As a fourth generation US Army veteran, I have deep ties to the military and a profound respect for all who have served their country. My great grandfather served in WWI, both grandfathers in WWII, father in Vietnam, and I was in Iraq.

As a veteran, I know that there are thousands upon thousands of honorable men and women who have given far more to this country than I can ever imagine. As an American, I feel it is my duty, at a minimum, to support them and show that their sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.

I was a competitor in the first TAJI 100 in 2010. When I returned to the civilian world, I wanted to continue that athletic motivation and camaraderie that I grew so found of. I picked up the TAJI 100 torch and ran with it. The first stateside TAJI 100, in 2011, was a mere 12 people and miles were tracked with pen and paper. Since then, TAJI 100 has grown to levels far beyond my dreams and continues to show even greater potential. In 2013, we had approximately 500 runners/walkers spread across the country, completed thousands of miles, and raised over $14,000 to support Wounded Warrior Project!

This incredible accomplishment could not have been achieved without the exceptionally skilled and motivated team members working with me on this adventure. 

We are very proud to be teamed up with Wounded Warrior Project! Together, we can say, “Thank you, for giving so much for every one of us.” 

I am a Sunnyvale, CA native. Ever since high school, I have worked in professions that helped others. I started out as a lifeguard/swim instructor, then migrated through positions such as EMT, combat medic in the military, San Jose Police Officer, and now I am very proud to serve the city of Sunnyvale, CA as a Public Safety Officer. As a Public Safety Officer, I am a full time police officer, fire fighter, and EMT. 

Running is a relatively new love in my life, but it is a passion that will stay with me forever (knees willing). I have completed numerous 5Ks, 8Ks, 10Ks, and a hand full of half marathons. There was a time in my life where running a single mile would make me gasp for air and clutch my chest. Like most things in life, running is something that takes practice, patience, and motivation. 

Even if you don’t join our event, I hope that you will consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Project or another organization dedicated to supporting our veterans.

They need our help. Every little bit helps. 

Thank you in advance.

Lead from the front! Lead by example!

Some of my favorite motivational quotes are:

“The greatest casualty is being forgotten.” - Wounded Warrior Project

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of those who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” - Albert Einstein

“…A civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless.” - James Baldwin

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” - Unknown


I’ve always enjoyed sports and outdoors activities such as softball, hiking, white water rafting and skydiving. However, after turning 40 I found myself looking to expand my fitness interest. There were several close friends that enjoyed running, but I had always been reluctant to join them because I don’t exactly have the frame of a runner myself being 6ft 1in and 210+lbs. It wasn’t until the beginning of 2011 when I decided to give running a try. I recall attempting to run a mile without stopping before my 42nd birthday and I was very disappointed with my effort. At that point it was clear to me in order to become a better runner I would need to pay my dues by committing to a regular training schedule that I would gradually build my endurance. March of 2011 was my first timed running event as a member of a 4 person marathon relay (26.2 mile) team that participated in the Oakland Running Festival and from that point on running became a passion for me!

A mutual friend introduced me to the 2012 Taji 100 Challenge which was an amazing experience on so many levels. It was a real honor to meet Paul Fukuma, Chairman of Taji 100 who participated in the very first event back via Taji, Iraq (2010). I was honored to become a member of the Taji 100 Executive Board following the 2012 event. You can learn a lot about yourself attempting to complete 100 miles in 28 days (walk, hike, jog etc). It’s as much of a mental test as it is a physical test. I’m the son of a 24yr Army veteran and I take each step/stride when running keeping in mind all of the sacrifices our military has made. In 2013 was Taji 100’s inaugural partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project and due to the outstanding efforts and generosity by so many allowed us to raise nearly $15,000! The 2014 Taji 100 campaign will continue to promote the benefits of healthy/active life style involving family and friends in the process while raising funds for a very meaningful cause!

I’ve experienced many satisfying moments and accomplishments involving sports, however, there’s nothing like completing a race/event when family and friends are participating. One of my biggest sources of inspiration and motivation is my younger brother Bernardo who underwent a successful kidney transplant in 2007. We’ve shared some of our proudest moments as siblings participating side by side in fitness events and crossing finish lines in 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons and grueling Tough Mudder’s has been priceless! I get an immense amount of joy and satisfaction by organizing group fitness events and encouraging people to get active and see them appreciate the health benefits by doing so (weight loss, reduced stress, improved level of confidence and more energy)!

I love the Bay Area and work in San Francisco as the General Manager of the King George Hotel a boutique property in Union Square. At the age of 44yrs old I feel healthy, confident and will continue to encourage others to embrace a healthier active lifestyle.

My favorite fitness quotes:

• Talk about it or be about it!

• Take control of your health before your health takes control of you!

• Too Legit to Quit!

Recent fitness accomplishments:

• 2011: Participated in 31 timed events, completed my first 5K, 10K, half marathon and climbed Yosemite’s Half Dome

• 2012: Participated in 38 timed events including 6 half marathons, 2 Tough Mudder’s, completed my first marathon and logged 300 miles in the Taji 100 Challenge

• 2013: Participated in 42 timed events including 10 half marathons, 3 Tough Mudder’s and 3 marathons and logged 370 miles in the Taji 100 Challenge

Director of Operations/Logistics

Another year means another TAJI 100 challenge! I'm back for more! I've had fantastic experiences over the past two years chasing those 100 miles and more importantly, meeting amazing people along the way and raising awareness and money for The Wounded Warrior Project. Same as last year, this year's event will continue supporting WWP, enabling us to help thousands of injured warriors returning from the battlefield and help provide assistance to their families. Last year's fundraising efforts reached almost $15,000! 2013 set the bar but I have a feeling the 2014 challenge is going exceed all of our expectations! This challenge will push you physically and mentally. Rest assured, we together are Taji 100. No one gets left behind. We are here to support and inspire each other, and to celebrate our successes!

I'm happy to report that I will still hold my much coveted title in 2014 as "The T-shirt Lady." Three years ago, I volunteered to help out with shirt sales and realized this was the best job ever because I had the opportunity to meet so many of you. I continue to be inspired by Paul Fukuma, our fearless leader, who organized this event on his own, with no expectations from participants except to complete their miles. And then there's Bertrand Newson aka "The Commish", who is too legit to quit and won't let you either.

A little something about me - I'm a San Jose native and love everything Bay Area! Except SF Giants...Go A's! Besides being the Taji 100 t-shirt lady, I'm an IT project manager by day, a group exercise instructor by night, and a mother of two 24/7. In my spare time, I sign up for way too many race events! Lots of great memories in 2013 from individual races and team events but my most memorable has to be completing my first marathon on June 16, 2013 at The San Francisco Marathon event. I ran, jogged, walked, and danced my way through 26.2 miles. At one point around mile 20 at one of the water stops, one of the volunteers shared her advice on completing 114 marathons (she was in her mid-60s): Put your left foot forward, then right, repeat and breathe! I loved this event so much that I am now a 2014 San Francisco Marathon Ambassador!

Favorite running quote: "Whether it's a 6 minute mile or a 16 minute mile, a mile is still a mile.