Toni Reavis is a U.S. based broadcaster / writer who has been a pioneer in the field of running broadcasting and event media presentation since the first running boom of the 1970s. Back then Toni produced and hosted his seminal radio show Runner’s Digest, the first such regularly scheduled show in the nation devoted to the sport of running. Since then Toni has traveled the world over providing live television and radio commentary at events including the Boston, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles Marathons. He has also covered international marathons and shorter distance events, Diamond League track & field, World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2003 Runner’s World Magazine called him “The most insightful – any funny – talking head in running.”
A multiple time regional Emmy award winner for his television work, Reavis was awarded the Jerry Little Memorial Journalism Excellence Award by the Road Runners Club of America in 1993, and in 2009 was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions.
A St. Louis native, Reavis has also written extensively on the sport, beginning in 1980 as a columnist for the Boston Herald. However, he is perhaps most widely recognized for hosting the ground-breaking TV shows Running & Racing and Race of the Month on ESPN in the 1980s and 1990s.
Today, Toni lives in San Diego with his wife Toya where he writes his influential tonireavis.com blog while continuing to broadcast at events around the country. He also serves as a board member for the Entoto Foundation, a 501C3 charity bringing needed medical care to Ethiopia.
His November 2008 keynote address to the Road Race Management Conference in Hollywood, Florida – KIDS NEED HEROES: A CALL TO INSPIRE – has become a clarion call to the road running community to come together in addressing the obesity epidemic afflicting the nation.