|Who Helps Us Runwell|
Founder Linda Quirk is the founder of Runwell and has been racing the planet to raise awareness and money for addiction treatment and recovery since 2008. Along the way, she's broken records, raised significant donations and gained tremendous support from people across the globe. She launched Runwell after realizing the recovery community is strong, without boundaries and in need of support. As a parent who has witnessed the devastating affects of addiction, and the miracle of treatment and recovery, Linda's foundation comes from a place of personal experience.
Linda’s had a myriad of successful running and triathlon accomplishments, including: Ironman Florida, Long Course Worlds in Sweden, Ironman Lanzarote, Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii, many Half and Olympic distance triathlons including Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Clear-water, Florida. In 2008, Linda ran 7 marathons on all 7 continents in under a year, and in 2010 she completed Racing the Planet’s 4 Deserts “Grand Slam” (becoming the first American woman and oldest person in the world to complete prestigious event in one calendar year).
Merging her love of running with her efforts to promote addiction and mental health treatment and recovery worldwide, Linda believes in the positive power of running as a tool to building awareness for the disease of addiction. From the discipline it takes to train, to the rewarding experience of crossing a finish line, sport can be used to inspire those dealing with addiction, and those that love them, to seek treatment and a life of recovery and wellness.
In 2013, at the age of 60 years young, she competed in two 135 mile ultramarathons, The Brazil 135 and Badwater 135 breaking the women's age group record which had stood for 16 years.
Program Director Kim Pawelek Brantly joined the Runwell in April, of 2015. She serves as Runwell’s Program Director. Prior to joining our team, Kim ran professionally for several years, qualifying for the U. S. Olympic Trials four times in the marathon (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012). She represented the United States at two World Championships in the half marathon (Zurich and Brussels), and won the 1999 U.S. Marathon National Championships when she won the Twin Cities Marathon.
Kim received her B.S in Health Science from the University of North Florida, graduating with Honors in 1996, where she also ran cross country, indoor and outdoor track (1992-1996). She was a 6-time All-American, won two National Championships (5K and 10K) and upon graduation, became a graduate assistant with UNF’s running program (1996-1999). Kim was also a member of the first class to be inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame.
During Kim’s competitive years on the national and international scene, she continued to work full-time in the event management business as a race coordinator for 12 years at 1st Place Sports. She gained extensive knowledge and experience where she assisted in all areas relating to the management and execution of races, including accounting and the cultivation of client relationships with sponsors, charities, and volunteers.
Although Kim no longer races at the national level, she has remained quite active in the running community. She continues to race in the local and regional events, volunteers her time through coaching and mentoring, and serves as a motivational/guest speaker at various races, clinics and schools.
Kim is married to Keith Brantly, one of the United States’ most accomplished runners of his era, having made the 1996 Olympic Team in the marathon. They live in St. Augustine, Florida, with their two Jack Russells, Chase and Scout