Charm City Run is Opening Kentlands Location This Summer

Baltimore-based Charm City Run is opening its first Montgomery County location in the former Fleet Feet location at 225 Kentlands Blvd in Gaithersburg (Fleet Feet has since reopened in a different Kentlands location). The grand opening is scheduled for the first week in June with updates of progress in the coming weeks.

“The city of Gaithersburg is a growing and ever evolving running and walking community. As it continues to grow, we are excited to help the community grow and thrive. There is a very diverse and inclusive community in Gaithersburg and we are pumped to bring our community focused experience to Gaithersburg.” Josh and Kara Levinson started Charm City Run in 2002 in Timonium, MD.  Josh is from Baltimore and Kara hails from Route 29 in Howard County, via Greenville, SC.

Per the Charm City Run website:

“The Charm City Run idea was born during a 4.5 year stay in Austin, TX where I earned an MBA from the University of Texas-Austin and where Kara taught Physical Education and 2nd Grade at the St. Andrews Episcopal School.   Kara and I talked about running the first time we met and we ran a lot together until little ones came along.  In Austin, everyone runs on Town Lake and a running store there called Run-Tex had hundreds of coolers all around the lake filled with Powerade and water.  Kara thought that was just wonderful and decided that Run-Tex is where the Levinsons would be purchasing their shoes.  

Kara and I trained for the Fort Worth Marathon together and ran it in cotton shirts and lacrosse shorts.  It was a disaster of epic proportions.  We were malnourished, dehydrated and overheated.  DO NOT MESS WITH TEXAS.  Like every crazy runner, I forgot how bad it was in two weeks and announced to Kara that I thought I could do better next time.  Kara knew that was not the case and gifted me a Run-Tex training program.  It was then that I discovered Run-Tex magic.  

It was so positive.  People from all different walks of life became friends and it was just all goodness.  After two years at Dell Computer, a much smaller stint at a process manufacturing software company (I do not know what that means either), and the birth of a beautiful boy named Ben, we traveled home to see family.  During a run with Kara on the NCR trail, Kara looked at me and said “Baltimore needs a Run-Tex.”

I laughed but was disconcerted to notice that she was not laughing.  While I was trying to figure out what process manufacturing software was I volunteered at Run-Tex and then worked there part-time.  After 6 months we moved back to the Charm City and added the RUN.  

Our goals were simple, create a place where we would want to hang out and create a workplace where we would want to work.  Enjoy hanging out, leave inspired.  

Best,
Josh & Kara Levinson”

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Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

https://www.silvanomarifilms.com/jis

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

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