«It is not as complicated, because they -they can’t see – know how to manage well with your body. Verbal communication is key, especially in such long distances as this, of 42 kilometres,” said Silvio Guerra.
The carchense, holder of the national mark of the marathon, will run 42 195 meters after eight years. This time it will next to Matt Oliver, an american athlete who is blind. It will be your guide and guide the next 19 of April, in Boston.
“In 2011, I helped a girl not a seer of Boulder, Colorado to race in the World Championship Master’s degree. There I made several friends and told them that when they require my help I’ll be willing to do it,” said War, from Virginia, in the united States, where she lives since 20 years ago.
“The year before I had committed to lead a boy from Guatemala, unfortunately I could not run with him because my brother Luis was hospitalized in a very serious, and I had to travel to Ecuador to fire him. He died a few days after arriving in the country and then I was not able to run in Boston.”
At the end of 2016, an organization of the blind re-contact, this time to accompany Matt Oliver. “Personally, I don’t know, but he is delighted that I will be their guide, now we are in constant communication and fine-tuning details for Boston”.
Matt Oliver trains in San Diego, California, and Silvio in Fredericksburg, Virginia. You will know a few days before the marathon.
For Silvio War, Boston is a marathon special. “There are a lot of memories, joys, suffering, tears, but above all we made history”. The carchense he scored two second places, in 1999 and 2001. In the 2000 and 2002 was the tenth, and in 2009 was fifth in the Masters division. It was the last marathon in which he participated.
Since 2003 began to run the duathlon and since 2009, in skills of triathlon and a half Ironman. Precisely, on march 19, will run in Puerto Rico Ironman 70.3. “Then I will make a transition in my training just for a marathon and arrive in good conditions to Boston on the 19th of April. Matt wants to run the marathon in 2 hours and 40 minutes, there is to be well prepared to guide you”. Then participate in the Ironman 70.3 in North Carolina (united States), and in the Blanket. On the 10th of September will go to the World Championship of Half-Ironman. “It depends how my body will respond to these high demands, I will see if I participate for the first time in an Ironman full the 14 of October in Kentucky”.
Silvio Guerra, who participated in the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, is trained in the woods of Fredericksburg, Virginia, both cycling and athletics. “The swimming I do in two pools, at different times”.
Since last year part of the team TenTen Coaching. “We train together, we help because we want to improve. Just the previous weekend we went to a competition of mountain biking, which allowed me to measure my physical strength and mental when missing 29 days to the Half-Ironman in Puerto Rico”.
Silvio Guerra was a high performance athlete, between 1988 and 2009. He achieved national records in the 800, 1 500, 5 000 and 10 000 metres, that were already beaten by the cuenca Byron Stone. It is still in the power of the marathon, which peaked in 1999, with a record of 02:09,42 hours.
In the Ironman Blanket of 2015 and 2016 achieved the first place in the category of 45-50 years, which allowed him to qualify to the World Championship. The past year has not attended but this year will.