Michael Roberts

I’ve been a runner all my life and can remember running across the neighborhood in my youth before I had my first bicycle. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I began running more than a mile at a time. I decided to run my first marathon in 1983 just one day before the race. I didn’t pay
attention to the weather forecast and ended up running through a typhoon during the second half of the race. I immediately fell in love with running the marathon distance but did not understand anything about marathon training; I simply ran because I enjoyed it. I fell out of running during the 90’s and 00’s due to family, home, and career but decided to run The Woodlands Marathon in 2016 after a 28-year absence from racing. It wasn’t until joining KARC in 2017 that I learned what a “long run” is. Being a
member of KARC has made a significant difference in my running, training, racing, and life in general. Where else could I (or anyone else) go for so much inspiration, motivation, encouragement, knowledge, accountability, comradery, and fun? These same benefits are available to every member and have helped me complete many races ranging from 5Ks to marathons to
ultramarathons to Ironman triathlons. I’ve experienced many high points as well as low points over the years. I’ve learned a lot of lessons the hard way. Now it’s my turn to give back to the local running community and I’d like to do that by serving on the KARC Board of Directors. I have been a Katy resident since 2002. I have been married to my beautiful bride, Jean, since 1988 and together we have one daughter who just gave birth to our first grandchild in 2023. I retired from an accounting/finance career in the energy industry and have served as Treasurer for a local youth soccer club and a local church.