Lifestyle: South Texas Native Completes 138th Marathon and Shows No signs Of Stopping

Freer, Texas native Alfredo Garcia, Jr. poses on Monday in front of a wall
that holds medals from all of his running.

Matt Briscoe
Publisher and Managing Editor 
The Southside Light 

Alfredo Garcia, Jr.  got into running at the age of 36 and has already reached milestone that only a select group can claim in a lifetime. The 66 year old South Texas native, who now calls Los Angeles home, ran in his 138th marathon this past Sunday at the Orange County Marathon and he doesn’t show any signs of stopping.

“I set a goal to do at least 160 marathons by the time I am 70,” says Garcia. “I am well on my way towards achieving that goal which will sometime in March of 2024.”

Garcia is a retired systems engineer with Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Prior to that, he served a distinguished career in the United States Air Force where he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, putting his physics degree from Texas A&I University to good work. 

Today, Garcia takes that same passion and dedication to race courses around the country.

He has raced in competitions in California, Nevada, Arizona and Arkansas.

“Perhaps one day I will go run a marathon in Texas,” he says.

Why does he do it? For Garcia, it is the feeling of peace that comes along with each and every stride.

“It is a hard thing to describe,” he says. “I feel very strong and at peace when I run.”

He really does enjoy running. If you don’t believe it, just ask him. Over the years, Garcia has kept track of all of his running and believes that he is somewhere around 46,000 miles ran, which includes half marathons, 5 and 10K runs and his daily training runs which can go 6 to 8 miles.

“It just goes to show you what the human body is capable of, if you do it,” Garcia says.

Alfredo Garcia comes home to South Texas to visit family and friends in Corpus Christi and his native Freer about once each year, usually around the holidays. It is his running and life in the hyper busy “La-La-Land”, as he jokingly refers to it, that keeps this former Buckaroo busy these days.

“God gave us all a will, and with that will, I decided that running was a thing that I was meant to do,” he says. “God willing I will be running for many more years to come.”


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