My name is Josh Wade and I live in East Tennessee. I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2009 and started working as an Environmental Engineer at Alliant Corporation. I married my beautiful wife August of 2009 and I love her more and more every day! I found myself overweight and unhealthy in the spring of 2010 and knew I needed to make a change. My interest in running was sparked after my sister Jennifer ran the Country Music Half-Marathon. Shortly after, she came in to run a local 5k with my dad and I decided to join them. I had been running a couple of miles a day for the last week and thought the race would be a breeze…we were going to run 10 minute miles, after all. Embarrassingly enough, I found myself walking after 2.5 miles. My sister’s boyfriend came back for me and ran the last half-mile with me. I was watching TV the week after the race and came across the Ironman 70.3 World Championships on NBC. Michael Raelert was the overall winner in 2010 and I could not believe he was running sub-6 minute miles in the half-marathon of the race. I was amazed someone could be in such phenomenal shape and made the decision right then that I would start training for triathlons. I have come a long way since that first 5k in the short time I have been racing. I have done two half-marathons, a full marathon, four sprint triathlons, one Olympic distance, and a half ironman! I recently got my first overall win in a 5k and am competing for age-group wins and top-10 finishes in triathlon. My dad recently started triathlon and we are now on this journey together. I love endurance training! It is keeping me physically and mentally fit and with God’s help and continued support from my family and friends I can continue to get faster and compete for the overall win!