Mario Mendoza

Fight the good fight, keep the faith, finish the race
Cambria, CA Bend, OR

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Born American, but growing up in a Mexican culture, Mario’s passion is to be a bridge between the two cultures. Five time USA Trail National Champion and three times USA Trail Runner of the Year, Mario’s platform of influence is in Trail/Mountain/Ultrarunning racing. A runner, a pastor, a speaker, but most of all a husband, Mario loves to connect the lessons and stories from endurance racing in the mountains to the race that every person is running in life.

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Bend runner reflects on 50K treadmill world record
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Bend ultra runner sets treadmill world record at Madras HS
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Free screening of film documenting Cambrian native’s 100-mile run scheduled

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Mario Mendoza

Born in California and raised on an avocado ranch in Cambria, Mario always wanted to be a professional athlete. His first love of sport came in the form of soccer. Mario would train everyday with his cousin when not helping his parents work, however, in high school, a knee injury took him off the pitch, but guided him toward running. Since then, Mario has gone on to become a 5-time USATF Trail National Champion, ranging in distances from 10k to 100k, and 3-time USATF Trail Runner of the Year. Additionally, he…

About Mario

  • Coach: Self
  • Favorite foods: Mole with homemade toritillas
  • Hobbies: Backpacking, fishing, being outdoors as much as possible
  • Favorite TV show: The Office
  • Favorite movie: Forest Gump
  • Dream vacation: A month in the New Zealand Mountains
  • Favorite place to compete: Lake Bled Slovenia is just incredible
  • Favorite holiday: Martin Luther King Day
  • Warm up song: Rancheras
  • After competition indulgence: French Fries
  • Highschool PR: 16:05 (Cross Country 5K)
I was born American but my family is from Mexico. I run for unity and peace between two cultures and hope to use the running platform as a way to have good influence with youth and Latinos.

 

Awards/Records

Team Mario:

Mario Mendoza Jr | Gorge Waterfalls 50k | Uphill Running

Mario Mendoza Post-2016 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Interview

RT @ATRAtrailrunner: Elite Trail runners headline Chaski Challenge Virtual Race for COVID-19 Relief. Open Race: June 5-6; Festival of Recor…

RT @usmrt: 2 years ago this weekend the U.S. Trail Team 🇺🇸 competed at the Trail World Championships in Spain. U.S. women took team bronze,…