Get to know the Athletes for Real Medicine through the “Passion and Purpose” interview series. Leading up the the L.A. Marathon, we will be posting monthly interviews as well as additional Athletes for RMF updates here on the Real Medicine Foundation blog. So, stay tuned…

Interview with Athletes for Real Medicine team member Emmanuel Urbano by fellow team member Brandi Howell:

Q: How/why did you initially get involved with Real Medicine Foundation?

A: I met Martina [founder of Real Medicine] in 2009 through a mentor program put on by my employer, Fox, and have been involved ever since.

Q: What inspired you to run the L.A. Marathon in 2010 with Athletes for Real Medicine Official Charity Team?

A: I’ve always wanted to “run for a cause” and RMF was something that I felt strongly about raising money for.

Q: Real Medicine is in 15 different countries and involved with many different programs. If you were going to visit one of RMF’s projects, which one would you choose and why?

A: I’ve always wanted to visit a country in Africa, so anywhere in Africa.

Q: You’re planning on running the L.A. Marathon in 2011. Is there any particular country or cause that you’re fundraising for?

A: Not really, just wherever they need the money the most.

Q: Do you have any running/training secrets that help you to prepare for the big day?

A: No “secrets,” but definitely hydrate and eat a healthy meal the night before.

Q: What words of wisdom would you share with the first-time marathoners out there?

A: Run your OWN race. Don’t get caught up in the excitement and start off too fast.

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