Every marathon needs runners, right? And nothing encourages runners in their pursuits like… other runners. Seriously, running is more fun with a buddy. That is the whole idea behind the Charlotte Running Club, now nearly 500 runners strong. Chad Champion is their president and joins us for a little Running Around Charlotte.
We all know running burns a lot of fuel, and you’ve got to feed your engine if you’re going to train for.. and run.. a marathon. We’ve all heard this before, but we could use some last-minute tips before our race just to make sure we’re on the right track, right? Well we’ve got ’em…. and we know where to buy what you need, too. Say hello to Kimberly Reynolds, of Publix Super Markets. Publix is a Novant Health Charlotte Marathon sponsor, and also a great place to load up on those foods you need to fuel your race.
No matter how fast or slow or far you run, you’re surrounded by plenty of opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the world around you. Seasons change, the weather does, too… and even the very same route you run every day can seem all new. Some of us are better witness to this than others. Our guest here on the Running Around Charlotte Podcast is Bryan “Hojo” Hojnacki. He’s a long time Novant Health Charlotte Marathon pace team leader — and let’s just say he’s quite a collector of things, too.
We’ve all heard the saying – a picture is worth a thousand words. Our next guest tells stories that move – with video and photography. You’ve seen The Littlefield Co’s work on the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon. Now let’s talk to man behind the brand, Duncan Littlefield.
If you’re active in Charlotte, chances are you’ve run into our next guest. This Charlotte native is a dad, a runner, speaks four languages AND is the defending relay champion at the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon. He’s trained and motivated countless runners through his company Moore Moves. Darius Moore joins us for this episode of Running Around Charlotte!
We run for our health, great fitness, and yes… for our life. Which is why we like to check in with our Novant Health physicians, who also help us stay healthy. Dr. Chris Christakos is a sport medicine doctor, and he joins us now for Running Around Charlotte with some tips for running fitness.
Running a marathon is a big enough challenge for most people, but now imagine you are running the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon with a visual impairment that doesn’t let you see the crowd, or bumps in the road, or other obstacles as clearly as the other runners. Para Guides exists for just that reason. Shannon Houlihan is a triathlete who wanted to help others, so she and another runner started the Para Guide Foundation to help visually impaired athletes.
We know runners are some of the healthiest folks around Charlotte, as long as they’re eating right and being smart about their training. But race day is something else entirely! Dr. Keith Anderson of Novant Health is the Medical Director for the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon and he joins us on this episode of Running Around Charlotte
We’ve been blessed with some great weather for our Charlotte marathons, and we want to keep the streak going this year. We’ve brought on just the person to keep us informed, too – Tara Lane is a runner, and a meteorologist for our media sponsor, Fox 46.