The Guzzler Ultra - Year 522nd—23rd July 2023
The Guzzler Ultra Ambassador
Washington Firmeza

Ambassador: The Guzzler Ultra 2022

Washington Firmeza

A little bit about me

My friends call me “Wash”. I’m a Filipino–Australian ultra-distance runner. A Defence veteran, and a former Special Forces operator. Currently, I work in the field of aviation maintenance here in Brisbane. I love running. You’ll see me running either on the road of trails, sometimes on track, or riding my road bike “Effy” from time-to-time.

which three words best describe you?
  • Strong
  • Determined
  • Persevering
My running history
I started recreational running in 2014 – so almost 8 years.

Up to the end of 2020, most of my runs were on the road. The trails were calling, so I signed up for the Guzzler 100 as my first trail event! I loved it and the rest is history.

I usually run with my run groups: Pinoy Pankrunners and Mananakbo Australia.
Why I run
First and foremost, running is my way of keeping myself fit and healthy. I can’t really stress enough all of the benefits of the sport to anyone.

I really enjoy it, even running solo. Nowadays, I love sharing my knowledge and experience with other people, who will hopefully benefit from it in some way.
“I love sharing my knowledge and experience with other people”
Where are your favourite trails?
Definitely Mt. Coot-tha, all the way to Mt. Glorious. It’s very close to home.
Washington's Strava
The trails ahead
I love the idea that we have a trail event that is well organised and will surely give you an experience of a lifetime. And it’s right here, in Brisbane. In my backyard.
Will this be your first 100km Ultra?
No
What part of race day are you looking forward to?
The start where everyone comes together. The action all throughout the race. The volunteers who cheer every competitor. The finish where you will taste the victory after all that you’ve been through to cross that line…
What part of the race day do you think presents the biggest challenge or fear?
Being all by myself in the dark.
“you will taste the victory after all that you’ve been through to cross that line”
Where will you be training?
I’ll run different segments of The Guzzler course, and train on the Gold Coast.
Any advice or something you’d like to share with your fellow Guzzlers?
Give it a go.

Enjoy every second and every step of your journey.

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