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50,000 meter Trail Ultramarathon: 4:55:46
6 hour timed Trail Race: Completed 42 miles.
50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon: Completed.
12 hour timed race: Completed 64.2 miles.
Availaible in Portland area upon request.
Coach Wilfredo Benitez is a USATF Level I Certified coach. He coaches track & field at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, OR, where he primarily trains the distance and mid-distance runners on the team, but also provides guidance for other areas. He was a sprinter and soccer player in high school and during college he progressed to running 5ks and 10ks on the Garden State Track Club in New Jersey.
Coach Benitez races distances ranging from 5000 meters to 100,000 meters and trains year-round. He has qualified for Boston Marathon twice and once earned 2nd place in the 6 hour timed race at the Montour 24 trail running event.
As a teacher with a Master’s degree in Education, who is also in the process of earning a Master’s in Nutrition, Coach Benitez has adopted a coaching philosophy that is holistic in nature. He believes that a person’s work situation, nutrition, sleep, hygiene, and ability to manage stress are all related to their training and running goals. Accordingly, he coaches with a person’s whole story in mind, not just their experience and goals with running.
When he isn't studying nutrition at the National University of Natural Medicine, Coach Benitez is busy training, writing for magazines or his blog, teaching Whole Foods Plant-Based nutrition and cooking classes, and substitute teaching.
200 meters: 23.4s
400 meters: 53.2s
5000 meters: 17:04
10,000 meters: 37:21
Half Marathon: 1:23:47
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