39, Vice President of Government & Community Relations and Customer Satisfaction at AutoZone, Board Member for Memphis in May, YMCA Metro Memphis Board of Directors, New Memphis Institute Board of Governors, Habitat for Humanity Advisory Council, University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics Advisory Council, and Tennessee Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments.

Why I got involved with Great American River Run: As a Memphis in May Board Member, I’m extremely excited about us having an in-person race and supporting the team’s hard work in organizing such a wonderful and safe event. I’m also looking forward to completing my first half marathon. It’s an added bonus that the race takes place along one of the most scenic parts of the area.

How I Trained: I began by just walking, about 3 to 4 times a week for a month. I then progressed to a combination of walking and jogging. After a few months of walking and jogging, I transitioned to primarily jogging about 20 to 25 miles every week. 

Race Day Must-Have: Hoka running shoes 

Who’s Cheering Me On: My wife, Dr. Shanea McKinney, and our son, Gethers 

Course Highlight: I’m most looking forward to the stretch of the race along Riverside Drive. You simply cannot beat the views of the mighty Mississippi River and Tom Lee Park. 

How I’m Celebrating: With friends and family, likely around my Big Green Egg cooker.

Big Win: I’ve lost over 45 pounds since November 1, 2020, when I started running.

Most Memorable Run: The very first time that I jogged over 6 miles, which was only a few months ago.

My Inspiration: Being able to keep up with our 4-year-old son, Gethers.

Bucket List: Finishing the St. Jude Half Marathon

Vice: Snacking after 8 pm

Fave Jam Song: Flashlight by Parliament 

Motto: Pray as if everything depends on the Lord, work as if everything depends on you.

Photo by Tindall Stephens