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Madai Perez
MADAI PÉREZ
Tlaxcala, Mexico
Bib #F6

PRONUNCIATION:Ma-da-e Pe-rez

AGE: 33 (2Feb80)

PERSONAL BEST: 2:22:59 (Chicago, 2006) NR

WORLD MARATHON MAJORS:
17Apr11 Virgin London Marathon 17th 2:27:02
07Nov10 ING New York City Marathon 9th 2:29:53
19Apr10 Boston Marathon 14th 2:36:04
17Aug08 Beijing Olympic Games Marathon 19th 2:31:47
02Sep07 Osaka IAAF World Marathon Championships Marathon 15th 2:35:17
15Apr07 Boston Marathon 3rd 2:30:16
22Oct06 Chicago Marathon 4th 2:22:59 NR
14Aug05 Helsinki IAAF World Marathon Championships Marathon 11th 2:26:50
07Nov04 ING New York City Marathon USA 9th 2:29:57
12Oct03 The LaSalle Bank of Chicago Marathon 12th 2:31:34

ADDITIONAL MARATHON HIGHLIGHTS:
23Oct11 Pan American Games 2nd 2:38:03
04Apr04 Rotterdam Marathon 2nd 2:27:08

CAREER NOTES:
Madai Pérez is the Mexican national record holder in the marathon. She earned that distinction at her second Chicago Marathon appearance in 2006, where she cruised to a 2:22:59.

At Pérez’s first Boston Marathon, she shared the lead with Lidiya Grigoryeva and Jelena Prokopcuka for most of the race before finishing third behind Grigoryeva and Prokopcuka respectively.

Pérez has finished 11th and 15th at IAAF World Championship Marathons and placed 19th at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In 2011 in one of her proudest accomplishments, she won the silver medal at the Pan American Games. Due to injury she was unable to participate in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

PERSONAL NOTES:
“I have run Boston before and have good memories of the Boston Marathon,” said Perez. “I love the course and expect to be in the top three.” German Silva, one of Mexico’s most accomplished runners, trains Pérez in Tlaxcala at the Volcan ‘La Malintzi’ and in the state of Veracruz at the track at Xalapa, all at altitude.

Running since secondary school, Pérez finished college and has continued her studies in physical education. She also stays busy as a mother to her 11-year-old son, Kenjiro, and four-year-old daughter, Kenia. Pérez is married to Odilon Cuahutle, who is a professional runner (2:15:34 marathon personal best) and coach. She hopes to inspire new generations of runners and assist her husband when he is coaching.