DALLAS — Dan Walsh from Rowlett and Luis Reynoso from Fate ran track together back in the 80s at South Garland High School. They graduated in 1985.
They always wanted to run a marathon together, so this Sunday, at the Metro PCS White Rock Marathon, it will finally happen.
“It was something we had planned on in high school,” Walsh said. “Three-and-a-half years ago, I decided it was time to stop living ‘La Vida Loca’ and decided to get back in shape, and here we are."
Both Reynoso and Walsh were impressive runners in high school. Both could run a 4:30 mile.
Today Reynoso is an employee of Metro PCS, the title sponsor for the race. Walsh has his own landscaping company.
“We had our marathon heroes, and that was like the ultimate race,” Reynoso said. ”It's just something we never got around to.”
“You always grow up thinking about Boston or New York, and you've got to start somewhere,” Walsh added. “This is a good place for us to start.”
The two rekindled their friendship during a chance meeting at a grocery store. They were living in the same neighborhood in Rowlett and didn't know it.
Reynoso was 65 pounds overweight. Walsh lost 45 pounds so he could keep up with his friend.
Both Reynoso and Walsh skipped running for 23 years and as you can imagine, they looked a little different then.
“Doctors said I was borderline diabetic and borderline high blood pressure, so I knew it was serious,” says Reynoso. “I knew I had to get back to doing something I really enjoyed.”
“I just felt fat,” Walsh said. “I was overweight and I just needed to do something about it. I wanted to feel better and look a little bit better.”
Reynoso and Walsh are both 43 years old. It's been a long time since they ran together in high school. Sunday will be their ultimate challenge.
“It's funny, because on paper, we have an idea of what we can run. It's just that neither one of us has ever run 26 miles,” Reynoso said.
“It's uncharted territory, so that last 10K is going to be a test,” Walsh added.
Sunday, we'll see how they do in their first ever 26.2 mile race.
The beneficiary of the Metro PCS White Rock Marathon is Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.