Retired Marine Corps SSgt Heber Meraz takes a closer look at the world’s longest certified foot race which covers almost 5,000 kilometers around a single New York City block.

Held each year since 1997, the so-called ‘Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race,’ created by Sri Chinmoy, entails running almost 5,000 kilometers around a single extended block in Queens, New York City, over the course of more than 50 consecutive days. A retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant and keen marathon runner from Hartford, Connecticut, Heber Alonzo Meraz uncovers further details of the event, currently the longest certified foot race in the world.


Keen runner Heber Alonzo Meraz takes a closer look at the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon event.

Inspired by the first-ever marathon competition held during the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon, established in 1897, is the world’s oldest annual marathon. Also considered one of the world’s best-known road races, keen marathon runner Heber Alonzo Meraz offers a closer look at the 122-year-old event.

“Hosted by several cities across the greater Boston area of eastern Massachusetts, the Boston Marathon is an annual marathon race held on Patriots’ Day each year since 1897,” reveals Meraz.

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Connecticut marathon runner Heber Alonzo Meraz provides a closer look at several of the world’s toughest and most feared endurance races.

From the Peruvian jungle to the Arctic Circle, Texas native and seasoned marathon runner Heber Alonzo Meraz takes a closer look at some of the world’s toughest and most incredible endurance racing events.

“While traditional marathons and obstacle course events have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, the toughest and most enduring runners and athletes are now turning toward the world’s most difficult endurance races in search of new challenges,” reveals Meraz, a keen marathon runner originally from Texas…


Heber Meraz is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, former Toys for Tots project coordinator, and an American Red Cross Lifesaving Award recipient. Having previously explored a number of the world’s biggest marathons, Meraz provides a closer look at the Connecticut capital city of Hartford’s annual event which the keen runner is set to tackle later this year.

Held in and around Bushnell Park and consisting of a marathon, half marathon, and 5K race, the next annual Hartford Marathon event is due to take place this October. …


From New York City and Chicago to London and Berlin, huge marathon events are hosted yearly across the globe, routinely attracting tens of thousands of participants and similar numbers of spectators. A keen runner and retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, Heber Meraz takes a closer look at some of the world’s biggest annual marathons.

“Unsurprisingly, perhaps, Boston Marathon comes top of the list,” reveals Meraz. “Established in 1897, it’s the world’s oldest annual marathon, held every Patriot’s Day on the third Monday of April,” he adds. …


From autonomous ships and drones to firefighting robots, project coordinator, analyst, and former senior military servicemember Heber Alonzo Meraz provides a closer look at three areas of growth leading innovation within today’s rapidly evolving maritime sector.

“Cutting edge technological innovation is supporting rapid growth and shaping the future of the global maritime industry, ready to meet and overcome its next stage of challenges,” explains Meraz, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, currently serving as a project coordinator and senior analyst for Sikorsky Aircraft in Shelton, Connecticut.

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, have been pioneers of flight solutions since 1923…


Retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Heber Alonzo Meraz reveals a number of the many health and other benefits of running.

A retired the United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant and former project coordinator for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, keen marathon runner and Texas-native Heber Alonzo Meraz offers a closer look at his passion for the sport and reveals several of the many health and well-being benefits of taking up running.

“Not only is running one of the best ways to stay in shape, both physically and mentally, it’s also among the most convenient and affordable…


As he prepares to run this year’s Hartford Marathon, retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Heber Meraz reflects on 20 years active duty service and shares more about his American Red Cross Lifesaving Award, State of Connecticut General Assembly Official Citation, and work as project coordinator for the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

A retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, Heber Alonzo Meraz grew up in El Paso, Texas, and Dodge City, Kansas, joining the Marine Corps in 1994, out of El Paso. …


Retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Heber Alonzo Meraz reflects on his American Red Cross Lifesaving Award and other achievements.

Project coordinator, senior analyst, and retired United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Heber Alonzo Meraz looks back on his American Red Cross Lifesaving Award and other achievements, and reveals more about his keen community spirit, neighborhood safety events, and work with the Toys for Tots program.

American Red Cross Lifesaving Awards are issued annually from the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C. …


Retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant and former Toys for Tots coordinator Heber A. Meraz reveals more about the Christmastime charitable toy distribution program.

A program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots distributes toys to children whose parents are unable to afford to buy them gifts at Christmas. A retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, Heber Alonzo Meraz reflects on his work with the organization for which he served as project coordinator for three years between 2010 and 2012.

“The mission of the program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December…

Heber Alonzo Meraz

Heber Alonzo Merazis a retired Marine SSgt, 20 years active duty service

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