A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2012 Issue

Giving From the Sole

Giving From the Sole

Escalante after the race (Photo by Amanda Escalante)

Escalante after the race (Photo by Amanda Escalante)

Manny Escalante completed the 2011 Long Beach Marathon nine minutes later than his 4.00:00 goal. Not a stranger to endurance, the 33-year-old La Verne resident had previously completed three Ironman Triathlons, a 33-mile running race, and several marathons.

But 2011 brought a new challenge for Escalante—running a marathon sans shoes.

Escalante (MA, Physical Education/Athletic Training, ’03) completed all 26.2 miles in Long Beach barefoot to raise awareness for the Soles4Souls charity, which each year donates thousands of pairs of shoes to disaster victims worldwide. He trained for one year by gradually increasing the length of his barefoot runs until he was confident he could finish the race.

“Having shoes is really a luxury we take for granted,” says Escalante, who declined the offer from his wife Amanda (BS, Construction Management, ’05) to bring a pair of “just in case” shoes to the marathon. “I wanted to raise awareness for this charity that does great work to give shoes to people in need.”

Soles4Souls named Escalante, fitness manager at a 24 Hour Fitness, an activist of the week. His story got front-page newspaper coverage in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, and about 100 pairs of shoes were donated as a result of his efforts.

Everything went as planned—and the plan included battling sore feet and aching legs.

“The race had just the right level of difficulty and only a few rocks I wished to have missed,” he laughs. “But I wouldn’t change a thing. Awareness is raised, and the race  was run.

“Mission accomplished!”

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John Concannon

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CONCANNON (BS, Business Administration, ’85) is a fourth-generation vintner at Concannon Vineyard.

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Tanja Poley

Tanja Poley

(BS, Business Administration, ’94) is the human resources manager for the News & Review, headquartered in Sacramento.

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Kathy Crusco

Kathy Crusco

(BS, Business Administration, ’87) is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Epicor Software Corporation.

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