Carrboro Run Club

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David Brown

Where are you from, and what brought you to the area?  I am originally from Raleigh. I’ve left the area several times over the years to live and work in other places but always returned to the Triangle. My family moved to Chapel Hill in 2008 after separating from working with USAID.

Why do you run?  For sanity. It is my head candy; keeps me balanced and from becoming too unhinged. Everywhere I’ve lived I sought out the community of other runners. 

Why did you decide to join Carrboro Run Club, how long have you been running with us, and what keeps you coming back?  I think I’ve been running with the club from close to the start at Fleet Feet where a charismatic young running evangelist named Steph gained a loyal following that has followed her to several locations.  

Tell us about your best/worst/weirdest running moment:  

Best - everyday that I’m able to step out my door and run without fear.

Worst - making a wrong turn on a course and realizing everyone behind was following!

Weirdest - running through a couple of traffic cones placed in the street at a military checkpoint and being chased and challenged by unhappy guards who felt I disrespected their post. 

If you could have any talent or skill in the entire world, without needing to practice and money was no limitation, what would it be?  The oratory power of the great leaders. 

 

If you could eat only one meal or food for the rest of your life, what would it be?  The large seafood combination plater with sweet tea and hushpuppies from Hoskins

Restaurant in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

What is something you want people to know about you?  Running has saved my life by helping me overcome depression and unhealthy behaviors of young adulthood.

What is something you have done recently, or are about to do, that you are proud of?  Wrote letters to members of the Carrboro City Council supporting extension of a greenway along Bolin Creek from Umstead Park through Carolina North to link nearby schools to the town’s greenway system.

Laura Sonday

Name:  Laura Sonday (pronounced just like Sunday/Sundae)

Where are you from, and what brought you to the area?  I’m originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. San Francisco, Santiago (Chile), and Ann Arbor are other places I’ve called home. I came to Carrboro after I was offered a job at UNC.

Why do you run?  To help offset the Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups that I eat every day, and to connect with kind and interesting people. It’s an open secret that I like runners more
than I like running!

Why did you decide to join Carrboro Run Club, how long have you been running with us, and what keeps you coming back?  A friend recommended CRC to me when I first moved here. I started coming in July 2021 and I keep coming back for the friendships I’ve made. It’s a great community, thanks to Steph’s leadership!

Tell us about your best/worst/weirdest running moment:  The worst was when I was mugged while running in broad daylight when I was in my 20s. It took me about six months to feel comfortable running outside again. On a lighter note, though it did not happen to me, this is the weirdest running moment I’ve ever heard of, and it still makes me laugh every time I think about it: https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a41196297/flock-of-sheep-follow-runner-on-the-trail/

If you could have any talent or skill in the entire world, without needing  to practice and money was no limitation, what would it be?  Be fluent in all languages. I like to listen and chat with other people, and it would be wonderful to be able to do that with anyone.

If you could eat only one meal or food for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Tofu tikka masala with garlic naan-- or pizza-- and homemade pie (raspberry, chocolate, or strawberry-rhubarb) for dessert.

What is something you want people to know about you?  I love to dance salsa and bachata! My running endurance is terrible. My dancing endurance is impressive! I also love to read, so anytime you have a good book recommendation, send it my way.

What is something you have done recently, or are about to do, that you are proud of?  I’m proud of the work I do in the classroom with my students. Thinking critically and establishing loving communities are both important skills. I’m glad to be in a position where I can work on these skills in myself and other people on a daily basis.

Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Sailboat, check. Rum in pint cup, check. Successful vacation.

Zambezi River, Zimbabwe

Those hippos look thirsty for whatever is in that pint cup!

Cougar, Washington

If you look at the horizon on the left,  you can see Mt. St. Helens peaking out!

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Pint Cup accompanied the Zimmermans on their trip to the GALAPAGOS! Wildlife was seen, and a newfound appreciation for evolution was formed for our beloved stainless steel mascot. 🙂

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Back in action after 2 years off, the pint cup travelled internationally once more!! To the ancient city of Sigiriya, atop a giant rock, in Sri Lanka.

Emma Calabrese

Where are you from, and what brought you to the area?  I grew up in Louisville, Colorado, and moved to Chapel Hill in 2011 to start grad school at UNC.

Why do you run?  To prevent my body from permanently adhering to my couch’s microplush fabric cushion covers.

Why did you decide to join Carrboro Run Club, and how long have you run with us?  I first became a Fleet Feet Pub Runner in 2013 when I realized that, if I didn’t do something to reach beyond the weird, isolating, intense environment that is grad school, I might lose my mind. Little did I know that I would find a running community with its own brand of (fun) weirdness! From there, I followed Steph to The Station in 2016 and then to Craftboro in 2020, loyal disciple that I am.

Describe the most recent (appropriate ☺) photo you took with your phone:  Our new cat, Kiki!

What is the best piece of advice you ever received, and who gave it to you?  “Let’s add some more butter.” – various trusted people in my life

Favorite book? How about a book you think everyone must read? (They can be different.)  Because having to choose a single favorite book paralyzes me with indecision, I will just say that my original favorite is Ramona the Pest. RIP Beverly Cleary!

The last book I finished reading is Tommy Orange’s There There, and I would classify it as a must-read.

If you could have any talent or skill in the entire world, without needing to practice and money was no limitation, what would it be?  K-Pop sensation.

If you could eat only one meal (not just a single food) for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Pasta with my dad’s pesto, a simple green salad the way my mom makes it, maybe some nice white beans on the side. A glass of wine.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know:  If I told you that, how would I maintain my air of mystery?

Obviously Pub Run has looked very different for the past year…

Did you pick up any new hobbies or interests during the pandemic?  I joined the Great Sourdough Craze of 2020 for approximately 3 months. My starter is now languishing in the refrigerator, hoping to be rediscovered one day.

Were there any silver linings that came out of the pandemic for you?  Feeling life slow down.

What is something you have done recently, or are about to do, that you are proud of?  After spraining my ankle this past winter, I recently ran again for the first time in a couple of months, and even though it made me very sore, I did it again a few days later. #perseverance #butwhy

Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

You're the only Ten I See - covid winter getaway.

Umstead Park, NC

These 4 (and a half) runners completed the Zen Squirrel Challenge together in Umstead (another remote race due to covid).

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