Hi! My name is Thad McLaurin. Many in the running world know me as "RunnerDude." I'm a running coach and trainer. I also host the popular blog, RunnerDude's Blog (www.runnerdudesblog.com
). Running is my true passion and I love helping runners of all levels reach their running and fitness goals. I also work with various companies in helping their employees reach their fitness and running goals. One such company invited me to run with their corporate team at the 2016 Gothenburg Half Marathon, in Gothenburg, Sweden, the international headquarters for this company. It is a great honor to be invited to participate in an international running event of this caliber and even more of an honor to be able to run it with runners that I have previously coached. Being a small business owner and father of three, my funds are limited. Mustering the travel and lodging funds for the trip to Sweden to be with my runners will be a challenge. Any donations to help me reach my goal would be greatly appreciated. I plan to document my experience on RunnerDude's Blog so that everyone can have a virtual experience with me and the runners while in Gothenburg. Be sure to check out the Gold, Silver, and Bronze donation levels. Each level will enter you in a drawing for a chance to win either a $100, $75, or $50 REI gift certificate! I'll announce the three lucky winners on the blog on May 21st, 2016, the day of the Gothenburg Half Marathon. Individuals donating at the Gold level will also receive a copy of my book, Full-Body Fitness for Runners, which contains over 90 exercises for runners, nutrition info, and more!