Zoila Gomez, Marathon Runner and ESL Teacher/Community Mentor
US Olympic Marathon Team alternate
US Marathon National Championships Bronze medalist
3 time US World Championship Team member (Marathon)
6-time NCAA DII National Champion
11-time NCAA DII All-American
NCAA DII Athlete of the Year
NCAA DII Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Colorado Sportswoman of the Year
Adams State College, 2004
Among many public speaking engagements and appearances at local schools and clubs, Zoila started her In The Aena community work teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to immigrant workers in her adopted hometown of Alamosa, Colorado. For the past 3 years Zoila tutors and mentors children ages 3 to 16. In her words, her community service initiative aims to give children the opportunity to have a space outside home where they could focus on their homework, interact with other children while learning certain aspects of trust, independence, and responsibility.
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Outside the classroom setting Zoila implements the USATF Foundation program, Run with US! where kids get the opportunity to learn about fitness, nutrition and goal setting.
With these projects under served children are surrounded by positive, caring volunteers and role models who really care about them. Zoila's ultimate goal is to give something back to the community that has always embraced her. For her children are the future and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Zoila hopes to leave a positive mark in the life of every single child she gets to work with.
"As one of 16 children, I have had the opportunity to experience what is like not to have my parents around. I never got involved in sports or knew anything about fitness, nutrition or goal setting. Thanks to many mentors and tutors I finished high school, learned English, graduated college and now have the privilege to share my journey. I've been fortunate enough to make the best of my athletic gift "Running" I want under served kids to know that they can also be successful and reach their dreams. I am so thankful to be part of an organization that in many ways is changing the lives of not only children, but families and aspiring Olympians. Proud to be a member of In The Arena."