Jose Lopez

I started running in 1972 when I joined the US Marine Corp and I was amazed at what I accomplished (3 miles in 18 minutes in basic training).

Since 1972 I have over 375 road races including 10 Chicago Marathons. Joined the Calumet Region Striders around 1982. My children also ran with the Striders and stayed as a member until 1990 when I was called to the Gulf War. I did not pick up my running again until I retired from the Post Office and rejoined the Calumet Striders.

Since rejoining the Calumet Region Striders I have enlisted about 17 family members to be part of this great organization and have 4 of my grandchildren running the Gold Cup. In 2009 I accomplished the Jim Cox Award and Long Distance Award. In 2010, I missed just two of the 29 races due to a heart stent that slowed me down.

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