Domenico Ponziano

Domenico Ponziano

When I was living in Italy, I used to be a waterpolo player. I played waterpolo for 13 years. I got into running only few years ago. I found myself very stressed because of my job, drinking too much and consequently out of shape. My wife understood my struggle and bought me a pair of running shoes. The day after I was running around the block. I never stopped.

Hometown: I was born and raised in Trieste (Italy). I currently live in Glendale (CA). 

Real Job:  Italian teacher for middle and high school students


Social Media:  strava instagram

Favorite Beer or Wine: Beer- Golden Road - Point the Way IPA and Wine - Edi Kante - Sauvignon Blanc

Guilty Pleasure: Vegan Frozen Yoghurt

Other Hobbies: Photography

Pets: My cat Marco is 2 years old. He is very energetic and extremely athletic. He is a pretty big cat so sometimes I feel like I have a mountain lion or a bobcat in my house.

Best thing about VFuel: I am a vegan athlete so I really like that VFuel products are vegan. In addition VFuel gels are incredibly digestible.

Best recovery meal:I definitely like pasta with home made tomato sauce.

Favorite trail running memory: Last Spring when I was training for my first 100 miles race. I spent so many hours in the mountains with some of my best friends. It was so fulfilling being part of a group that shares the same passion and love for trail running.

Schedule: All my races got canceled for 2020 (Miwok 100k, ANF 60k, AC 100). I really hope to be able to run some races in the Fall.

Any advice you want to share with a new athlete?: I think it is important to be consistent in your training without overtraining. I learned that rest days are training days!

Running Accomplishments:

2019 Spooner Cove 50k, 5thplace
2019 Rocky Peak 50K, 3rd place
2019 Leona Divide 100K, 10th place
2018 San Joaquin River Trail 100K, 11th place
2017 Ray Miller 50 Miles, 8th place
2017 Bulldog 50K, 9th place