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About Us

You are the primary focus at RunnerDude's Fitness. We're not distracted with selling supplements or shakes. Your running and/or fitness goals are our goals. We are here to support you and guide you along your running and fitness journey. We want to know your goals and aspirations. We also want to know you as a person not just as a client. Fitness is a wonderful part of a full and healthy life, but it's not always easy, especially when you first start. RunnerDude's Fitness understands that and we are there for you every step of the way.

Whether you choose one-on-one personal fitness training or small-group personal training in the studio or one of group running programs, you'll receive personal attention and a customized training plan unique to your running or fitness needs and goals.


Our Team

Thad McLaurin (aka: RunnerDude), his wife Mitzi, and their three kids have lived in Greensboro, NC since 1998. He's come a long way since being "that overweight kid" as a youngster. After Weight Watchers® and a 40-pound weight loss in high school, he discovered running during college and has been passionate about running and fitness ever since. (Over 30 years!) It all started with the '84 Great Raleigh Road Race 10K. He wasn't fast, but he had a blast and was hooked.

13 years later, Thad caught the marathon bug. His marathon quest began with the '97 NYC Marathon. Twelve years later, he's run 14 marathons all over the country from NYC to Baltimore to Nashville to Honolulu, and then some.

A UNC Chapel Hill grad, Thad began his career as a 5th grade teacher before moving into the world of Educational publishing where he worked as a writer, editor, and book development manager for 13 years. Thad combines his love of writing with his love of running and fitness by hosting RunnerDude's Blog, one of the top-ranked running blogs in the country and he's authored the book Full-Body Fitness for Runners (a USA Best Book Awards Finalist). Thad's a contributing writing for and he's also written articles for and Fitter U Fitness, and Canada's IMPACT Magazine. as well as being featured in the "Ask the Experts" section of the July 2010 and May 2015 issues of Runner's World.

Thad's also active in the community and has been a member of the executive board for GOFAR, a nonprofit organization that prepares youngsters to run their first 5K! He also contributed to the GOFAR instructor curriculum manual.

Thad's biggest reward is helping others get hooked on running, fitness, and healthy living. He is well credentialed with his Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant diploma certifications from NPTI (National Personal Trainer Institute), his ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) personal trainer certification, his RRCA Running Coach certification, and his USA-Track & Field Level 1 Coaching certification. He's also current with his Red Cross adult CPR/AED and First Aid training.

To learn more about Thad and his journey into the world of running and fitness, be sure to check out the article on RunnerDude in the February 2011 issue of Guideposts Magazine.

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Duncan McLaurin

Personal Trainer / Running Coach / Boot Camp Director


Duncan McLaurin has had an incredible fitness journey. A couple of years ago, Ducan began a weight loss and fitness quest that has led to a 110lbs weight loss. After losing about 45lbs, Duncan joined the RunnerDude's Fitness Beginning Running Group in May of 2012. After completing the program and running his first 5K race in about 26 minutes, he was bitten by the running bug and running is still a growing passion. He's PR'd with an 18:46 5K. Duncan has also completed several half-marathons and completed his first full-marathon-Grandfather Mountain Marathon-in July 2014. He has an awesome story to tell and even though he's young, he's walked in the footsteps of many others struggling to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Duncan is a NPTI (National Personal Training Institute) graduate. His NPTI course work included 300 hours of classroom instruction covering topic such as Human Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition plus 200 hours of supervised, hands-on gym time. Duncan is also a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified Personal Trainer. Duncan will also be taking the RRCA certified running coach trainging and the USA-Track & Field running coach certification training soon.

Duncan is our Boot Camp director. Three mornings each week he's up early leading our 5:30am boot camps which have grown with his leadership. In addition to boot camp, Duncan works one-on-one with clients in personal training sessions at the studio, leads the Evolution-X Group and Core Blast programs as well as heading up our corporate training program at VF Corporation.

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