Young, fit, strong, family man and brand ambassador are among the many words that can describe Carlos Rhor. Let’s get to know him better.
Where are you from?
I was born in Venezuela, but two weeks after my birth, my parents moved us to Guayaquil, Ecuador, the largest port city on the Pacific Ocean in Ecuador, where I spent my formative years. I moved to Houston, Texas in 2016 for new and better opportunities in the US and for a lifestyle change. Back home in Ecuador, everyone is “open carry”, and that’s frightening to be around. I just didn’t want my kids to grow up in fear and around guns. But I didn’t anticipate “open carry” to be a thing in Texas.
Tell us about your family.
I married my lovely wife, Daniella, in Ecuador in 2013. She was born in Gainesville, Florida, but she was raised in Ecuador after her dad finished college at the University of Florida. As of now, we have four kids: Javi (19), Kiana (8), Charlie (4), and Luca (2). My brother (Paulo) and my parents live in Austin, Texas.
What’s your profession?
I have been in sales in the plastic industry and I’m a sales professional for Independent Plastic. I studied IT and software development in Argentina. After graduating, I worked in Argentina and Ecuador; worked later in IT, software development, and sales; then pivoted to plastic sales. I decided that I’m not a geek, so I decided to leave software development for something more fun, like sales.
I was a brand Ambassador for Brooks in 2021 and 2022.
When did you start getting into running/walking?
I began running for fun in 2002. Then, I began serious training in 2017 because I thought running was the cheapest option and does not require a lot of time commitment. Well, it’s definitely not the cheapest option and it requires a lot of time commitment. Regardless, I still love running, and I have run 6 full marathons, including NYC 2022; 15 half marathons.
Why did you start?
To lose weight, and stay fit.
What are your most memorable races?
New York City Marathon 2022. The atmosphere, the crowd support, and the city itself is the most amazing city. Millions of people, cars, and businesses just stop for the race. The noise and vibe is crazy. From the moment you land in NYC to the post-race experience, just awesome.
Are any races lined up?
The Woodlands Half, Houston Half, CIM in 2023
Do you have any fitness/wellness/race goals for 2023?
Get stronger and faster, chasing my BQ dream one day!
Other interesting facts/info:
At one time, I was 250lbs, sick and sad. One day, I started working out, and I’ve never stopped since that day. I’ve done 5K, 10K, 21K, and 6 full 42K. Also did Tri, Olympic distance and 70.3. One of my dreams is to run the 6 majors and do a full ironman at least once. I love running, coffee, beer, and my KARC friends! My favorite race so far was NYC 2022.