Starting at a young age in Hazleton, Justin C. Sandy, 33, found a passion for running. He became a member then a coach for Misericordia University’s cross country and track and field programs. “It was at Misericordia that I also garnered the profound satisfaction that was achieved from serving others. The charisms of mercy, service, justice and hospitality make the core of that University and have stuck with me today,” Sandy, 33, explained.
Upon graduating with a bachelor degrees in management and business administration and a minor in marketing, followed by a master’s degree in organizational management, Sandy journeyed into the business world as director of the Scranton Running Co.
“It was here that I have found a home and an opportunity to work with not-for-profit companies to create viable fundraisers to support their missions, while also providing the community with chances to better their lifestyles,” he said.
His responsibilities include coordinating races in the NEPA region, predominantly performed by charities. “I strive to put on the best possible race for their entrants by managing race registration, providing direction with race course development, awards, participant swag and providing general operating direction,” he explained, “I am constantly looking for new ways to better our services through testing the latest technologies and web programs.” Outside of race management Sandy can be found in the Olive Street store helping customers with their running shoe selections.
Sandy said every coach, teacher, boss, friend or stranger he has encountered has offered some type of life lesson or advice which has helped shaped him into who he is today. “I have been very fortunate to have good ones over my time and probably none better than my parents who above all taught me what it means to be a good person and how to make the choices to try and be known as just that,” said Sandy.
His favorite part of the day begins in the early morning with a long walk with his dog and then easing into the early hours at the store spending more individualized time with customers.
In addition to this award, Sandy is also proud of the Scranton Half Marathon being named by Competitor Magazine as the country’s Best Half Marathon.
“I want to make a difference in our community. It’s what I strive for,” he said.