Nava, a community activist and former president of the Latino Small Business Owners Group in Milwaukee ran barefooted along the 26.2 mile marathon.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
November 6, 2016
Milwaukee, WI – On Sunday, Ernesto Nava, a community activist, political consultant and former founder and president of the Latino Small Business Owners Group managed to run barefooted wearing a Mexican traditional cultural outfit along the 26.2 mile marathon event by the Milwaukee Running Festival (MRF) and sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The MRF Marathon event qualifies runners for the Boston Marathon as well.
Nava ran near mile along W. Bruce St. and S. Muskego Ave., located in the underpass of the S. 16th Street (Father Groppi) Viaduct where Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) was able to photo and video document his historical running achievement and endurance as a Painani, an Aztec running messenger.
According to Nava, his Runkeeper app registered 27.1 miles due to cone markers being removed by Miller Park, which some runners including Nava ran extra for getting off the running route.
Chris Ponteri, Race Director for the Milwaukee Running Festival released the following statement, “During today’s race, we became aware of an error on the course near the Hank Aaron trail, where it appears that race cones were kicked over by a bystander which caused a handful of runners to run an extra mile or two. Once our staff was aware of the error, we quickly put new cones in place and runners were back on course. We will be providing refunds to any runners who may have been impacted.”
Nava was among 3,000 marathon runners registered to run the full marathon. Nava’s challenge was to run the marathon just 22 days before his 53rd birthday.
Video of Ernesto Nava running barefooted along the Milwaukee JS 26.2 miles Marathon https://youtu.be/6tGGH0QVpYg
Aztec runner, Ernesto Nava wearing an Aztec Traditional cultural outfit finished the Milwaukee JS 26.2 miles marathon in 4 hours, 13 minutes and 49 seconds.