HECTOR ESPINAL

HECTOR ESPINAL

OCCUPATION: PATIENT FINANCIAL ADVISOR

OCCUPATION: PATIENT FINANCIAL ADVISOR

It isn’t always about being the fastest. At least, not to Hector Espinal. As founder of We Run Uptown, he believes running is about more than finishing with a certain pace — it’s about finishing. Simple as that. Every time he laces up, he practices what he preaches. “I’m probably the slowest person in the running community in NYC, but I really don’t give a &#@k about that.”    

It isn’t always about being the fastest. At least, not to Hector Espinal. As founder of We Run Uptown, he believes running is about more than finishing with a certain pace — it’s about finishing. Simple as that. Every time he laces up, he practices what he preaches. “I’m probably the slowest person in the running community in NYC, but I really don’t give a &#@k about that.”    

Hector didn’t grow up athletic, let alone running for fun. It took his sister and some friends to get him started. Slow going at first, more of a walk than a jog, but something clicked. His confidence grew. He was off the couch, out of the house, running through the neighborhood he’s known all his life in a way that was entirely new — and he wanted to share his experience. With social posts as his medium of choice, he started recruiting friends. Before long, people from downtown, Brooklyn, all over, started showing up. With them, WRU Crew was born.

Hector didn’t grow up athletic, let alone running for fun. It took his sister and some friends to get him started. Slow going at first, more of a walk than a jog, but something clicked. His confidence grew. He was off the couch, out of the house, running through the neighborhood he’s known all his life in a way that was entirely new — and he wanted to share his experience. With social posts as his medium of choice, he started recruiting friends. Before long, people from downtown, Brooklyn, all over, started showing up. With them, WRU Crew was born.

After carving out a running community where one hadn’t existed, for Hec, the sport became as much about overcoming his own limits as it was helping others through their own. “If I can run a half marathon, and inspire someone to leave their couch and run one mile, I feel like that’s successful.”

 

This year, Hector’s ready to take things a few thousand steps further. “Training for a full marathon is no easy feat,” he says, “but I’ve got my family, I’ve got my crew, I’ve got all the people I hold dear pushing me every step of every mile.”

 

Will Hec finish? That’s impossible to tell. He says only one thing is certain: “It’s gonna be a story I can tell my son. When he gets older and says, ‘I can’t do this,’ I can always tell him, ‘I trained my ass off for this. There’s no reason that you can’t.’”    

After carving out a running community where one hadn’t existed, for Hec, the sport became as much about overcoming his own limits as it was helping others through their own. “If I can run a half marathon, and inspire someone to leave their couch and run one mile, I feel like that’s successful.”

 

This year, Hector’s ready to take things a few thousand steps further. “Training for a full marathon is no easy feat,” he says, “but I’ve got my family, I’ve got my crew, I’ve got all the people I hold dear pushing me every step of every mile.”

 

Will Hec finish? That’s impossible to tell. He says only one thing is certain: “It’s gonna be a story I can tell my son. When he gets older and says, ‘I can’t do this,’ I can always tell him, ‘I trained my ass off for this. There’s no reason that you can’t.’”    

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