29 Nov '13, 3pm

Daniel Tapia squeezes in law school, training & elite-level racing into his days.

Daniel Tapia squeezes in law school, training & elite-level racing into his days.

When Christopher Zepeda saw torrential rains forecast for last December's California International Marathon, he knew it would work in Daniel Tapia's favor. "Dan's the type of athlete who, regardless of weather, is going to do his workout," says Zepeda, head cross country and track and field coach at Hartnell Community College and Tapia's coach from 2008–2012. On days the coach suggested that his runner reschedule key training sessions because Mother Nature wasn't cooperating, Zepeda says, "[Dan] didn't have that luxury." That's because Tapia, 26, squeezed in training early in the morning and late at night around a schedule that included taking classes at the Monterey College of Law and working sometimes up to seven hours a day for his family's three central California restaurants. The hectic lifestyle, punctuated by more than 100 miles of running a week, paid off at the so...

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