Meredith Dolhare, RunningWorks Founder & Executive Director
RunningWorks Founder and Executive Director Meredith Dolhare knows firsthand that running works.
Finding strength in her own story of addiction and trauma, Meredith attributes the sport with saving her life. She is now on a mission to change the lives of others and promote sport for social change. She is committed to erasing the stigma association with homelessness and addiction. RunningWorks is her labor of love, her way of giving back and paying it forward.
“I believe everyone has been given a gift that can be passed on to others – no exclusions,” she said. “All it takes is an open heart, a little patience and some willingness. Sports saved me, lifted me up and gave me strength at times when I needed it most. It want to return the favor. I want to believe in others when they don’t believe in themselves.”
Meredith (dubbed “The Iron Lady” by Sports Illustrated for the amount of endurance races she undertakes in short order) is not only a record-setting ultra athlete. She is also a high school cross-country coach (Charlotte Country Day School), philanthropist & mother of two boys, Watson and Noah, who are competitive runners themselves.
Meredith is the sixth female in history to complete the Death Valley Cup: the Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon & Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race in same calendar year—and the only person to compile those races in conjunction with the Brazil 135 and Rouge-Orleans 126.2 Ultramarathon back-to-back. After beginning endurance sports in 2008 with Ironman triathlon, Meredith has completed dozens of Iron-distance and multi-sport races, marathons, ultra-marathons and a Ultraman (10k swim, 265-mile bike, 52.4-mile run) from Wales to Switzerland to Boston to Kona. She played #1 singles and doubles Division I college tennis on scholarship at 8th nationally ranked Vanderbilt University where she graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Human and Organizational Development and Spanish.