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Thad McLaurin

Greensboro, NC 27408

Certified running and fitness coach Thad McLaurin hosts and writes the popular RunnerDude's Blog and is the owner of RunnerDude's Fitness in Greensboro, North Carolina. He also writes monthly articles for He has a BA in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, and his credentials include personal trainer certifications from NPTI and ACSM, as well as running coach certifications from RRCA and USA-Track & Field. Thad’s greatest reward is helping others live healthy, active lifestyles. From general fitness to marathon training, from kids to seniors, Thad can help you reach your fitness and running goals.

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About Me


  • BA, Intermediate Education, UNC Chapel HIll

Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

ACSM - ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
NPTI - Personal Training
NPTI - Nutrition

CPR Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: Dec 31, 1969

AED Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: Dec 31, 1969

Thad's Locations

RunnerDude's Fitness LLC

2307 W. Cone Blvd.
Ste. 120
Greensboro, NC 27408

Additional Information


$55.00 / hr, $30/half-hour; Purchase 10 sessions save 10%; Purchase 20 sessions save 15%; Purchase 40 sessions save 20%

Payment Methods

Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Completed 11 Full Marathons all Over the Country
  • Numerous Age-Group Placements in local 5K, 10K, and Half-Marathons
  • Monthly Contribuing Writer for

Languages Spoken




12 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by dan deuterman on Jan 15, 2012

    I have been training with Thad McLaurin for about 6 months and have already seen great results. I have lost 10 lbs. and I am working on losing another 20 lbs to get to my goal weight. Thad is the 4th trainer I have had over the last 8 years and I have found him to be the most attentive. When you work with Thad you have his undivided attention and he plans your training based on your desires and his expertise. Every workout is different, which keeps training fresh and exciting. I like the fact that we work on lots of different functional workouts, mulit joint exercises and pliometrics. I am so happy to be working with Thad. Dan Deuterman, Greensboro, NC

  • by Rhonda Campbell on Jan 13, 2012

    My husband and I began working with Thad when I decided last year that I wanted to do a half marathon for my 50th birthday. Thad is incredibly patient and always aware of his client's level of ability and interest. My not so lofty goal for my race was to finish. I am not a runner and could not imagine running it. Not only did Thad stick by me in my training he came out and walked that half marathon with me! Now I have the bug and I am in his beginner running group to see about becoming that runner I did not think I could become.

  • by Gordon Stallings on Jan 07, 2012

    You won't go wrong with Thad. I'm 46 and was worried I'd be driven too hard by one of those 'gung ho' type fitness guys. Thad has a really pleasant demeanor that, in the cases I've seen, does a much better job of getting people to or beyond their goals in an educated and fun way. He appeals to folks at all levels of age and all levels of fitness. Runner Dude Fitness really masters motivating folks but not making it seem all that hard. What more could you want?

  • by Tom Meunier on Jan 06, 2012

    I too started a Couch-to-5K plan, and it was going well until I started charting the waters of my first half marathon, a mere 14 weeks out from my first marathon. I wanted to be careful to train honestly to reach my potential, but not train too hard and injure myself. I contacted Thad, and he developed a customized plan for me, and we worked together over the Internet. Thad was able to review my long runs, hard tempo runs, hill workouts, and custom track sessions so I exceeded my goals for my first half marathon, blew away my new personal best on my second half marathon, and finished my first marathon strong. I would recommend Thad to anyone who's looking for an online coach to develop a customized training plan, and to supervise and collaborate.

  • by Lori Cline on Jan 06, 2012

    My "bucket list item" of wanting to run a marathon may not seem monumental to some but it certainly was to this 50 year old, NON-RUNNER, who wanted to experience the thrill of running a big race and wanting to accomplish the goal in only 6 short months! Sound impossible? Not for Thad the Runner Dude! We met and Thad created a viable training program that not only allowed me to reach my goal but did so in a way without injuring myself. You can imagine the questions I had in trying to accomplish such a feat with so little knowledge of how to do it and it didn't matter what time of day or night I emailed Thad, he was always right there with support and the information I needed. He gave me all the tools I needed to turn my crazy goal into a successful reality. If you're thinking of training with Thad go and run with him and his run group on Wednesday nights and you'll see he is able to make running FUN.

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