Robert Espinoza (left) at the start of the 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & 1/2
Friday, July 3, 2015 – Today we pay respects to our friend and community leader, Fleet Feet Savannah co-owner Robert A. Espinoza, who left us too soon on June 25, 2015. Robert was a man with many nicknames from ‘Jog Father’ to ‘Running Guru.’ Regardless of how you knew him, running and Robert were synonymous in Savannah. Anytime there was an event involving running, Robert had a hand in it and the event was always better from his influence.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah is no different. Robert was an enthusiastic advocate and driving force behind bringing our race to town. He could foresee a place for Rock ‘n’ Roll among Savannah’s growing running community and he rallied passionately to bring this vision to life. Over the past four years of the race Robert was a valuable part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll team, offering support from operations to marketing, to all things in-between – there was never a problem he couldn’t find a solution to. Robert was an advocate, friend and endless resource providing insight and guidance on Savannah’s course design. Robert’s efforts ensured the city’s beauty was always on display, balanced with the practicality of a route favoring runners.
The hole Robert has left behind is tremendous, but we are thankful that the strong running community he helped build will rally together and do him proud. We know for many running in Savannah will no longer be the same, but it will always be better because of Robert’s influence. Come November and each day in-between we know Robert will be there with us, cheering everyone across the finish line. His legacy will live on through all runners.
Rest in peace, our friend.