Years of Running: ~25
What do you do to stay ON TRACK?
" Well running is a part of my everyday life, it's like breathing, eating, showering...Do you remind yourself to breath?"
" Don't stop helping others get what they want."
I've known the Ruiz family for about 15+ years through running and friends (not to mention that his sister is one of my best friends). And I can attest to the fact that he has always been that "BE INVOLVED IN EVERYTHING" kind of person whose cylinders are always running (literally and figuratively).
And it seems that everything that Frankie sets his mind to not only happens but becomes a huge success! Some would probably say that he has REALLY GOOD LUCK. I would agree, if you define luck by being the result of opportunity meeting preparation.
Most runners have gotten to know Frankie over the last 4 years through the RUN CLUB NETWORK that he started. Which by the way, was a completely different scene than the RUN CLUBS we see today. In those days, there were more pacers than RUN CLUBBERS. Back then "RUN CLUBS" weren't a common water cooler topic nor were they something that 100s of people looked forward to every week. Seeing its growth and organic development, I literally stand in amazement when I watch the herds and masses of people infiltrating the sidewalks and streets of Brickell, Kendall, Weston, and Miami Beach.
But if that was Frankie's claim to fame, It would be impressive enough--- being that it's no small feat to almost get a whole city off their feet ( I sometimes can't even get people to show up at events when there is FREE FOOD involved!). However that's not. Take a look at this laundry list:
Some of Frankie's Hats:
-HEAD Cross Country Coach of Belen Jesuit (7x State Champions)
-Coach of the Year in 10',12',13' by The Florida Dairy Farmers Association.
-Co-founder of PR Racing, Inc. later acquired by Dallas-based US Road Sports and is currently the Chief Running Officer.
-Co-Owner of SoleRunners Running Store
-Miami Dade Sports Commission Board Member
-Contributing writer for Healthy Miami Magazine
-Motivational speaker in the community
He's a man that is easy to admire, bringing the Miami ING Marathon to Miami, adorning facebook with his DON'T STOP pictures, and putting on great races all around South Florida (and the US for that matter) week in and week out....but what I personally admire most about him is the work he is doing with the young men he coaches. He is not only coaching them to be a strong distance program with national recognition, but everyday he instills in them strong work ethics, values that are driving them to be better men, and serving as a role model for these boys in their last stages of development before they are unleashed into the world of college and beyond. In the world they are growing up in, there is definitely a scarcity of GOOD MEN to emulate.
"As a runner he had excellent work ethics. As a coach I had no doubt that he would be better than me, turning a good program, even better. His best asset as a coach is that he is genuine. Above all, he has a way of finding and pressing the right buttons in order to get the best out of each individual, which in my book is the most difficult thing to achieve in coaching".
Instead of letting the opportunity run by you, get a chance to know more about the people that run around you! You never know what they may contribute to your life and what you unknowingly may contribute to theirs as well!
and oh yea, DON'T STOP!