Roel Santos Jr. found himself caught up in the daily grind.

The Alice native and former manager of Gamestop in Alice is working in San Antonio for AT&T. At 36, he works full-time and is happily married with two young children. He has everything he wants, but he felt he was missing something — exercise.

So, what started out as a joke turned into a goal and now it’s also a venture into giving back like his father, Roel Santos, did for so many years in Alice through La Onda, a group which regularly held benefits for those in need.

Once Santos decided he was going to begin exercising, Santos joked with his wife that he would run a marathon. It was a lofty goal for someone who wasn’t running or exercising regularly. Still, he made up his mind earlier this year that he would begin working out and training for the upcoming Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon San Antonio.

He began slowly, jogging as much as four miles indoors on a treadmill. He eventually went outdoors and began regularly running as much as eight miles at a time. He progressed from there. With months to go before the marathon, Santos, who in high school starred for the Alice Coyote basketball team, is feeling confident.

“I feel good. I’m 36, but I feel like I did in high school,” he said with a laugh. “It’s sort of a comeback.”

The Humana Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon is Dec. 1 and 2.

And Santos used his quest to run a marathon into an opportunity to raise money for charity. Santos signed up for the Marathon as a St. Jude Hero, which means he is helping raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Upon registering for the marathon, he was given a page accessible through the Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon Website which allows him to set a fundraising goal and accept online contributions. He has a goal of raising $1,000 and to date, he’s raised almost 25-percent.

Santos asks that anyone interesting in contributing to his fundraising efforts to visit the Humana Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon website.