Joseph is TPB’s first and only member to hail from the African continent, specifically Kenya: aka the breeding ground of the world’s greatest runners. But Joe is not your average Kenyan. In fact, his origins might deceive you when you find out that he’s not only fluent in his native Swahili and English, but also in Tagalog! This is a result of having lived in the Philippines for over a decade; prior to this he resided in Germany for a number of years. He is indeed one of Team Powerpuff Boys’ most “global” members.
Not only does he embody TPB’s eclectic, varied origins, he’s also a shining example of discipline, especially when it comes to training and recovery. After suffering a debilitating case of ITBS in 2011, he took 5 months rest after which he proceeded to rebuild his base. Less than a year after having come down with the injury, he’s running 10K races in under 42 minutes! Truly a role model for runners from every walk of life.
So if you see Joey burning up the road at an upcoming race or just walking down the sidewalk, feel free to greet him in English or Tagalog, he’ll understand you either way!
When did you start running? Why did you start running?
Nov 2009. Cholesterol levels
What is your favorite distance? Why?
5K, I like maxing out on my VO2 max!
What is your most memorable running moment? Event?
Run to read, placed second and got 3K pesos
Who are your running idols?
All running purists
What was your weight before you started running? What is your weight now?
152, now 140 Ibs
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
2, NB and Mizuno
What was your "slowest" race?
Condura 2011, 10K 57.07min
What are your usual pre-race activities?
poo-poo, cold shower, hot coffee and cookie
What is your favorite non-TPB singlet?
Fort Striders neon green singlet of 2010
What is your target race? What is your target finish time?
RunRio 3 5K, sub 20min
Forefoot, midfoot, or heel?
What was your worst injury? How long were you sidelined?
ITBS, 5 months
How many races have you raced already? What is your total mileage since you started running?
9 races. Approx 3000KM total
How did you get into TPB? When did you join TPB?
Brave Kampuger invitation, Oct 2010
What is your message to TPB fans and supporters?
Run for health
In your own words, what is running to you?
A purist endeavour
If you are to create a running event what will you name it?
TPPB run for health
If you are to create a team of 5 runners for a 5 x 32 km race, who will your members be (can be anyone, runner or not, living or dead)?
Mark H, Mark M, Kampuger, Luis, Mon