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Get to know the faces and stories that make our running clubs extraordinary. Every month, we shine a light on one dedicated member, bringing their running journey to life.

July 2024

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Joshua Litton

Fass Run Club

Conroe, TX

When did you start running? I was a short-distance sprinter in high school who hated anything over the 400m, but stopped running entirely for 7 years after graduating. In 2019 some friends started getting into running, inspiring me to start knocking out a few miles per week. Through 2020 I was running more, and once lockdowns started easing up I registered for my first race. I’ve been hooked ever since!

Tell us about your run club. Fass Run Club is amazing! So many great people have come together to naturally create a community of support and friendship. We host runs twice a week, and are based out of the oldest building in downtown Conroe, now home to Fass Brewing. Even outside of club runs we’re always up to something, whether it’s running races together, training during the week, visiting other run clubs, or hitting up a happy hour! It’s been awesome seeing all the relationships grow and new people find a welcoming place. There are also a lot of cyclists and triathletes who join us.

Favorite moment about running or your run club? I love it when the group comes together for races – it gets me stoked. Last year at a race in Conroe, we had 13 runners from FRC place in their Age Groups which was so cool to see!

Find a group in your area to run with. Running can be so serious and lonely, but group runs are a great way to embrace the fun side of it. Also, go to Fleet Feet (or a specialty running store near you) and get a good pair of shoes if you’re able to. It makes a huge difference.

June 2024

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Lissa Willason

Goose's Acre Running Club

The Woodlands, TX

When did you start running? In 2012 but buckled down and got consistent in 2023. I was going through some stuff at the time and it was a way to get things off of my chest, then I just fell in love with it.

Tell us about your run club. They’re my people, their encouragement has helped me through my frustrating summer miles and got me to the starting line of my first marathon this year. It was through the club that I met some of my current best friends! I don’t think I would have stuck with running as long as I have or achieved what I’ve achieved without them, they give me a reason to show up & keep going.

Favorite moment about running or your run club? Run club is my favorite thing about running haha! I go to two — Goose’s Acre and Fleet Feet Hughes Landing — and they’re the majority of my social life. I love that my hobby has brought me to other active people because they not only get it but they keep me going when I sometimes don’t want to (some weeks I run just to see my friends!) & everything is easier to love when you share it with others.

You are capable of more than you think, so tackle that dream distance or chase that PR — you’ll get there eventually. Relentless forward progress, you got this!

May 2024

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Katherine Cameron

Memorial Trail Running Club

Houston, TX

How long have you been running? I’ve been running on and off since high school, but really started focusing in on running in 2019. My stepmom and I decided to do the Aramco Half Marathon that year and it really stuck how much I enjoy running! I’m a professional equestrian so running has been a great way to just make my riding even better, stay in shape, and have something outside of work I can continuously improve on.

When did you start running with your run club? I started going to run clubs (shoutout to Memorial Trail Running Club, my first one ever!) in the spring of 2021, and truly found a community of amazing people! It’s so fun to come together to support, learn, and raise each other up.

What is your favorite part of being in a run club? Not a day goes by that I don’t hear from a running friend in some way, and it’s been a community to lean on during hard times. I’m chasing that sub 2 hour half marathon with the help of some great friends, even though those plans have been delayed due to a fractured pelvis, so hopefully in the next year I’ll get it done once I’m back to my normal running schedule! (PATIENCE is the hardest part of running)

I’m regularly at Memorial Trail Running Club (in Houston, TX) on Mondays, an awesome FFP run club! You can usually see me and Rothko there, even if we aren’t running.

April 2024

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Michelle Williams

Dog Haus Running Club

Pasadena, CA

How long have you been running? I have been running for almost 10 years and ran my first marathon in 2015 – the LA Marathon. To celebrate my 10th year, I decided to run the New York Marathon as my 10th marathon. I did it by combining Fitness, Fun, and Philanthropy raising money for rare cancer research with The Brave Like Gabe Foundation.

When did you start running with your run club? I started running with Dog Haus Running Club on 12-3-2013 and through the club I found my tribe, found my inspiration, and it helped me create a new and better life.

What is your favorite memory from run club? I have so many favorite moments with DHRC I can’t pick just one. My “why” is everyone that shows up on Tuesday. They keep me going. They make me want to make each day better and each event better. My goal is to continue to create a safe & fun environment where everybody feels welcome, can be themselves, and can challenge themselves.

I believe that the sport of running can positively impact an individual & that by connecting individuals through running we can make a positive impact in our communities (and possibly the world).

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