We are so happy to welcome Rafael Ortiz to the show! Rafael is National Co-Captain and Director of Marketing for Black Men Run, and Captain of the Phoenix, AZ chapter. He was also recently featured in a national commercial for the Dick’s Sporting Goods “See You Out There” campaign. Is this conversation, we learn about Rafael's running journey and his role for BMR. Then we dive into the southwestern beauty of Phoenix, AZ and Rafael shares the best places to RUN, great dining options, places of interest and so much more. You're going to love our conversation!

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Rafael's recommendations in Phoenix, AZ


1. Tempe Town Lake

2. South Mountain Park (great for hill workouts and long runs)

3. Arcadia and Scottsdale Corridor (beautiful views of Camelback Mountain)


1. Matt's Big Breakfast (located in downtown Phoenix - great griddle cakes!)

2. Barrio Cafe (The best Mexican food!)

3. La Grande Orange (wonderful bakery with delicious red velvet cupcakes)


1. The Cambria Hotel (downtown Phoenix)

2. Scottsdale area has lots of spa/resort hotels)


1. O.H.S.O Brewery


1. Sole Sports

2. Runner's Den

3. Tortoise and Hare (There is a Sunday community fun run the first Sunday of every month)


1. Butterfly World

2. Phoenix Art Museum

3. The Musical Instrument Museum

4. Papago Mountain (a great place to see the sunset)

5. Camelback Mountain

Where to find Rafael Ortiz:

Rafael's Instagram
Black Men Run Phoenix

Where to find Natalie and Jerold:
Natalie's Instagram
Suite Run Instagram
Natalie's Twitter
Suite Run Twitter
Natalie's Facebook
Suite Run Website
Suite Run Facebook