Why do you run, AJ?

About AJ

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

AJ has been running with our run club (MRC) for a couple of years now. He never runs without his headphones, even on more relaxed training runs. It always takes a few roars from fellow runners to get his attention.

I remember when AJ started running with us, his wife had given birth only a few weeks before. We often remarked he was either trying to dodge baby duty, or the baby was waking him early enough to join us.

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Why do you run, Ashita Banerjee?

About Ashita

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I met Ashita when she started running with Morrisville Run Club. She fitted right in with the group and took her running very seriously, and we watched her break many PRs. One of the most memorable was back in October at Bull City Race Fest.

Since then Ashita has moved to Europe with her family. I know the group really misses her physical presence and encouragement. However, with today’s communication tools, like WhatsApp, sometimes it’s like she never left. There has been many a virtual run, virtual prodding and accountability in the months she has been gone.

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Why do you run, Ian McCullough?

About Ian

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I’m so excited to introduce you to Ian. This guy is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to running. I’ve known Ian for many years, and we even ran together in Ireland for a time. Those were some of my first experiences running. However, back then I would never have considered myself a runner.

Since moving to the US, I don’t see Ian much in person, but I follow him on Strava and the man never stops moving. He’s either running, hill walking, skiing or cycling somewhere across Ireland and central Europe.

As I often say to Liz, “I want to be like Ian when I grow up…”. I hope to be still running and enjoying the outdoors as long as him. Thanks for your story, Ian!

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Why do you run, Jeremy Copeland?

About Jeremy

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Jeremy is the lead pastor of STORYCHURCH, an awesome church community in Durham, NC. I had the privilege of being part of the launch team and having a little input into how it’s grown today.

What isn’t particularly obvious when you first meet Jeremy is his insanely competitive side. I can’t tell you how many times I went out to run only because he might pass me on the Nike leader board. Wait… who’s competitive?

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Why do you run, Nilesh Tharval?

About Nilesh

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

I know Nilesh through MRC, and we’ve ran together for quite a while now. I also know he is a big Orange Theory guy, so he takes his fitness seriously — all while juggling family and work commitments!

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Why do you run, Ciara Cassidy?

About Ciara

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Ciara and I work for the same company, only she works out of our Craigavon office in the UK. More often than not our work conversations will digress into discussing our latest running plans… 🤣

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Why do you run, Zach Koontz?

About Zach

Welcome to a blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Zach is a good friend from church. When he moved to Morrisville and decided to enter a half Ironman, we (MRC) were able to help him train — for the running part. He’s got to know our wacky running family through the process and isn’t able to leave. Now we’re all training to run our first full marathon together. 🤣

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Why do you run, Shravan?

About Shravan

Welcome to a new blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Shravan runs with the Morrisville Run Club (MRC), and that’s where I met him. He’s one of our faster runners, and has the most graceful running form you have ever seen. 🤣

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Why do you run, Amanda Headlee?

Amanda Headlee

About Amanda

Welcome to a new blog series called “Why do you run?“. I hope to publish inspiring insights from runners I know, on why they started running and continue to do so.

Amanda works out of our office in PA. While she does visit our Durham office from time to time, we have not yet managed to schedule a run together. Until that happens, Amanda, and many other colleagues from across our sites, keep up with everyone’s activities in our Strava club.

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