The Casual Runner

About The Team

Logo_400Welcome to, an online community for Casual Runners of all types. Whether you are new to running, a life-long runner, a competitive spirit, a weekend warrior, or someone who is looking for fun or to improve your health, will provide you with a fun and entertaining rest stop in the running world.

“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” – Jesse Owens

Our Casual Runner team members are everyday people who came to Casual Running in many different ways and at many different points in their lives. Because of this, we know that there is no one “type” of runner and there is only one “right” way to approach running: the way that you will enjoy the experience the most. We understand that if you do not enjoy running, you will not continue running. We hope to share with you what it is that we enjoy about running, and hope that you will find a way to maximize your enjoyment of running, casually.

We run for fun. We run for health. We run for a break from the real world. We run for a social outlet. We run to feel better about ourselves. We run to enjoy some time outdoors.

Why “casual” running? Running is one of the fastest growing recreational activities. We run for fun. We run for health. We run for a break from the real world. We run for a social outlet. We run to feel better about ourselves. We run to enjoy some time outdoors. No matter why we run, when the vast majority of us toe the line at a race, we never for a second consider the possibility that we may win. Winning does not matter, the experience does. When the experience is all that matters, we need to make sure that we are endeavoring to enjoy that experience and to make it our own. When we run, we will work hard, we will sweat, we will ache, and we will enjoy ourselves. Because we will always run casually, we will run for fun.

We hope you enjoy yourself while logging some Casual Running miles with us. If you have any questions, stories or anecdotes to share, or just want to say hi, you can hit us up on our contact page. See you on the training trails!

Words to live by. Especially to us Casual Runner types. Because when we run, it’s not really to win. Come on, us? At the front of the pack? The direction we go is to the finish line, and more importantly, to the beer tent. If you are like us, as we suspect you are because you are still reading, stick around. We’re always looking for new running experiences.




Mike is a lawyer by day and Casual Runner by night, and weekend, and the occasional early morning. Born and raised in the Youngstown, Ohio area, Mike is a devout Northeast Ohio sports fan. He graduated from Georgetown University (Go Hoyas!) and The George Washington University Law School. Being born with absolutely no athletic abilities whatsoever, he did not become a Casual Runner until he was in his early thirties, but once he did, he never looked back. Being a fan of Disney and theme parks (especially Disney parks and resorts), RunDisney events are amongst his favorite races. He ran his first half marathon in February of 2013, and his first marathon less than a year later (both of which were RunDisney races). His biggest running weakness: he cannot say no when friends ask him to run races with him, no matter how stupid the idea may be – but, sometimes, the best experiences are borne out of the ideas that seem dumb at first.
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Nick is a recovering architecture major who decided that his real passions are more on the creative side of life, which led him to marketing and web design, which led him to the running industry,which led him to being a Casual Runner. Born and raised a Buckeye in Bowling Green, Ohio, Nick solidified his standing as a true Buckeye by graduating from THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). His wife Brittany, also a proud Buckeye, has been putting up with Nick since they met in elementary school, and together they began entering random running races and events. Soon they realized how much they enjoyed this, and brought their Casual Running fun along with them from Ohio to Texas, and now to Chicago where they currently reside.
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Jennifer started running in early 2013, mostly because she needed to justify yet another trip to Walt Disney World. She’s married to a wonderful husband who indulges her obsession with race costumes (and who usually does most of the costume design and construction for her). Her current running goal is to collect as many shiny medals (SMOs) as possible, even if she is the last one across the finish line. Jennifer and her husband live in Maryland with their two Boxer dogs.
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Steve is a former on/off/on/off runner who has finally locked the switch to “on.” A former high school cross country runner, Steve became a Casual Runner when he used the training for his first half marathon as a Bar exam survival strategy. The studying stopped after the test — but the running didn’t. Steve graduated from Georgetown University (Hoya Saxa!) and the University of Notre Dame Law School (Go Irish!). Steve was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and is there right now, looking for new places and new races in Northeast Ohio to go for a Casual Run…Or two…Or three…Or four…
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Jake is the official husband/costume designer of Casual Runner Jennifer. He began running casually in 2013 as a supportive husband, but soon found his own reasons for running: it’s a great way to get off the couch, get in shape, breathe in some fresh air, and stay active (well, Shiny Metal Objects also have their appeal). Jake and Jennifer live in Maryland with their two Boxer dogs.




Candace is a nurse by night, Casual Runner by day, and the rest of the time is the world’s second biggest Ohio State Buckeye fan. Born in Chicago, Candace moved to Indiana before her family settled in central Ohio, which she still calls home to this day. Candace is a big fan of Disney and runDisney, and always looks forward to running those magical miles.


2 thoughts on “About The Team

  1. Pingback: The Casual Runner | My First Mile: Jake - The Casual Runner

  2.'Drew Kartos

    Hello Gang of Runners,

    First of all, I love the Casual Runner and your content. Secondly, I recently started up an instagram page dedicated to making fun of ourselves as runners, looking for some blog partners to do some reciprocal marketing. Granted I’ve just started up, but there are no sites like mine, which takes a lot of its humor from Jerry of The Day and Kook of The Day, which are exponentially popular. If you guys give a shootout to our instagram we will most definitely keep retagging you in the future. Any little bit helps, right?

    Check the instagram here:


    Drew Kartos, hobbyjogger

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