Hey there Flavor Runners!
We are gearing up to make our first ever stop in Baltimore MD and we are super excited to meet you all! Don’t forget as usual, packet pick up is on Friday (at Boston Street Running) from 1p-6p and you are still able to pick up packets on event day, although the line may be a bit longer on event day than it is prior. Either way, we look forward to seeing you there and at the Flavor Run Baltimore. We’d also like to make note that when you see Carlie in the Flavor Swag Shop to say hello as she is native to Baltimore!
And without further ado – I’d like to do the first of what will hopefully be a staff series of MEET THE STAFFER. This week I’d like you to meet our good buddy Brent, but you may know him better as Brent the Flavor Fairy.
Karla: Hey Brent, how long have you been a runner?
Brent: I started running seriously about 5 years ago. Before that, it was occasional at the gym or a few miles. Nothing too intense
Karla: How long have you been with the Flavor Run?
Brent: I was a participant in the first Flavor Run in Tampa in 2013. I’ve been the emcee since Sarasota in July of 2015.
Karla: Had you been an emcee before The Flavor Run?
Brent: No, I’ve just always been a talker.
*he’s not joking!!*
Karla: What is the best part of being the Flavor Fairy?
Brent: The wings! Kidding (kind of). I love being a part of an amazing and really fun group of people that creates a memorable experience for people. And the tutu. I like the tutu.
Karla: What do you do outside of the Flavor Run?
Brent: I run! My full-time job is recruiting runners for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Team Momentum. I participate in marathons and I love to travel, write, go to concerts, play piano, sing, watch Netflix, ride my bike, be with friends, and eat. Especially chips and salsa. I could eat my weight in those. And guacamole. And hummus. And Slurpees. And pizza. And Combos. Now I’m hungry and need to go have lunch.
Karla: You’re training for a marathon right?
Brent: Yes. It’s this Sunday in Burlington, VT. It’s called the Vermont City Marathon, and I’ve heard it’s AMAZING! Every time I mention to someone who knows about it that I’m running it, they get weirdly giddy for me. I’m ready for a break from the South Florida heat.
Karla: You have a tradition of having your Facebook friends pick your playlist. What are some of the best songs you have been able to discover this way?
Brent: “Loving Me Wrong” by the Stanton Warriors is a great pace song, “Reload” gets me going “Run the Show” by Kat Deluna. I had my fifth graders students give me songs too. I was not happy with the Little Einstein Theme Song remix, but I smiled through it and thought of them.
Karla: While we are traveling for the Flavor Run, how do you stay motivated to still run in the mornings?
Brent: Because I have to! I travel so much for The Flavor Run and for work, that it isn’t an option to not run, especially when I’m training for a marathon. Those weekend miles don’t run themselves! Plus I really love running through different cities. It’s a great way to see new places, and The Flavor Run allows me to do that.
Karla: Anything else the Flavor Family should know?
Brent: That we love our Flavor Family, and we put a lot of hard work into every city we come to. We want you to have an incredible experience and come back to see us again!! And that we love chips and salsa.
Karla: So much salsa.
Brent: Never enough salsa.
Since our interview, Brent did complete his marathon! Although it was shut down due to heat, which is the only time this has ever happened at this specific event, Brent was so close to the end (two miles I believe), that he finished anyway. We are very proud of Brent and hope that you give him a high-five when you see him next!