Kristen Tower Helms
Hi, my name is a Kristen- certified workout-aholic. I began my running journey in March 2013 with a small run club in Indian Trail. It was love at first run! I enjoy running a variety of distances, taking part in GORUCKs, OCRs, Ultras or whatever else comes my way. When I am not exercising, I am a mom to an amazing daughter and an avid Boston Sports Fan! I am so excited to take part as an Ambassador for Omega Sports and look forward to sharing this journey with you!
HEY Y’ALL! As far as athletes go, I was a very late bloomer. I was 38 years old before I ran more than a few miles at one time. In 2014, I thought I would knock a little item off my bucket list and train with Tri It For Life for this little sprint triathlon called the Ramblin’ Rose. Because ya know, couch to triathlete sounded like a good idea to me at the time. I decided they could keep that whole swim thing for themselves & that I would definitely continue cycling some but the run was my passion and I was going to dive into it with everything I had! Believe me when I tell you I was terribly slow but ridiculously determined and just wanted to share my running excitement with anyone who would listen. Since then, I have surprisingly found people who didn’t mind listening that much! This year will mark 5 years mentoring with Tri It For Life, I was a member of Isabella’s Dream Team for several years to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer, I have been with Omega Nation for several more years, I have earned a few Spartan Trifectas in my days, and I have a newer addiction to add to the list in strength training with Camp Gladiator. I guess maybe that’s not too bad for someone who was just going to get off the couch long enough to check off a bucket list item! I cannot wait to serve as an Omega Ambassador as there is nothing else in existence that has fueled my love of running like the most amazing running group in the world.
Heather Rothrock Dowlin
I am Heather Dowlin. I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA which is where I found my love for sports. After starting with competitive gymnastics at a young age, I moved onto team sports in junior high and fell in love with field hockey. I was lucky enough to play in college and earn an All-American team award. After college I did not have training plan and got bored with classes at the gym. My dental school friend taught me how to run for distance and we had a great time completing the Chicago Marathon in 2005. After running a bunch of Charlotte Half Marathons and having kids, I was ready to tackle the 26.2 again at Kiawah in 2014. The race was great, but I was missing something. This past year I found what I was missing, my TEAM! All of you at Omega Nation, The Ballantyne Run Club, The Flying Biscuit Run Club and others, inspired me with your friendship, toughness and dedication to the sport. This past year I ran more than ever and tried some trail races, road races of all distances and the Marine Corps and Kiawah Marathons. I am excited for some new races and great company as we move into 2019!
Anna Farris Donlan
Hi, I’m Anna Donlan, a wife, mom of 3, preschool and dance teacher, and avid runner. I have been a dancer my entire life but in college decided to try running because I was not able to dance as much and was completely hooked! I ran just for fitness and fun but realized in my late 20’s that I had a need for speed so I started adding speed work to my weekly runs and entered more races. From 5ks to marathons I do it all but the longer distance races are definitely my sweet spot. I especially love doing races for cancer charities because it is a disease that has affected many people in my life. My proudest running accomplishment was going sub 3:00 at the Myrtle Beach Marathon in 2012, and my goal is to do it again. Running is my happy place and my sanity saver on a daily basis. I love Omega, and I am so excited and proud to be a part of the Omega Team!
I started running in 2007 and since then have been very active in the Charlotte running scene. I ran my first marathon in 2008 and since then have taken an hour and 18 mins off that time. My running highlights include winning the 2016 Charlotte Marathon, running for the Charlotte Running Club Men’s team that won the 2018 Blue Ridge Relay, 3 Boston Marathons and completing an Ironman. In addition to racing, I enjoy pacing and seeing others surpass their expectations. When not running, I work as an attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina for the last 11 years. I help low-income families avoid homelessness by representing them throughout the eviction and foreclosures process. I’m is also very active in the community where I serve on the Board of RunningWorks Inc. and as a volunteer for Camp Blues Skies and Let Me Run.
My name is Miguel Joy. I’m 43 years old and I hail from Jacksonville, Florida. I started long-distance running in 2013 by joining the Omega Nation group run club mostly as a means to get back into shape. At that time I was overweight, taking blood pressure medicine and hadn’t run more than 3 miles at one time. Roughly 5 years later, I’ve lost over 60 pounds, am completely off blood pressure pills, and have completed several half marathons and one full (Marine Corps 2018)! Because of running, I am more fit and in better shape at 43 than I was at 23 and I am grateful. My current goals include running more marathons and qualifying for Boston. When I’m not running, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends.
I’ve spent most of my life on the run, having spent 21 years in Liverpool, England, before living in China, Vietnam, and Thailand for 8 years, and finally moving to Charlotte in 2017. I spent most of my childhood playing football (the non-American kind), but always enjoyed running too. I clearly never read the running rule-book and went straight into my 1st marathon on the Great Wall of China in 2011, before realizing I’d made a huge (5 hour) mistake. Fast forward to 2017 and like every good runner, I’d forgotten just how painful it was and began entering various trail races. I suddenly discovered that runner’s high and haven’t stopped since, entering everything from 5k’s to ultra-marathons. I love being a part of the growing running community here in Charlotte, and I’m proud to be an ambassador of Omega Sports. See you on the roads and trails!
I have run over 110 half marathons since becoming the ‘Running Blue Man’ to bring awareness to Autism. The Omega Nation training program was my foundation for endurance training and has taken me to over 44 states in my quest to run a half marathon in 50 states plus DC.