Weekend Warrior: Bryan Hayes, 43

“My favorite fitness accomplishment has been to use my love of running as a way to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.”

Occupation: Touring Songwriter/Producer/Recording Engineer

Sport: Running

Family: Wife, Angela, and four dogs (all rescues: Trooper, Morgan, Custer, and Guy Clark).

Fit Club: Founder and member of Team I Wanna Run (TIWR). TIWR raises money and awareness for Wounded Warrior Project. You can learn more at http://bryanhayesmusic.com/iwannarun.

Bragging Rights: MRTC 10K at Shelby Farms, the Two Lakes Trail Run 7.6 Miler at Montgomery Bell State Park, and the Chickasaw Trace 6.6 Miler at Chickasaw State Park. I did not place, but I finished!

Favorite Fitness Accomplishment: My favorite fitness accomplishment has been to use my love of running as a way to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. I am an Army National Guard Veteran, and I did a tour in Iraq in 2010. Being able to run in order to help our veterans is truly an honor and privilege for me.

Most Memorable WW Event: I vividly remember my first half- marathon. It was The Frostbite Half-Marathon at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. It was early February, the temp was in the 20s, and there was light snow and freezing rain. I remember that I would sweat and it would freeze on my shirt and toboggan. I smile every time I think about it.

I ❤ Running:I love everything about running. My wife and I train together, so I love the time we get to spend together on the trails. I love the way it makes me feel mentally and physically, and I love that I get to use it as a way to give back to our military.

Best Eats: I love Mexican food! I don’t think there is a local Mexican restaurant that I don’t like. The one we frequent the most is El Chapultepec. For me it’s always the #11 and a draft beer!

WW Must-Haves: For the trails I have to have New Balance 810s, and for the road I really like New Balance 775s.

Bucket List: I hope to run at all of the Tennessee State Parks and all of the National Parks Battlefields.

What Famous Person Would You Like To Have Dinner With? That’s an easy one for me. If I could have dinner with anyone, it would have to be Christ.

Quote: While I was deployed, we began every mission with a prayer, and we would end that prayer with the Bible verse Joshua 1:9. I still recite this verse before every race: “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Interview by Hailey Thomas

Photo by Sarah McAlexander

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