Meet The Team: Rachel Brand

Rachel joined the University team a decade ago when we were moving into our new shop next to Trader Joe’s. There were no brewery running clubs, races were just starting to have themes, and packet pickup was actually a packet, not just a bib and a shirt. She has stayed on board as a part timer through the minimalist obsession, the vibram five finger craze, and the build-a-shoes better known as Somnio’s. Lets learn a little more about this school counselor turned running coach:

  • Hometown: Boulder, CO
    Time in CLT: Since August of 2007
    Neighborhood: Northlake
    Where do you run: Mallard Creek Greenway primarily. Also Frank Liske Park in Concord.
    Running Career: 2 marathons, 19 half marathons, 1 sprint triathlon.
    Favorite Race: Quad Cities Half Marathon in Iowa in 2010 – “This was the only half marathon that my dad saw me complete before he passed away.”
    Favorite Local Race: Novant Health Charlotte Marathon Relay – Leg 4. Miles 15-20.
    Fun Fact: “I just finished my 11th year as a High School Counselor and am currently looking to continue moving forward in the school system as an assistant principal.”
    What Makes You Legit: “I am the perfectly average runner. Not super skinny, not super fast, and I’ve tried every single piece of nutrition and each and every shoe.”

Swing in to our University shop sometime soon to say hi to this smiling face. You may get to hear a hilarious story from her tenure in the land of specialty running retail, learn about the next race, or just find out about the workout of the week from the newest gym on the block.

Interested in joining our family? Check back soon to meet more of the team or head to our employment page to see what openings we have. It’s hard to beat having a shower at two of our three locations in town when you want to get that shift run in.