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Meet the Tribe – Perky Garcia of New Mexico

Endurance Buzz is going to help us get to know a bit more about the amazing people within our TALON (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM)Β tribe by sharing a coffee sippin’ Q&A.

We hope you enjoy it!

To kick off this series, we are excited to hear from the high energy, sometimes singing, and always smiling, Perky Garcia of New Mexico. Perky has ran a wide variety of race distances up through the 100 miler.


Perky Garcia

What is your running background? When did you start trail running and what led you to explore the sport?

I was a non-running body builder until 2006. During preparation for a body building competition someone suggested running as a way to burn more calories. After the competition I continued to run and discovered that doing a marathon was a million times easier than being in a competition. I got brave enough to tackle trails in 2008. The La Luz Trail Race was my first. My first ultra was Jemez Mountain Trail Run in 2010. I just did my first 100 mile race (Javelina Jundred) in 2012.

Current or last book you read? (Or if more of a movie person – Last movie you watched?)

Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav

Favorite trail race distance?

50 miles

Craziest/funniest thing you have done/said during a trail run or trail race? Seen/heard during a trail race?

I sang the entire Rocky Horror Picture Show to a poor, mentally unprepared runner in the middle of the night. He is still recovering and his therapist won’t let him run with me again….ever. I don’t think I could run if I couldn’t laugh and sing and tell off-color jokes.

A girl ran the Javelina Jundred in a glittery, glowing fairy costume with illuminated wings and everything — the whole darn race! I laughed every time I saw her.

Favorite local trail?

Watermelon run (makes a loop out of the Pino trail, North Crest trail, La Luz, and 365 Foothills trail)


If iPod user, do you have specific go-to tunes in the early miles, when in a groove, when in a funk, and when close to the finish?

The party in my head would drown out anything I put in my ears so I don’t even try.

What two tips or insights on the sport have you learned that may be useful for someone just entering the sport?

FOOT CARE, foot care, and foot care — that is the key to any run.

Don’t try to compare street-run time with trail-run time. They are completely different.

Enjoy the trail. Enjoy the company. Enjoy the feeling of freedom. Let the joy fill you so much it spills over and leaves piles for others to step in.

Don’t pee in the middle of the trail, don’t puke in the aid station, get way off the trail to poop, and don’t litter — be considerate of your fellow runners.

Thank the volunteers. They gave up an entire day (or more) to provide you with shallow complements and an all-you-can-eat buffet in the wilderness. All they get in return is a race t-shirt.

Which animal best describes your approach or style of running?


A big thanks to Perky for sharing with us.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

3 Responses to “Meet the Tribe – Perky Garcia of New Mexico”

  1. on 26 Mar 2013 at 12:19 pm olga

    Go, Marathon Maniacs! As for how easy running comparing to body building – totally agree (although my short excursion into body figure was after a dozen years of running – and I doubt I’ll try again). Love the tip too (totally, right?). Thanks for new series (SHE laughed at some girl in a glitter costume? Who laughed at her??) :))

  2. on 26 Mar 2013 at 1:12 pm Jonathan

    Go Marathon Maniacs! – good to know a fellow nutjob. And Jemez was your first? It was my second. Add another tick the ‘nutjob’ column! Seriously, how many tripped when they saw you in that getup?

  3. on 26 Mar 2013 at 2:00 pm David Hanenburg

    Thanks Olga – I think (or hope) the new series will be fun! πŸ™‚

    Jonathan – I will have to say our sport certainly doesn’t lack personality and character. πŸ™‚