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Miler Pablo Solares: Renaissance man

February 04, 2015

Painter, financial adviser, sub-4 minute Miler, Imagining More co-founder and fiancé of two-time Olympian Shannon Rowbury

By Ken Goe, The Oregonian

BEAVERTON — At this point, Pablo Solares might not have time for a professional running career.

Not that it's stopping him.

Solares stunned track fans last week by clicking off a time of 3 minutes, 56.86 seconds to win a low-key Mile race at the Armory in New York City.

While entry times haven't been set for the 2016 World Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held in Portland, the entry window is open and Solares' time almost certainly will get him in.

And it means life could become very complicated for the 30-year-old Beaverton resident.

Solares, who represented Mexico in the 2008 World Indoor Championships and the 2009 World Outdoor Championships and holds the Mexican records in the 800, 1500 and indoor Mile, basically retired from competitive running last year after a frustrating series of injuries.

"It's no longer my priority," Solares says.

He began work this week as a high-end financial adviser for Merrill Lynch. He is a professional painter with commissions to do two murals for Oregon State University and another for the Portland Mercado, and has an exhibit of his paintings planned for May at Beaverton City Hall.

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