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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Marathoner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spam
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Hills Build Character.

Birthplace

Born:
7/2/1955
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Marathoner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spam
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Hills Build Character.

Birthplace

Born:
7/2/1955
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Marathoner Anthony R. Reed was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 2, 1955. At the age of eight, Reed was diagnosed with a pre-diabetic condition. He graduated from John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, Missouri in 1973. Reed graduated from Webster University with his B.A. degrees in mathematics and business management in 1978. After enrolling at Abilene Christian University in Dallas, Reed received his M.B.A. degree in business administration in 1982. He went on to earn his M.S. degree in accounting and his certification in supply chain management from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1992 and 2008, respectively. Reed is a Certified Public Accountant and certified Project Management Professional.

In 1977, Reed began his professional career as a computer programmer. He moved from St. Louis to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in 1978, and worked in IT management and executive positions for various Dallas-based organizations. In these roles, Reed was responsible for overseeing US or worldwide information technology applications. As an adjunct professor, Reed taught management, IT, accounting, and project management courses; and has authored over fifty books and articles. Since 1994, he has managed his own international accounting and project management consulting firm, Anthony R. Reed, CPA P.C. In addition to his academic and professional achievements, Reed is an accomplished marathoner. He began long-distance running in 1975 to combat his pre-diabetic condition. Reed, a certified running coach, is the first African American to compete in marathons (26.2 miles/42.2K) on all seven continents, including Antarctica. He also completed over one-hundred and twenty marathons in forty-eight states, and won trophies in various age groups and weight divisions. Reed is also on the Dallas (formerly White Rock) Marathon board of directors.

Reed’s published memoir is Running Shoes Are Cheaper than Insulin: Marathon Adventures on All Seven Continents. Additionally, he has written for publications such as Runner’s World and Computerworld. Reed has been featured in Southern Living, Ebony, the Journal of Accountancy, the Black MBA Magazine, and Runner’s World, among others.

In 2004, Reed, along with Charlotte Simmons-Foster, co-founded the National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA), which is the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization that promotes distance running in the Black community. Reed is a charter member of the Black Data Processing Association’s (BDPA) Dallas Chapter and was active in the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). Reed has worked as a professional speaker for corporations, educational institutions, and professional organizations and was a member of the National Speakers Association. Reed is a member of Transforming Life Christian Church, where his wife, Deborah, is a minister.

Anthony R. Reed was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 28, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Anthony Reed describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Anthony Reed talks about his maternal family's connection to the Windsor plantation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Anthony Reed describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Anthony Reed describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Anthony Reed describes his paternal family's move to Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Anthony Reed talks about his father's young adult years and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Anthony Reed describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Anthony Reed remembers his uncle Prince Coleman, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Anthony Reed talks about his parents' separation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Anthony Reed lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Anthony Reed talks about his brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Anthony Reed describes his childhood household
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Anthony Reed describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Anthony Reed talks about his relationship with his brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Anthony Reed describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Anthony Reed talks about his early influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Anthony Reed remembers his childhood interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Anthony Reed remembers visiting Washington, D.C. after the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Anthony Reed remembers visiting Mississippi as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Anthony Reed describes his early interest in bowling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Anthony Reed talks about his childhood in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Anthony Reed recalls his early interest in music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Anthony Reed remembers his church activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Anthony Reed recalls attending John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Anthony Reed remembers being diagnosed with prediabetes as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Anthony Reed talks about overcoming his speech impediment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Anthony Reed remembers the impacts of race and class on his experiences at John Burroughs School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Anthony Reed remembers influential figures from John Burroughs School in Ladue, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Anthony Reed recalls enrolling at Washington University in St. Louis in Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Anthony Reed remembers the death of a friend
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Anthony Reed describes how he managed his prediabetes condition through running
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Anthony Reed talks about his running habits during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Anthony Reed remembers influential peers from Washington University in St. Louis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Anthony Reed recalls attending Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Anthony Reed remembers applying to Texas Christian University for graduate school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Anthony Reed recalls transitioning from Texas Christian University to Abilene Christian University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Anthony Reed talks about working at Texas Instruments Incorporated in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Anthony Reed recalls studying business at Abilene Christian University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Anthony Reed remembers a business philosophy course at Abilene Christian University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Anthony Reed remembers his decision to run in his first marathon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Anthony Reed talks about influential black marathoners
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Anthony Reed describes distance runner Ted Corbitt
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Anthony Reed talks about the technological changes in running gear
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Anthony Reed remembers training for his first marathon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Anthony Reed talks about pacing himself while running
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Anthony Reed describes the phases of distance running
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Anthony Reed talks about his plans to run in the Boston Marathon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Anthony Reed remembers running marathons in China, Antarctica and Kenya
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Anthony Reed talks about his sponsorship deal with Spira Footwear, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Anthony Reed remembers becoming the first African American to run a marathon on each continent
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Anthony Reed talks about his most challenging marathon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Anthony Reed describes experimental running procedures
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Anthony Reed recalls competing in a biathlon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Anthony Reed talks about his running mentors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Anthony Reed recalls forming the National Black Marathoner's Association
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Anthony Reed describes his consulting and professional speaking work
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Anthony Reed talks about his book, 'Running Shoes are Cheaper than Insulin'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Anthony Reed describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Anthony Reed shares his advice to young runners
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Anthony Reed reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Anthony Reed reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Anthony Reed talks about his children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Anthony Reed describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Anthony Reed narrates his photographs