You are the primary focus at RunnerDude’s Fitness. RunnerDude’s Fitness is not distracted with selling supplements or shakes. Your running and/or fitness goals are my goals. I am here to support you and guide you along your running and fitness journey. I want to know your goals and aspirations. I 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 I’m here for you every step of the way.

Whether you choose one-on-one personal fitness training, boot camp or another group fitness class, or a running program, you’ll receive the attention needed to help you achieve your running and/or fitness goals.

Thad McLaurin

Owner / Personal Trainer / Running Coach
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. (40 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. Many years later, he’s run 15 marathons all over the country from NYC to Baltimore to Nashville to Honolulu, and San Fransisco! Plus one 50K Ultra Marathon.

A UNC Chapel Hill grad, Thad began his career as a 5th grade teacher for eight years before moving into the world of educational publishing where he worked as a writer, editor, and book development manager for 13 years before opening RunnerDude’s Fitness in 2010. 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 has been 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. Through his blog (RunnerDude’s Blog), Thad’s had the opportunity to interview many of running’s legends, including Runner’s World’s Bart Yasso, Olympians Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher, Nick Symmonds, Zoal Budd, and Jeff Galloway as well as coaching legend Hal Higdon and Chi Running founder, Danny Dreyer, and many more.

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 also the founder and director of the annual event for runners and walkers known as RunTheBoro, a free event for the running and walking community that explores different areas of Greensboro.

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.

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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.