Jim Tello ran his first Marathon at Chicago Marathon in 1988, finishing in 3:50:02. That was also his PR for over 25 years. His 1st Half Marathon and PR was in 1988 at the Lake County Races finishing in 1:29:30. Jim also finished over 25 triathlons during the late 1980’s, but has not competed in Triathlons since 1990.
During the 1990s to 2000’s raising a family of two kids, he still ran and biked, but did not find the time to race. As his kids grew up, he found there was more time available to participate, and he returned to running, but found he could more easily complete the longer distances now that he discovered organized training and pacing methods. Despite being older, he had learned to run within his training, and to recover in time for weekly events.
Since 2011 (over the last 5 years) he has completed as a participant, pacer or sweep over 75 Marathons, 75 Half Marathons and over 50 Ultras and set a new PR of 3:36:52 at the marathon distance, qualifying for the Boston Marathon in the 55-59 age group. He has also completed several multi-day race events including 7 Marathons in 7 days, 8 Ultras in 8 days and 7 half marathons in 7 days. He also finished his first 100 mile event in 22hrs 1 minute. He is a Titanium Maniac and 2nd Place Half Fanatic of the Year for 2012…
Jim is also a RRCA certified Adult Distance Running Coach and Race Director, and has organized several multi-day ultra-marathon events where runners have completed over 200 miles in one weekend. His main annual event is the Cycle and Run Eastlake, FBO the Eastlake Education Foundation in Chula Vista, California which has 5K, 10K and Half Marathon distances and over 400 participants. Jim also served as the Ambassador of Rock for the Competitor Group’s 2011-2013 Rock N Roll San Diego Marathon and ½ Marathon and is a Running Elvis.
He is a volunteer member of Race Guards and the Ultra Medical Team where he serves on the Board of Advisors. He has coached a Jeff Galloway Training Program group in San Diego, so he has experience incorporating steady-pace and run-walk-run participants in his pace groups.
His running mantra is Nana korobi yaoki … fall down 7 times, get up 8.