Born and raised in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, Flash Santoro moved to Arizona in 2000 and joined the Sole Sports team in July 2008. He ran cross-country and track in high school and continued to run throughout college at the University of Connecticut for his undergraduate degree and Central Connecticut State University for his graduate degree.
Competing now in Open and Masters’ competitions at the National and World level, Flash is still quite impressive on the track, with results that make most of us shake our head in disbelief. His favorite distance is the 3K on the track and his most memorable race was at the 2016 World Masters’ Athletics Championships in Lyon, France. At the start of the 5K, Flash looked around at his competitors and wished each of them well in their native language. The officials were trying to get everyone to line up, but all the competitors walked over from their place on the line and hugged and shook Flash’s hand, with one of the Brits exclaiming, "Impressive, mate!" At that moment all the nations came together, egos were put aside and the entire field realized they were just happy to be there and fortunate to compete.
Outside of working at Sole Sports, Flash also owns a successful coaching business, where he coaches runners aged 10 through 100 (OK, not literally 100). His coaching philosophy revolves around the principles of hard work, realistic goal setting and positive thinking. His main goal is to inspire his runners to be lifetime athletes, stay healthy and enjoy all aspects of running, while getting faster along the way.
In addition to running, Flash enjoys spending time with his teenage daughter, travelling, playing ultimate frisbee and video games. A fun fact about Flash that not very many know about is he can speak over 10 different languages.