Eddie Reymond

Hall of Fame • Class of 2011

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.