Meet the 2017 Team UC in the Westminster 10K


Name:Violet Del Toro

Campus: UC Riverside, Class of 2013

Hometown: Perris, California

Violet wants everyone to be aware, firstly, that she is not a keen runner. And yet, here she is, about to run a 10K through central London.

She first came to London in 2011, returned to do a Masters after graduating from UC Riverside and now works as a Communications Manager. Before studying abroad, she wasn't sure that she would be able to travel the world and have adventures in far-away countries. Thanks to her encouraging and supportive family, as well as her legendary budgeting skills, Violet has called London home for pretty much the sum of her young adult life. She recognises that not everyone is going to be able to afford study abroad, so she'll be doning her UCR kilt (yes, a kilt), and attempt to finish the Westminster 10K in July. She hopes to help a fellow Highlander live the study abroad adventure!

That aside, she likes to travel, visit breweries, write, visit the awesome foodie markets London has on offer, and is learning to play the ukule.


What's your favorite...

Post-run snack? The purple Gatorade, but since that deliciousness isn't available here, eggs benedict with avocado and free-flowing mimosas 

Place to run in London? Hampstead Heath, Richmond Park or anywhere forest-y.

Playlist to run to? Anything with a beat - The Chainsmokers, The XX, Foster the People and Jamie XX are all currently topping the list.

Why did you choose to run with Team UC? To be perfectly candid, I hate running. But I love and appreciate study abroad, international education and the idea of global citizenry very much. So I want to raise as much as I can to help UCR students study abroad which is why I chose Team UC. That, and the people are lovely!

Do you have a personal best for the British 10K? Honestly I am just hoping to finish.. and maybe not have to walk any of it.

What are you looking forward to after you cross the finish line? Beer, burrito, and a candle-lit bubble bath.

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