In the three years that I have embraced running as a sport and life style, I had the opportunity to meet interesting people and learned much from them. Running breeds a different type of people in general. It transcends and is beyond the social, educational, gender, religious, political and age factor of a person and instead focuses on the benefits and love for running per se.
Today, I was again blessed to these fruits of running, I had the opportunity meet and run with ARTHUR LAFORTEZA or SENIORRUNNER (http://arthur-seniorrunner.blogspot.com/) at Long Beach California and did a 10.28K run at the scenic spot of Long Beach followed by a lunch.
I came to know only of ARTHUR in my blog. Having blogged of my trip to USA, Arthur invited me to meet up and do the 10k run. Arthur is 68 years old, but, DO NOT BE FOOLED of his age as he will be able to beat a great number of young people out there in RUNNING. His latest accomplishment was completing the Orange County 21k Half-Marathon with a time of 02h06m32s last 09May10. Wow for his age I cannot even dream to attain such a time in my remaining running life. To think that the running bug just bit him only three years ago or when he was already 65 years old. Talk about late bloomers, had he started on his younger days, I just wondered how he should be now.
My son-in-law ALEX and son DENNIS accompanied me to the home of the LAFORTEZA at Long Beach, which was about 70 miles from where I am staying at Moreno Valley (a 1.5 hours drive). At about 8:10am we arrived at their home and had the opportunity to meet formally ARTHUR and his wife LUCY.
The 10.28k running route that Arthur took me was very scenic and is very foreign for a local runner like me. I will forego of words to describe the run and instead provide herewith the photographs taken during the run.
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After the run, Arthur hosted us for a lunch at the PARKER’S LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT. Thank you Arthur for your hospitality.
Arthur will be in Manila sometime February of next year and is very eager to join the CONDURA RUN 2011. It will be a different atmosphere of race condition, but I am pretty sure he will be a force to watch at his age.
Again, It was nice to meet you Arthur and Lucy and hope to return the favor when you come to the Philippines.