Ayotzinapa runs the 2016 Boston Marathon

Tlatempa

Amado Tlatempa during a protest before last year’s NYC Marathon. On Monday, he took the fight for justice for the 43 Ayotzinapa students to the Boston Marathon.

The demand for justice for the 43 Ayotzinapa students missing for more than a year took to the streets of Boston on Monday when Amado Tlatempa ran the 2016 edition of the prestigious marathon.

“It felt great because I don’t know anybody here but many students showed up through the race and screamed their support for our fight,” Tlatempa said in Spanish in a phone interview after the competition. “And that’s very positive because people know what we’re facing and what we’re doing to keep the issue alive.”

Tlatempa, who’s cousin to two missing students, ran the Boston Marathon as parents and families of the missing students remained chained outside the Interior Ministry in Mexico City demanding that the search for their children continues after the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights‘ investigative commission leaves next month.

“It’s very hard to think of what’s happening there, but here we can only continue running to keep people’s attention on what the parents are fighting for,” Tlatempa said.

This is the second major marathon that Tlatempa has ran in less than a year. He was part of the dozen runners of the Running for Ayotzinapa Team that competed in the 2015 New York City Marathon in November.

Unlike that time, Tlatempa, a cook in a Morningside Heights restaurant, had a more challenging race.

“It was a difficult race for many reasons. It was my first time running it and it’s a tricky course that’s why my time wasn’t the best. I also couldn’t do much training in preparation because I have to work.”

He said he wasn’t very proud of his time (3:19:41) but assured that he will be ready for the New York City Marathon in November.

“First, I have to get back to work tomorrow because my boss doesn’t know I left. He’s going to find out, but it will be OK. And then I’ll start practicing for the New York marathon.”

About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista, Spot.us, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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