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LA Marathon: Jocelyn Rivas aims to be youngest to finish 100 marathons

LOS ANGELES – Jocelyn Rivas is on the verge of making history, but her running roots go back to elementary school.

“The only person who can stop you is you,” Rivas said. “Believe in yourself can take you far in life.”

Rivas, 24, remembers taking a few rounds in physical education class and it was not a memorable experience.

“I didn’t enjoy it at all,” Rivas recalled. “I really tried my best but I always came across as an average runner.”

To say that Rivas comes from humble beginnings is an understatement. She was born on January 19, 1997 in El Salvador with a broken back, broken legs, and a broken neck. At the time, his forecast was bleak. The doctors thought she would never be able to walk, let alone run a marathon.

Jocelyn Rivas runs in the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon, her first full run. (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Marathon)

first 26.2 miles

At the age of 17, Rivas ran his first full marathon at the Los Angeles Marathon on March 9, 2014. She was a member of Students Run LA, a program that helps at-risk and underserved middle school and high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District to experience the benefits of goal-setting by training for and completing the LA Marathon. challenges to.

Rivas completed his first marathon in 4 hours, 31 minutes and 12 seconds.

It took so long to change the way I run and feel about my own self-confidence, knowing that if she can finish a marathon as a teenager, she can do anything, like Cal State in 2019 -Graduating from L.A. and landing a job as a Technical Support Engineer in Information Technology.

Seven years later, she has completed 99 marathons, of which 93 have been running since September 2017.

“My biggest inspiration was the runners themselves,” Rivas said. “I essentially got inspired through Instagram, just going through hashtags and finding people who were runners and looking at all their crazy goals and then I heard about breaking world records and When I read about Elizabeth Tunna (who set the world record in 2011).”

During the pandemic, Rivas literally picked up its pace. She has run 43 marathons across the United States since the last time the LA Marathon was held on March 8, 2020.

“Sometimes I did three marathons in three days,” Rivas revealed. “One time, I challenged six marathons in nine days in Florida.”

However, to reach this point, Rivas had to change his running strategy.

“I was trying to finish (all marathons) in under five hours and I was getting injured, so it was enjoying it. I didn’t want to keep going,” Rivas said. Was in my twenties but I was suffering a lot.”

Rivas reached out to her mentor, who suggested that if she was going to run 100 marathons, she would have to slow down to reach her goal. That means Rivas would need to start finishing the marathon in about 5 hours 15 minutes to stay injury-free.

“I think it was all about changing my mindset,” Rivas said. “I decided to let go of my time and just run for pleasure.

“I have learned a lot throughout this journey. I am still learning but it has taught me a lot how to take care of myself and live my life. Don’t let the expectations of others get in the way of enjoying the process.”

La Marathon: Jocelyn Rivas Aims To Be Youngest To Finish 100 Marathons
Jocelyn Rivas, in pursuit of her 100th place, poses at the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday with the many medals she received for completing 99 marathons. (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Marathon)

100th Marathon

Now Rivas is nearly five hours 26.2 miles away from her dream of breaking the Guinness World Record for becoming the youngest woman and youngest Latina to run 100 marathons.

It’s a full-circle moment, as she plans to break the record where her love of running the Los Angeles Marathon began on Sunday, November 7.

Her time would not be the fastest in the marathon or even close to her personal record, which is 4 hours and 12 minutes. However, Rivas, who is the Los Angeles Marathon ambassador, said it wouldn’t matter as long as she crossed the finish line.

“The biggest thing I want to leave as a lesson is that no matter how hard your journey, no matter how many times you cry, no matter how down you are, how many times you think you can’t make it You can do it, you can do it,” Rivas said.

dream of residence

She is a proud DACA recipient and wants to show the world that “dreamers” can be productive and influential members of society in the United States.

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