Most people would laugh when asked if they could complete a half-marathon in the next few months. Rosa Aguilar-Delgado is not one of those people. She had been thinking about registering for the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon and ½ for a while and then when she received an email from Alumni Relations asking to help UIW, she saw it as a sign. Her faith and courage to take the Get Fit Challenge has been amplified by the strong but quiet example she provides to her other UIW Rock' N Red Bird teammates. At the first kick-off session as new teammates shared their goals, she explained that she intended to complete her first half-marathon even though she had pins in her back from a previous surgery.
Delgado explained that she had overcome some serious challenges in her life and this was her opportunity to take on a new challenge. A few years ago, Delgado challenged herself to try Zumba classes and start a walking regimen. Now, she goes to the gym 6 days a week at 6 am even though she has physical limitations from previous injuries. As motivating as she has been for the team, it was only recently that we learned of her other reason to complete the half marathon in November.
Delgado is a colon cancer survivor and wants to help promote awareness along with helping to find a cure for breast cancer. Her faith and her example shows others how to overcome health and physical limitations or barriers. As we continue our training, we cheer each other on and continue to push ourselves to new goals and distances. We hope you join the UIW Rock' N Red Birds no matter where you might be at physically and get to know some great teammates and help us all cross the finish line.
You can find more info on the UIW Rock' N Red Birds at www.uiwalumni.org/rocknredbirds