World-class M45 runner Castillo dies in accident
Sad word has arrived that M45 middle-distance star Roberto Castillo of Miami died Oct. 23 — he was killed by a motorist. He was buried Tuesday, and the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported his passing. In 1998, Roberto won the M40 golds at 800 and 1500 at the Maine masters nationals in 2:00.67 and 4:07.02. He took fourth at the 1999 Orlando nationals in the M40 1500 with a 4:18.61.
Returning to Orono, Maine, for the 2002 masters nationals, he won the M45 800 in 2:00.92, a time that ranked best in the world for his age group.
In March 2003, Castillo ran a masters exhibition 3000 (won by Tony Young) at the USATF indoor championships in Boston in 9:07.52.
At the Puerto Rico world masters meet in 2003 — apparently his last big masters meet — he was second in the M45 800:
1 Crossland, David M45 Great Britain 2:01.26 1:49.82 92.64%
2 Castillo, Roberto M46 United States 2:03.09 1:50.64 91.95%
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Runner Castillo killed
Posted November 3 2005
Lost in the chaos of Hurricane Wilma was the tragic death of Roberto Castillo.
The runner and cyclist from Miami was struck by a motorist on Oct. 23 while waiting for a group of riders for a training ride in the Redlands. He was 48.
His memorial was Sunday, his funeral Tuesday. Many of his friends were without power and unaware of his death.
Castillo was a fixture on the South Florida racing scene for 20 years. He was a masters national track and field champion and masters cyclist. He placed in the top five three times at the World Masters Track and Field Championships.
Friends remember his pleasant demeanor, friendly smile and humility that put people at ease.
“He was a wonderful man,” said Brian Keno of Fort Lauderdale, a friend and former competitor. “I just saw him last month at Rosewood [Bike Races] and he started explaining to me how to race criteriums when he found out I was getting into biking.
“We would duel it out in the road races many times. He gave me hope as an older guy that you can win against any age. He beat people half his age. I remember racing him neck-and-neck at Calle Ocho five years ago. He just wouldn’t give up and beat me in the last half mile with his amazing miler’s speed.”
Added brother Bruce Keno of Hollywood: “This is such a big loss to the running and cycling community. He touched thousands of people and was so well-respected.
“I believe Roberto was a hurricane casualty. He was such a competitor that even a hurricane couldn’t stop his fierce training regimen. I caution all cyclists to ride the stationary bike until things get back to normal.”
Castillo’s son, Robert, a junior sports management major at Florida International University, followed in his father’s footsteps and is a middle distance runner.
In addition to Robert, Castillo is survived by wife Diana and daughter Diana, 15.