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Meet Ambassador Carie Dixon!

2017-01-23T22:28:47+00:00 August 15th, 2013|Ambassadors|

“My brother, PJ inspires me in every aspect of my life… PJ has muscular dystrophy but doesn’t let that stop him from doing anything that he wants to do.  He is beautiful and full of love for every single person he meets. I run because he can’t.”Carie Dixon

Where do you live:  Mount Pleasant

Are you a runner/walker/biker:  I’m a runner! (It took me a while to be able to say that with confidence)

What do you do for a living:  I’m in the education field.

What inspires you:
My brother, PJ inspires me in every aspect of my life.  We were raised with the belief that we can do anything if we set our minds to it.  PJ has muscular dystrophy but doesn’t let that stop him from doing anything that he wants to do.  He is beautiful and full of love for every single person he meets. I run because he can’t.  Every time I tie my shoes, PJ’s amazing will is my fuel to finish happy.

I am also inspired by fellow runners.  We are an interesting group of people–both serious and funny about our sport.  This is the most giving community I have every been blessed to be a part of.  I love listening to stories about how and why people started running; how it has changed people both inside as well as out.

Why do I want to represent the Connector Run:
I love Charleston and am so grateful that I live here.  For years I’ve been saying that I want to be a bigger part of the community; that I want to give back.  I saw this as a way to do both of those things.  What a great way to connect with new people, brag about my beautiful Lowcountry, enjoy running, and support an amazing charity!

Motivation Moment:
Why should you run/walk/bike the Connector?  Why shouldn’t you?!  We live in one of the most amazingly beautiful places on Earth. As locals we should take every opportunity to appreciate and enjoy our surroundings.  Physical activity is good for the soul; give it a shot, what do you have to lose? Events like this are a great way to meet new people, experience new things, and check something off the bucket list.

Favorite Thing About the LowCountry:  Pluff Mud and live oak trees.  Seriously.  I smell pluff mud and know that I’m home.

How can people connect with me?
I’m on Facebook (Carie Dixon).
You can also find me on twitter  @hulagirl1114.
Follow my blog: http://confessionsofaformercookieaddict.blogspot.com
Email: carie.m.dixon@gmail.com

 

You can try to connect with me while running, but you have to catch me first.  Just kidding, I’m not that fast.

Meet Our Ambassador Jessica O’Brien!

2017-01-23T22:28:48+00:00 August 13th, 2013|Ambassadors|

“If you live in the lowcountry and drive on the Connector as much as I do, you owe it to yourself to experience this space in a new way. Whether it is running, walking, or biking, you are guaranteed awesome views of the Charleston skyline and Ashley River.”

 

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Where do you live?
James Island

Are you a runner/ walker/ biker?
I primarily consider myself a runner, but I also love walking my dogs often bike as a form of cross training.

What do you do for a living?
I work in Client Services for a local hotel.

What inspires you?
I love hearing stories of people getting out of their comfort zones in order to become better people. An overweight person gaining the courage to go to the gym for the first time, an addict seeking professional help, a shy person joining a meet up group – all are examples of people taking a difficult step towards a more rewarding life. Change is so hard but people that take that first leap are so inspiring to me.

Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run?
I had such a great time running this race last year that I want to get as many participants involved as possible. You get great views throughout the entire course, awesome volunteers handing out water, plus by registering you are supporting a great cause, the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation. This event has everything you want in a great race!

Motivational Moment:
If you live in the lowcountry and drive on the Connector as much as I do, you owe it to yourself to experience this space in a new way. Whether it is running, walking, or biking, you are guaranteed awesome views of the Charleston skyline and Ashley River. Plus you get your exercise in for the day and then get to relax with all the participants at the after party. How can you say no to this run?

What’s your favorite thing about living in the lowcountry?
I love living in such a beautiful area; no matter what part of the lowcountry I am in, I can always find a gorgeous, interesting running route.  And the running community is so welcoming and active here; I love seeing runners taking advantage of the beautiful area we live in.

How can people connect with you?
I have a running blog at www.runblah.blogspot.com, and you can find my random musings on twitter at https://twitter.com/blahmonstergirl

 

Meet Ambassador Krystal Davis!

2017-01-23T22:28:49+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Ambassadors|

“The scenery around the James Island Connector is to die for.  Along with the scenery, the running community in Charleston is one that encompasses everyone into a family setting.  I have never met a nicer group of people who I truly connect with.”
Krystal Davis

Where do you live?
I live in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Are you a runner/ walker/ biker?
I am a runner.

What do you do for a living?
I am an accountant for Charleston Habitat for Humanity.

What inspires you?
My children, husband and the Lord inspire me.

Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run?
I want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run to open people’s eyes to not only the health benefits of running but also to promote the importance of higher education to everyone out there including any and everyone with special needs.

Motivational Moment:
The scenery around the James Island Connector is to die for.  Along with the scenery, the running community in Charleston is one that encompasses everyone into a family setting.  I have never met a nicer group of people who I truly connect with.  The James Island Connector Run not only gives people the opportunity to socially connect with others like themselves but to humbly give more of themselves to helping wonderful special needs children who deserve a higher education.

What’s your favorite thing about living in the lowcountry?
Nature drew me to the Lowcountry.  I love the outdoors, and Charleston has so many different venues to travel and explore.

How can people connect with you?
Email tbadavis@yahoo.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/krystal.w.davis,
Twitter @tannerandbaylei.

Meet Run Ambassador Steven Holshouser!

2017-01-23T22:28:51+00:00 August 7th, 2013|Ambassadors|

“Being an obese child, I have come to be very active and fit. In doing so, I have helped bring together the community of Charleston as well as meet some of the best friends of my life. I want to share this experience with everyone…”

Steve Holshouser

Where do you live? Mount Pleasant

Are you a runner/ walker/ biker? I am an avid Ironman triathlete, so I promote and do all three eventually!

What do you do for a living?
I am a graduate student at MUSC studying obesity and cancer.

What inspires you?
People who have the will to keep pushing on through tough setbacks in life, and to do more than required. This is the reason I got into triathlons as well as active lifestyles, because it requires inspiration and discipline to do more than just the average means to get by. Everyone is an inspiration.

Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run?
I want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run because I believe I am a great example of someone who balances life with athletics and shows the community and world that anyone can do these types of races. Being an obese child, I have come to be very active and fit. In doing so, I have helped bring together the community of Charleston as well as meet some of the best friends of my life. I want to share this experience with everyone so that everyone may live better lives.

Motivational Moment:
I believe that everyone should cross the Connector for his or her own sake. People take for granted that we have cars and busses that take us from one place to another, but are not aware of the people around the world that have to walk or run or bike to work or to school just to make a living. The Ethiopians say they would have to run five to ten miles each way to school and back as a kid, and as a consequence of holding their books, they run with a slight gimp in his or her right arm. Being a person that bikes almost everywhere, and often times runs to work over many of the bridges, I believe it is very important for people to raise awareness for walkers/ bikers and runners around the community. It benefits the community, your own well-being, and the city around us. Let’s get outside whether you have to walk, run or bike and Cross the Connector!

What’s your favorite thing about living in the lowcountry?
My favorite thing about living in the lowcountry is the people. There are some of the best people in the entire world. Even though it can sometimes be a little slow, I love it. The best people in the world can be found here as locals in Charleston, SC.

How can people connect with you?
People can connect with me through facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/steven.holshouser.33
or Email me anytime at Holshou@musc.edu

If you have ANY questions about biking around the Charleston area, run routes or swimming, don’t hesitate to call! I know just about every route to commute on and every great place to run from beginners to marathoners!

Meet Our Ambassador Tammi Spivey!

2017-01-23T22:28:52+00:00 August 6th, 2013|Ambassadors|

 

“For all of you who want to run but tell yourself you can’t, start off slow and gradually build up, YOU can do it!!”

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Where do you live?
James Island
Are you a runner/walker/biker?
Runner and I love to take cardio classes at Gold’s Gym (step and body attack)
What do you do for a living?
Guidance Counselor at Drayton Hall Elementary, Lead Running Club for 5th graders at DHES
What inspires you?
As far as being a runner, a healthy lifestyle inspires me so that I can be the best I can be for my kids and my husband. When I take the kids along for my run, my six year old, Alexis, rides her bike with me. My little guy, Aiden (2), enjoys the ride in the jogging stroller, he likes to say, “ready, set, go”. Hopefully this will create a healthy habit for exercise when they get older.
Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run?
I was born and raised on James Island, so being able to participate and represent JI in a run close to home is great! Also it is my passion to help others, and being able to help raise money to help students reach their dream of college is the best part!
Motivational Moment: 
This is my first year running in the JI Connector Run and this will be my first 10k since I have had kids! For all of you that want to run but tell yourself you can’t, start off slow and gradually build up, YOU can do it!! When I graduated college, I was at my heaviest and my self-esteem was very low. I knew I wanted to do something to change and become healthier. I started running and walking and eventually I was able to run 1 mile without stopping, then I walked and ran 2 miles, and from there continued to build up my distance. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you can run, just get out and get active:) So come out and participate in the JI Connector Run/Walk on Nov. 2nd to enjoy a beautiful view and help out a great cause! (and to start a new healthy habit)
What’s your favorite thing about living in the lowcountry?
Living 10 minutes from the beach!

Meet Ambassador Nicole Leaf!

2017-01-23T22:28:54+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Ambassadors|

“What better time of the year to run the Connector than for this race (in November). The weather is always ideal and it’s really the best opportunity to enjoy beautiful views of Charleston and James Island.”

Nicole Leaf

Where do you live?
James Island, SC

Are you a runner / walker / biker?
Runner and just getting into biking

What do you do for a living?
F&B Marketing Coordinator at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

What inspires you?
Dedication- being driven by something and the high you get from completing your goal.

Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run?
It is a great run, in my backyard and stands up for an incredible cause. I have a lot of friends who run and I would love to get them involved with this specific race!

Motivational Moment:
What better time of the year to run the Connector than for this race (in November). The weather is always ideal and it’s really the best opportunity to enjoy beautiful views of Charleston and James Island.

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Lowcountry?
Hands down, the people. The Lowcountry is so involved and so dedicated to what they believe in and stand up for. It is very motivating and I am proud to be a part of this community.

How can people connect with you?
Email- nleaf03@gmail.com
Facebook- Nicole Leaf

Meet Ambassador Katie Hurst!

2017-01-23T22:28:56+00:00 July 30th, 2013|Ambassadors|

“How often do you get to run the Connector sans car traffic? The course has a beautiful view and no matter if you’re walking, biking or running, you’re helping students with physical disabilities”Katie Hurst

Where do you live? West Ashley

Are you a runner/ walker/ biker? Runner and frequent dog-walker

What do you do for a living?
Writer/editor at the Post and Courier. I also work part-time at Fleet Feet Sports Mount Pleasant.

What inspires you?
I love being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of Charleston. Nothing beats stress like a gorgeous run downtown and along the battery. I’m also pretty goal-oriented—always pushing myself ust a bit outside my comfort zone.

Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run?
I love encouraging others to get outside and be active—especially when it’s helping out such a great cause in our community.

Motivational Moment:
First of all, how often do you get to run the Connector sans car traffic? The course has a beautiful view and no matter if you’re walking, biking or running, you’re helping students with physical disabilities, who might not be able to be as active. We can be thankful for our own physical abilities while helping these students achieve their educational goals.

What’s your favorite thing about living in the lowcountry?
The beaches! Coming from Oklahoma, a day at the beach never gets old.

How can people connect with you?
Follow me on Twitter at @DontHateTheKate

Meet Ambassador Mark Rittenhouse!

2017-01-23T22:29:00+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Ambassadors|

“Inspire yourself, your friends, your neighbors to love the feeling of the pavement beneath their feet or the thrill of the ride with wind pushing against every peddle.”

Mark Rittenhouse

Where do you live? 
Carolina Bay, West Ashley

Are you a runner/ walker/ biker?  Runner

What do you do for a living?  Assistant Professor/Naval Science Instructor at The Citadel

What inspires you?  My wife (Kara) and three children (Keao, Kai, Keanu), “Just a Husband and Father trying to do better for the health of his family.”

Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run?
I want to represent this GREAT cause because of the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation and the opportunities it has given college students with physical disabilities here in the lowcountry.

Motivational Moment:
Inspire yourself, your friends, your neighbors to love the feeling of the pavement beneath their feet or the thrill of the ride with wind pushing against every peddle.  Join my wife, myself and the Rit-Fit Team raise money for the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation.  Please HELP me continue this GREAT tradition of providing college scholarships to disabled students here in the lowcountry.

What’s your favorite thing about living in the lowcountry? 
The PEOPLE!!!

How can people connect with you? 
run@rit-fit.com
rit-fit.com
www.facebook.com/RitFitNutritionAndWellness

Meet Our Newest Ambassador: Amy Lauren Scott

2017-01-23T22:29:04+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Ambassadors|

“If you’ve never signed up for a race- this is your time… You can walk the entire distance- tons of people do. Listen to music, talk to other walkers, or just enjoy the beauty of nature. No one cares how fast or slow you’re going, except you.”

Amy Lauren Scott

Where do you live? Charleston/West Ashley. I live in the country and have nicknamed my neighborhood “Suburbia by the Swamps”

Are you runner/ walker/ biker? Runner, group fitness fanatic, and wannabe yogi.

What do you do for a living?
Since running doesn’t pay the bills (darn!), I work from home as a Technical Writer for ACS Technologies, a technology company specializing in solutions for churches, schools, and non-profit organizations.

What inspires you?
I’m most inspired by people who push their “comfort zones” in running and sports. I’m inspired when a new person goes to a group run for the first time, wanting to make running friends.
I’m inspired when someone who completed Couch to 5K in March signs up for a Fall half marathon. I’m inspired when a long-time runner tries yoga for the first time and discovers the difference stretching and a clear mind can make when racing. Pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones in sports helps us do the same at school, work, home, and in our family lives.

Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run?

I moved here in 2012, so 2013 will be my first year doing the Connector Run. I want to represent the race because I’m passionate about running and love promoting it here in the Charleston community.  The Connector Run is a great race for everyone from Couch-to-5K graduates to local elites, and the running, walking, and biking communities can come together to raise money for a great cause, providing scholarships for students with disabilities.

Motivational Moment:  After the Boston Marathon bombings, runners tossed around the idea- what can we do for Boston? My answer to that is this: If runners want our sport to survive, to grow, it’s up to us. I realized this when I started coaching for the Florence Track Club in 2011. One day, I won’t be running and competing, but someone will- and as a runner, it’s my duty to the sport to pass on that love- whether it’s to young children, older ladies training for their first 5Ks, people looking to relieve stress, or any new runner. When I started coaching, I realized… It’s not all about me.

If you want to do something in honor of Boston, sign up for a local race, like the James Island Connector Run. Sign up for a local 5K or 10K that supports a charity. Local races may not have as many frills as a Disney race or a Rock and Roll race, but their causes depend on race proceeds. Skip date night this weekend- there’s your entry fee. If you’ve never signed up for a race- this is your time. You could try Couch to 5K, or not. You don’t have to. You can walk the entire distance- tons of people do. Listen to music, talk to other walkers, or just enjoy the beauty of nature. No one cares how fast or slow you’re going, except you. If you’re last, no one will laugh. You might even get a standing ovation. The first place finisher of a race has the fewer cheerleaders, as everyone’s behind him or her. It’s lonely. If you already run, encourage new runners. Stand at the finish of your next race and cheer for those finishing after you. You like someone cheering for you, right? So do they, and they need it more than you- you’re already driven and passionate about running. The post-race beer will be waiting for you.

You can do something- do it.

Join the community. Join the movement.

What’s your favorite thing about living in the Lowcountry?
From the Cooper River Bridge to the Summerville Sawmill trails, from the West Ashley Greenway to Folly Beach- we have beautiful places to run, walk, and bike and beautiful weather for it. We have an amazing community of local athletes of all ages and abilities who come together to support races like this one and other great causes.

How can people connect with you?

Facebook: Amy Lauren Scott

Twitter: @ProudPatriot07

Blog: www.TheTinyTerror.com

 

Meet Ambassador Jamie DeMent!

2017-01-23T22:29:04+00:00 July 18th, 2013|Ambassadors|

“In October 2012 I decided that I wanted/needed to become a healthier person, and so I set a goal to lose 50 lbs and run one 5k every month for a year. I am now 10 months in and have lost 35 lbs!”Jamie DeMent

Where do you live?
Mt Pleasant, SC

Are you a runner/ walker/ biker?
Runner

What do you do for a living?
Marketing & Online Coordinator for Palmetto Moon

What inspires you?
The need and want to become a more healthy person. Running 5ks every month has helped me accomplish this goal!

Why do you want to represent the Charleston James Island Connector Run?
Running 5ks has made me a healthier, happier person! The James Island Connector Run was one of my first 5ks, and it was such a fun and challenging race!  I love having friends run with me, and this allows me to recruit on a larger scale!

Motivational Moment:
In October 2012 I decided that I wanted/needed to become a healthier person, and so I set a goal to lose 50 lbs and run one 5k every month for a year. I am now 10 months in and have lost 35 lbs! I am excited to lose 20 more lbs and continue my 5k journey for another year! This entire year has been my motivational moment!

What’s your favorite thing about living in the lowcountry?
What’s not to love? My favorite thing about Charleston is the historic charm and modern spirit that give it so much character.

How can people connect with you?
https://www.facebook.com/jamie.dement.3
http://instagram.com/jdement08
http://pinterest.com/dement267/boards/