Chief Running Officer
My Perfect Run: A long, tasty, single track trail deep inside the Chattahoochee National Forest with a couple of friends, my ultra-dogs, a big bag of peanuts, and a very cold microbrew waiting at the finish.
Originally From: Elkhart, IN
Best Advice: Sign up early for a goal race. It will save money on registration, make sure the race doesn’t sell out before I’m signed up, and it will keep me motivated and committed to train for the race.
What Keeps Me Going: My wife & kids.
Chief Running Officer/General Manager Marietta
My Perfect Run: Big mountains, rugged terrain, early morning start, go all day, cold beer at the end.
Originally From: St. Louis, MO
Best Advice: Follow your passion.
What Keeps Me Going: Running is the fuel that stokes the engine (or maybe it's Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bars?).
My Perfect Run: A cool Fall morning on the Cochran Shoals/Sope Creek Trails.
Originally From: Melbourne, Florida
Best Advice: For every uphill, there is a downhill.
What Keeps Me Going: Whatever the next day has to offer, whether it be a great run, meal, or drink!
General Manager/Owner Cartersville
My Perfect Run: Any run that involves hilly terrain and good company!
Originally From: Atlanta, GA
Best Advice: Train and enjoy life with patience and freedom by balancing your focused hard days with some days that are totally relaxed and super easy! Exercise in a big group some days and other days all by yourself! Be kind with yourself and your body!
What Keeps Me Going: Being around people that are positive and encouraging!
General Manager/Owner Cumming
My Perfect Run: Tempo Run
Originally From: Mexico
Best Advice: When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and let the world wonder how you did it!
What Keeps Me Going: My wife and kids.
General Manager/Owner Cumming
My Perfect Run: Any run in the woods with the sound and feel of nature around me!
Originally From: Tucker, GA
Best Advice: Live in each moment and Be a light to others!
What Keeps Me Going: A healthy heart, mind, and soul! And of course my family! : )
My Perfect Run: The last one!
Running around the National Parks in Utah was, to say the least, life changing! I had never felt so close to nature as I did there. Never had I experienced such energy, such an overwhelming feeling from any other place.
Originally From: New York, NY
Best Advice: Train as you race. Keep your body straight, it will help your form and your mindset. When the pain starts, and it will, remember, that too will pass! And when all else fails, smile!
What Keeps Me Going: All that lies ahead; the hope for a better day; the run ahead; life’s grand adventure ahead…
My Perfect Run: A cool morning run on a new trail with a whole day without plans ahead of me.
Originally From: Beaufort, SC
Best Advice: You can't get stronger without rest. Ice cream helps too.
What Keeps Me Going: A strong desire to eat all of the food and see all the waterfalls, combined with a love of pretending that I'm an airplane when running downhill.
Service and Sales Manager Brookhaven
My Perfect Run: Ride: Solo in the woods at Iron Mountain at sunrise.
Originally From: The home of the Delta Blues, Memphis TN
Best Advice: Always keep the rubber side down!
What Keeps Me Going: The desire to learn more about the inner voices of my head while riding and pushing myself physically.
My Perfect Run: Any run with good company and conversations!
Originally From: Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Best Advice: Never take a PR for anything less, because you never know when it turns into a lifetime best!
What Keeps Me Going: Running is my form of therapy. Running gives me time to think and learn about myself!
My Perfect Run: An early morning run on the Big Creek Greenway with friends.
Originally From: Goldens Bridge, NY
Best Advice: Stay safe when exercising outdoors by paying attention to your surroundings, letting others know where you will be and how long you will be gone (wear a watch that can send incident notifications), or invite someone to join you. Take a self-defense class.
What Keeps Me Going: Finding joy in your surroundings; from watching a child playing catch, listening to the lyrics of a song on the radio, or taking in the view from a sandy beach there is always something to appreciate in life.
My Perfect Run: When that Runner's High Kicks In!
Originally From: Clarksville, TN
Best Advice: Your Only Competition Is Yourself
What Keeps Me Going: Maintaining Good Health
My Perfect Run: Early morning on the beach on Hilton Head Island.
Originally From: Marietta, GA
Best Advice: Running is 90% mental and the rest is physical.
What Keeps Me Going: All the medals!
My Perfect Run: Running along the Chattahoochee on a crisp, cool day!
Originally From: Winter Park, Florida
Best Advice: Keep going!
What Keeps Me Going: Family, friends, and looking forward to new adventures.
My Perfect Run: A crisp autumn morning at sunrise on the Eastside Beltline Trail with my Labrador.
Originally From: Princeton, NJ
Best Advice: Set your running clothes and shoes out the night before your run.
What Keeps Me Going: The journey to earn a Six Star World Major marathon medal.
My Perfect Run: Along the Toccoa River in Blue Ridge.
Originally From: Woodstock, GA
Best Advice: As long as you are moving forward you are a runner. It does not matter what speed or what it looks like.
What Keeps Me Going: My friends and family.