Decorated Five-Time Duke City Marathon Champ Solomon Kandie Joins the 2022 WisePies Pizza Run as an Advocate for Healthier Living

As Sign-Up Deadline of May 6th Draws Near, Community Engagement Increases with Added Sponsorship Support

Albuquerque, N.M. – April 27, 2022 – WiseChoice Foods LLC, the manufacturer of the frozen pizza brand WisePies Pizza and a certified minority-owned and female-led company based in Albuquerque, N.M., announced today that Solomon Kandie has joined the team of healthy lifestyle advocates in support of the 2022 WisePies Pizza Run to be held on May 15, 2022, in Albuquerque, NM at Mesa del Sol. Kandie will be running in the Pizza Run in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico as well as advocating for others to join in the event and community festivities that will follow.

Solomon shares, “Running can elevate us through education, nurture our social connections as well as our mental and physical health. My story is an example of how movement in any form, done in community with others, can enrich the young in powerful ways.”

Solomon Kandie has three passions: running, family and building a vibrant community. Being raised in Kenya, he has a rich background later moving to the United States to run for Tulane University. He has a decorated running career including the achievement of a 3-time NCAA All-American classification, induction into the Tulane University Hall of Fame, and is the 5-time Champion of the Duke City Marathon. Solomon achieved an Olympic Qualifying Standard both in the Marathon (2:17:23) and 3000m Steeplechase (8:29:40). Solomon finds balance in life from the beauty of having a family. He is married to a lovely lady who is changing lives through healthcare with two kids in elementary and middle school. Since moving to Albuquerque, NM, he has devoted his time and energy to inspiring others to nurture their health and education through various roles including Better Health Ambassador for the City of Albuquerque. He currently works in the Department of Technology and Innovation at the City of Albuquerque and is a middle school cross country track coach at Albuquerque Academy.

In addition to the support from Solomon Kandie, sponsorships have increased including title sponsor Albertsons Market and also include Mesa del Sol, Netflix, Bernalillo County, Guzman Construction, AUI Inc., Westway Homes, Red Bull, iHeart Media, AAA Pumping Services, Albuquerque the Magazine, Solamente Holistic Health, Flyby Provisions, NM Flooring Solutions and Sol Fitness.

There are many ways to get involved with the 2022 WisePies Pizza Run including participation, sponsorships, and volunteer opportunities. Visit to make a difference. Participation in the run is $49 with a registration deadline of Friday, May 6th. This gets you a spot on the starting line for your chosen event, a t-shirt or tank top, a fresh, hot WisePies Pizza of your choice with refreshments following your event, and a beautiful day to remember making a difference in your health and in the lives of critically-ill children who are in need of hope. Participation can be in-person or virtual allowing many regions across the US to take part in the events.


Started in 2017, WiseChoice Foods LLC launched the revolutionary frozen pizza line, WisePies Pizza – A Smarter Way to Pizza, as a crossover between the natural foods and traditional premium pizza categories that carries a clean label, all-natural promise and is known for their Hatch green chile products. The team at WiseChoice Foods feels like delicious food can and should also support overall consumer health through better food choices by meeting the highest quality food standards and removing more than 200 unnatural and potentially harmful ingredients that can be found in other food products while maintaining the robust and hearty Italian flavors we all crave from our pizza and products.

WisePies Pizza products now include an expanded line of 10” pizzas, calzones, pizza bites, and a new line of sauces for pizza and pasta. WiseChoice Foods is locally owned by Steven B. Chavez and operated in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the first and only frozen pizza company from New Mexico and is certified minority-owned since 2018 by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Southwest Division. WisePies Pizza is now available in more than 5000 grocery stores and through food service distributors across the country. Visit to locate the grocery store closest to you that carries WisePies Pizza and to find out more about WiseChoice Foods, WisePies Pizza products and how we’re impacting our community.

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