Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Great Urban Race lived up to its name

Passing along an e-mail I just received from reader Amy Grybush about her experience at the Great Urban Race, which was held last Saturday in uptown Charlotte. Amy and her mom participated in the giant scavenger hunt for free, having won a team entry via a giveaway I hosted on my Facebook fan page:

"I was super excited [about winning the contest], as I had looked into registering for the race, but felt that $50 a head was a little pricey … I know better, now! It was fantastic. I would recommend that anyone who enjoys smiling, laughing (sometimes at others, sometimes at yourself), running around, talking to strangers, thinking fast and making a fool of yourself -- sign up for next year! Here’s how it went …

"My mom and I arrived at Whiskey River at the EpiCentre in plenty of time for the noon kickoff. We were pleasantly surprised at the size and the diversity of the group of participants. At just a smidge over 60, my mom kept saying she was the oldest one there, but I really don’t think so!

"There were many cute and witty costumes and an air of excitement hovered as the time approached. At noon, we received our envelope of clues, the clock started … and we are off!

"Our plan was to read and decipher the clues, map out the plan of attack and hit the road! First, I must explain that there are 12 clues and you must complete 11 of them (in no particular order) in the fastest time in order to complete the course. You can omit any ONE clue that you wish. You cannot use private transit. This includes taxis, bikes, rides from friends, etc. You can only use public transport and you must stay together in your two-person team.

"We needed to head toward the Elizabeth area, and knew that we needed to take a CATS bus. Now, we have lived in Charlotte since 1986, and neither one of us had ever taken the city bus. That was an adventure in itself! We hopped the Providence Road bus and headed to our first three stops, which included having our picture taken with a real kangaroo (don’t ask), having a makeshift mug shot made, and a three-clue tic-tac-toe game.

"We then hightailed it back uptown for our next three clues (did I mention I am a runner, and my mother IS NOT?! She swears I am trying to kill her!), which included a blindfolded beanbag toss, a picture in a huge hand sculpture, and improv acting to a critic's approval!

"It was in this area that we saw two grown men (and I use that term loosely) dressed as Oompa-loompas! Orange face and green hair included! Also, two guys dressed in feety pajamas … so cute!

"Finally back uptown, we hopped on the Blue line, which we are both familiar with, and headed towards South End and our final five clues. These included drinking a smoothie at Quips, several obscure pictures, rolling around a gym floor on a dolly, and a game of quarters at a bar. My mom won the quarters game!

"Finally back at the EpiCenter, I took the escalator two steps at a time and was running for the finish line … but both teammates have to cross at the same time! I looked back at mom, who was sticking her tongue out at me and calling me a showoff!

"We finished in about 3 ½ hours. The winners complete it in about 1 ½! Oh, well. I achieved what I went there for: an adventurous afternoon of laughs with Mom."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

This marathoner is an above-average Joe

Officially, the Boston Marathon on April 19 marked Joe Schlereth's 100th marathon.

Unofficially, the Pineville financial services executive runs more than 3-1/2 marathons a week. And that's "down some from past years," he says.

But though he recently turned 60, and though relatively speaking he may be slowing down a bit, he's still pretty darn speedy: In his 10th Boston Marathon, Schlereth ran a 3:33:40, the 45th-fastest time out of 634 runners in his age group.

If his name sounds familiar, that's because he is -- to many -- an ultrarunning legend. Over the course of his nearly 30-year running career, he's posted six top-10 finishes at the Western States 100-mile endurance run; he won the Wasatch 100; and he survived Badwater, the approximately 146-mile run from Death Valley (the lowest point in the continental U.S.) to Mt. Whitney (the highest). Later this year, he plans to run his 150th ultramarathon.

And it all started for him the way it starts for many of us. "My company was putting together a team to run the 1982 United Way Corporate Cup Challenge 5K," says Schlereth. "I decided to give it a try to see if I could do it."

Q. Congratulations on hitting the century mark in Boston. How'd it go up there last Monday, and what -- beyond it being No. 100 -- will you remember about this particular race?

I had a great time in Boston. I was able to share this accomplishment with friends who were there to support me -- and I knew there were a lot of people in Charlotte who were supporting me from a distance. Weather was good and I ran just about the time I expected, even though I had a head cold or sinus infection. ... Running a 100-mile race three weeks before also adds some challenge. It was at Umstead State Park in Raleigh [and I did it] with a good friend, Kathy Lee, from Charlotte.

Q. Does Boston live up to the hype?

Boston is special because you need to qualify to get there. ... There is great support there and Boston is special due to the tradition and history.

Q. Do you prefer smaller races?

I like all races, small or large!

Q. What's the most memorable race you've ever run?

Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run

Q. The toughest?

Badwater, from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney.

Q. I'm told you were in Leadville when the Tarahumara Indians ran it. Did you cross paths with any of them?

Yes. I ran Leadville twice with the Tarahumara Indians as well as Western States 100 and Angeles Crest 100. They are amazing runners, running in sandals and native attire.

Q. What did you think of the book "Born to Run"?

Great book -- brought back a lot of memories of Leadville, Angela's Crest, and Western States.

Q. What kind of shoes do you run in?

Asics 2140.

Q. What kind of mileage are you running on a weekly basis?

This year about 95 per week so far. Down some from past years.

Q. I read that one year, back in the '90s, you logged 9,000 miles in one year. Is this true?

Yes, the article was in Runner's World in August 1997. I ran over 9,000 miles in 1996. I was training approximately 170 miles per week.

Q. I guess I wonder ... why? To normal people -- even to most runners -- this is crazy. What drove you back when you were doing that insane mileage, and what continues to drive you today?

I like running. In the past, the more I ran, the better I placed. I was able to do it, so I did it. I really enjoyed it. Today, fitness, routine, companionship, friends keep me going. Overall, I just like running, and I'm happy I can still do it.

Q. What do you do to cope with boredom on long runs, or in long races?

I try to run with others for conversation and companionship. When I'm out there by myself, I concentrate on foot plants, I think about the next aid station, what I need to do [in regards to] nutrition, "do I need to change clothes?", et cetera. A lot of the runs are trail runs, so the beauty of nature helps keep me going.

Q. How do you manage to do that mileage without getting injured?

Over the years, I have been very fortunate to have limited injuries. I also think I have good mechanics. When I have a problem, I also have good medical support thanks to Carolina Sports Clinic. Recently, I have had hamstring and IT band injuries that I continue to push through so I can get back out there and run.

Q. You just turned 60 in March. How has getting older altered your perspective on running?

I am less competitive as I get older. Trust me, I am still competitive, but less so than I used to be. I am running a bit less now, and enjoy it more for the social aspect.

Q. What advice would you give to someone who has done marathons and is interested in trying an ultra?

Just do it! Sign up, and give it a try. Expectation would be to cross the finish line and enjoy it. Once you accomplish that, then if you want to do another one, then you can focus more on a finish time. For training, I would recommend increasing two weekly runs by about four miles each and increasing weekend runs to build a strong base for longer distances. Back-to-back long runs on weekends works best for me.

Q. You've hit 100 marathons, you'll hit 150 ultras later this year. So what's next?

I am helping a very good friend qualify for Boston. Seeing her qualify and run Boston would be very special. Going forward, I would like to help others enjoy long-distance running as much as I have. I also hope to continue to run as long as my body will hold out! After that, maybe I'll start doing triathlons.

Monday, April 26, 2010

And we're off to the races...

Looking for a race to run this weekend? You've got plenty of choices, and here they are:

The Run Like a Girl 8K

What: Women's-only 8K run and 5K walk.
When: 9 a.m. Saturday. (There's also a girls-only "Run Like a Kid" 1-Miler at 8:15.)
Where: On the "gentle" paths and trails of the U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.
Why: To help raise money and awareness for the HERA Women's Cancer Foundation (which focuses on ovarian cancer), "as well as encourage you to become or continue to be active," the Web site says.
Cost: $30 for the 8K, $25 for the 5K walk, $15 for the kids mile.
Of note: A WWC source of mine cautions that "the trail run is pretty rough ... since it is a trail with roots, rugged ground, etc." Translation: It's not a PR course, and some familiarity with trail running will help. ... Several hundred -- maybe even close to 1,000 -- women will be out there, so if you don't get to the front of the pack immediately, the going could be slow (passing can be difficult on the center's narrow trails).
Race page is here.

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The Charlotte Run for Peace at Home

What: 5K Run/Walk.
When: Men's and women's races are held separately on Saturday. Men run at 8 a.m., women go off at 8:30. There's also a children's fun run/walk at 9 a.m.
Where: At McAlpine Creek Greenway, 8711 Monroe Road. "The 5K trail offers open flats, as well as challenging hills [and] scenic beauty," according to the website.
Why: To raise awareness and funds to benefit domestic violence programs in the community.
Cost: $30. Kids race is free.
Of note: One hundred sixty-seven participants are registered, but race director expects to get close to 400 since the weather forecast looks good. ... Last year, the top two Charlotte finishers on the men's side were Jay Holder (16:21) and Aaron Linz (16:29). Stephanie Pezzullo won the women's race in 17:32.
To register: Click here.

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The Sandy Feet 5K and Fun Run

When: The 5K will start at 9 a.m., and the Fun Run (one kilometer) will follow at 10.
Where: Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St. in downtown Matthews.
Why: Proceeds will be donated to local charities that support individuals with developmental disabilities and Special Olympics.
Cost: $25; Fun Run is free.
Of note: This is a first-year race, and the 5K course is USATF certified. ... During the race, beach music will be provided by All the Right Grooves. Afterward, participants can stick around for the Matthews BeachFest, a free festival with food, drinks, rides, games and crafts.
To register or for more details: Click here.

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The Mount Holly Springfest 5K

What: 5K run and 3K walk.
When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Event begins and ends at Ida Rankin Elementary, 301 W. Central Ave. in Mount Holly.
Why: It benefits the Mt. Holly Community Development Foundation.
Cost: $25 on race day ($10 for participants younger than 18).
Of note: Course is USATF certified. ... Lots of door prizes will be awarded, including from the Charlotte Knights, the Charlotte Symphony and Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
More info: Click here.

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The Cardinal Club 5K

When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Monroe Country Club, 1680 Pageland Highway in Monroe.
Why: Race proceeds to benefit athletic programs at Union Academy, a charter school in Union County.
Cost: $25, or $30 on race day. Kids and students can register for $15, or $20 on race day.
Of note: The race is on a running trail around the golf course, and was "accurately measured by RMS Sports," according to the brochure.
To register: Click here.

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The Run the Rail 5K

What: 5K run/walk and Kids Fun Run.
When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Betty Ross Park, 800 S. Madison St. in Lincolnton.
Why: Proceeds support the services and programs offered by Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County, which strives "to care for those facing serious or terminal illness, helping them make the most of every day."
Cost: $15, or $25 on race day. Fun Run for kids is free, or $10 if they want a T-shirt.
Of note: There is no online registration. Register in person at the HPCLC office (107 N. Cedar St., Lincolnton) by Friday, or on race day.
Race page is here.

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Last but not least, there's an evening race in in historic downtown Waxhaw on Friday night:

The Waxhaw-Weddington Rotary Club is hosting the 5th Annual Waxhaw Town & Country 5K, sponsored by Carolinas Medical Center - Union. The race begins at 7 p.m.; check-in is on E. North Main near the old fire station. There's also a half-mile Fun Run and Fitness Walk that starts at 6:40 p.m. Cost is $25, or $30 on race day (half-miler is $12). The race brochure says the course has one "moderate size" hill. The purpose of the race is to raise money for Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry and other Rotary Club philanthropies. Last year, the event hosted 300 runners and nearly 1,000 spectators. For race information and online registration, click here.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Boston marathoner makes scary pit stop

Mischell Christmas was not having a good Boston Marathon on Monday.

"I was dying," says the 46-year-old plastic surgery nurse, a Charlotte resident who qualified at at the 2008 Philadelphia Marathon with a 3:56:50. "I had diarrhea like the entire time. It was awful. I was so exhausted. In fact, at Mile 16 I texted my husband and I said, 'If I see a cab anywhere, I'm getting in it and I'm coming home and going to the closest bar that I can go to.' But once we got through Boston College and after Heartbreak Hill, I'm like, 'Oh screw it, I can make it...' "

Then, late in the race, she ran into an older man who was having a worse Boston Marathon than she was.

"I notice this one person kind of not looking so good, like weaving back and forth, like I thought this guy's gonna hit the pavement in a minute," recalls Christmas, who also was running the Chicago Marathon in 2007 when it was canceled because of the heat. "So he [collapsed], and I think I was the first bystander there ... and rolled him on his side, 'cause I couldn't tell if he was having a seizure. He looked BAD. If he came into the ER, I would've put a tube in him and started an IV. Blue lips, not responding, just really, really precarious.

"I did not start CPR. ... I just made sure that he had an airway. He was breathing, he was unresponsive ... [I] felt for a pulse, could barely feel one, and by the time that I asked one of the bystanders to call 911, there was an emergency medical team on the scene. ... I thought, OK, well, these guys have it, you know, so I'm gonna go limp my way to the finish line."

And the next day, she read this story in the Boston Globe.

"I was so happy ... 'cause I thought he was gonna be dead at the scene, I really did."

Neither Mischell nor I have been able to confirm that this was the same man (all I can tell you is I called Boston EMS and they recorded only one cardiac arrest related to the race Monday). But I do know that there were no runner fatalities at the 2010 Boston Marathon.

So big, big kudos to Mischell Christmas for gutting out a tough race -- she finished in 4:29:12 -- and for, quite possibly, helping to save a man's life.

Meet one of the guys who ran the Sahara

The Children's Scholarship Fund is holding a fundraiser Thursday that will feature Greensboro native and ultra-marathoner Charlie Engle as the speaker.

The 7 to 9 p.m. event at the uptown Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., will raise money for tuition assistance for disadvantaged children going to independent schools. It is open to the public.

In 2007 Engle ran 111 straight days in the Sahara Desert, covering 4,500 miles with two other runners to raise awareness of the need for fresh water. Long before that, he'd struggled with alcohol and drug addiction and declared himself sober in 1992.

He has finished 215 marathons, triathlons and adventure races over the past 20 years. And he has gone across the country talking about how running saved him self-destruction.

Tickets for the event are $75 per person or $50 for individuals in groups of 10 or more. Buy tickets at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 704-372-1000, or on the Internet at --Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer

Get ready for one great big scavenger hunt

Today's blog entry doesn't really have a whole lot to do with running ... but the name of the event I'm about to plug has the word "race" in it, so what the heck, right?

Saturday's Great Urban Race is part scavenger hunt, part wandering party and (from what I've been told) a whole lot of fun.

The basic premise: Teams of two will have to solve 12 clues and complete physical and mental challenges that involve scavenging for random items, deciphering puzzles or completing a physical challenge or game.

According to the rules, participants are permitted to carry and use GPS devices, cellphones and laptops. Use of public transportation is allowed; but taxis or rides from friends are not.

The first 25 teams to complete the race will have the opportunity to compete in the National Championship race in Las Vegas for a chance at the $10,000 prize.

Cost is $50 per person until Friday and $60 per person on race day. The race is open to all; however, those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at Whisky River in the uptown EpiCentre. Race begins at noon.

For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

And we're off to the races...

Looking for a race on Saturday? Here are the options I've been able to find for you:

The Charlotte Skyline Run

What: Central Piedmont Community College hosts the 15th annual event, which includes the Kaye McGarry 5K Run; the SunTrust 5K Walk for Health; and the half-mile Nothing But Noodles Family Fun Run for ages 12 and younger.
When: 5K Run and Walk start at 8 a.m. Saturday (Fun Run starts at 7:30).
Where: CPCC Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave.
Why: Proceeds are used for CPCC student scholarships and other student needs.
Cost: $18 for the 5K, $8 for the Fun Run.
Of note: The 5K course was designed to be flat and fast. ... It's a decent-sized race: In 2009, there were 844 official finishers. Robert Miller won the men's race in 16:33 and Alana Hadley won the women's race in 18:15. ... Runners, walkers, wheelchairs and baby joggers are welcome.
More race info here. To register, click here.

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The Holy Trinity Middle School Athletic Association's Bulldog Run 5K

What: 5K and Fun Run.
When: 8 a.m. Saturday.
Where: The 5K starts and finishes at St. Matthew Catholic School, 11525 Elm Lane in Charlotte.
Why: The proceeds will benefit the Holy Trinity Athletic Association and Crisis Assistance Ministry of Charlotte. Crisis Assistance Ministry provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.
Cost: $20 in advance, or $25 on race day. Fun Run is $10.
Of note: The event is in its second year. The course remains the same as last year, except this year it will run in the reverse direction. ... Bulldog hosted 252 runners in 2009; 251 are already signed up for this year's race.
More race info here. To register, click here.

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The Bumblebee 5K

What: 5K run/walk.
When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Course starts and finishes at Gaston College's Lincoln Campus in Lincolnton.
Why: The race is hosted by Mission 2010, and proceeds will help fund a Long Shoals Wesleyan Church mission trip to Leon, Nicaragua.
Cost: $15 through Thursday, $20 thereafter ($10 for kids 12 and younger).
Of note: The course is described as "mostly flat." ... This is the second year for the event.
There is no online registration, but a mail-in entry form is here, or you can register till 8:30 a.m. on race day.

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Oh, and if you're looking for something low-key and informal (but still in support of a good cause): The inaugural Woodland Heights 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday at The Point Lake and Golf Club, 110 Meeting House Square in Mooresville. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $20, and you can only register on-site. Proceeds will benefit Woodland Heights Elementary School's Student Support Services fund, which assists students in need of medical, dental and vision care. Food and drinks will be provided, and the first 100 participants will receive race T-shirts. Says organizer Clinton Fisher: "It'll be good old-fashioned racing -- no chips, just a clock at the start line." The course will go through The Point neighborhood, which Fisher says is somewhat hilly. Details: E-mail him at

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Monday, April 19, 2010

How'd Charlotte-area runners do in Boston?

The 2010 Boston Marathon was run today by more than 25,000 participants, including scores of our neighbors. Here are finish times for the Charlotte-area runners who took the 26.2-mile spin from Hopkinton to Boylston Street. (For the searchable results page, click here.)

Aaron Linz, Charlotte: 2:42:41
Jason Holder, Charlotte: 2:43:04
Paul Wuerslin, Waxhaw: 2:53:16
Chaz Hinkle, Charlotte: 2:53:18
Michael Kahn, Charlotte: 3:00:38
Doug Campbell, Charlotte: 3:00:54
Lance Hutchens, Cornelius: 3:01:38
Brad Koch, Charlotte: 3:01:58
Jeffrey Fearn, Harrisburg: 3:04:12
Robert Harbaugh, Waxhaw: 3:05:10
Alice Rogers, Charlotte: 3:05:24
Keith Smith, Charlotte: 3:07:32
Michael Starkey, Charlotte: 3:08:04
Michelle Hazelton, Charlotte: 3:08:31
Paul Newnham, Charlotte: 3:08:42
Alejandro Arreola, Charlotte: 3:08:54
Aregai Girmay, Gastonia: 3:12:00
Hunter Fleshood, Charlotte: 3:12:54
Robert Macki, Fort Mill: 3:13:40
Patrick Fry, Mooresville: 3:14:22
Mike Moran, Denver: 3:14:32
Bryan Allf, Gastonia: 3:14:34
Dexter Pepperman, Monroe: 3:14:35
Samuel Hay, Charlotte: 3:14:43
Robert Mooring, Gastonia: 3:15:35
Deborah Dawson, Waxhaw: 3:17:09
Tony Brown, Davidson: 3:17:14
Susan Wallace, Charlotte: 3:18:46
Sean Welsh, Charlotte: 3:19:16
Derek Blalock, Albemarle: 3:19:58
Jackie Savage, Charlotte: 3:20:49
Joseph Korzelius, Albemarle: 3:21:32
Robert Jordan, Matthews: 3:22:28
Jason Martin, Charlotte: 3:23:25
James Cristini, Indian Trail: 3:23:57
Edward Morse, Concord: 3:24:19
Bill Moran, Waxhaw: 3:24:58
Dennis Hutchinson, Charlotte: 3:25:14
Adam Mayes, Cornelius: 3:25:16
Lindsey Miller, Huntersville: 3:25:46
John Oxrider, Charlotte: 3:26:07
John Marotta, Charlotte: 3:26:30
Rasmus Pedersen, Charlotte: 3:26:32
Colby Schwartz, Charlotte: 3:26:32
Robert Cachine, Charlotte: 3:26:46
Carly Behrmann, Waxhaw: 3:27:25
Jeffrey Knapp, Hickory: 3:28:56
Meredith Byrne, Charlotte: 3:29:38
Chris Page, Charlotte: 3:29:42
Sarah Wenger, Charlotte: 3:29:50
David Jackson, Waxhaw: 3:30:25
Sarah Hart, Huntersville: 3:30:34
Richard Heinrich, Mooresville: 3:32:09
Chris Marciani, Charlotte: 3:33:36
Stephanie Hall, Hickory: 3:33:37
Joe Schlereth, Pineville: 3:33:40
Michael Peters, Charlotte: 3:34:10
Bryan Hurley, Kannapolis: 3:34:15
Heather Vellers, Mount Holly: 3:34:38
Kevin Creedon, Charlotte: 3:34:47
Lori Dawson, Waxhaw: 3:35:54
Damon Cahill, Mooresville: 3:36:06
Lisa Fry, Mooresville: 3:36:35
Elizabeth Naum, Charlotte: 3:36:57
Douglas Mays, Charlotte: 3:36:59
Jennifer McGettigan, Charlotte: 3:38:05
Christi Cranford, Charlotte: 3:39:40
Cheryl Todd, Davidson: 3:40:29
Cindy Rosenthal, Matthews: 3:40:44
Maureen Pulliam, Charlotte: 3:41:08
Leslie Knapp, Hickory: 3:41:32
Todd Hartung, Davidson: 3:41:49
Elise Guimont, Charlotte: 3:42:55
Tom Patch, Charlotte: 3:42:58
Barbara Hodges, Shelby: 3:43:08
Anna Wright, Hickory: 3:43:59
Lynne Masonis, Charlotte: 3:45:11
Patrick Boyle, Charlotte: 3:45:31
Rhett Benner, Huntersville: 3:45:32
Harold Hudson, Huntersville: 3:48:08
Nadine Rauer, Harrisburg: 3:49:22
Terry Meacham, Fort Mill: 3:49:31
Keri Henley, Charlotte: 3:49:33
Leah Grace, Charlotte: 3:50:53
Julia Engel, Charlotte: 3:52:10
Denise Derkowski, Charlotte: 3:52:48
Michael Smith, Matthews: 3:54:18
Jill Brashear, Charlotte: 3:54:52
Diane Derkowski, Charlotte: 3:55:04
Kevin Holley, Matthews: 3:55:15
Michelle Larson, Charlotte: 3:55:18
Kay Kulesa, Charlotte: 3:56:22
Rick Johnson, Albemarle: 3:57:28
Adrienne Rosenbloom, Charlotte: 3:57:48
Hazel Tapp, Charlotte: 3:58:16
Joseph Roche, Concord: 3:59:02
Lynn Finkelstein, Waxhaw: 4:02:07
Heather Lyerly, Hickory: 4:02:19
Michele Britt, Charlotte: 4:02:44
Debbie Quadnow, Monroe: 4:05:07
Joe Howell, Harrisburg: 4:07:17
Lauren Giugliano, Charlotte: 4:10:50
Don Leach, Waxhaw: 4:11:32
Michael Barilla, Charlotte: 4:12:38
Anthony Read, Mooresville: 4:14:48
Michael Hebert, Charlotte: 4:22:59
Sampath Kumar, Charlotte: 4:23:26
Walter Brown, Charlotte: 4:24:47
Monica Kruckow, Charlotte: 4:26:38
David Buck, Davidson: 4:28:08
Mischell Christmas, Charlotte: 4:29:12
Bill Watson, Charlotte: 4:29:36
Robert Greenlee, Albemarle: 4:32:39
Jason Boyer, Hickory: 4:48:59

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A marathoner with a whole lotta heart

I thought, without question, that I was watching someone die right before my very eyes.

It was a warm spring morning. I was running barely 100 yards behind Leroy Townsend, a then-45-year-old ex-Marine, husband and father of three. He was in the middle of a pack of runners who had just crested a long hill in University City, and I saw him briefly bend over to stretch. He straightened up and took a few steps; in the next second, he crumpled to the asphalt in a heap.

Those of us trailing him surged to his aid, summoning several runners in our group who were a few hundred feet further up the road from him, waiting at a busy intersection. Leroy appeared to us to be having either a seizure or a heart attack. His face had been bloodied in the fall, and his eyes were open but blank, fixed in an expression that still sometimes haunts me. After several taut minutes in which he seemed to be worsening, a nurse who runs with us started administering CPR. And I thought, Oh my God, he's not gonna make it.

This was a year ago. Turns out the problem was actually heart-related angina -- he had a serious blockage in an artery that required him to have a stent implanted 13 days later. The stent may have saved his life, and almost certainly saved his running career: Leroy went on to run the New York City Marathon this past November, the Thunder Road Marathon in December, and the Frosty 50K in Winstom-Salem in January. Saturday, on the one-year anniversary of his surgery, he'll run the Country Music Marathon in Nashville.

I run with him occasionally and often see him at races. I am, without question, watching someone live right before my very eyes.

Q. So what do you remember about the incident?

I remember feeling pretty good. I felt really strong coming up the hill. At the top, my right hamstring started tightening up a little bit, so I decided to take a minute and stretch it out. I tore a hamstring a couple of years ago and it took forever to get back out there, so I'm pretty quick to stop and stretch in the middle of a run nowadays. Anyway, I remember bending over to stretch and as I started back up, things started to go dark. I thought that I was starting to go back down to my knees to clear my head, but don't remember anything else until I kind of came to in the back of the ambulance. Next thing I know, I'm trying to remember what month it is and what I was doing.

Q. What did they tell you at the ER?

When I checked out, they found absolutely no reason for me to have gone down like that. They ran CAT scans, EKGs, blood work, X-rays, et cetera, and found absolutely nothing. I was in great shape is what they said. The only thing they could point at was me bending over to stretch and then straightening up too quickly, causing the blood to rush away from my head. The docs told me I was great and sent me home. Two days later I biked for 20 miles, four days later, I ran for 6 miles.

Q. And then ... another incident, right?

Yup. The next day, I went to the zoo with the family and some friends. I wasn't feeling great -- just not quite right -- then when we stopped to have lunch, I was standing in line to get hot dogs for the kids and I started having trouble getting my breath and felt like I was going to drop again. It kind of passed, but I told my wife we needed to head out, and as we were walking out of the zoo it continued to get a little worse -- tightness in my chest, shortness of breath. Anyway, our friends took the kids home and Linda [my wife] took me to the emergency room up in Asheboro, where they ran the same tests that they had that Saturday and came up with the same results. Everything checked out perfect: They said to go home and make an appointment to talk to my doctor about it.

Q. So then what?

I had a stress test run by a cardiologist's office, and they found something odd in the EKG under stress. The doctor told me to stop the test, wrote me a prescription for Nitroglycerin, set me up for a cardiac catheterization, and sent me home with instructions not to do anything strenuous at all until after the test. I had the cardiac cath about a week later and they found a little over 95 percent blockage in my left anterior descending artery. I had a stent implanted and was discharged from the hospital the next afternoon. The procedure has become fairly commonplace these days, thank goodness. However, there are still risks associated: The possibilities of puncturing the vein used as well as the potential of damaging the artery with the stent.

Q. So the two incidents -- mild heart attacks?

They weren't heart attacks as the artery was never "fully" blocked. They called them cardiac-related incidents. Angina. It could have been a full-blown heart attack relatively easily. All that needed to happen was for some plaque to dislodge and block the remaining 4 or 5 percent. Luckily, they weren't heart attacks, so I had no permanent damage to my heart.

Q. What was going through your mind during all this?

All I remember thinking about was my kids, how would they feel if suddenly I wasn't there for them. I kept thinking about how I had to get through this for them more than anything.

Q. How long after the surgery did you start running again?

I started on the stationary bike three weeks after the surgery, and I started running at Week 4. The biggest issue was healing up the insertion point for the catheterization, since they go in through the femoral artery.

Q. How did it go initially?

It went really slowly to begin with. Certain things that you are used to pushing through with your body during a run you become acutely aware of -- all the little pains that really aren't anything turn into something in your mind after something like this.

Q. And when did you sign up for your first post-stent marathon?

I was already signed up for New York. I'd gotten in because of being rejected in the lottery the three previous years, so I was very focused on getting better to be able to run it, even if I was really slow.

Q. Were your family and friends concerned about you returning to running with such vigor? Were your doctors concerned? Were YOU concerned?

Everyone was concerned about my running. My family just wanted me to take it easy and start back slow. There were certain people who were there when I hit the pavement that were extremely protective and made sure that I was never alone, especially on my long runs. The doctors weren't so much concerned about the running; they also weren't necessarily crazy about me running marathon distances either. I guess I was a little concerned, but you know, I don't think that the running is increasing my risks of heart issues. If anything, it's decreasing my overall risks and increasing my lifespan.

Q. How'd that first post-stent marathon go?

NYC was a blast. I went nice and easy and just took everything in. It was incredible. I took about 100 pictures during the run and felt great. It was the first marathon I've run where I really didn't hit the wall. Probably all the stops along the way helped out.

Q. And then you signed up for another, right? And then another?

Yeah, I signed up for Thunder Road kind of to push a friend of mine into signing up for it. He had been complaining about not having any targets or goals and was on the fence about signing up, so I signed up and then chastised him until he signed up too. Then after that, I signed up for the Frosty 50K just because [I'd be able to run it with] a bunch of really great people. It looked like it would be fun, [and we did it at] a nice easy run/walk pace.

Q. Are you trying to prove something?

Nope, I'm just having fun now. I do need to keep exercising regularly because of my heart disease, and the kids are really getting into the running, too. All of my kids run races. The oldest [Cameron, 16] is in cross-country in high school and has already run a half-marathon with me. The two youngest [Joshua, 8, and Emily, 6] have both run multiple 5Ks already, and they really enjoy getting out there. It's a good habit to keep up.

Q. Have you had any issues with your heart since the comeback started?

No issues with my heart. I've had issues with my back, shoulder and neck from where I took the header into the curb, but nothing so far with my heart. Knock on wood.

Q. Do you ever have flashbacks to that morning that rattle you, even temporarily, while you're out on a run?

Yes, of course. It took me some time to get used to pushing through things again, just all the little pains that you feel when you are running that you kind of ignore when you're out there for any length of time. Plus the other muscular and skeletal issues kind of added some aches and pains that could have pointed to a heart-related issue. Just had to get used to the stuff.

Q. Do you realize you might be an inspiration to others?

No, not really. There are a lot of people out there who are dealing with or have dealt with incredibly difficult issues and just keep on keeping on. I don't feel like I'm anything special when you get right down to it. If I can inspire my kids to do the best that they can with their lives and give back as much as possible to others, then I'm happy.

Q. Are you going into Nashville like it's just another marathon, or do you think it'll be an emotional day for you?

I don't think it will be emotional. I just hope that I have a good run. Hopefully I can get under 4 hours again, maybe even a PR -- that would be great. But even if I finish in over five hours, the best thing is that I'll be out there running it. It could be a lot worse.

Q. What did running mean to you before all of this stuff, and what does it mean to you now?

Running is a great way to relieve stress and clear my mind, plus a wonderful way to meet an incredible bunch of people. I really look forward to getting out there and just having fun. I know a lot of people think we're crazy, but it really is fun most of the time. That's not to say it's not hard sometimes -- it definitely is -- but that's part of what's so good about it: pushing yourself out there and finding out your limits. If it ever gets to the point where I really just don't enjoy it, I'll quit. For some reason, I just don't see that happening, though.

Q. Is there a moral to your story?

I guess I’d say, talk to your doctor about your overall health. Even if you feel and appear to be in great shape, ask about taking a stress test. The issue that I had never showed up under normal circumstances, only on the stress test. All of my other indicators were perfect, even my cholesterol levels were great. The only other advice I would have would be to get a Road ID. I know that there are going to be a lot of people out there going, "Yeah, yeah, blah blah blah, whatever." But even though the group we run with knows each other, without that information, it would have taken a lot longer to get in touch with my wife and the EMTs would have been flying blind as far as my overall health, drug allergies, conditions, et cetera. I have been wearing one forever, even when I thought I was in good shape I was wearing one. And it's the first thing I changed after the surgery -- I put my medication and stent information on the new one and have been wearing it ever since.

Monday, April 12, 2010

And we're off to the races...

Looking for a race to run this weekend? You've got plenty of choices.

The "big" race on Saturday is the Elizabeth 8K -- which hosted 502 runners last year -- but the same morning there are FIVE small 5Ks happening out in the surrounding areas (one each in Davidson, Harrisburg, Mooresville, Gastonia and Monroe). Read on for all the details.

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The Elizabeth 8K
8 a.m. Saturday (there's also a 3K run/walk and a "Liz Kids' Fun Run").

What is the history of the race?
Says race committee member Jen Hurd: "This will be our 24th edition, and we are Charlotte’s oldest 8K race. We’re actually one of only two 8Ks, so it’s a unique distance for Charlotte."

What is the beneficiary of the race?
Hurd: "The funds raised are earmarked for area beautification and replanting of trees in the Elizabeth neighborhood. The Elizabeth Community Association actually helps subsidize the purchase of trees and tree banding supplies for the residents. The race is the community’s largest fundraiser, so it helps makes those efforts possible."

What is unique about the race?
"The course really makes the Elizabeth 8K special. It predominately takes place on neighborhood streets, which makes it more scenic that the typical road race in Charlotte. The neighborhood really gets into it and you’ll see residents out cheering on the runners and walkers. It’s the right size in my opinion – small enough so that it feels like a neighborhood race yet big enough that it has all the bells and whistles the larger races do."

What’s new in 2010?
"We are looking forward to enhanced post-race celebration. We’ve added live music, yoga sessions for both kids and adults, chair massage, and even beer. Back by popular demand is our annual mascot, a very lively Elvis impersonator. People would be very disappointed not to have him there."

How can people get more details and register?
"All the info you need is on You can register online there or print off an entry form and mail it in. We will offer in-person registration at Charlotte Running Company on Thursday and Friday before the race and on race day."

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The Ada Jenkins Center Fire 5K

The race starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, and when runners finish, they will be first in line for the barbecue plate that serves as part of their reward.

Registration ($25 before race day, or $35 on race day) includes the runner's choice of one pound of barbecue, or a half-pound of barbecue and all of the fixings, or up to five samples from the barbecue competitors or restaurants participating in the event. To register, click here.

The Ada Jenkins Center -- located at 212 Gamble St. in Davidson -- provides health, education and human services to citizens in northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell counties, through programs including Loaves & Fishes, a free medical clinic and a low-cost after-school program.

Note: The barbecue is open to the public from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Non-runners can buy BBQ tickets for $10 (here).

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The Harrisburg 5K

5K race and 1-mile Family Fun Run.
When: 8 a.m. Saturday (Fun Run starts at 9).
Where: The race will start and finish in front of the Harrisburg Family YMCA, 4100 Main St.
Why: Proceeds will benefit charities selected by the Southwest Cabarrus Rotary Club and the Harrisburg Family YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
Cost: $20 through Friday, $25 on race day. Fun run is $10 through Friday, $10 on race day.
Of note: Amenities include T-shirts for all pre-registrants, chip timing, changing rooms, and -- after the race -- food, DJ entertainment, and an awards ceremony.
To register: Click here.

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The Lowe's YMCA Starfish 5K

What: 5K and Fun Run.
When: 9 a.m. Saturday (Fun Run starts at 10).
The race will start and finish in front of the Lowe's YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Ave. in Mooresville.
Why: Proceeds from this event and the Lowe's YMCA Annual Campaign help fund the YMCA Starfish Academy, a summer literacy program for rising first and second graders who are reading below grade level.
Cost: $20 through Friday, $25 on race day. Fun Run is $5.
Of note: The event is followed by "Healthy Kids Day" activities (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), which are "designed to promote healthy kids and families in spirit, mind and body."
More info: Click here.

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The Run for the Money

What: 5K Run and 2K Fun Walk.
When: 8 a.m. Saturday (Fun Walk starts at 8:30).
Where: Downtown Gastonia at the Rotary Pavilion.
Why: Overall race winners -- male and female -- get to designate $1,000 for the non-profit of their choice. Age group winners get to designate $500; runners-up get to designate $250.
Cost: $20 (Fun Walk is free).
Of note: There will be food, a "healthy kids zone," music, and non-profit display booths.
To register: Click here.

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The Earth Day 5K

What: 5K run/walk and Children's Fun Run.
When: 8 a.m. Saturday (Fun Run starts at 9:30).
Where: The race starts and finishes in downtown Monroe.
Why: Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity in promoting environmentally friendly building practices.
Cost: $20 to run, $15 to walk (fees increase by $5 on race day).
Of note: The second annual event is being held in conjuction with family-friendly Earth Day activities taking place nearby. ... Course is reportedly flat and fast. ... Race tees are made from recyclable material. ... Prizes will be given to runners dressed like "environmentally friendly items" (e.g. a hybrid car, a tulip, a bumblebee, a recycled can, etc.). Register for the costume contest the day of the event.
To register: Click here.

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Charlotte's fastest are shipping up to Boston

One week from today, 25,000 runners will gather in the rural town of Hopkinton to race the 26.2 miles to Boylston Street as part of the 114th Boston Marathon.

Of those 25,000, 132 will represent our area.

To give you a sense of how proud a moment it should be for those 132 people ... well, let's put it this way: That's 130 people out of 1.75 million in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Besides the Olympic trials and the Olympic marathons, Boston is the only major U.S. marathon that requires a qualifying time -- and those standards, as many of you know, are tough. (I actually know a guy who is so obsessed with the prestigious race that he maintains a blog dedicated to chronicling his quest to get there.)

So today, let's pay tribute to five women and five men -- from Charlotte except where noted -- who are making the trip to New England for next Monday's race.

Read to the end to see a full list of our area's Boston qualifiers.

Jill Brashear
Age: 35
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom, fitness instructor
Qualified at: 2009 Snickers Marathon in Albany, Ga.
Qualifying time: 3:46:00
# of marathons run: 3
# of Bostons run: "This will be my first!"
What running Boston this year means to me: "I have been running for nine years. It took me three marathons to qualify for Boston, but I finally did it! I can't wait to cross the finish line and feel the ultimate runner's high after running the most prestigious race in the world of marathons. It will be one of my greatest accomplishments!"

Christi Cranford
Age: 41
Occupation: Software configuration management
Qualified at: 2009 Boston Marathon
Qualifying time: 3:39:10
# of marathons run: 30
# of Bostons run: 5
What running Boston this year means to me: "Running Boston this year is bittersweet. I'll be running without the company of friends who qualified (for the first time) in the late fall and were not able to register for this year's race before it filled to capacity. I'm hopeful the thought of having them with me next year will carry me through the hills of Newton."

Denise Derkowski
Age: 44
Occupation: Executive director
Qualified at: 2009 Myrtle Beach Marathon
Qualifying time: 3:46:57
# of marathons run: 7
# of Bostons run: "This will be the first!"
What running Boston this year means to me: "This is a very special event for me as it took five marathons and a LOT of support to qualify. I was with my twin sister and many friends at Myrtle Beach and it will be sweet to be with many of them at Boston! They made me stand by my word and get a Boston tattoo when I qualified, so I've not shared my future tattoo plans with them in case I change my mind! In closing, I have to say a special thank you to Michelle Larson for believing in me and our coach for the training plans. If I can do it, anyone can!"

Jay Holder
Age: 26
Occupation: TV news producer (WBTV)
Qualified at: 2009 Marine Corps Marathon
Qualifying time: 2:44:35
# of marathons run: 2
# of Bostons run: 0
What running Boston this year means to me: "I've wanted to step up to the starting line in Boston since I fell in love with running back in high school. To me, next Monday will be the fulfillment of that dream. It's the most prestigious race in the world, and just to be a part of it is so incredibly exciting. I'll probably cry when I cross the finish line ... I just hope it's not because I'm in pain!"

Paul Martino
Age: 44
Occupation: Physical therapist
Qualified at: 2009 Snickers Marathon in Albany, Ga. (3:19:44), and improved upon it at the 2009 Ridge to Bridge Marathon in North Carolina (3:13:19).
# of marathons: 36
# of Bostons: 3
What running Boston this year means to me: "My greatest moment in marathoning was standing on the start line at my first Boston in 2005. I get a thrill going with friends who are running Boston for the first time and this year there are several. Boston is a tricky course and in my three previous attempts I have been unable to break 3:30. This time around I just want to enjoy the atmosphere and running with some friends. It will be more of a celebration than a race for me. I am also bringing my children for the first time so it will be a great experience to share with them."

Jenny McGettigan
Age: 31
Occupation: Clinical research associate
Qualified at: 2009 Chicago Marathon
Qualifying time: 3:28:05
# of marathons run: 1
# of Bostons run: 0
What running Boston this year means to me: "Since running is my No. 1 biggest passion, being able to participate in Boston is one of the most significant honors I can imagine. By qualifying for this race, I proved to myself that if I want something bad enough, I can do anything. What an experience to be able to run the world's greatest marathon among thousands of other people from all over the world who share and understand my passion, and I can hardly wait to just take in every aspect of it! Truly a dream come true."

Ed Morse
Age: 46
City of residence: Concord
Occupation: Professor (UNC Charlotte)
Qualified at: 2009 Boston Marathon (3:25:58), improved my time at the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon (3:20:39) "but didn't update my starting postition."
# of marathons run: 5
# of Bostons run: 1
What running Boston this year means to me: "Running Boston this year is about enjoying the experience; savoring the enthusiasm and stories of those around me, spending time with my University City Road Runners friends who are also running, meeting new people, and finishing with a smile."

Paul Newnham
Age: 35
Occupation: Tech project manager
Qualified at: 2008 Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte
Qualifying time: 3:10:40
# of marathons run: 3 (plus one DNF)
# of Bostons run: "First time next week!"
What running Boston this year means to me: "I've been training pretty much for this one race over the past three-plus years. I graduated from Boston College in '97 and spent my Patriots Days at the top of Heartbreak Hill cheering on the runners (plus a spot of partying, too). I always wanted to be out there on the course, hitting the top of the hill seeing and hearing the crowd -- now's my chance."

Alice Rogers
Age: 31
Occupation: Wine sales rep
Qualified at: 2009 Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte
# of marathons run: 1
# of Bostons run: 0
What running Boston this year means to me: "Running Boston is a dream come true -- I did the 1/2 in 2008 and the energy for that was insane, so can't imagine the crowd support for the marathon. I wanted my first marathon to be Thunder Road because it's Charlotte and Run for Your Life has been so supportive (this will be my third year being on their racing team). My goal for Boston is to break three hours. Chris Lamperski and Tim Rhodes have been AWESOME getting me ready, so I hope not to disappoint. Boston, for me, is the ultimate rite of passage as a runner. I look forward to saying, 'I've done Boston.' "

Bruce Wagoner
Age: 50
Occupation: Chemist
Qualified at: 2009 Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, Pa.
Qualifying time: 3:31:48
# of marathons run: 11
# of Bostons run: 2
What running Boston this year means to me: "Originally, I had hoped to post a good time at Boston this year. However, a week ago I strained a muscle and now it's my goal just to be able to run it at all. I've done Boston twice before and it is by far the most exhilarating race I've ever been a part of. The other two times I 'raced' the course and consequently was mainly focused internally -- so maybe this year if I am able to go I will try to enjoy the moment more, take in the sights and savor the experience more fully instead of concentrating on pace and distance and time."

of Charlotte-area runners who are registered for next Monday's Boston Marathon:

Bryan Allf, Gastonia
Alejandro Arreola, Charlotte
Michael Barilla, Charlotte
Carly Behrmann, Waxhaw
Rhett Benner, Huntersville
Derek Blalock, Albemarle
Jason Boyer, Hickory
Patrick Boyle, Charlotte
Drew Brashear, Charlotte
Jill Brashear, Charlotte
Michele Britt, Charlotte
Tony Brown, Davidson
Walter Brown, Charlotte
David Buck, Davidson
Denise Burkhard, Charlotte
Meredith Byrne, Charlotte
Robert Cachine, Charlotte
Damon Cahill, Mooresville
Doug Campbell, Charlotte
Mischell Christmas, Charlotte
Christi Cranford, Charlotte
Kevin Creedon, Charlotte
James Cristini, Indian Trail
Whitney Dainko, Mooresville
Deborah Dawson, Waxhaw
Lori Dawson, Waxhaw
Denise Derkowski, Charlotte
Diane Derkowski, Charlotte
Douglas Ellison, Charlotte
Julia Engel, Charlotte
Jeffrey Fearn, Harrisburg
Lynn Finkelstein, Waxhaw
Hunter Fleshood, Charlotte
Amy Fletcher, Charlotte
Lisa Fry, Mooresville
Patrick Fry, Mooresville
Meghan Garofalo, Charlotte
Susanne Gaus-Zikeli, Charlotte
Aregai Girmay, Gastonia
Lauren Giugliano, Charlotte
Leah Grace, Charlotte
Robert Greenlee, Albemarle
Elise Guimont, Charlotte
Stephanie Hall, Hickory
Angela Hamilton, Hickory
Robert Harbaugh, Waxhaw
Sarah Hart, Huntersville
Todd Hartung, Davidson
Samuel Hay, Charlotte
Michelle Hazelton, Charlotte
Michael Hebert, Charlotte
Richard Heinrich, Mooresville
Keri Henley, Charlotte
Chaz Hinkle, Charlotte
Barbara Hodges, Shelby
Jason Holder, Charlotte
Kevin Holley, Matthews
Joe Howell, Harrisburg
Ping Hu, Charlotte
Harold Hudson, Huntersville
Bryan Hurley, Kannapolis
Lance Hutchens, Cornelius
Dennis Hutchinson, Charlotte
David Jackson, Waxhaw
Rick Johnson, Albemarle
Robert Jordan, Matthews
Michael Kahn, Charlotte
Jeffrey Knapp, Hickory
Leslie Knapp, Hickory
Brad Koch, Charlotte
Joseph Korzelius, Albemarle
Monica Kruckow, Charlotte
Kay Kulesa, Charlotte
Sampath Kumar, Charlotte
Michelle Larson, Charlotte
Don Leach, Waxhaw
Frederic Levy, Gastonia
Aaron Linz, Charlotte
Heather Lyerly, Hickory
Robert Macki, Fort Mill
Chris Marciani, Charlotte
John Marotta, Charlotte
Jason Martin, Charlotte
Paul Martino, Charlotte
Lynne Masonis, Charlotte
Adam Mayes, Cornelius
Douglas Mays, Charlotte
Jennifer McGettigan, Charlotte
Rebecca McKeever, Davidson
Terry Meacham, Fort Mill
Lindsey Miller, Huntersville
Robert Mooring, Gastonia
Bill Moran, Waxhaw
Mike Moran, Denver
Edward Morse, Concord
Elizabeth Naum, Charlotte
Paul Newnham, Charlotte
John Oxrider, Charlotte
Chris Page, Charlotte
Tom Patch, Charlotte
Rasmus Pedersen, Charlotte
Dexter Pepperman, Monroe
Michael Peters, Charlotte
Maureen Pulliam, Charlotte
Debbie Quadnow, Monroe
Nadine Rauer, Harrisburg
Anthony Read, Mooresville
Kathy Rink, Davidson
Joseph Roche, Concord
Alice Rogers, Charlotte
Heather Rorison, Charlotte
Adrienne Rosenbloom, Charlotte
Cindy Rosenthal, Matthews
Francie Rudolph, Charlotte
Timothy Russell, Charlotte
Jackie Savage, Charlotte
Joe Schlereth, Pineville
Colby Schwartz, Charlotte
Keith Smith, Charlotte
Michael Smith, Matthews
Tracy Sproule, Charlotte
Michael Starkey, Charlotte
Hazel Tapp, Charlotte
Cheryl Todd, Davidson
Heather Vellers, Mount Holly
Bruce Wagoner, Charlotte
Susan Wallace, Charlotte
Bill Watson, Charlotte
Sean Welsh, Charlotte
Sarah Wenger, Charlotte
Anna Wright, Hickory
Paul Wuerslin, Waxhaw