Two years ago, Kelly Glantz would have rather lounged on her sofa than put on a pair of running shoes and go for a jog.
Overweight and out of shape, she became fed up with herself just months before her 40th birthday and started running.
On Saturday, Glantz, who is now 70 pounds lighter, ran in her first marathon. She joined thousands of others in uptown Charlotte for the eighth annual Thunder Road Marathon, Half Marathon, and Novant Health 5K.
Exercise helps the immune system, but marathoners can overdo it
CHARLOTTE -- More than 5,000 people hit the road Saturday morning for the Charlotte Thunder Road Marathon and Half Marathon. About 1,200 ran the full 26.2 miles.
Charlotte resident David Cross was at the race cheering on runners. Cross is a sponsored ultra runner and has completed about 15 races, ranging anywhere from 32 to 100 miles long, which requires a lot of training.
"I try to get anywhere from two to three hours a day depending on what type a day, and longer on the weekends,” he said.
Cross says sometimes after races, he's feels a bit funky.
CHARLOTTE – Thousands of runners took over the streets of Charlotte on Saturday for the eighth annual Thunder Road Marathon and Half Marathon.
This year, about 200 people signed up during the last two weeks after the cancellation of the New York City marathon due to superstorm Sandy. Many started looking for replacement runs as soon as they heard about the cancellation.
"I trained for three months for a marathon. It's been on my bucket list. I'm not a runner, I'm never going to run another marathon and I'm thrilled that I can do it here in Charlotte," said New York native Dave Kerpen.
thunder road marathon officials ready for race day
CHARLOTTE -- Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon is back this year. The 26.2-mile race starts in uptown and winds through many Queen City neighborhoods. In addition to the marathon the event includes a wheelchair marathon, a half marathon and a 5k run-walk.
Race organizers are also putting on an expo Friday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ever thought you would like to run in a marathon? Well, anybody can, even a grandmother. Today Wilson is at Run for Your Life at SouthPark getting tips on how to get in shape for the upcoming Thunder Road Marathon in November. Run for Your Life offers great training program to get you on your way. They also have everything you need to get suited up for your run.... but really Wilson....you need to lose the skort.
Runners and Appalachian’s Human Performance Lab add science to the Charlotte Marathon
N.C. RESEARCH CAMPUS—Recently, 55 runners did more than just compete in the annual Charlotte Thunder Road Marathon. They were part of a field trial conducted by the Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Laboratory.
Scientists and interns from the lab were at the Thunder Road Marathon to test an herbal supplement called Rhodiola rosea to see if it decreases muscle damage in the study participants as a result of from the strenuous exercise during the marathon.
The lab, which is located at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis and part of the university’s College of Health Sciences.
Thunder Road Marathon Extends Invite to NYC Marathon
Registrants Not Able to Travel to Sunday’s Race
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – November 2, 2012 – Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon is offering a special entry fee to its Nov. 17 race to The ING New York City Marathon registrants who are not able to travel to and participate in Sunday’s race (Nov. 4) as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
The Publix Thunder Road Health & Wellness Expo will take place on Friday, Nov. 16 from 10AM-9PM at The Blake Hotel. The one-day event is free and open to the public, featuring sponsors, vendors and exhibits with the latest trends in running, fitness equipment, footwear, apparel and more. It also serves as the packet pick-up location and registration location for all three Thunder Road races, which include the Thunder full and half marathons and Novant Health Thunder Road 5K Run/Walk.
Wanted: Volunteers for 8th Annual Thunder Road Marathon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sept. 24, 2012 – Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon has opened up registration for individual and group volunteers for this year’s race, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17.
The following volunteer positions are needed from Tuesday, Nov. 13 through Saturday, Nov. 17: Health & Wellness Publix Thunder Road Marathon Health & Wellness Expo Support, Airport Welcome Booth, Information Kiosk, Packet Distribution, Registration, Signage Help on Course, T-Shirt Distribution, Baggage Area, Start Line Assistant, Finish Line Support, Lead Bike Escort, and Driver Assistance. For those interested in volunteering for the race and Publix Thunder Road Marathon Health & Wellness Expo area, can register by clicking here.
myers park man gears up to run 2nd thunder road
When you see Bill Tome running through Myers Park, he's usually alone, and he confesses he's not solving world problems. "I just relax and run." But running for this neighbor has gotten serious to the point where he's about to run his fifth marathon on November 17, and his second Charlotte Thunder Road.
“We’re asking for additional community involvement to help Charlotte shine for these big upcoming race events that will bring in runners from around the country,” said Tim Rhodes, owner of Event Marketing Services and race director of Charlotte’s Thunder Road Marathon. “This is also a great opportunity to get businesses and organizations involved and enhance their wellness programs, while strengthening relationships and creating new ones.”
“Our VIP area has become a great tradition at the Thunder Road Marathon and we are excited to be involved for the fourth year in a row,” said Katie Martin, Area Marketing Director, Metro Charlotte Area of Chick-fil-A. “This is all part of what makes the Thunder Road experience so memorable and fun, especially for family and friends of the runners. We look forward to seeing everyone out there!”
Jamie Bowers with WSOC-TV: Thank you for your help on Thursday! We published a detailed Thunder Road traffic guide that was one of the most popular stories on WSOCTV.com all weekend.
Matt Nowacki, Assignment Editor w/WCNC: I heard everything worked out great this morning. I just wanted to say thank you, I really appreciate all that you did to help us and make sure it went so smoothly. I hope the day as a whole turns out great for you.