Ricardo Mejia Hernandez
For me, it is a pleasure and honor to be able to represent an organization like Hope So Bright, that prides itself and dedicates to raising awareness to help children with ADHD in this day and age.
Many children have been affected and diagnosed, from all over the world. I am a father and son. I have experienced firsthand what it is like to deal with something of the unknown. It is difficult for families to deal with these emotional and inhibitory issues when they don’t know where to go or turn for help. Fortunately, as Hope So Bright is dedicated to helping children and young adults it speaks in loud volumes to the public in raising awareness for ADHD.
I started running when I was 11 years old, in the state of Oaxaca where I was born. Oaxaca is a state in South West Mexico for those who aren’t familiar.
I can remember as far back when I used to run a lot with my classmates, in order to get to school we had to walk so my classmates and I would make it fun and we would race each other to see who would get to school first. It was 2km there and 2 km back home from school. Besides my parents were farmers and in my childhood I lived in the countryside with many shortcomings, being active was part of my daily routines. I tended to herd sheep, donkeys, and more animals.
Shortly after I turned 12 years old, my parent sent me to live in Mexico City. I was not happy there. It was difficult for me as a young boy. I had to work and study and I did not have the freedom to live and run free like I did back home on the farm. When I was seventeen years old, I saw my brother run a half marathon. That excited and motivated me, so I started running again and soon after joined an athletic club for runners.
In the sports/athletes club there was a coach that trained me. They taught me the ways of running, form, techniques, in a short time frame. I quickly picked up from the training and my evolution was quick. I started competing and racing. I was winning athletes that had been racing longer, had more training and more experience. This felt amazing..
I started over short distances like:
I liked to run track. On Saturdays and Sundays we trained on mountains of 3000-4500 meters high. And every time we did, I beat everyone on the way up. My trainer would tell me that my strength was in the mountains. He believed as I did, that I had much power to climb.
Those spoken words, encouraged me to continue runs in the mountains. At that time there were not too many races in Mexico. The only mountain marathon was the Cuernavaca Mexico of 42kms, which in 1985 I ran for the very first time and I won it easily. In 1990, the prize for winning this race was an all expense paid trip to Colorado USA and entrance to race in the Pikes Peak Mountain marathon.
I was the winner here in Mexico once again and went to Colorado. There I ran the Pike Peak marathon, this was my first international run, and from then on brightened my image of running. I won the Pikes Peak marathon 5 times.
I also raced in Aspen and Vail, Colorado, where I won, coming in first place always. In Colorado I met a well-known mountain runner named Pablo Vigil. He shared with me lots of tips for running and when I would go to Europe to race in the best race ever. He was already retired and had won many races in Europe. For the lack of my economic and financial situation, with no sponsors, It was almost impossible for me to travel to Europe.
In 1998, Fila sponsored me. I was finally going to Europe. As soon as I arrived to Europe I had a race immediately. It was the sky marathon, Valle d’Aosta in Italy. I came in second place behind the world champion of sky, Bruno. Racing and coming second to Bruno was a terrific result for me. And as I had predicate, my friend Pablo extended invitations to the best races in Italy, Austria, France, Switzerland, Spain, and more countries to take on five continents. I always was coming in first place at these races and I became known as the best mountain runner in Mexico and globally until 2011. I had made it as an elite. Now, with older age and experience I started to do ultra trails. I am looking forward to continue with great success and great results.
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