The Olympic Trials Marathon isn’t the only race on 30 year old Grace Gonzales‘s mind. The Chino, California native ran a PR of 2:41:56 at the 2018 California International Marathon (CIM) to achieve the “B” standard for the Trials. Yet just eight days after the race in Atlanta, Gonzales will be on the start line of the L.A. Marathon.
The elementary teacher and yoga instructor ran her first marathon at L.A. back when she was in just the fourth grade. It’s a family tradition; her father is an L.A. Marathon legacy runner, having completed it every year since 1986. Gonzales and her siblings joined him many times over the years. She’s lost track of how many times she’s run it – this year will be either her 12th or 13th. With L.A. coming so soon after the Trials, Gonzales says her plan will be “lots of focused rest and recovery, but I am interested to take on the challenge and continue making memories.”