About the Race

Taking place entirely within the residential community of Vermillion in Huntersville, NC, the VermilliRUN takes runners, walkers, baby strollers and rollers (wheelchairs) through the beautifully designed and meticulously landscaped streets of this sprawling suburban neighborhood just outside of Charlotte, NC and a short distance from Lake Norman.

The VermilliRUN is in honor of Brian Bowman, who passed away from bone cancer in 2014. Brian loved his Vermillion community and was always a smiling face willing to help his neighbors and friends. It is more than fitting to honor Brian at this community event among those who admired and respected him and in the community that he was so passionate about.

The VermilliRUN encourages local outreach through a community race event open to anyone interested in participating and raising funds to support local charity causes. Because there are so many amazing local charities in the Lake Norman area, each year a new charity is selected and all race proceeds are donated to further that charity’s mission.

We run to raise awareness for local charities. We run to support and honor our friends, families and our community. We run for those who no longer can. Come join our community of participants, sponsors, donors and volunteers and be a part of the philanthropic fun that is the VermilliRUN!


Meet our 2020 Race Charity Partner

Claire’s Army

Claire Elizabeth Ratliff is a beautiful little girl who lived life for the precious moments that make each day special. Though she left us at 2 years and 4 months old, she somehow understood what was important in life: unconditional love and caring for all those around her. She showed us that love conquers all and that sharing your love with those who need it most is the greatest priority. So, while neuroblastoma stole her body from us, her vibrant soul remains and it’s the reason Claire’s Army continues her legacy.

Claire’s Army is you, it’s me and it’s our community.

When Claire was diagnosed with cancer, her family’s community acted. They acted in big ways with financial support and with meals. They also acted in small, meaningful ways bringing baskets of goodies, sending cards, sharing words of encouragement and so much more. They have been to battle once and now Claire’s Army is prepared to do battle for others. Claire’s Army uses its vast network to fulfill needs that every newly diagnosed family has and strives to empower parents by eliminating daily stresses that can distract them from the precious moments they have with their sick child. Their mission is to connect families in need with those who can answer their need, to provide outlets for siblings and to sustain normalcy for families battling pediatric cancer.

Please join the Army and pledge your support by participating in the 2020 VermilliRUN 5K run/walk race event or by making a donation to Claire’s Army.



Meet The Presenting Sponsor


Robert “Nate” bowman | bowman development group

Nate resides in the family homeplace at 205 S Church St, just up the hill from Vermillion. He came to the area in 1970 to attend Davidson College. He met his first wife Pam in 1972, they married in 1976 and raised 4 kids Brian, Drew, Maribeth and Allyson. He opened the family business, Bowman Development Group in 1987, and began assembling what is now over 70 parcels of land to make up Vermillion.  

He suffered two great losses with the death of Pam in 2004 and then Brian in 2014, both to cancer. He married Linda in 2006 which added her kids Tanner, Cameron and Morgan to the fold. As the kids married he has added son-in-law’s Jason, Jonathan, Gerard and Sutton and daughter-in-law’s Nicole, Jena and Lauren and 11 grandchildren.  

“While some developers like to talk about their legacy projects, I like to think of my family as my real legacy.” What Pam and Brian gave in love to their family and friends is what we are trying to pass along thru this race. Everyone who is participating is truly appreciated and as the Avett Brothers would say “I, and Love and You”.


Meet The Race Directors


Kelly Laderer | Race Co-Director

Ryan Laderer | Sponsorship outreach

Kelly is a Charlotte native, living in Huntersville since 2005 and in Vermillion since 2011. She graduated from Harding University High School in 1999 and from North Carolina State University with a degree in Accounting in 2003.  She works at Wells Fargo in Charlotte supporting Regulatory Compliance for the Commercial Capital lines of businesses. As a runner that has participated in many races locally, she wanted to volunteer in planning a race to see a race from a different perspective.  Kelly volunteered to assist with planning a neighborhood race in Vermillion as a part of Social Committee events. 

Ryan is from Pennsylvania, but has lived in Huntersville for over 25 years. He graduated from North Mecklenburg High School in 1998 and from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Communications degree in 2003. He works at Mercer in Charlotte selling Retirement Plans. Ryan volunteered to assist with VermilliRUN as the race honors one of his best friends, Brian.

Their daughter, Annalies, attends Blythe Elementary in Huntersville.


Lauren ewald | Race Co-Director

Born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Lauren attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She relocated to Charlotte, NC with her husband, Scott, just before welcoming their daughter, Ava, into the world. Lauren is a stay-at-home mother who also serves as the Social Committee Chair of the Vermillion Homeowners Association hosting dozens of resident events for the Vermillion community in Huntersville throughout the year. She volunteered to serve as Chair of the Vermillion Social Committee to give back to the amazingly kind and generous residents of the Vermillion community whom have become like family. Thrilled to be part of the effort to bring to life the VermilliRUN for the first time in 2018, Lauren understands and appreciates the benefits of community involvement and outreach. Through partnerships with local charities and businesses and with the help of her fellow Vermillion neighbors and friends, she is excited to once again host the VermilliRUN and to honor the memory of Brian Bowman.

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Drew & Nicole Bowman | Co-Directors of branding and Design

Drew and Nicole Bowman currently reside in Vermillion with their children, Avery and Parker.  Drew and Nicole met while studying Architecture and Suburb and Town Design at The University of Miami. Nicole is originally from New York City, but moved to Huntersville in 2009 after marrying Drew a Huntersville native. They both currently work as a designer and project manager for Bowman Development Group, a new urbanist developer based in Huntersville, NC responsible for such projects as Vermillion, Centennial and Cramerton Mills.

The couple believes in volunteering their time to giving back to the community and raise awareness for various nonprofit organizations. VermilliRUN in particular holds a special place in their heart as it was started to honor the memory of Drew’s older brother, Brian.


Cisily Respass | sponsorship Director

Cisily has lived in the Charlotte region since early childhood, currently residing in Huntersville with her teenage daughter, McKayla.  She graduated from HUHS in 1999 and attended Campbell University on a soccer scholarship.  She is an office manager at Ferus Prime, a manufacturer of exercise equipment.  McKayla attends North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville and enjoys playing volleyball and soccer.

Cisily began volunteering for VermilliRUN to give back to the community and honor the legacy of “Ketchup Man” (Brian Bowman).  When McKayla was a toddler, she endearingly called Brian “Ketchup Man” because as they watched the Panther’s games together on Sunday afternoons at Harvey’s he always had a pile of ketchup to dunk his food in and happily played and entertained McKayla.

Thank you 2018 Race Sponsors!