=PR= Reston Store Manager, High School Track and Cross Country Coach, Two Time Olympian
This month’s employee spotlight is =PR= Reston Store Manager, Moise Joseph. Moise has been a member of the =PR= family since 2010. If you have ever walked into the Reston Town Center store you most likely have been greeted with a warm smile and had a friendly conversation with Moise. Moise makes everyone feel welcomed when they enter the store and no matter if you are a first time runner, high school athlete, or an Olympian (like himself) he makes sure you go home with a smile on your face. It’s hard not to leave without a smile after meeting Moise!
Moise has a number of years of experience helping the community at Potomac River Running. One of his favorite things about being part of the =PR= Family is the relationships he has made with staff and customers. “Everyone who works here has such a passion for running and a love for running! Each of us comes from a different walk of life but we can all come together and share a passion for running.” says Moise.
Moise has had a number of different roles while working at Potomac River Running including helping organize races (including his first and favorite, The Run for Haiti 5K), working as a =PR= staff member, and currently as the store manager of the Reston Town Center location. In addition to his time at Potomac River Running, Moise is a coach at South Lakes High School located in Reston, Virginia. Coach Moise has shared his love and passion for the sport over the years working with the Seahawks! As a coach his ultimate goal is to help younger athletes reach their full potential and accomplish their goals!
In addition to working full-time at Potomac River Running and coaching, Moise is a two-time Olympian, competing at both the 2004 and 2012 games.
Q U I C K Q U E S T I O N S
Runner/Employee Full Name: Moise Joseph
Age Category: 35-39
Favorite PR Race: Run for Haiti 5K
Favorite Race of All Time: My sophomore year at the track state meet. It was my first state championship in the 4 x 800m relay.
Best Race Memory: My first Olympic Games in 2004.
How did you get started running? I played soccer and basketball growing up and ran to stay in shape.
Favorite Running Event/Distance?
My love is 1500 meters, the 800…. I didn’t pick the 800, it picked me. I was really good at it and I loved to run it.
What is/was your favorite part about running/racing?
Running: Feeling good afterwards.
Who is your biggest cheerleader/supporter? My mom, no question about it!
What is your Spirit Animal? Why? The lion, their mannerisms and demeanor are why I associate with the lion. They are on the hunt but don’t show it until it’s go time (race time!) Then game on!
What is your life’s motto? Words to live by? Live with a purpose, live, do, and act with a purpose.
Best Advice You Can Give to Others: Do things at your own pace, life is a marathon not a race.
Favorite Memory About the Olympics: Meeting both famous and not as popular athletes from different countries and listening to their stories. I loved talking to the other people and hearing their stories.
Describe the =PR= Reston Crew/Staff in a few words: Amazing, energetic, and a ball of energy… That covers all of them!
T H I S O R T H A T
Distance – Long or Short … Neither I’d go mid-distance
Post Race Snack – Banana or Bagel A Burger… or Coffee
Running Company – Alone or Together
Time of Day – Rise and Grind (Morning) or Night Time is the Right Time (Evening)
Location – Road Runner or Trail Crusher
Sports – Fantasy Football or March Madness
Your running shoe of choice:
1) Nike Pegasus
3) Adidas Supernova
Top 3 Fun Facts, Tell Us Something About Yourself!
1) I’ve been skydiving, I’m a daredevil at heart!
2) I took the wrong flight to the wrong country once when I was competing.
3) I’ve been chased by alligators on a run before.
Favorite place to run:
1) The C&O Canal toward Great Falls Park
2) Albuquerque Mountains
3) The Pre Trail
Running is . . . an art form.
My last run was . . . the stadium bleachers at South Lakes High School.
*Post Retirement, “I’m just getting back at it after retiring in 2018.”
My favorite thing about running . . . meeting new people, the running community is big and traveling.
If I wasn’t running I’d be . . . a college professor with a focus on race and ethnicity.
The accomplishment I am most proud of is . . . competing at the Olympic games and going through a span of 8 years of games from 2004 to 2012 of racing and training. The 2012 games were special because it was post-earthquake. I decided to run for Haiti and represent my country, at the time I was ranked number 2 for the USA but I wanted to run and represent my heritage, my country, and my people. I grew up Haitian, my mom surrounded us with a lot of Haitian culture and made sure that was a big part of my life. I was proud to be able to run in 2012 for Haiti.
Best Part about Being a High School Coach . . . Seeing athletes perform a task that they thought that they could not initially do and then excel at that task that they could not initially do!
Proudest Moment as a Coach . . . There are too many! A few of them from this season would be helping work with a sophomore hurdler who make it to the state meet, a high jumper getting a new PR and receiving the District Champ title, a female athlete and current =PR= Reston employee being the 2020 Regional Champ, and the Seahawks performance at the state meet! They were the runner ups!
What is one piece of advice for athletes . . . Don’t be too hard on yourself.