We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Flanagan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, what do you attribute your success to?
Community. While I tend to be hard on myself in terms of the “success” of Strong Runner Chicks as a brand (and we all define success differently), what I can say is that it comes down to one component: community. Building a space for women and girls who support one another, share stories, and empower others has been the foundation and most rewarding part of creating this brand. I notice that the energy and time I put into authentically connecting, learning, and lifting up others comes back to SRC tenfold and that those we highlight tend to help springboard our brand to reach even more of our community. While I’m nowhere near being finished and have a lot more to learn, I would say that building a brand starts with the belief in yourself and the willingness to go for it wholeheartedly. A brand is nothing without people who believe in it. Continue to invest into your community and the people who support your mission and vision.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am the Founder of Strong Runner Chicks, an online women’s running community dedicating to educate, empower, and connect female distance runners. I started this community while in college and continue to build it through hosting a podcast, organizing events, and managing an online community, alongside a full-time career. In terms of my professional, full-time career (day job), I am a worksite wellness consultant for a healthcare organization, where I help companies start and implement employee wellness programs that highlight physical, mental, financial, social, and occupational wellbeing. I am also a running coach, strength coach, and personal trainer both online and in-person. While I love working with organizations, one-on-one and small-group interaction is truly my passion and ties in well with helping individuals and communities live healthier lives by prioritizing various aspects of their wellbeing, and ultimately, recognizing their full potential.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have a lot more to discover in Colorado and the Denver area, but so far, visiting Red Rocks and checking out hikes around town (particularly in Denver and Golden) is a must! I’d also check out the excitement of food and drink downtown.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to dedicate a shout-out to those who have support SRC from the start – including my collegiate teammates, friends, and mentors along the way; as well as all contributors of SRC, whether it be podcast guests, blog contributors, or interns who have helped shape and grow the community into what it is today. Big shout-out to Anna Mae Flynn for nominating me for this article, as well as Elena Lancioni and Kelsey Varzeas, two of my right-hand women and long-time supporters of SRC.