From the Road Race to the Rat Race: Essays From a Black Executive Marathoner

This is an autobiography of Anthony Reed, MBA, MS, CPA, PMP. He went from being an overweight, non-athletic inner-city child, who was suspended from college, to earning two undergraduate and two graduate degrees and being inducted into the National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame. This 131-time marathoner is the first Black in the world to complete 26.2-mile marathons on all seven continents. More
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About Anthony Reed

Mr. Reed is an IT business professional and CPA with over 30 years of experience, including 25 years in management and executive positions. He’s appeared in the business, IT, travel, and sports sections of major newspapers, publications, and other media outlets across the country. This includes the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, PMI Today, CBS, NBC, USA Today, Runner’s World, Southern Living, Ebony, Go, Runner Triathlete, and the Journal of Accountancy.

He holds two graduate degrees (management and accounting) and two undergraduate degrees (management and mathematics). He’s also taught collegiate business, systems analysis, database design, accounting, and project management courses. He’s also a certified Supply Chain Manager. He served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas White Rock Marathon, Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), Running USA, software firms, and various local and international not-for-profit organizations.

His area of expertise has been analyzing and implementing financial (business and governmental), sales force, human resources, and manufacturing applications. He’s led multi-million dollar, international projects for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies and worked for a Big 4 CPA firm in their management advisory division.

He has spoken at national and international project management, HR, accounting, IT, supply chain, and software quality assurance conferences. He has over 50 articles and five books published. The articles have appeared in ComputerWorld, Datamation, Career Focus, and Runner’s World magazines. He’s also been featured on radio, television, and podcast programs.

This Hall of Fame marathoner and certified distance running coach was one of about forty people in the world, who completed the marathon “hat trick.” He finished (1) over one hundred marathons (2) on all seven continents and (3) each of the fifty States. He also completed fifty marathons in one State (TX). He’s won age group and weight division trophies along the way. Subsequently, his journeys were chronicled in his book, Running Shoes Are Cheaper Than Insulin: Marathon Adventures On All Seven Continents.

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