Jillian Peat Hamilton – Race Agains ISMs



Isms… Racism, Sexism, Classism, Ableism, the list goes on. We are all affected by them even if it is not directly. But it is important to remember that even if something does not affect you or someone you love that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. Our world needs to change and become more inclusive and though at times it seems like we are more divided than ever organizations like our next podcast guest give us hope that maybe we are not quite as divided as we think.

This week on the podcast we are joined by Jillian Peat Hamilton from Race Against ISMs 5K. They are here to tell us about the opportunities that their race provides as well as the work that we must keep doing if we hope to achieve a world without -isms!


Paula Kranz – Novant Health Innovation Lab



Have you ever wondered where all the technological innovations you see at the hospital come from? From x-ray machines to teledoc visits, to the machines that look straight out of a sci-fi comic book, modern medicine is at the cutting edge of technological advancement. But who thinks up all of those things?

Well we’ve been wondering the same thing. So we are learning more about where some of the most fantastic technological innovations come from. Today on the podcast we are joined by Paula Kranz, the Executive Director of the Novant Health Innovation Lab that was recently opened in Uptown Charlotte. The Innovation Lab’s mission is to revolutionize health care for both patients and healthcare professionals, and we can’t wait to learn more!


Vanessa Parker – Armored Calves Run Club



Running and then drinking a beer may not always sound like it goes together but if you live in the Queen City you know that it is a match made in heaven. In Charlotte, we have breweries and those breweries have run clubs. In Charlotte proper there are more than 30 breweries, and that number just past 50 when you start to include some of the surrounding areas. Starting with Noda Run Club the idea of having a run club meet at a brewery grew in popularity very quickly!

Today we are joined by Vanessa Parker from the Armored Calves Run Club that runs from the Armored Cow Brewery in University. We can’t wait to learn more about the Run Club over there and hopefully by the end of this episode you’ll be headed there on Tuesdays for a few miles and a few beers!


Theo & Brittan Facinoli – Out of the Ashes 5k



Having a baby can be the most wonderful, terrifying, stressful, and amazing thing someone can do. Individuals and couples that make this life-changing decision do not go into it lightly and it is not uncommon to fall in love with a baby that hasn’t even been born yet. Parents map out their lives, and can already see them being happy babies, toddlers, teenagers, adults, and parents to their own children. That’s why pregnancy loss can be so crushing and can feel like pulling yourself and your partner out of the ashes of that life you had imagined.

Today we are joined by Theo and Brittany Facinoli from the Out of The Ashes 5K. They are here to talk to us a little about pregnancy loss and how the 5K is helping families through some of the most difficult times in their lives.


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!