About Jim

Jim Diego is from New York City and is an avid runner, having in just over two years completed a half marathon in all fifty states, and is in the process of doing the same with the 26.2 mile distance!  As of June 2017, Jim has completed 83 half marathons and 39 marathons, both in the US and internationally.

He has been highly recognized as a national anthem singer at road races large and small all over the country. Notably, he sang at the start of the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon (for a vast majority of the nearly 50,000 finishers, singing at the start of Wave 2), as well as at the start of the inaugural 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn (which attracted over 13,000 runners to the streets of Brooklyn!)

In 2016, he began another goal - to sing the national anthem in all fifty states!  In that first year of pursuing this unique goal, he sang at nineteen distance races in a whopping eighteen U.S. states, including at the extremely popular Lincoln National Guard Marathon and Half Marathon in Lincoln, Nebraska (in its 39th year) and at the Rehoboth Seashore Marathon and Half Marathon in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He is also in the process of working with the Guinness Book of World Records in certifying this goal – singing the Star Spangled Banner and immediately thereafter, pounding the pavement for 13.1 to as much as 26.2 miles!

Notably for 2017, Jim has MANY new states on his calendar where he will plan to check off more on his anthem quest.  This list, which can be found on the 2017 Race Schedule page, continues to grow, as his schedule evolves over the course of the year.  Of note, he lent his singing talents at the popular Austin Marathon and Half Marathon in the Texas capital, which attracted 15,000 runners in February 2017; and for the first time in the 28 year history of the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, NM, Jim sang the Philippine National Anthem, "Lupang Hinirang," in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the actual Bataan Death March that occurred in the Philippines during World War II.

For later this year, Jim will be at the milestone 40th Anniversary of the Detroit International Marathon in Detroit, MI, in October 2017, where he actually will be singing BOTH the American and Canadian national anthems; and at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon in Pass Christian, MS, in December 2017, a race organized by the same folks who put together the Louisiana Marathon, on account of his well-received rendition at the race in Baton Rouge in January.

Jim is a member of New York Road Runners, Front Runners New York, Black Sheep Run, Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics, Double Agents, 100 Half Marathons Club, and 50 States Marathon Club; and a provisional member of Marathon Globetrotters.  He is a three year member of Team Nuun, and serves as a senior ambassador for nuun hydration in 2017.  In New York City, Jim is a senior project manager for real estate development and urban planning for the not-for-profit Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. As a singer, he's performed with his a cappella group, Restated, since founding it in 2007; as well as with Broadway Barkada, a Filipino performance troupe and philanthropic organization, with which he's performed at such renowned venues as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Lakers basketball game!

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