Meet Erin and Niki of Union Running! What is Union Running, you ask? Union Running is located on Union Wharf in Fairhaven. A quaint, seaside town that is rich in history and character. When UR opened in 2017, the vision was a place where runners of all experience could come to build strong bodies and healthy minds. At Union Running, Erin and Niki are determined to create a supportive and welcoming atmosphere for all runners, regardless of ability, pace or preferred distance. They offer weekly strength training classes, focused on developing good balance, core control and the strength needed to support runners’ lifestyles. The clients also partake in weekly guided group runs tailored to their individual goals. It's a great place for the runners to connect with one another outside. With practice on the Trueform Runners, clients are able to fine tune their running mechanics, which helps them run more comfortably outdoors. By emphasizing healthy running practices and fostering a supportive community, Union Running hopes to make running accessible and enjoyable to more members of the community and help them experience the many benefits of getting outside more often. As members of The Thunder Squad, Erin and Niki hope to inspire others the way Dr. Mark has inspired them throughout their running journey!
The ladies of UR are Niki and Erin. Nicole Harrington is a running coach, personal trainer, co-owner of Union Running, a mother of three, wife, and a lover of everything outside. After going to school for therapeutic recreation, Nicole found the importance of physical movement to improve the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of all individuals. As a mom, Nicole loves running local races with her kids and teaching them the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. In 2017 she partnered with her favorite workout buddy to establish a beautiful running community called Union Running. When Nicole is not competing in half marathons, 10ks, 5ks, and triathlons she can be found at the ocean enjoying the sand and surf. In 2018 she accomplished one of her long term goals of swimming The Bay a 1.2-mile swim that raises money to protect clean water.
Erin lives in Fairhaven, MA with her boyfriend, Dave and their two Vizslas, Otto and Rowan. She is a running coach and enjoys running road races and training for them with her friends and local running community. Last year, she completed her first marathon and is currently preparing for her second, coming up this Spring. Two years ago, Erin and her good friend and running partner, Niki, started Union Running. Together, they help others discover the joy of running and make the connections that develop on the road or in the trails. Erin finds a lot of fulfillment studying the sport, especially the mental aspect of running and the mind’s role during training and competition. That said, her favorite part of running is getting outside in the fresh air and sunlight. When out on a run, she almost always finds her way to the coast or in the trails with her dogs. Erin also loves being outside on her bike, walking in her neighborhood, hiking trails with her family, paddle boarding at the beach and rollerblading along the local bike path. She’s excited and grateful for another opportunity to share her love of the sport and the outdoors with others as a member of Two Rivers Treads Thunder Squad!