SAGU alumnus runs 26.2 miles for Boston
Waxahachie, Texas — April 19, 2013 — On April 18, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Samuel Cabrera ran 26.2 miles in honor of the victims and families affected by the April 15 Boston marathon bombings.
Cabrera ran down Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa Bay, Florida, carrying an American Flag and wearing a shirt that read "Beep for Boston." In a record-breaking 92 degrees, Cabrera ran for 7 hours, 32 minutes, and 54 seconds.
Cabrera said, "By running I wanted to create an awareness towards how precious life is, and how we sometimes take it for granted. We only have one life, and we need to take advantage of that and allow God to use us to make disciples for his Kingdom."
Cabrera does not have direct relations to anyone in Boston. But after the tragic events, he felt compelled to finish the race that others were not able to. His inspirational act caught the attention of ABC News and Fox News in Tampa, Florida.
He continued, "That was the first time I had ever run more than eight miles. I was in so much pain, but I thought to myself that the pain I was experiencing is nothing compared to the physical and emotional pain the city of Boston and the entire nation is enduring."
Cabrera's girlfriend and SAGU alumna Tanya Picart ran part of the way, provided water, and was a source of encouragement for him.
Cabrera was born in New Jersey and moved to Tampa, Florida, with his family when he was nine years old.
Cabrera graduated SAGU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in sports management and an associate degree in Bible. He is studying to become a certified trainer so that he can launch his own fitness organization.
"I'm an advocate for living a healthy life. It is very important, and I want to help people attain their goals. We only live once and we should live it to the best of our abilities. I want to help people get back to healthy eating and exercise to live the best life they possibly can while on this earth."
In 2011, Cabrera traveled to Puerto Rico to play soccer professionally for the U-20 Puerto Rican national team and Bayamon FC. In his first year, Bayamon FC played in the Concacaf Champions Cup in Haiti. He returned to Tampa in 2012.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927 and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.