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About The NER Team

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Bob Fitzgerald
Editor/Co-Publisher

More commonly referred to as “Fitz”, Bob has interviewed many of the sports luminaries and has covered major running events in Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Finland, Mexico, the Bahamas and across the United States. His writing and photos have appeared in the Boston Globe, Running Times and Runner’s World with cover shots for American Track & Field and numerous other running publications across the U.S.
A former newspaper sports columnist, Fitz was a defensive tackle in high school and began running after college to lose “beer weight.” He caught the bug, shed the pounds and logged bests of 14:33 for 3M and 2:40:42 for the marathon (Boston of course!). Growing up in Auburndale by the 17-mile mark of the Boston Marathon, Fitz spent every childhood Patriots’ Day watching the spectacle with his parents and always waiting for Johnny “The Elder” Kelley to pass. He’s since covered the event from the Hopkinton Green, Heartbreak Hill and now the Copley Media Room before moving to the Photo Bridge.

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Michelle LeBrun
Co-Publisher, Advertising, Circulation

When a like minded group of regional running magazines across the US joined together to create the Endurance Sports Media Group in 2008, Michelle was the lynchpin and de facto president, presiding over meetings and keeping the group’s many moving parts ‘on point.’ A former cognitive therapist and teacher, Michelle oversees most of what keeps this magazine running, including but not limited to advertising, circulation, the calendar and web, not to mention counseling numerous race directors. Michelle is also an accomplished shutterbug and her photos have graced many an issue of NER. If Fitz is the ‘Face of NER’ then Michelle is certainly the ‘Voice of NER.” Both are Will Cloney award winners for contributions to the regional running scene. The only female to complete every race in the first three seasons of the Pub Series, Michelle keeps the staff grounded with a middle of the pack perspective.

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