Below are the Nominees to the CRC Board of Directors for 2021. All active club members may vote for up to FOUR beginning 6/19 through 6/26. The top four vote-getters, who will serve a two-year term, will be announced at the Annual Meeting at Catawba Brewing Company on 6/26/21.
Thanks so much for allowing me the opportunity to run for the Charlotte Running Club Board. Here’s a little bit about myself and my love for running.
I began running 6 years ago at the age of 43 after battling my way through a health scare that left me unable to walk unassisted. Needless to say after my first 5k I developed a passion for running as well as a connection to the Charlotte running community. I proceeded to join a few running groups and through the support of fellow runners I began marathon training. I have now completed 4 marathons including Boston and running is now a lifestyle. Therefore it would be an honor and a blessing in my life to actively serve on the Charlotte Running Club Board.
Reflecting back on my 6 year running journey, 16 Marathons, 39 half marathons, a 50k and countless 10Ks and 5Ks later, I attribute my ability to accomplish all of it to the incredible running community in our local area. Taking the first step, acquainting myself with running in my late 30s, wasn’t easy. All of you taught me the art of enjoying endurance running and in doing so you were judgement free. You also taught me consistently that the joy of running should be shared and promoted with the broader community. Following all of your lead, over these 6 years, I have been fairly active in our local running community and always attempt to carry forward the positivity that has been instilled in me by this community.
I consider it an honor to call myself a member of the Charlotte Running Club. We are one of the very few clubs around the globe that enable accessibility to everyone, CONSISTENTLY. Be it the weekly track meets, to the free 5Ks, scheduling a virtual Boston marathon event, to trail runs to many more projects and programs that allow everyone to participate is incredible. It will be my privilege to work alongside leaders who have driven incredible community events this organization stands for.
As a member of the board, in addition to working on these incredible initiatives, I will promote establishing additional initiatives
- Helping non-runners (like when I started) to be runners and help with a lifestyle change, allowing to grow an inclusive and diverse group of runners within our club
- Proving personalized growth for members to accomplish their individualized goals.
- Advocating for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing through running.
I request your kind consideration for my candidature to allow me to serve on the board!
Lisa has been an active member of the running community for some time. She has served on the board of CRC for the past 2 years. Through runCLTrun, she loves engaging with others and connecting runners to offer motivation and support. She loves playing a role in helping the running community grow and become more involved with the city of Charlotte as a whole.
I am a financial advisor with Truist Wealth and am fairly new to running after many years as a competitive swimmer. I ran my first marathon in New York City in 2017 to raise money for Let Me Run. Since then, I have served on the finance committee for Let Me Run, and have served as a run group leader at Wooden Robot’s RunBots group. I can also be seen most weekends at Flying Biscuit’s Sunday Run Club.
As a board member I would like to help bridge the gap between novice runners and experienced runners. Running has brought me so much joy and fulfillment and I will seek to share that joy with others as a board member for the Charlotte Running Club.
I just celebrated 10 years being here in Charlotte with my wife, Crystal and our two boys. I work for Atrium Health and Crystal is a Physical Therapist. We live in south Charlotte and access to running was a big part of why we chose the area we live. You can routinely find us chasing our boys on bikes or pushing them in a jogging stroller on the Four Mile Creek Greenway.
I started running in middle school as something to do after school. While I was never a very competitive runner growing up, I loved the team environment. Crystal and I met in college at Virginia Tech and incidentally our first date was a run on a local greenway! Fast forward a lot of years and we found ourselves loving life in Charlotte.
I found a love for running again through some running workouts with some guys in F3, training for the race formerly known as Thunder Road Marathon in 2014. Over the years I’ve enjoyed training for other regional marathons and most mornings you can find me out and about running in the Ballantyne area.
Running has become such a big part of my life and I’m passionate about the outlet and therapy it can be for anyone. It’s such an accessible means of fitness and community. I’d love to be a part of an organization that shares that passion and uses it’s influence to make running accessible for people of all walks of life as well as continuing to make Charlotte a city people think of as a running community. I’ve previously served on and held leadership positions on boards within F3 and the Greater Charlotte Healthcare Executives Group. I would be honored with an opportunity to serve the running community in Charlotte.
As a leader in the running community in Charlotte, it would be an honor to continue to serve on the board of the Charlotte Running Club. In addition to serving on the board, I am the local event director for the Get Your Rear In Gear 5k, a coach for Let Me Run, and an ambassador for the NoDa Brewing Run Club. My passion for running and building the running community led me to earning my RRCA coaching certification and in 2020, I began Team Sanford, a training program and a weekly running newsletter. I am looking forward to using my experience and community building to improve the experience for all runners in the Charlotte region.
Eric SmithI have served on the Charlotte Running Club Board for several years and have been President of the Charlotte Running Club since last August. I’d like to return to serve another term on the Board to coordinate social events and to also showcase the numerous businesses who provide invaluable support for runners.
Anyone who knows me personally can attest that I love running butnot that many people know I was a late bloomer. I started running after college by doing a few 10ks during the late 90s but became more focused when I turned 30 and my weight was over 230 pounds with the onset of back problems. Knowing I had to make a change, I started running on a consistent basis and completed my first marathon in 2003 (Richmond) at the age of 33. In 2009, I completed my second marathon (City of Oaks in Raleigh) and proceeded to run more marathons & an ultra before getting the opportunity to pace a marathon in 2012. The experience of helping participants finish the race was rewarding. Overall, I've paced dozens of marathons including the Chicago Marathon multiple times and completed over sixty marathons overall along with a few 50 milers and a 100K.
Don't forget to vote by June 26!!!