While growing up in Venezuela I never thought of running as a sport for me. And not even in my wildest dreams I imagined that long-distance running would become my passion. As a kid, I was never into sports or outdoor activities and I failed miserably at trying to become a boy scout in my teens. From high school to college including my young adult years, I went from being the sweet boy next door to a party animal. It was only until I turned 30 that I had an “aha moment” and I knew something had to change in my life. I needed something to challenge me and put me on the track of a healthy-life style. That’s when triathlons became my obsession. However, not any triathlon, I signed up for an Ironman—for the record, I didn’t know what the race entailed. After understanding what an Ironman would require from me, I knew I needed to discipline myself. I needed to train hard. The more I trained, my love for running started to grow. As I got better, the joy of hitting the pavement would overtake any tiredness I felt. Running brought me peace and therefore, it brought peace to those around me. After completing a few Ironman races, I felt I needed another challenge.In 2015 I signed up for a running competition known as The Beast. The Beast is a series of 6 races which include one 100 miler, one 100Km, one 50 miler and three plus 50Kms. It was hard! However, the sense of accomplishment when I crossed that last finish line in November 2015 took me to that first Ironman that changed my life forever. My love for running has allowed me to be in the best shape of my life ever and has allowed me to meet amazing people, who have become now my closest friends. Earlier in 2016, a friend of mine told me about a fundraising race challenge that takes place in Haiti between February 18th 2017 until February 26th 2017. The race consists of running 230 miles in eight days. My heart has never being so full of excitement. I will not only be to do what I love the most, running, but I will also be able to help a Haitian family in need. To complete this challenge, I have joined Team Tassy and have committed to raise $3,800. I will always be very grateful for your support. I you decide to donate, I will write your name the hat that I will be wearing during those 230 miles.