Rest in Peace
Johnny Hilario
03/29/94 - 1/11/16

Johnny Hiario passed away from cancer at the age of 21 on January 11th, 2016 from complications of Germ Cell Cancer.

Johnny would attend Del Sol High School in Las Vegas Nevada and graduate in the class of 2012. It was during his time in high school that Johnny would discover his passion for running, competing for the Dragons in both cross country and track. Johnny would go on to set personal marks in every distance from the 800m to the 3200.

Upon graduating, Johnny would become a member of Ninja Endurance Racing and have an immediate impact in the local racing community. During his time at Ninja Endurance Racing Johnny competed officially in 19 events, ranging from the 400m to the half marathon.

Johnny Hilario's running career began during his sophomore year at Del Sol High School as a member of the track and field sprint team. It wouldn't be till that fall that Johnny would transition from sprints to distance joining the Dragons cross country program. Through hard work, Johnny would transition from a member of the junior varsity team to become the team's 6th overall runner. Johnny would go on to place 63rd overall at the Sunrise Region meet posting a season best 19:58 at Veterans Memorial Park. As a senior Hilario would move up to become the teams fourth overall runner. Johnny would have successful races as the season neared its end beginning at the Falcon Cross Country Invitational with his 42nd place 15:29 finish for the 2.5 mile course. At the Southeast Division race Hilario would have one of this best races crossing the line in 18:43 (38th overall). His final season of track and field witness record setting performances. In March at the Las Vegas Track Classic Johnny would post a 4:39 placing 16th in the men's 1,500m and finish the 5,000 in 17:24 to set a new personal record. A month later at the Skyhawk Invitational, Johnny would set a PRs in the 1600m with his 4:51 20th place finish and the 3200m in 10:37 8th place. In June of 2012, Johnny would run his first half marathon in 1:25:49 finishing 8th overall. In August, Johnny would post a 37:32 10K debut time while finishing 3rd overall at the ET 10K. 2013 would witness Johnny kick off the season with a runner up performance in the 5K, running 16:53 at the Trot for Spirit race in February. In May at the Run for the House 5K, Johnny would place 3rd overall with a brand new PR of 16:26. Johnny has stated that he is "not afraid of new challenges and is always looking for new running experiences. Seeking to become a stronger and smarter runner and test my limits while having fun in races." It was through his performances that he earned a scholarship for Coffeyville Community College where he set school records in the 5,000m and various other events.

Following his two years at Coffeyville, Johnny signed with Minot State in North Dakota to compete for in 2015. Unfortunately, Johnny would be diagnosed with Germ Cell Cancer midway through 2015. The cancer which is normally testicular formed in Johnny's midsection attacking his liver, lungs, and pancreas. After initial chemotherapy treatments, doctors believed Johnny's cancer was being beaten. However at the end of 2015, 4 more tumors were found, this time in his brain. The tumors would go on to rupture causing him to go into a seizure. Johnny would be placed on life support for 24 hours before being pronounced dead at 9:03AM on January 11th, 2016.

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