Meet Monica and Maribel, Whittier Pacers President and Vice President

Photo of Monica volunteering at Pacer tent during L.A. MarathonMonica Bobadilla, Whittier Pacers President

From Pasadena as a runner and volunteer, Pacer Monica made her way to Whittier to help see Dr Smith’s vision come to fruition. “To raise the health and spirits of the community.” She greets us all with a loving hug and shares Pacer Love with all of us so freely and willingly.

Let’s get to know Whittier Pacers President and founding member, Monica.

How long have you been a Pacer?

I started with Pasadena Pacers in 2013. I went from being a runner, to being one of the first Pace Group Leaders, to volunteering, and spreading the Pacer Love. Now being part of Whittier, I have a saying…My jacket says Pasadena, my shirt says Whittier, and my heart says Pacers.

How many Marathons/Half Marathons have you run?

I have completed 2 very hot LA Marathons, and 10 half marathons.

What is life outside of Pacers for Monica?

I’m a mom to one beautiful 25 year old daughter, that I’m very proud of. I work full time as a Bookkeeper at a non-profit law firm in Downtown LA. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and, of course, with my dog the Little Champ. I’m not currently running, as my last injury took a toll on me, but I do get out for a walk, plus I do some yoga at home. Oh, and I can’t forget my plants! I love my plants!

Anything else you’d like to share with your fellow Pacer?

I am so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to be the President for the amazing Whittier Pacers. I truly enjoy seeing each one of you take on a new challenge and work your way through it. I especially love when you realize how awesome you are. Seeing you complete a run with your arms in the air, huge smiles, and sometimes tears, is a gift like no other. Thank you for trusting me. Know that I will be cheering for you with every step you take.

Portrait of Maribel in running gearMaribel Flores, Whittier Pacers Vice President

Having been a Pasadena Pacer previous to joining us at Whittier Pacers, Maribel has experienced the Pacer Way and is eager to share that with all of us as the new Vice President for Whittier Pacers.

Here’s a little about Pacer Maribel.

How many marathons/half marathons have you run?

I’ve run 4 marathons and 7 half marathons since 2015 when I first became a runner.

What’s something you like about Whittier Pacers?

I love everything about the Pacers; the organization of race plans and pace groups, the amazing support, the smiles, and the togetherness.

Who is Maribel?

I’m a proud stay-at-home mom of 3 little boys. We live in Whittier but originally from Lynwood. I have a B.A. in Chicano/Latino Studies from CSULB. My passion is running; it’s my “me” time. I also enjoy strength training, yoga, writing, music, watching The Office reruns, and food.

Anything else you’d like to share with your fellow Pacer?

I’m very excited, a bit nervous, and overall honored to take on the title of VP. I understand the challenges to come especially during a pandemic, but I look forward to helping and supporting people from all walks of life reach their fit/run goals with the Whittier Pacers. I wasn’t always a runner and I firmly believe that if I went from couch to 5k to marathon, anybody can!