Randy Boyd is running for governor, literally. Starting Wednesday morning, he's running across Tennessee from Bristol to Memphis.
"I want to make Tennessee a better place. I want to make Tennessee the state of opportunity. Opportunity for a better education, opportunity for better jobs, and opportunity for everyone," he said.
This 537 mile journey is an opportunity for Boyd to see every county in our state on what he calls 'a granular level.’
"I don't think you're going to be a very good governor if you don't spend time visiting with folks and getting to understand their dreams and their concerns,” said Boyd.
He will be pounding the pavement for 85-to-100 days and Boyd welcomes anyone to join him. He is starting Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. under the Bristol sign. Rotary member Lisa Lundberg plans to be there with her running shoes on.
"There's something to be said about just running the streets. You passed so many people and you can just say 'hey', or recognize shops, just different things in the community that's going on,” said the wife of State Senator Jon Lundberg.
"You know I think as long as anybody is willing to put forth the effort, think outside the box, do different things. And I think what Randy has shown through the beginning of his campaign, from what I have seen, is that he is all about touching the community."
Boyd has already completed 34 marathons… and is training for two more this year. As he crosses the state... He is also leading by example... Encouraging us all to live healthier lives.
"We can't afford the health that we have. We have to be a healthier state if we're going to afford healthcare that we want."
He is also campaigning for healthier minds. He is a former advisor to Governor Bill Haslam on higher education and helped develop the Tennessee Promise program which offers two free years of community college or technical school.
Boyd is a businessman who started a company that makes 'the invisible fence' for dogs. He is also the former state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.
"First and foremost, we have to make sure that everyone, not just children, but adults, have the opportunity to get the education they need to meet the jobs of the future," said Boyd.