Boyd completes run from Bristol to Memphis

News release from Randy Boyd campaign

Memphis, Tenn. – Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for Governor, completed his historic 537.3 mile run across the entire length of Tennessee at the edge of the mighty Mississippi River in downtown Memphis today.

Boyd began his campaign run on the TN/VA state line in Bristol on August 2, finishing today, November 7, exactly one year from the day of the 2018 gubernatorial general election. He is the first candidate in Tennessee history to literally run the length of the state by running 537.3 miles from Bristol to Memphis as part of his campaign.

“We set out on this run to get to know the people and priorities of our great state in a slow and steady way, “Boyd said. “And even with a few cold and rainy early mornings, we had an incredible time along the run, with multiple stops each day listening and learning to the hopes, dreams, and concerns of voters in all 95 counties as we moved across the state.”

Not only did Boyd include dozens of campaign events and stops as he moved across the state during his run, but along the way, he also collected the active support and endorsements of more than 110 Tennessee mayors for his growing grassroots campaign for governor.

Boyd is the only candidate in the race to already have one or more campaign donors from all 95 counties of the state. That level of statewide leadership and grassroots support so early in a contested primary is unprecedented.

“I’ve referred to this run as my ‘Governor’s Training School,’ and it has been just that. This experience put me in direct touch with the issues that matter the most to Tennesseans. Issues like higher paying jobs, better schools, safer streets and neighborhoods, lower health care costs and more affordable insurance, better access to college and job training, and so many other issues vital to our families and communities,” Boyd said.

“I’m grateful to all of those who came out to run with me, to those who took the time to visit and share their thoughts with me at events, and to the dozens of people, places, and organizations we were able to highlight and salute along the way. This has been a real learning experience for me. It has prepared me to be a much better governor.”

Boyd, an avid runner, completed his 10th straight New York City marathon this past weekend, running with and escorting a Wounded Warrior, Afghanistan Marine veteran Manny Jimenez. In addition to his run across Tennessee, Boyd now has 35 full marathons and 49 half-marathons to his credit.

A successful entrepreneur, business and philanthropic leader, Boyd is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, which is headquartered in Knoxville. First started out of the back of Boyd’s van, the company today produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG, with more than 700 employees and annual revenues of $400 million.

Boyd previously served in Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as the state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and earlier while serving as the Governor’s Special Advisor on Higher Education was the architect of the state’s Drive to 55workforce development initiative, and the tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise scholarship programs to help more young people go to technical or community college tuition-free.

For more information about Randy Boyd and his campaign for Governor, please visit — like him on Facebook at RandyBoydTN, or follow him on Twitter @RandyBoyd.

2 Responses to Boyd completes run from Bristol to Memphis

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    Kay White says:

    Congratulations to Randy. This is a large accomplishment. Good for you! My prayer will be that these runs do not wear his body out. I know that he must enjoy running and it is a good sport but I am sure this must be hard on his body. I wish everyone in our race the best of health and we must pray one for the other.

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    Misty Partner says:

    Keep going!

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