Kasey Cheshier is a Duncanville native who currently manages the Ben Franklin Apothecary in the downtown district. Born and raised in the community, he was an All-State Offensive Lineman at Duncanville High School and helped pave the way for the 1998 Football State Championship season. After graduation, he attended Texas A&M University and played on the offensive line during the 2000-2003 football seasons. During his football playing years, Kasey had built a lot of bulk on his frame and weighed around 320 lbs. Especially concerned about his family history of heart problems and wanting to improve his overall quality of life, he took up running as a way to get in shape.
After years of dedication & perseverance, Kasey became a hardcore competitive runner, lost over 100 lbs and has now completed nine marathons (including the Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Disney & New York City Marathons). One week before the 2017 Heart of Duncanville 5K, he will be running in the Chicago Marathon.
Wanting to share his love for the sport of running and help encourage a healthy, active lifestyle to residents in the region, Kasey partnered with the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation and started the Heart of Duncanville 5K in 2014. Now it’s fourth year year, the annual event has had over 1,700 participants and nearly $57,000 has been raised to support the efforts of the foundation. “I consider it a privilege to give back to my hometown & support the wonderful teachers in the City of Champions!” stated Kasey.
Within the past year, Kasey became only the seventh RRCA (Road Runner’s Club of America) Certificated Race Director in the State of Texas. Launched in November 2012, the RRCA’s Race Director Certification Course was created with help from some of the more prominent names in race management, including Dave McGillivray of the Boston Marathon, Phil Stewart of the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler & Road Race Management, and Don Kardong of the Lilac Bloomsday Run. They, along with others, shared their expertise on what topics and areas that are important for race directors to understand and apply.The course consists of six hour-plus modules that participants view online while also utilizing information covered in Stewart’s Organizing Running Events textbook. Topics covered in the course include creating a timetable, sponsorships, municipal relations and more. Course participants must earn no less than 85% on the 100-question quiz to receive a pass score, then submit a notarized Code of Ethics to obtain certification.
“I chose to participate in the program & become a certified RRCA Race Director because I was impressed with the scope of information provided & thrilled to learn from some of the best in the industry.” said Cheshier. “Through the training, I’ve learned a lot that I can apply to our local race & other events that I am associated with.”
Ben Franklin Apotheacry
302 N. Main Street
Duncanville, TX 75116