Ep.35
"Connections And Community In The Run"

With Iman Wilkerson

"There are more communities that are feeling called to step up and to lead, or there are people who are feeling called to step up to lead and not feeling like they have to rest on what already existed. I think that what also comes from that is we don’t have to race to run. For these past few years up until maybe this year, or even parts of last year, you know, we didn’t have races, or races were paused for a little bit, so people were just running for community and just running to run together. "


– Iman Wilkerson

Join us in this touching and heartfelt talk between co-founder of Aire Libre, Mauricio Díaz, and passionate multi-marathon runner, coach, and devoted running community builder: Iman Wilkerson, a Ciele FRND with whom we had the honor of sharing the trails during our last Oaxaca Day of the Dead experience last November.

In this episode, we dive into the rhythm of Iman’s journey, starting from her inaugural 5k in 2008 to becoming a seasoned marathoner, including iconic races like New York and Boston. But it’s not just about the miles for Iman—it’s about the connections forged along the way. Living in the heart of New York City revealed to her the transformative power of being part of a running community, laying the foundation for her unwavering belief in the value of these connections.

Iman Wilkerson has since transplanted herself to the sun-soaked landscapes of San Diego, where she’s not only continued her personal running odyssey but also built a business centered around her fervor for the sport.

As we explore the tapestry of her experiences, we’ll unravel the profound impact running communities can have, serving as bridges that connect individuals with the pulse of cities, the serenity of nature, and, perhaps most importantly, with each other. Iman emerges as a fierce advocate for the inclusivity that defines the best running communities, uniting diverse souls under the common rhythm of pounding feet and shared aspirations. Join us as we uncover the transformative power of running beyond the miles, where every step stitches us into the fabric of something much larger—something that resonates with the heartbeat of cities, the whisper of nature, and the shared cadence of human connection.

Iman Wilkerson was a guest at the Oaxaca Day of the Dead Running Experience 2023 thanks to Ciele Athletics

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About Iman Wilkerson

Iman Wilkerson is a community builder, founded The Run Down, an online platform and web based app for runners to find community in San Diego and LA. She founded a beer run club Waterfront Social Run Club out of Eppig Waterfront Biergarten in San Diego. Iman currently works in a community role at lululemon in Dallas, Texas. You can fin Iman on instagram as @on.iman.opia

OUR HOST: MAU DÍAZ CEO & Co-Founder of Aire Libre.

Mau Díaz, born in Mexico City in 1988, embarked on a journey of academic and adventurous pursuits. He studied Marketing at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, delving into International Marketing at the Hochschule Pforzheim in Germany, and exploring Chinese Foreign Policy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His professional trajectory took off with a focus on Growth Hacking, where he honed his skills in team building and assisting startups in their growth strategies. Notable stints as a growth hacker at Propiedades.com and later at LECO shaped his early career. In December 2015, Mau embarked on a non-stop 90km run across the Sonora Desert with two friends, laying the foundation for his venture, Aire Libre. He identifies as an adventurer who embraces running as a means to satiate his curiosity. His accomplishments include solo and unassisted traversing of the Sierra Sur de Oaxaca, covering 127km from December 28 to 30, 2017. In 2018, he clinched a top 5 spot in an 80km ultramarathon in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. May 2022 witnessed his relentless 140km run from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Cortez, spanning the Baja California peninsula. These exploits merely scratch the surface of his vast adventures. Mau’s work at Aire Libre has not gone unnoticed, garnering recognition from esteemed international media outlets such as The Financial Times, Monocle, Men’s Journal, Forbes, Travesías, El Universal, Chilango, Sopitas.com, and various others.

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