Pete Mingoa of South San Francisco was an ultra-runner, husband and father of two who, sadly, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly of an aneurysm in 2012.
As a member of Marathon Maniacs, Mingoa had nearly reached Titanium status within the club, meaning he had almost completed one of the following criteria: 52 marathons or more within 365 days; 30 marathons in 30 US states, countries or Canadian provinces within 365 days; or marathons in 20 countries within 365 days.
Unfortunately, Mingoa never reached his goal, but when he died his friends took it upon themselves to continue his mission and began dedicating their races to him. He achieved Titanium status the day after his funeral last September, and now his friends aim to keep his memory alive with the first annual Pete Mingoa’s Birthday Memorial Run.
Held on the day of his birth, January 28, the 8 a.m. run gives friends, family and others interested a chance to run a race in his honor at Lake Merced in San Francisco.
Distances range from a half marathon to a 50K, but there’s also a ‘virtual race’ for runners who wish to participate outside of the Bay Area. Virtual runners have the option of completing 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon distances within one week of the event.
Half of the proceeds from the event will go to Pete's memorial fund, as well as 100 percent of the proceeds from the virtual run.