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"The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall” - a quote by Nelson Mandela, which has truly inspired Mizael throughout his journey.
Mizael "Miz" Carrera, a 2014 BBA graduate, is preparing for Rio!
Like many of us, Carrera is gearing up for the Summer Olympics. Only this year, he won't be watching the games from his television at home.
This time the RMU alumnus is preparing to represent Puerto Rico as a marathon runner in the 2016 Olympics.
Carerra may have graduated from RMU a few years ago with his bachelor's degree, but he spends just as much time on campus today. You will often find him on campus both as a student in pursuit of his Master of Management in Sports Management or as an employee working as the coach of Cross Country and Track & Field.
Born and raised in the city of Chicago, Miz attended and graduated from West Leyden High School. After attempting to find his niche at Ashford Univeristy and University of Illinois - Chicago, Miz found Robet Morris University, where both his athletic talent was unveiled and academic success realized.
As a student athlete, Miz participated during the academic years 2011-2014 and received the following distinctions:
· 3x Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference - 1st Team All-Conference
· 3x NAIA Cross Country National Championships Qualifier
· 2x Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference - Runner of the Year
· 2x NAIA Cross Country All-American Honors
· Fastest Athlete in the history of Robert Morris Cross Country
Additionally, his Puerto Rico Accolades consist of:
· 2014 National Champion: 5k, 10k Road (World's Best 10k Top Puerto Rican Finisher),Half Marathon, Cross Country
· 2015 National Champion: 5k, 10k Road (World's Best 10k Top Puerto Rican Finisher)
· 2016 - National Champion:10k Road (World's Best 10k Top Puerto Rican Finisher)
As a member of Puerto Rico's national team, Miz competed in the Pan American Cross Country Championships in 2015.
He was Puerto Rico top finisher by placing 16th beating North America, South American, Caribbean, and Central American nations.
In 2014, Miz won Puerto Rico's Athlete of the Year Award by winning four National Championships that year.
Once an athlete goes professional, they can choose to represent any country they wish as long as their family has a lineage to that country. Since Miz was born in the USA, his father born in Mexico, and his mother born in Puerto Rico, he could have selected any of these three countries to represent. Miz chose Puerto Rico because he spent every summer there in his youth and has strong family ties there. He believes that Puerto Rico should have a stronger presence at the international level for distance running. The last professional athlete in Puerto Rico that qualified in the Olympics for the Marathon event was in 1992. Just recently, Miz won the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Washington D.C. with a time of 1:06 on Saturday, March 12.
He is currently training in both Boulder, Colorado and Chicago for his Olympic marathon debut. His next race on May 29 is the Ottawa Marathon in Ottawa, Canada, which will determine whether or not he will qualify for the Olympics. In order to do so, he must run the Olympic standard of 2:19.