yasso
Baptist Health South Florida Brickell Run Club
New Tropic
The Underline
Breaking2
The Artful Activist – Melanie Oliva


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WHAT’S ON HIS NIGHTSTAND:
Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman

THAT’S WHAT I LIKE:
Alex: Laughing Giraffe Organics: Chocolate Snakaroons
Jeanette: Vegan Cheese- Simple, Delicious Plant-Based Recipes

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