Aaron Burros

In 2010 Aaron visited his doctor for his annual physical and weighed in at 356 pounds. His doctor insisted that Aaron needed to lose weight or he would not live to see his 50th birthday. Aaron says he walked out of that office and made a pledge to start running, even though he could barely jog a couple steps before he had to stop and walk. He also prayed and asked God to help him lose the weight. Two days later, Aaron’s car stopped working, so he also began walking 2 miles to and from work each day. Eventually, a friend gave him a bike, and Aaron began riding his bike from his apartment in Bellaire to Memorial Park. Within a year, he had lost over 100 pounds. He says his mom had a couple friends who called her asking if Aaron had started using cocaine because they were shocked at his sudden transformation. Then, in 2015 he was in an incident at work and was severely injured. His surgeon and therapist both advised that he would experience intense pain in his hip if he tried to resume running, but unfortunately, there was nothing they could do to alleviate the suffering. Aaron decided he was willing to run at a slower pace and just see if his body could hold up. Today, Aaron says he is not as interested in running fast like he used to be. Instead, he is content to run easy with friends and spend the time encouraging them to keep going and not give up. He thinks that Memorial Park is a place where Houstonians should be thankful for and take advantage of being able to run with so many other people. He has also started pacing friends through races across the city and the state. He loves seeing his friends’ lives change for the better through running, just like his did 7 years ago.