On June 4, 2019, Ariel Laguilles became the first person to run the entire length of the Camino Ignaciano (Ignatian Way). It took him 8 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes to complete the 408 mile route through Spain that St. Ignatius walked almost 500 years ago, from his birthplace in Loyola to the town of Manresa, where he developed the Spiritual Exercises.
The pain in my ankle and the fatigue in my body were just a part of the experience, and instead of letting it drain me, I accepted it and focused more on the simple joys that running along the Camino Ignaciano would bring.
Ariel is a product of Jesuit education, having attended Gonzaga College High School and Boston College, and served as a Jesuit Volunteer. Ariel is now back in DC, working at Gonzaga as Chair of the Modern Language Dept. He is also an assistant coach for the cross country team.