Charlie Alewine wasn’t always a long distance runner. Sure, he ran cross country in high school and ran five miles a day before breakfast when he was in the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, but it wasn’t until the age of 58 that the running bug bit him. A lifelong fan of working out, he went to a friend’s fitness equipment shop and noticed all the marathon medals on the wall. When he asked about them, he was invited to join a running group. Five weeks later, he ran his first marathon. He ran his next marathon six days later.
Charlie went from thinking, “How can anyone run 26.2 miles?” to running two marathons in a weekend, completing eighteen 100 mile runs, and producing over 1,000 races, all after the age of 60. Charlie has always been entrepreneurial, but his love for this business is quite simple: “I love running, I love being around other runners.” What began as a business because all his friends were runners has since turned into a passion.
Today, people come from all over the globe to participate in Charlie’s events. This includes individual runners who have done over 500 of Charlie’s races and more than 25 runners who qualified for Guinness World Records. Charlie knows how to put on a good race event because he has participated in so many. His runs include destinations such as Pike’s Peak, Moab, and an Oklahoma 100 miler along the original Route 66.
“There’s something about crossing that finish line. You’re dying when you’re out there – but there are friends waiting for you at the end. It’s a true sense of accomplishment,” Charlie says. This is why Charlie Alewine Racing hosts 5ks, 10ks, 15Ks half-marathons, marathons, and more, so that everyone can experience the accomplishment that comes with crossing the finish line.