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Name: Joe Raymond

Location: Waynesboro, MS


Twitter: Run8va

Instagram: run8va

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Joe Raymond

Favorite Quote:

“Do good stuff.”  When I first started running in 2011 a group of friends invited me to be a part of their running group called Jonnie’s Goodguys. They were a running and trying to raise awareness for heart health and Marfan Syndrome after a loss of a close friend.  We were instrumental in the National Marfan Foundation starting their charity running team and kicked off with a fundraising team for the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon.  Since then Jonnie’s Goodguys has become a fully functioning non-profit organization. Their motto is “do good stuff.” Regardless of whether you’re running or not, do good stuff for yourself and for others.

Why do you run?

I run to empower myself and to spread the message of goodwill.  I run year round for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  I am on pace to raise my 10,000 dollar for St. Jude next spring since I started fundraising in 2012.  I have a very strong personal passion for giving back to the hospital.

Favorite place to run:

There is a local sportsplex in my town that has 4 little league baseball fields.  It was the host of the 2013 Dixie Youth Little League World Series.  I am an avid baseball fan and love running around the sportsplex while there are games and practices going on.  Seeing children working to get better and enjoying the game and enjoying what they do is fantastic.

Running gear you can not live without:

My Garmin Forerunner! I am in a constant state of pace checking. I have to have my Garmin to function during any run no matter the distance.

When not running where would we find you?

In my classroom. I teach high school and middle school band. This includes weekly after school rehearsals, pep rallies, football games, basketball games, weekend competitions, and night time concerts.  The busy schedule sometimes hinders my training, but is worth it if it benefits my students to achieve a goal.

Favorite post race fuel:

I’m a fan of chocolate milk and beer. Who isn’t right?

Song you want to hear at the finish line:

My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up) by Fall Out Boy