Eddie Reymond joined the KTC in 1999. It wasn't long before Reymond was
deeply involved in the KTC under the guidance of Allan Morgan.
Reymond, through his business The Health Shoppe, started sponsoring KTC
races in 2000 and has been a sponsor for one of KTC's major races for
each of the last eleven years. His sponsorship began with the River Run
and for the last nine years it's been the New Year's Day 5K. Reymond has
directed the New Year's Day 5K for the last nine years as well. Reymond
has also volunteered and worked many finish lines over the years. His
Health Shoppe has helped support KTC team trips to the Florida Keys Relay;
Hood to Coast Relay; Bourbon Chase, and others.
For his community involvement, Reymond directed the West Hills 5K for
four years, with proceeds benefiting the West Hills Community Park and
Greenway and has co-coached the Bearden Middle School Cross-Country team
for the last four years. Reymond and his son were frequent volunteers
for the KTC Greenway mileage marker project.
In 2010 The Health Shoppe/Knoxville Performance Lab was the main sponsor
for the Hal Canfield Mile Race. Reymond continuously promotes volunteerism
among his 35-member Health Shoppe staff; they all have been involved at
some point in almost every aspect of our club especially being a huge
backbone of the Knoxville Marathon. Reymond has donated gift certificates
from his business to a majority of the KTC races as well as non-KTC races.
Reymond was on the Long Distance Committee for four years and the KTC
Board of Directors for five years. He suggested several ideas which were
adopted and are in place today such as the point system for the Grand
Prix contest, volunteer awards and the team competition. Reymond oversaw
the team competition for the first three years and the winner's trophy
is named the Eddie Reymond Cup.
Reymond has helped well over a thousand athletes from different sports,
including Olympic and pro-athletes, with nutritional advice and guidance.
All four of the recent young finalists for the Footlocker National Cross-Country
Championships in San Diego were athletes that he worked with on nutrition.
For his business, he hires post collegiate athletes and accommodates them
with their training schedules so they may reach their full potential.
Reymond also suggested and helped develop a KTC post-collegiate aid program
for local talent trying to reach the next level in track and field as
well as cross-country. With the launch of his new Knoxville Performance
Lab, Eddie has brought possibly the best cutting-edge training and testing
facility in the south right here to the Knoxville community.
Last, but certainly not the least, Reymond's greatest contribution to
the success of the Knoxville Track Club was in 2004 when he proposed The
Knoxville Marathon. Prior to that, the KTC had a tight budget and a yearly
struggle to maintain quality programs. Reymond co-founded the marathon
with Zane Hagy. As its first director, Reymond spent over 1000 volunteer
hours making the inaugural Knoxville Marathon a huge success. He remains
a key member of the Marathon Advisory Committee. The continued and increased
success of the Knoxville Marathon under the guidance of Jason Altman,
among others, has placed the KTC on solid financial ground and enabled
KTC to establish several programs and gifts to the Knoxville community
such as the gift of mileage markers on all 35 miles of City of Knoxville
and Knox County Greenways. In addition, marathon funds have supplemented
the KTC Youth Athletic Program which had over 7000 local participants
in 2010 and hundreds of kids were also able to participate in Knoxville
Marathon programs, like the Kids Mile. As a result of Reymond's determination
and tireless efforts to establish The Knoxville Marathon, the Knoxville
Track Club is in a much better position to serve our members and our community.