Make A Difference Events took 'seed' in the early summer of 2011 when veteran Texas event directors Carl Owens and Rick Margiotta began laying out plans for a new 'homegrown' event in San Antonio.  With extensive experience in the management and production of large scale, fitness events dating back to their first events in the mid 1980’s and a vision for events that could truly 'make a difference' - the company was formed in early 2012.  

The goal of Make a Difference Events has been to bring together their combined knowledge and experience to create a vision for a truly special running and fitness event in San Antonio that will also support and encourage healthy and fit lifestyles. In doing so, Make a Difference Events’ mission is to have a positive impact on helping thousands of individuals create healthier lifestyles while providing an event of high quality.  It is also to provide San Antonio with a true 'signature' running event that will attain national respect and finally provide the City with a big event that is unique to SA and 'home grown'.  Sometimes folks forget that there is a difference between being fit and being healthy so our goal is not just a Fit City, but one that is also Healthy!


Make a Difference Events Co-Founders – Carl Owens & Rick Margiotta 

Carl has been involved in producing and directing participatory fitness events since 1986 while Rick has been at it since 1990. Both Carl and Rick are recognized by USA Triathlon as 'pioneers in the sport of triathlon', two of only four Texans so recognized by the sport’s U.S. governing body. Both are inductees into the Texas Triathlon Hall of Fame for their contributions to the sport and in early 2013 Carl was also inducted into the USA Triathlon South Mid-West Hall of Fame. Between them they have directed, produced, consulted or helped on well over 100 events, many of them major productions including events such as…

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        (Click on an event to learn more about it)

Both Carl and Rick also understand the participant side of events having both competed in numerous triathlon and running events over the years. This has given them a perspective that adds to their ability to understand – and incorporate into their events - what separates an ‘okay’ event from a great event. As an example of their own event participation backgrounds, Rick completed the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championship in 1996 along with finishing Ironman Canada in 1992 and 1993 and the Lake Placid Ironman in 1999. Rick still competes in triathlons on occasion and remains an active mountain biker. Carl competed in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championship in 1985 and again in 1986.  He currently still competes from time to time in U.S. Master's Swimming along with 5K and 10K road races on occasion.

For a description of some of the events Carl and Rick have produced, click here.

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