Dan Nodalo’s running career started in 2003 thanks to the persistence of his Florida based sister, Sol. She was coming to San Diego to run a marathon and persuaded him to run with her
Dan had never been a runner & had no idea what a marathon was. So, he politely declined! However, Sol (who would not take NO for an answer), signed him up for the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon…….AND THE REST IS HISTORY!
Dan finished his first marathon in 2003, & since then, has run in 14 States. In the last 3 years, he has vowed that come hell or high water, he’ll complete marathons in every continent. Thus far, he has done so in North and South America, Europe and Africa.
Two years ago, inspired by his friend and hero, Grace Bernal, he decided to make a difference in the lives of others. In January 2010, he partnered with Grace to form a running group - SAN DIEGO SOLEMATES - to train & motivate individuals to accomplish their goals/dreams of completing a half and full marathon.
What started as a group of 8 "newbies" has now grown to a total of 25 members. All have finished at least one half marathon and some have continued to complete a full marathon.
Given Dan’s busy work schedule as a RN in the Emergency Room, he has successfully juggled many roles- a father to 3 lovely children, a husband, and a friend to many.
“Because I CAN” the Affirmation Cry for Co-Founder and Coach II for San Diego SoleMates, Grace Bernal was inspired to continue running longer distances when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. After completing her first San Diego Rock n Roll full marathon in 2003 two weeks after her second breast cancer surgery, Grace never looked back. Graduating with an Associates Degree in Fitness Specialty from SD City College, Grace brings 10 years of running, coaching, and inspiration to the team of San Diego SoleMates, and is proud to bring running, health, and fitness to the community with her running partner and SD SoleMates Co-Founder, Dan Nodalo.
Vice President Grace Bernal:
Board of Directors:
(2009-Present) Fitness Specialist/Consultant Team Survivor San Diego
(2010-Present) Fitness Specialist Dept. SD City College
(2011-Present) Vice-President San Diego SoleMates
(2003-Present) Owner: Style and Grace at Pure Salon and Day Spa - Hair and Make-up Artist nearly 30 Years Experience. Pure Salon and Spa 7710 Hazard Center Dr. San Diego, CA 92108 619.291.9215
(2004-Present) Independent Contractor-Travel Team: Competitor Group Inc.– Merchandise Department
(2009-Present) Mad dogg Certified Spin Instructor – Action Cycling – LA Fitness
(2006-2009) Assistant to Professor Brian Sos SD City College – Special Populations – assisted adults with special needs, i.e., down syndrome, cerebral palsy, amputees, spinal bifida, heart disease, etc. execute prescribed exercises for their conditions.
(2005-2006) Scripps Green Healthy Hearts Program: Assisted nurses, and Fitness PhDs monitor cardiology patients while exercising.
(2005-Present) Group Fitness Instructor: Team Survivor San Diego, www.teamsurvivorsd.org , San Diego SoleMates www.sdsolemates.com LA Fitness Group X, Certified Personal Trainer – Idea Fit INC.
Team USA - International Dragon Boat Championship Team (2008) Prague, Czech Republic – (2010) Tampa, FL