Piper Glen Coaches



Joe Schlereth

Many years ago, a good friend gave Joe a running shirt with the saying on the front: “Joe lives for running”.  While that may be stretching it a bit, there is no question Joe loves running! He loves running itself, talking about running, and most of all helping others catch the passion for running – that passion that provided him with so many benefits over the past 40 years.

His adult running career started innocently enough with a United Way Corporate Cup 5K here in Charlotte in 1982.  Like many beginner runners, that first 5K was hard and was not the best of runs.  Yet, the spirit, camaraderie, and competition of that race triggered a passion that would drive Joe to cover over 240,000 logged miles of training and racing since that first 5K.  He has raced just about every distance from 1 mile to 5Ks to marathons to ultramarathons (50Ks, 50 miles, 100 miles, 24 hour, and multiday races).  The longer the distance, the better! Yes, Joe loves running.

To date, Joe has completed 249 marathons (PR of 2:40:15) and 178 ultramarathons (distances over the marathon).  His running of the 2013 Umstead 100 mile race was his 46th 100 mile finish.  Joe really enjoys running on both the road and the trails.  His favorite trail race is the Western States 100 which he finished 12 times, 6 of which were top 10 finishes.  His favorite road race is the Boston Marathon and 2022 was his 22nd Boston Marathon.  Joe is one of the few runners who have survived Badwater, a 146 mile race from Badwater in Death Valley, CA (lowest point in the continental US) to the top of Mt. Whitney, CA (the highest point in the continental US). But his passion for running doesn’t end with his personal running.  Joe has  run a marathon on all 7 continents and has completed 49 Abbott World Major Marathons.  He has completed over 800 total organized races in his running career.

Over the years, Joe has informally coached many runners. Fifteen years ago, Joe was asked to coach distance running at Piper Glen, an opportunity that was just what he was looking for. Joe is an RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) Certified Distance Running Coach.  The joy of seeing runners achieve their running dreams is what now keeps Joe’s passion for running alive and burning.  This year, Joe is a driving force behind the Run For You running programs.  He certainly knows how to Run Far, but more importantly to pass on that knowledge and passion to others.  Joe loves running…just ask him!

Sara Whitten 2

9:46 – 10:15  
Sara Whitten


Our pace group is called the Battle Buddies!  We run a lot of miles, and sometimes you need a friend to help pull you through them!  I started running seriously in 2011 with my first half marathon, and then my first full marathon in 2013.  Since then, I have run 17 full marathons and over 20 half marathons and I give all the credit to this group for the awesome training and camaraderie.  I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and have used several of my races to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; to date, I have raised over $21,000!


10:16 – 11:00
Tara Daley

My family and I moved to Charlotte from Syracuse, NY in July of 2010. Although I was not a “runner” then, I was enticed by the “Real Life Forrest Gump” aka Joe Schlereth to join the best running group in the south – Run For You, Piper Glen. My goal was to be able to run through the Disney parks, “just once” (I normally skip through.) I signed up for my goal race – the Disney Half Marathon to be run in January, 2011. Somehow, I ended up running a full marathon prior to that signature race. It may have something to do with the power of the group, the magic of the speed demons of Piper Glen, or the family of cheerleaders I have for support. That was over six years ago. Since that time, I have run 12 full marathons and 24 half marathons. I am so excited to coach again this year and share my passion with others. I am hoping you will find “Run for You” to be not only the best way to train for a marathon, but the only way!!!

Under 8:30
Mike Burgan 

A life-long runner managing the familiar dilemma to balance life and a passion to run. There were seasons of opportunity to set a goal, train, and to enjoy an occasional race with family in tow. Children grown, a new season started, and Mike started running regularly with the Piper Glen “Run For You” group in 2016. There have been many highlights over more than 30 years of running and racing around the world. The first Boston qualification stands out as the most memorable. Since joining the Piper Glen running family, highlights occur weekly. The privilege of supporting runners in setting and achieving goals is as big a highlight for Mike as is reaching his own. Since joining the Piper Glen Speed Demon Team, Mike has set his own marathon PR, 22 years after completing his first marathon (never too late to learn and improve). RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) Level 1 coaching certified

9:01 – 9:45
Margaret Finke

I was an on again, off again, runner for most of my adult life.   In 2012 I decided I needed help with my training, and I found the Piper Glen Speed Demons.  What a change that has made!  I found ‘my tribe’.  I have run 10 marathons, 1 50k, and multiple shorter races since that first season.  But what has really made my time with the PGSDs special are the people.  I have learned so much and created so many lifelong friendships within this group.

This season will be my first as a coach and I am looking forward to working with Brett Miller to bring together our group of Niners.  I cannot wait to help people set and achieve goals, while having fun and enjoying our miles on the road!

9:46 – 10:15
Kitt Murphy

I joined the RFYL group in 2018 when I decided to train for my first full marathon.  Until then, running had mainly served as a stress reliever over the years between playing other sports, having kids, and navigating life.  I was the typical soccer-mom training for the fundraiser 5k.  I pushed myself to run a half marathon because I needed a goal that depended mostly on me, to do for myself- we all know no one else can run the race for you!  Hardly believing I would be able to complete it, I surprised myself with my time and decided to try it again knowing that it wouldn’t actually kill me.  Once I had a few half’s under my belt, a loved one encouraged me to try a full.  I said, “Oh, my joints won’t hold up to that.  And even if they did, I’d never have the time to train.”  When I decided to run Marine Corps in memory of that loved one, I knew I’d need the support of a group.  Having trained alone prior to that, I had no idea how powerful a group could be!  Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m “a marathoner.”  In the Speed Demons, I have had the privilege of running with each of the coaches and they are truly remarkable people.  I have made life-long friends, learned a ton about racing, training, and nutrition, and learned the roads of Piper Glen like the back of my hand!  Nothing inspires me more than watching someone realize their potential, so please let me know how I can support you.  You can count on me to geek out on some tedious detail to help you pass the miles!

11:01 – 12:00
Tracey Anglin

My running journey started in 2012 when I started to do 5ks and 10ks to get in shape and enjoy the outdoors. In 2017, I progressed to running half marathons and joined the Run Far program in 2018 to improve my pace. Not only did the program help shave off 30 minutes from my half marathon time, but I became immersed in a community that motivates, supports, and uplifts each other. The amazing coaches helped me train and complete my first marathon in 2019. In addition, the training and new friendships was an outlet and got me through the 2020 pandemic cabin fever and I was able to complete my second marathon on Daufuskie Island with my Piper Glen Titans in January 2021. When I am not running, you can find me cross-training on my Peloton, at the soccer fields watching my two teenage boy’s soccer games, or eating Coach Christy’s delicious cookies and treats after a run! I am excited about becoming a coach and hope I can inspire others to achieve their running goals, while having fun and building lasting friendships.


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8:30 – 8:45
Justin Keziah


8:30 – 9:00
Tom Finke

I’ve been part of the Speed Demon group since 2013, the year my wife and I ran our first marathon in Chicago. Over the next nine years, I’ve completed 11 more marathons, a 50K ultra marathon, and a whole bunch of shorter races. The races are fun, but what I really enjoy is the training in and of itself, and conquering all the various workouts. Meeting with other Speed Demons several times a week who are in the same boat, doing the same workouts, makes it that much more enjoyable. As a coach for the past two seasons, I’ve really found it rewarding to see other runners improve their conditioning, achieve their goals, while having a lot of fun along the way.   I’m looking forward to more of the same in 2022.

9:01 – 9:45
Brett Miller

Hi Friends!  Welcome to the 9:00-9:45 Group.  I originally joined the Speed Demons in 2011, while training for my first marathon.  I was hooked by the family atmosphere and “the power of the group”.  While I have taken off a few seasons, I have always come back to this amazing group.  It’s a part of who I am.  I admit that I am not a natural runner…my first attempt at running ended quickly after being cut from the high school cross country team.  I share this to demonstrate that running teaches you to overcome setbacks.  Four years later, I found my love for running as a freshman at The Citadel.  Running was the only way we could leave campus during the week.  Starting small, I built up from struggling to run for 2 miles, to 5 miles, to a daily 8 mile run around historic Charleston.  It changed my life.  Running is my nirvana, my stress reliever, and makes me a better version of myself.  It is less physical than you think…it’s about preparation, mindset, and attitude.  These three traits are the pillars to a successful training season.  Follow them, and together we will crush your goals.  Welcome to the journey, we are so glad you have joined us…let’s have some fun!

10:16 – 11:00
Nicole Ritter

My friend, Tara Daley told me about RFYL training programs in 2013 and I thought anyone that ran 18 miles at one time was crazy. Not much has changed about that opinion since 2013, but now I run those long miles with her.

I moved to Pineville in 2014 and since RFYL was right down the road and we start in the early morning I could get my workouts in before work. I haven’t always been a runner. Running is something I’ve had to work at. The best thing about RFYL training program is that I get to do the hard work with others. If my buddies can get through it, I know I can too.

12:01 – 13:00
Deborah Heckaman

I joined the PGSD group approximately 5 years ago after running a few 5Ks and 10Ks with the goal of running a half marathon. What I found with this group is total support and encouragement with each step of my training. I loved showing up for running sessions and meeting new people that shared similar goals. My first half marathon was the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon in Washington, DC.

Last year, I was given the opportunity to coach the Mellow Milers, the 12:01-13:00 pace group. Wow….what a great experience. I loved getting to coach and train with others and see others achieve their goals.

PGSD is a fabulous running group. No matter what your pace and/or status of training, this is the best group. Everyone is so supportive of each other and I am thrilled to be a part of this group!

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