NoDa Run Club Ambassador: Philip Sanford
November 21, 2018
The NoDa Brewing Company Run Club is home to some of our most dedicated and wonderful customers/community members. One thing that remains the same since we launched as Charlotte’s first run club is the amazing people who rack up the miles from our brewery every Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. A lot has also changed since we began, including the addition of a second weekly run (Sundays at 12 pm) and the launch of the NoDa Brewing Company Ambassadors Program. We won’t explain too much, because highlighted Ambassador, Philip Sanford, does a great job explaining just how special Run Club and the Ambassador Program is:
“Running is more than an activity for me. It’s a way to keep in strong physical and mental shape. It’s a way to meet new people and explore different parts of the city. And now, as a NoDa Brewing Run Club Ambassador, it’s a way for me to lead others and share my passion to bring people together.
The Ambassador Program was born out of the idea that Charlotte’s oldest brewery run club and largest weekly organized group run needed to evolve from a “club” to a “community.” Our Ambassadors run the spectrum when it comes to speed, experience, background, and personality. But we all have a passion for running the commitment to improving lives through our running community.
Our work ranges from the zany, like celebrating Ballpoint Pen Day and a cat’s birthday, to helping bring attention to great nonprofit organizations in Charlotte, to improving the neighborhood and doing things like collecting 1,000 pounds of trash during a run. No idea is a bad idea and we can create a purpose for that idea, whether it’s to raise money for an organization in need or to simply take a runner’s mind off the fact that it’s 90 degrees with 80% humidity at 6:30 pm.
I’m proud to be a member of this great group of Ambassadors and the plans for the future aren’t slowing down. In addition to everything we’ve been doing with vendors, local races, nonprofits, and various activities, our plans are to make the NoDa Run Club community a resource for everybody. We are there for the person trying to run their first mile without stopping just the same as we are for the person in training for their 10th marathon.
If you haven’t run with us yet, head out to the best brewery in Charlotte on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and Sundays at noon. If you’re new, an ambassador will introduce themselves, give you an overview for the day, and make sure you meet other members of our community.
NoDa Brewing Run Club has changed my life in the four years I’ve been going and my goal is to positively impact as many people as possible with the help of my fellow ambassadors for years to come.”
Periodically, we’ll be highlighting some of the amazing Ambassadors, like Philip, who lead our running crew and represent us in our community’s running events. Don’t forget to follow NoDa Run Club on Instagram and Facebook, and join us for a 1, 3 or 5 mile sometime soon!