Brian Mister could tell you the date for the city’s next pop-up run, but then he’d have to kill you.
Just kidding. Kind of.
“We can’t tell you our ideas — even if we do have them,” he says. “Let’s just say that we do want to expand this and have some more fun with it. Monday night was somewhat of a test run.”
Mister and his U.S. National Whitewater Center coworker Adam Bratton were the brains behind NoDa Brewery’s pop-up run Monday night. The free run, which followed the 3-mile route of NoDa’s weekly Wednesday night runs, wasn’t announced until 24 hours before it began.
— NoDa Run Club (@NoDaRunClub) July 6, 2015
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“The idea is to keep it fun; to keep people on their toes,” says Mister, who notes they were inspired by pop-up restaurants and pop-up vintage clothing shops around Charlotte. “It’s us just having a good time and getting people in the mindset that Charlotte is an active community.”
If there’s anyone who should know about having fun while being active in Charlotte, it’s Mister.
The 26-year-old is the founder of the popular NoDa Run Club and the event coordinator for the USNWC, which means he’s the guy directing its more than 30 races a year. He also helps manage the center’s festivals, which he calls “just throwing a massive party for 15,000 people in Charlotte.”
— Brian Mister (@bmister06) December 4, 2014
So what’s next?
Mister won’t tell. But he says to keep an eye on the USNWC’s social media. This series won’t be something you’ll find on the website.
“We’re keeping with the Whitewater model of getting people active, but we don’t want to make this something that competes with stuff,” says Mister. “This is really just about having fun.”
Photos: John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer; Courtesy of Brian Mister.