#HCR4RANA with Xaviera Medina

Meet HCR Runner: Xaviera Medina Torres. Peru.


A funny anecdote:

I was running an 8km race that started on the same line as a 16km race. At some point on the trail, both groups got separated but I did not notice; so I kept running with the 16km group. I continued running and it seemed strange to me that at the 7th kilometre no runner was taking a finishing race pace, and even weirder that at the eighth kilometre there was no finishing line! It was not until the ninth kilometre that I stopped to ask where the finishing line was. Needless to say: I had to run the extra mile(s). Lesson learned: I must always run wearing contact lenses.

My favourite expression:

“Lo imposible solo cuesta un poco más” – [the impossible only needs a bit of more work].

I guess it is quite clear, if you want something, go for it.

My favourite athlete:

The Peruvian runner, Gladys Tejeda, and the reason is not only because I am also Peruvian. Gladys breaks social and gender barriers through sport. She didn’t grow up in ideal conditions to become the champion she currently is, and she was raised in very poor economic conditions. Besides, she belongs to a society that does not consider sport so highly. For me, Gladys Tejeda teaches us that it doesn’t matter where you come from or the little or no support you could get from others that guarantees your success. If you are clear about what do you want and use the tools you have, as little they could be, you can always succeed.

My objective for this Brussels 20km:

My last long distance race was almost three years ago. I was unable to run for more than a year due to an accident, and getting back on track has not been easy. So, my first goal is to finish this race; if I can do it in less than two hours, I’ll be quite happy.


HCR Runner Xaviera Medina is running for RANA (Refugees Are Not Alone) to support the integration of refugees in Belgium. Show your support here: https://www.gofundme.com/hcr4rana

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