Wilfredo Benitez


Age: 25
Location: Portland, Oregon
Running: Full

Runner. Vegan. Forever learner. Food is medicine. Family. Community. Those are just some words that allude to who I am, what I care about, and what I hope to be. My family is everything to me and it pains me to acknowledge the poor health of much of my extended family. I believe it is because I have seen too many family pass away from preventable diseases that I took on such a different perspective on food and exercise than the rest of my family. I decided to switch careers from teaching social studies to being a nutrition educator and that is currently the path I am on. Just as food and learning about food brings happiness to my life, so does running. I love the sprint of a 200 meter to a 5K, and also watching the sun rise above the buildings and tree lines 2 hours into an early morning long run. I have run several marathons, 2 of which have been Boston Qualifiers, and I have run 6 ultra marathons as well. Running has taught me more about myself than I think I ever learned from any one activity and I will be forever grateful.

Wilfredo Benitez