Roquel runs Portland Marathon


Liz Perez

“Hard work and dedication will end up being worth it,” said junior Santos Roquel, who recently competed in the Portland marathon.

Running on a rainy gloomy day in 62 degree Fahrenheit weather, junior Santos Roquel was trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon on October 9, 2016. He has been dreaming of completing this dream since he was eight years old and with the help of the Beaverton Becky Fit coach he was able to run on the Portland Marathon that would let him qualify for the Boston Marathon if he completed the requirements.

Unfortunately, Roquel got a cramp six miles before he finished the marathon causing him to take longer than expected, but he is still unsure why the cramp started. “Maybe I just didn’t warm up enough or the unexpected weather threw me off,” said Roquel.

With seven months of training four times a week, he was able to finish in 247th place out of 14,000 people.

“It was an awesome experience, to be able to compete against 14,000 people and finish [in] 247th place,” said Roquel.

Over three hours in, Roquel was relieved to finish the marathon. “I was really tired since I had gotten a cramp in my leg muscle and it wasn’t easy for me to finish,” said Roquel.

With a great experience and encouragement from his peers, Roquel seemed happy and motivated that anything could be possible now.

Even though Roquel did not end up qualifying for the Boston Marathon, he became a big encouragement at Beaverton High School. Roquel showed that once you set a goal, you can accomplish it if you try your hardest and keep thinking positive through the whole process.

Roquel may have not qualified for the Boston marathon this time, but he signed up for the Eugene Marathon in May to continue striving for his dream of qualifying for the Boston marathon.