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Alex Cantelmi (MS, RCEP) - Neuro Fitness Trainer
 alex@racetowalk.org
Alex received his Bachelor of Arts in Cell and Molecular Biology with a Chemistry Minor from Western State College of Colorado. While at school he competed at the Division II level as a Cross Country and Track & Field athlete. He was also a member of the Nordic Ski team. 
After graduating, Alex started as an assistant at Race to Walk, performing essential duties as well as being the head of maintenance. In 2014 Alex began his graduate studies at the University of North Carolina Charlotte as well as becoming at trainer at Race to Walk. He earned his Master of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2016 and also received his American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking, sailing, and is an avid skier and snowboarder. 
 
 
 
Joe Donahue (BA, NSCA-CSCS, CPT) - Neuro Fitness Trainer
 joe@racetowalk.org
Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in North Carolina, Joe graduated the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Art in Exercise and Sports Science. Joe has always been active and enjoyed playing lacrosse, rugby, tennis, as well as strength training. During his time at UNC-Chapel Hill, Joe developed his interest in personal training and pursued that interest by attaining the American Council on Exercise and Functional Movement System certifications.
 Joe enthusiastically embraces the opportunity to help clients achieve a healthy, active lifestyle. He believes that with motivation, anyone can achieve what he or she once thought was unattainable. Since graduation, Joe has worked in a variety of areas ranging from orthopedic rehab to private training facilities.  In his spare time, Joe enjoys cheering on the Tar Heels, playing golf, reading and relaxing at the beach and traveling.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Evante Gibson (MS, RECP) - Neuro Fitness Trainer
evante@racetowalk.org
Originally from the islands of the Bahamas, Evante earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Queens University of Charlotte in Exercise Sports & Science. While at Queens he competed at the Division II level as a competitive swimmer. He was also a part of Queens’s first national title at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. Since his undergraduate studies, Evante has worked both in individual and group settings as a personal trainer and also as an aquatic swim coach.  In 2018 Evante earned his Masters of Science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in clinical exercise physiology. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, relaxing, traveling, and trying new foods.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mike Over (CPT, NSCA - CSPS) - Neuro Fitness Trainer Assistant 
 
Mike received his certification as a Certified Personal Trainer through World Instructor Training Schools. He has studied in the fields of anatomy, physiology, and biology. Mike has been an avid weight lifter for years which adds to his studies of muscular development and strength. "Working here at Race to Walk is an absolute pleasure! The joy of seeing people progress and strive to reach their goals is motivation and happiness that is beyond words for me!"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Auburn Forrest (BS, EP-C) - Administrator
 
Auburn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and obtained her Exercise Physiologist Certification. Originally from Michigan, she moved to Charlotte to pursue her undergraduate degree. Auburn enjoys running, hiking, and scouting out local restaurants. She believes limits are just illusions.
 
 
 
  
 
 
      

Lauren Channer (BS, EP-C) Neuro-Fitness Trainer 
 
Originally from Pennsylvanian, Lauren moved to North Carolina
to run Division I Track at University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
She then moved to Charlotte where she earned her Bachelors of
Science in Exercise Science at UNC Charlotte. In her free time she
loves baking, road-tripping, and doing anything outdoors.
 
 

 

 
 
 

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"Race to Walk has been a blessing in many ways in my life. Yes, physical recovery is the primary focus and the staff is dedicated, knowledgeable and caring. But they are true friends as well. I go to them in times of personal struggle, share with them [...]"
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