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Craft Beer Half Marathon - Relay & 5 Miler

Sat March 29, 2025 Charlotte, NC 28262 US Directions



Matt Paul - Sycamore Brew Run Club

Matt Paul was born in the Western suburbs of Chicago and later lived in Dayton, Ohio where he began his running career. After moving to Charlotte a little over 5 years ago Matt tried many different running groups, ultimately finding his home in the Sycamore Run Club. Coming out of COVID in 2020, the club needed a new leader and Matt took over the role, which he still holds today.

Matt never ran as a child or teenager and only took up running 7-8 years ago while living in Ohio as a means to lose weight. Matt is very proud to say that he has lost over 60 pounds with running as his primary form of exercise once he got started.

On a personal level, Matt is an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan and travels frequently. Ask him about Barcelona, upstate New York, or what it's like being one of only 20 people in empty Legoland park in Denmark!

Find Matt @sycamorerunclub and @mmattyp241

Josh Hanson - Town Brewing Run Club

My name is Josh, and I started running during one of the most challenging periods of my life. In 2021, I faced mysterious health problems that severely limited my ability to exercise. Hoping that embracing fitness could positively impact my health, I began running at Town Brewing in Westside Charlotte. Through my connection with the run club, I ended up winning in the "The First Ever Run Club Bingo" event hosted by Simple Stupid Nutrition. This win ignited my passion for running longer distances and improving my speed.

Today, I attribute much of my improved health and positive outlook on life to the various Charlotte-based run clubs that facilitated my connection within the Charlotte running community. I have since participated in several half marathons, and in 2024, I am determined to complete my first full marathon. Whether on race days or at one of the numerous F3 men's groups in the northern suburbs, I look forward to crossing paths with you on the streets.

Find Josh on Instagram at @runthistownclt and @jo.hanson59

Chris Kelly - Birdsong Run Club

I got started running with cross country in high school and ended up running for Appalachian State here in North Carolina. I started with Birdsong run club to connect with old friends and get back in shape to run a half marathon. Now I lead the club with Megan and it’s been a blast meeting new friends and watching our club grow! We are extremely grateful for our run club community and can’t wait to toe the line with everyone in March.

Find Chris on Instagram @birdsongrunclub

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