Running Shoes Are Cheaper Than Insulin: An Interview With Tony Reed

Around nine years old, St. Louis native, Tony, was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic and was told that he would become insulin dependent as a teenager. After reading the book New Aerobics by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, he set a lifelong goal of averaging three miles a day of running to avoid insulin. Since 1979, he's logged over 50,000 miles of running, averaged three miles per day, and is still not on insulin.

Along the way, this Dallas resident completed 132 marathons (26.2 miles), fifty marathons in one state (Texas), and a marathon in all fifty states. He's also the first Black in the world to run marathons on all seven continents, including Antarctica.

During this interview, this business executive and two-time national distance running hall of fame inductee talks about going from the St. Louis projects to becoming an international, history making marathoner. He also wrote, directed, and produced the award winning documentaries (and related shorts) Breaking Three Hours: Trailblazing African American Women Marathoners and We ARE Distance Runners.

Awards for We ARE Distance Runners feature-length documentary and related shorts