August Virtual Hero: Jose Eduardo Garcia
10 September 2020 at 4:00PM
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The beginning of a new month is a chance to reflect and honour the phenomenal people who went The Extra Mile last month.
We continue our monthly Virtual Heroes series profiling the men and women who have clocked up the highest points total for the previous calendar month in the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Virtual Club.
The topic of this article is the number one ranked male in the Virtual Club for August – Jose Eduardo Garcia.
Name: Jose Eduardo Garcia
Job: Project Manager
Company: Itau Unibanco
City: São Paulo
Points Earned: 10,984
Daily Points Average: 354.3
Highest Race Finish: 5th – Global 1 mile Race August
Distance Covered: 851.62km
Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Debut: Sao Paulo, 2019
“I was very happy and surprised to be the August Hero. I knew I had a good chance among the runners in Brazil, but I didn’t expect to have the biggest points score in the world ranking. That is really special.
“I hope more and more people join the Virtual Club, so we can encourage more people in São Paulo and around the world to get physically active.”
“I first heard about the Virtual Club through e-mail and thought it was a really interesting idea due to the difficulties hosting events we have now. The Virtual Club has given me extra motivation to continue training and stay fit and I really like the competitions and on the platform. This really helps me to stay focused.
“I hope that my efforts can inspire others in my company to start running too.”
Filling the void
“I really like street races, especially marathons and last year I ran in 15 marathons and won one of them. This year I had planned do to 16, but I have only done two, as all the rest have been cancelled.
However, to keep myself prepared and in good condition for all these competitions, I train every morning. With the pandemic, I decided to keep a high volume of kilometres, even without knowing what the next race would be and that really helped me earn a lot of points last month.”