Local Big Spring resident, Mike Solis, competed in the TSC New York Marathon this past weekend.
This is the largest marathon in the world, and consists of 26.2 miles of course that runs through 5 boroughs of New York City with 51,000 competitors. The number of competitors that this event brings in is so huge that not everyone who registers for the race can compete. There is only a handful of ways to gain guaranteed entry, but for everyone else – they must enter the lottery and wait to see if they get picked.
Solis stated that he had been training for 9 months prior to the event and the closer the race got, the more rigorous the workout. He’d train 5-6 days every week by running around Big Spring.
“I had a goal in mind. I was going to finish this race,” said Solis.
He finished with a time of 3:55:03 and placed 11,737th, which is in the top quarter of the competitors. Solis also said that he wasn’t meaning to run for time, but he did finish 10 minutes sooner than he had anticipated and he was able to knock off an hour and 15 minutes from his last marathon, which he had ran in Austin earlier this year.
It’s been a tough road but Solis and his family are proud of his accomplishment. “I know their very proud of me,” he says. “My kids are excited. I think they said that they saw me at mile 16 and my little girl lost it! She was so proud of me.”
When asked what he hopes people will take away from his experience, Solis said, “I would like to inspire someone to run, to do what you think you can’t do.”
Solis says his plans for the future are to continue competing in marathons because he’s hooked. He just registered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series in San Antonio that will take place on December 3rd, and he also hopes to be able to compete in the Chicago marathon.