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Real Athlete: Runner Phillip Aguilar

By RealJock Staff

Phillip Aguilar was weighed down at the Gay Games—by all of the medals he won competing in track and field and triathlon. The 38-year-old San Franciscan, who trains with the SF Track & Field team, had already won two bronzes when we spoke with him, and he still wasn't finished with his events. Below, a brief interview with Aguilar from the sidelines at Gay Games VII indoor volleyball. Aguilar is a devoted fan who had one eye on the courts, so he kept his interview brief and to the point. We like that in a man.

What sports are you competing in at the Gay Games?
Triathlon and track and field—4X800 relay, 1500-meter run, and 5000-meter run.

Have you competed in other Gay Games?br /> [I competed at] Sydney 2002.

What prompted you to participate in Gay Games Chicago?br /> Hot jocks! And showing the world that gays can kick ass.

What kind of training have you been doing to prepare for the Gay Games?
[I've done] four months of biking, swimming, running. I also coached the [Team SF] track and field workouts.

What are your personal goals for the Gay Games?
To medal! [I have] two bronze medals thus far.

When did you first start participating in sports? What other sports do you do?
I ran my first 10K when I was 12-years-old. [I ran throughout high school and competed in] cross country in college.

What sporting events and activities do you currently do outside of the Gay Games?
[I do] tennis, triathlons, and 10Ks.

Anything else you'd like to add.
[I think it's important to mention] the inspiration from the older athletes and of perseverance at these Games.