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Whether you need a new pair of kicks or a nutrition boost for your long run this weekend, we can’t wait to see you! Check us out at one of our four locations in Charlotte to better serve you!

Locations

Dilworth

2422 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28203

704.358.0713 :: Location Map

Location Hours

Monday - Friday : 10am to 7pm

Saturday : 9am to 6pm

Sunday: Closed

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SouthPark

4722-G Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

980.224.8702 :: Location Map

Location Hours

Monday - Friday : 10am to 7pm

Saturday : 9am to 6pm

Sunday : 12pm to 5pm

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Piper Glen

6416 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28277

704.541.9665 :: Location Map

Location Hours

Monday - Friday : 10am to 7pm

Saturday : 9am to 6pm

Sunday : 12pm to 5pm

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University

1816 East Arbors Dr., #420, Charlotte 28262

704.503.1105 :: Location Map

Location Hours

Monday - Friday: 10:30am to 7:30p

Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Sunday: Closed

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Tim Rhodes

Owner

Who is Tim? I am a father of 6 and very passionate about what I do. I run to stay young and enjoy the ability to service our Charlotte running community each and every day.

FUN FACTOID:  Robin & I adopted 2 kids from Ethiopia & I completed my 1st IRONMAN Wisconsin 2011.

Beth Michels

Dilworth Store Manager

My Roots | Buffalo, NY

Expertise | Beth has been with Run For Your Life for 8 years; prior to working in the speciality running industry she was a personal trainer.  Beth also has a degree in Exercise Physiology.

Be Hip – Shop Local | Beth works in speciality running because it brightens her day when past customers tell her that she has changed their life by helping them achieve their health and fitness goals.  She also enjoys buying and merchandising apparel.

What The Pro’s Love | Brooks Axiom 2 shoes [discontinued years ago but it is still her fave!]

Running Rocks Because | Running is Beth’s down time to let her mind wander and decompress from all that demands her attention.  ”It feels so good to get away from technology and distractions.”

This Distance Rules | 1/2 Marathon

Amazing Race Moments | When her brother joined her for the last mile of her first and only marathon [Marine Corps 2009].

Best Food Ever | Smoked gouda and bacon are tied for #1!

Bet You Didn’t Know | Beth and her roommate started a rugby team in college and they won the State Championship the very first year of the program.

Justin Keziah

Piper Glen | SouthPark Manager, Marathon Training Coordinator

My Roots | Charlotte, NC

Expertise | Justin has over 3 years of speciality running experience.   He ran Track & Field and Cross Country in college.  He has a lot of experience on the track and is certified in  USA Track & Field Level 1.  Since college Justin has done a few marathons, but enjoys Ultras on the trails the most.

Be Hip – Shop Local | Justin works in speciality running because he loves working in a small business setting because you deal with clients and people on the front lines.  He has great opportunities each day to help and serve people.  Justin’s job is to build relationships and help better the community by helping people.  This can vary from helping someone start their first walk / run program, helping someone find shoes that don’t hurt their feet or even helping pace someone to become a Boston Marathon Qualifier.  He goes home each day knowing he made a difference!

What The Pro’s Love | Too many great things to choose just one!

Running Rocks Because | Justin runs to help others achieve their personal goals.  He really enjoys running with friends and the Run For You training groups because of the life-long friendships he’s made.  He also runs to stay fit and healthy but loves running with all types of people so he can share his knowledge and experience with them!

This Distance Rules | Ultras on the trails.  Justin has done a 50k and 40 miler.  His 2014 goals include his first 50 miler followed by a 100 miler shortly after.  

Amazing Race Moments | They are all so great, it’s too hard to choose just one!

Best Food Ever | The hottest ‘Hot Wings’ you can find!

Bet You Didn’t Know | Justin has 3 younger sisters and has always enjoyed being a role model and big brother to them.

David Cross

Industry Run Professional | Dilworth

My Roots | Atlanta, GA

Expertise | David has 7 years of speciality running experience, 2 being with Run For Your Life.   He is a Certified Running Coach and Sponsored Ultra Runner.  He excels at helping runners of all levels with their running form and creating proper training plans.

Be Hip – Shop Local | David works in speciality running because he loves helping clients find the proper products and shoes so they can achieve all the goals they want to accomplish!

What The Pro’s Love | New Balance 110 Trail shoes and Reckless Running apparel

Running Rocks Because | The body-mind connection

This Distance Rules | 15k & 50k

Amazing Race Moments | Competing in the 2009 World Championships with Team USA in Austrailia.  Also finishing 7th Overall in the Key West 50 mile race.

Best Food Ever | Vegetables

Bet You Didn’t Know | Besides coaching athletes from beginner to professional, David enjoys emceeing races and events in the Queen City!  He loves to read and meditate during his free time.

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Jarett Rhodes

Running Specialist | Dilworth

My Roots | Charlotte, NC

Expertise | Jarett has 3 years of speciality running experience and has been with Run For Your Life since 2010.  

What The Pro’s Love | New Balance Beacon jacket

This Distance Rules | 5k

Amazing Race Moments | Running in the 2013 state track meet

Brad Popple

Running Specialist | SouthPark

My Roots | Wayland, NY

Expertise | Brad has been running competitively for 13 years through the prep, collegiate, and elite level.  He was a welcome addition to the Run For Your Life Team over a year ago.  

Be Hip – Shop Local | Brad works in speciality running because he loves sharing the knowledge and excitement of the sport of running. 

What The Pro’s Love | Adidas Boost

Running Rocks Because | Brad runs because he likes to see the day to day self improvement.  Out there on the road and trails he enjoys seeing the product of hard work and discipline.  ”I run to find the limits of the body I was given.”

This Distance Rules | 13.1

Amazing Race Moments | Blue Ridge Relay 2013

Best Food Ever | David Cross’s homemade chili

Bet You Didn’t Know | “I’m the best basketball player at Run For Your Life!”

Judie Kellet

Running Specialist | Piper Glen

My Roots | Woodstock, Ontario

Expertise | Judie has over 40 years of retail experience, in every aspect of the business.  She understands customer service and how important it is to make the customer feel comfortable when they are shopping with you.  She has learned so much over the past year and a half in fitting shoes.  The most important factor for most clients is getting the right shoe for their foot.  Run For Your Life has been lucky to have Judie on our team for almost 2 years now! 

Be Hip – Shop Local | Judie works in speciality running because she wants to make a difference in other people’s lives and running, especially the beginner runner as she can relate well to their challenges in getting started.  Judie started running later in life at age 64, and signed up for the Run Fit Program at Piper Glen, a life altering experience for her.  ”I loved the staff and store, it was close to home and they offered training, and all running equipment and accessories.”

What The Pro’s Love | Gel Nimbus by Asics and Brooks Glycerin

Running Rocks Because | “It makes me feel alive and part of something – the running community”

This Distance Rules | 1/2 Marathon

Amazing Race Moments | Completing her first marathon a month ago!

Best Food Ever | Apples & almonds

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Chris Elkins

Owner

Who is Chris?  My wife & I bought the University location in 2005 and I would consider myself the resident shoe geek who knows everything possible about shoes. I am an avid runner myself having completed many marathons, half-marathons & 5Ks. We enjoy serving our North Charlotte running community

FUN FACTOID:  I love to follow sports (especially teams from Tennessee) and hanging out with my awesome wife, son, and our dogs.

Mary Kathryn Elkins

Owner

Who is MK? Recreational chef, aspiring professional reader, champion diaper changer and Ironwoman.

Fun Factoid: If I could be anything in the world I would be a country singer/songwriter.

Rachel Brand

Theme Race Expert

My Roots | Boulder, Colorado

Expertise | Rachel has been with Run For Your Life for 6 years.  She was a previous Assistant Coach for Cross Country in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. 

Be Hip – Shop Local | Rachel works in speciality running because she loves talking to people who are preparing for their first half or full marathon.

What The Pro’s Love | Saucony Omni and Mizuno Inspire 

Running Rocks Because | Rachel runs to create memories of racing with friends; she runs to help motivate people that she coaches and to help them through their first races!

This Distance Rules | 1/2 Marathon

Amazing Race Moments | The Quad Cities Half Marathon: the only half marathon Rachel’s Dad got to watch before he passed away. 

Best Food Ever | Rachel’s Infamous Yum Yum Pie!  [*secret recipe*] 

Bet You Didn’t Know | Rachel loves participating in all the “Themed” races!  She is your EXPERT!

Beth Schaewe

Manager

My Roots | Cheesehead from Wisconsin

Expertise | Beth has been with Run For Your Life for 2 years and previously worked in speciality running in Wisconsin.  She is also a Certified Personal Trainer. 

Be Hip – Shop Local | Beth works in speciality running because she loves fitness, running  and helping runners of all abilities stay strong, motivated and injury free!

Running Rocks Because | Running allows you to get outside in the fresh air, stay healthy and socialize.

This Distance Rules | The best experience is the marathon.

Amazing Race Moments | Boston Qualifier!!

Best Food Ever | Sushi: hands down, followed closely by good wine!

Bet You Didn’t Know | Beth is a mom of 3 and just started running in 2006, before this she had always disliked running.

Chase Eckard

Assistant Manager

My Roots | Granite Falls, NC

Expertise | Chase has over 3 years of speciality running experience.  He is a 2 time NCAA National Qualifier in the 800m and has been running for over 15 years.

Be Hip – Shop Local | Chase works in speciality running because he loves getting to talk with fellow runner geeks and introduce newbies to the sport!

What The Pro’s Love | New Balance 870v3

Running Rocks Because | The voices in my head tell me to!

This Distance Rules | 1/2 Marathon as of this year

Amazing Race Moments | 2010 NCAA Nationals First Round 800m

Best Food Ever | Sushi & Beer (Carbo loading at its best!)

Bet You Didn’t Know | Chase can ride a unicycle……and jump rope, at the same time?  We will never know!

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Mark Ijames

Running Specialist | University

My Roots | Statesville, NC

Expertise | Mark has experience in personal training including athletic conditioning, rehabilitation and injury prevention. 

Be Hip – Shop Local | Mark works in speciality running because he loves helping clients reach their fitness goals! 

What The Pro’s Love | Saucony Ride and CWX tights

Running Rocks Because | It allows Mark the ability to eat what he wants!  It also allows Mark to stay in shape to referee. 

This Distance Rules | 5k

Amazing Race Moments | Mark is still waiting for it!

Best Food Ever | Steak

Bet You Didn’t Know | Mark is a NCAA college basketball referee.