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Victor Solis Garavito

My name is Victor Solis Garavito and I am 32 years old with a master’s degree in organizational development. Since the age of 21 I have suffered from Lyme Disease. During my illness I developed "holes in the brain" which left me speechless, not seeing, unable to walk and was basically a vegetable, until I met the doctor who saved my life.

Seattle is a city that I visited for the first time in 2010. On that trip I fell in love with the city, its people and its musical culture.  As a good runner I plan my vacations to run marathons and look forward to joining my family living in Washington at this year’s Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon.

Follow Victor's training as he prepares for the 2020 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

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One day in the hospital where I worked, I saw a banner that said that a cigar takes away an hour of life and an hour of exercise gives you a day of life, I never smoked, but I had almost died and anything that offered me to live longer sounded excellent, that day I started running.

I started in 2012, almost 8 years ago, by getting on a treadmill outside my room. Six months later I was onto my third marathon. I qualified for Boston in my second marathon and I was fortunate to run it as my third marathon. Since then I have run 11 marathons in Chicago, Berlin, Boston, New York and the marathon of my home, Mexico City. In 2017 at the Mexico City Telcel Marathon I obtained a Guinness World Record for finishing with the fastest time in a marathon wearing a star structure.

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