Frankie Ruiz: Marathon founder now running new show: Miami wellness
Frankie Ruiz, who turned his lifelong passion of running into a career and built up Miami’s athletic community in the process, is taking on a new role as the City of Miami’s Chief Wellness Officer. In this role, a unique position boasted by few if any other municipalities nationwide, he will focus on improving Miami’s parks and resident wellbeing and promises to release a series of workout videos with the mayor himself.
This appointment comes in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and, according to Mr. Ruiz, provides an opportunity to address preventative healthcare and sedentary or unhealthy lifestyles not just to help residents fend off covid but to increase overall wellbeing and be better prepared for future diseases.
Born, raised and educated in Miami, Mr. Ruiz said he didn’t want to leave. Instead, he brought the running community to him, starting the Miami Marathon in 2003. The race changed hands a few times and was eventually acquired by fitness giant Life Time, which is to soon open a new facility in Coral Gables.
Mr. Ruiz keeps a hand in the action as this company’s Chief Running Officer. Outside of work, he keeps running literally and figuratively, coaching cross country at Belen Jesuit Prep High School and leading the Run Club Network, which includes eight clubs across South Florida including the Brickell, Doral and South Beach Run Clubs.
Mr. Ruiz spoke by phone with Miami Today Reporter Kylea Henseler.
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