Roel Santos is a Texas-based runner who finds meaning in the family traditions of running, parenthood, and cultural heritage. We love the joy he brings to life and sport, so we wanted to hear more about his story on and off the course.
Hey Roel, tell us a little about yourself.
I‚Äôm 38 years old, born and raised in South Texas in Alice, TX. I grew up always loving sports‚Äîmostly basketball, but I loved to run. I always found a place of peace when I did that. My uncle was a runner, as was my dad. The competitive edge they both had ran deep in our family. As I got older, I always talked about running marathons, and in 2018 I finally achieved the dream of running a marathon as I ran the Rock N Roll here in San Antonio.
Since then I‚Äôve run two half marathons and am planning on running the Chicago Marathon next year. In the process of running and training for the marathons I raised over $1,500 for St Jude being a Hero for the foundation.
What's the most important thing you've been a part of and why?
First and foremost, my family. Being a father, and husband has been such a blessing. My wife and kids motivate me to be the best version of myself every single day. I couldn‚Äôt ask for more, seeing their faces everyday just reminds me I need to be on my A game.
Second, being my father‚Äôs son. Growing up in the same town he did was a cool experience. Sometimes I couldn‚Äôt go anywhere without someone knowing who I was, because I‚Äôm a spitting image of my father. He was very involved in the community, with fundraisers and helping people in need. He always wanted me and my sisters to understand our heritage and where we came from because it was important to him.