My name is Joshua Perez, and I was born and raised in North Philadelphia. I’m a married father of two, and have been a public servant for 26 years. I am employed by the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office at the rank of Inspector. Another role I hold which is important to me is President/Cofounder of SHRC. My business partner Ron Pichardo and I began the club in mid 2020, after two years of running and testing our endurance in various running events throughout the city. Our goal as a club is to create an inclusive platform within our own community which will help to empower and motivate individuals from all backgrounds, and to invest in physical health. We are educating people on the many benefits of running, including stress reduction and improved mental health. Also having the opportunity to aid our local cancer patients and their families through running is a privilege, as I’ve personally witnessed a loved one’s unfortunate journey with cancer. We are honored to be sponsored this year by the Love Run and Legacy of Hope! We intend to fulfill our commitment to bridging the gap between urban culture and distance running, while also supporting our community in any way we can.
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