Leo Manzano, who stormed down the homestretch to claim the silver medal in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 London Olympics, is teaming up with the Statesman Capitol 10,000 as official Race Ambassador.

If you need a jolt of inspiration to run the race, listen up.

Manzano grew up in a small town in Guanajuato, Mexico, with no electricity or running water, where boys were expected to work at an early age to help support the family. When he was 4 years old, Manzano’s family moved to Granite Shoals, near Marble Falls. His father worked as a machine operator at a gravel quarry and his mom held odd jobs while Manzano focused on school.

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