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About the Characters

Meet two of the subjects of the documentary Up Heartbreak Hill.


Thomas Martinez Thomas spent one year at Eastern New Mexico University before transferring to University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and then to Diné College. He spent time living in Albuquerque, where he worked as an assistant coach at a local high school alongside his former coach Gavin Sosa. After some time off from school, Thomas recently re-enrolled at Diné College, where Gavin is now the cross-country coach. Thomas has begun running again and will start classes shortly. He plans to study journalism and photography and hopes one day to launch a magazine featuring Native art and fashion.


Tamara Hardy Tamara spent one semester at Fort Lewis College before returning home. She is currently studying at University of New Mexico - Gallup, along with two of her siblings, and expects to receive her associate’s degree in computer science in December 2012. Afterward she plans to continue her studies in pursuit of her bachelor’s degree. In August 2011, Tamara gave birth to a baby boy, and she is raising him with help from her family.

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