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Jim Diego- 1/2 marathon Fanatic/Singer
PINEDALE – Singer and half-marathon fanatic Jim Diego will be coming to sing the national anthem at the Pinedale Half Marathon this Saturday, Sept. 26, which starts at Rendezvous Pointe.
Diego has set the goal of running 50 half marathons in 50 states. So far this year, he has run 37 of the 13.1-mile races in 40 weeks. According to Diego, whose day job is in real estate, his schedule is crazy.
“I’m flying to Salt Lake City on Friday, then driving up to Pinedale, running the race Saturday morning, then catching a flight to San Jose for a half marathon there, then getting back Sunday night to be up bright and early for work Monday.”
Diego said his path is a relatively new one, having only started running in 2013, but his half-marathon lifestyle promptly enveloped his life after meeting an influential runner who was running 50 half marathons in 50 states.
“I started to follow this mantra of, ‘Travel while you are young; travel while you are able; and don’t let your wallet determine every choice.’”
Diego said he started running by timing his endurance and trying to increase the total time he could run. But now he said he barely trains at all, since he is always racing.
“I really don’t train anymore, because I’m running so much. Every weekend, I have a race. Like last week, I did 23 miles, because I did a 5K a 10K and the half marathon.”
He is part of a whole community of runners that try the 50 races in 50 states challenge, and it was through related forums and websites that he found the Pinedale Half Marathon. Diego said he prefers small, unique venues like Pinedale because of the community atmosphere.
“I look for races that are cool and have a small community invested in it and because they really take time to cater to the runners.” As for singing the national anthem, Diego said he has always loved singing. He said he has also been involved in the theater and was in some professional shows, but now, more and more often, he is being asked to sing the anthem before races.
“New York Road Runner, who handles the New York City Marathon, has me on their list to sing at smaller events throughout the year. I did the Queens 10K in June and got a video and posted it online and (PHM organizer Nora Brabant) reached out to me and asked me to do the one in Pinedale and I said, ‘Of course!’” And the venues are getting bigger, too.
“It will be good practice,” Diego said, “because I only just got asked a month ago to sing in front of the New York City Marathon for 50,000 people.”
But Diego said all of it is for fun. “I do it just for the fitness and camaraderie,” he said. “You get to meet so many people that are on different parts of their own journey, whether it’s starting their first half marathon or doing what I’m doing. I’ve met people who, no pun intended, run the gamut of reasons for why they like doing this.”
The Pinedale Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, with check-in starting at 7 a.m. at Rendezvous Pointe. Diego will sing the national anthem before the race begins, around 8:30 a.m. Half-marathon runners will start in town and make their way toward Fremont Lake, then return to the start to complete the 13.1-mile race.
Friday night will feature motivational speaker Brad Barton, an accomplished runner, also at Rendezvous Pointe at 6 p.m. Barton holds a record for running a mile under 4:20 at the age of 48 as well as numerous collegiate and masters-level accomplishments.
Organizers expect roughly 450 runners to participate in the three races, with around 300 already registered.
There will also be a 10K starting at 9:30 a.m. near Fremont Lake and the 1-mile starting at 11 a.m. at Rendezvous Pointe.
Wyoming will be state No. 40 for Diego, and his 50th half marathon. ■ (Article from the Pinedale Roundup)