Charles ‘Charlie’ Reagan, one of the best runners from West Tennessee, was brutally robbed and murdered this afternoon at his muffler shop in Milan, Tennessee.
Reagan was found brutally stabbed to death inside his business, Supreme Muffler Center. He was pronounced dead at Milan General Hospital. He was 54 years old.
Milan police have arrested a 17-year old boy on charges of 1st degree murder and especially aggravated robbery according to The Jackson Sun.
Charles is survived by his wife, Trenia, and three daughters.
Charlie was a good running friend and one of my favorite people. We always knew when Charlie showed up at a 5k or 10k race that we were racing for second place.
Reagan ran mostly 5k and 10k’s of recent but was an accomplished marathon runner as well.
He ran the Rocket City Marathon back in December 2010 in 3 hours and 7 minutes. Earlier this year he ran the Germantown Half Marathon in 1:24. His best marathon time I could find was a 2:52 in the 2002 Rocket City Marathon.
He was still knocking off sub 18 minute 5k’s this spring. I had last run with him at the Medina Hornet 5K back just last month. That day for some reason he went into great detail about how he ‘got fast’ and shared with me his speed workout that had helped make him speedy.
I had picked up a medal for him from a previous 10k a few weeks before that he had to leave early. I gave it to him that day. He looked at it a couple of times and told me, “This thing is puny!” He then found a small child to give it to. The little boy lit up!
Charles would often wear all purple for his hometown Milan Bulldogs (high school). After a win, he would famously shout out “How ’bout them Milan Bulldogs” or “Go Milan Bulldogs!”
A lot of us just run, but Charlie would truly Run It Fast!
He will be missed!