DAVID ROESKE

DAVID ROESKE

OCCUPATION: PORTFOLIO MANAGER

OCCUPATION: PORTFOLIO MANAGER

We’ve all wanted to prove something to ourselves. For David Roeske, that was just the beginning. After crushing marathons and conquering Everest not once but twice, he started to value group accomplishments more than personal ones. “I thought running would be all about me,” he says. “Now I feel this incredible community and bond with other people. Everyone is pushing their own limit in some way and it’s just so pure.”

We’ve all wanted to prove something to ourselves. For David Roeske, that was just the beginning. After crushing marathons and conquering Everest not once but twice, he started to value group accomplishments more than personal ones. “I thought running would be all about me,” he says. “Now I feel this incredible community and bond with other people. Everyone is pushing their own limit in some way and it’s just so pure.”

He hadn’t always seen things so clearly, though. In the beginning, running was less about keeping healthy and more about staying fit. After a move from LA to New York and a handful of runs through Central Park, that started to change. He discovered a community beyond vanity. A few 5Ks later, and he was hooked. “It was an incredible means for me to realize things about myself and become a better person through that.”

He hadn’t always seen things so clearly, though. In the beginning, running was less about keeping healthy and more about staying fit. After a move from LA to New York and a handful of runs through Central Park, that started to change. He discovered a community beyond vanity. A few 5Ks later, and he was hooked. “It was an incredible means for me to realize things about myself and become a better person through that.”

One challenge after another led David from short races to full marathons — but still, he wasn’t done pushing the limits of his potential. A stroke of inspiration one Christmas Eve led him to tackle something even bigger. Much bigger. The world’s tallest mountain. In what he initially thought would be a more solitary experience, it was the coming together of a group that got him through the death zone and back down to safety. “After that experience, I even more clearly committed to myself I would put other people first,” he says. “You don’t know when the opportunity might rise and where you’re gonna be.”

 

Reinforcing what he learned through running, he was left asking himself a simple question: “How can I apply the same dedication to everything I do?”    

One challenge after another led David from short races to full marathons — but still, he wasn’t done pushing the limits of his potential. A stroke of inspiration one Christmas Eve led him to tackle something even bigger. Much bigger. The world’s tallest mountain. In what he initially thought would be a more solitary experience, it was the coming together of a group that got him through the death zone and back down to safety. “After that experience, I even more clearly committed to myself I would put other people first,” he says. “You don’t know when the opportunity might rise and where you’re gonna be.”

 

Reinforcing what he learned through running, he was left asking himself a simple question: “How can I apply the same dedication to everything I do?”    

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