Let Me Run named Richard Sexton as executive director, effective immediately, replacing Emily Battle who has held the position for the nonprofit since 2019.

Sexton’s career has been aligned with building organizations, from his retail company to enterprise sales and marketing teams within AAA, MicroD and Williams-Sonoma, and has a long history of volunteering with organizations including the Cub Scouts, Little Brothers, Discovery Place, and the Cabarrus County school system.

“Running and movement are core to who I am as a person, and I understand the transformational power of running, both from a conditioning perspective and a mental well–being perspective,” said Sexton, who has more completed than 100 marathons and ultramarathons and six iron-distance triathlons. “Running has provided me with a lifelong support system in the friends I’ve made and conversations I’ve shared. Let Me Run directly addresses one of the most fundamental needs of boys today: the need to connect and express their authentic selves through the release of running and movement.”

Sexton will focus on building a national network of Let Me Run regions, supported by paid and volunteer staff and underwritten by national sponsors whose messages align with the non-profit.