Mattie King – Mattie’s Diner and The Gym CLT

Have you ever thought that there are just not enough hours in the day? There has to be some secret code to get more hours because in the same time that it takes some of us to wake up, work, come back home, and go to sleep some of us are doing a heck of a lot more! Today we are joined by Mattie King, a modern-day Renaissance Man that is somehow doing it all!

When you think of a Renaissance Man what comes to mind? Painter, sculptor, poet.  Well in 2022 we are talking Spartan Race Training, owning a gym, and running a restaurant!

Phil Welsh – Premier PT

We all know that runners and athletes can do some amazing things. It’s hard to go more than a week without hearing a new amazing story about someone pushing past their limits to achieve the impossible. The human body is amazing and even more so when it’s got a determined mind in the driver seat!

However, this is not always the case. Sometimes we push too hard and things don’t just bend, they start to break. It doesn’t make for as sexy of a news story but injuries and setbacks are just as much a part of sports and life as gold medals and PRs. Today we are joined by Phil Welsh the owner and head Physical Therapist at Premier Physical Therapy.

Betsy Zarzour – Team Hemby

If you’ve ever had to take your child to the hospital — especially in an emergency — you know how scary it can be for you and for them. Novant Health Charlotte Marathon is proud that proceeds from the annual race help the most vulnerable members of our community – the children – find comfort at that unsettling time.

The Charlotte Marathon has donated nearly $250,000 to Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital since 2013. This year, we’re upping our donation goals with the launch of Team Hemby. Betsy Zarzour joins us today to give us the ins and outs of the new program and tells us how YOU can get involved.

Lindsay McClelland – Ambassador

It’s been said that fish can’t run, and swimmers don’t do land sports. Our next guest on the Running Around Charlotte Podcast doesn’t fit that standard definition, because she’s a former collegiate swimmer who now runs marathons. In fact, Lindsey McClelland is a marketing director, brand ambassador, former yoga instructor, mom, and yes – a Novant Health Charlotte Marathon Ambassador. She’s a busy, energetic woman and we’re glad to have her as a guest on our show today.

Kelly Moriarty – Novant Health

One thing all runners dread is that feeling that something hurts – and not a “good hurt” either! If you’re in tune with your body, you know when something hurts the “wrong way.” You also have to be careful of external factors, like running in traffic, or other ways you can get injured. Our next guest on Running Around Charlotte is a pro at preventing the injuries – Kelly Moriarty is a Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator for Novant Health.

Kelly works with a broad range of people, trying to prevent injury from multiple types of trauma – including child abuse, dating violence, and guns. But she also helps runners avoid injury too, and that’s why she’s here with us today… so you DON’T end up being a patient if you can avoid it.

Kate Hamilton – Ambassador

It takes a lot of people to make the Charlotte Marathon happen! A lot of people! From timing, to marketing. From customer service to sponsorship, it takes a village to coordinate a marathon! One piece of the puzzle and hopefully one of the pieces you are most familiar with are our fantastic Charlotte Marathon ambassadors. If you’re in the Charlotte area or even beyond you’ve seen them out in the city, at running clubs, and maybe even running with you! The ambassadors get the city excited for our race and that just might be the most important job we have!

Today we are joined by Kate Hamilton! Kate is one of the 2022 Charlotte Marathon Ambassadors and we are so excited to have her here to learn a little more about her running journey and what she does when she isn’t in her running shoes!

Ashley Roth – NoDa Brewing

Charlotte’s beer scene just might be the best in the world, and the folks at NoDa have played no small part in that. Really that’s an understatement, NoDa Brewing has been leading the way for Charlotte beer since they opened in 2011. They’ve also gone out of there way to support the Charlotte community, including being a sponsor of the Charlotte Marathon. 11 years later they are still leading the way with their amazing beer and commitment to improving the Queen City as well as the entire craft beer scene.

Today we are joined by Ashley Roth from NoDa Brewing. Ashley is the brains behind some of your favorite NoDa events! A mastermind when it comes to logistics, she is always ready to find a way to make things happen! We are very excited to have her here!

Meg Taylor – Ambassador

Our Novant Health Charlotte Marathon Ambassadors are a diverse, interesting bunch. And while they all have running in common, they come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Today on the Running Around Charlotte podcast, we’re checking in with Meg Taylor, who is now a scientific director of Pharmacy Times Continuing Education.

Sandy Johnson – Ambassador

There’s nothing we appreciate and admire more than a runner who adopts the running cloth to get healthy and set a great example to others and their kids. Bonus points if that runner is also willing to share their journey as a Novant Health Charlotte Marathon Ambassador.

Sandy Johnson is that kind of runner. She’s checked the box on most all of the local “biggies.” She also got her own “BIG” marathon in last year’s Chicago marathon. We’re happy to have her on this year’s Ambassador’s team, and on today’s episode of the Running Around Charlotte podcast!

Brian North – Martin Marietta

We love to mix it up with our road races here at the RunCharlotte Six Pack Series, but we guarantee the last one in the pack will knock your socks off because … it’s not on a road. In fact, this race ROCKS! No really… it does… because we’re taking you almost a mile DOWN into a Martin Marietta rock quarry, and back up again. That’s right. A rock quarry. And there’s nothing else like this race around here, trust us.

The Keffer Cares Boulder Dash in October will not only wrap up our Six Pack Series, it will show off the quietest neighbor you never knew existed in Charlotte. The Boulder Dash 5k and 5 miler at the Martin Marietta quarry on Beatties Ford Road will show you an inside view of mining operations in Charlotte. Brian North, the Vice President of Environmental and Land Services at Martin Marietta is here with us in the Running Around Charlotte studio to tell us all about it.