Coach Omar Gonzalez first started running when he joined his high school cross country team for summer practices, where he instantly fell in love with the daily process of training, self-improvement and team camaraderie. After his first season, he was certain that running would be his lifelong passion.
A Southern California native, Coach Omar competed throughout his college years at UC Riverside. However, his running abilities didn't fully take off until post-graduation. He stayed in California to train under Olympian Abdul Morceli, who had coached the former world mile record holder and state championship coach Michael Wilson. With their guidance, he ran within seconds of the 4-minute mile barrier.
Although Omar decided to pursue a professional career path outside of running, he continued to run and compete in races. As time passed, he realized he still wanted to get more out of running. As he returned to competitive running under his own direction, he immersed himself in the LA running community as a coach with Nike LA and operations manager of Blue Ribbon Sports, Nike's first-ever store turned running community space.
Omar continues to pursue the sport as a runner and as a coach by making it his mission to help his runners reach their goals. He continues to work closely with runners of diverse backgrounds as a USATF-certified coach. Athletically, he is currently pursuing the marathon and the 2024 Olympic Trials.