Weekend Warrior Couple: Pierce Sullivan + Sam Tweddell ~ runners

Pierce Sullivan

AGE: 31


CAREER: Veterinarian at University of Tennessee Health Science Center

SPORTS: Fly Fishing, Running, Tennis

FAMILY: Fiance: Sam Tweddell, Dog: Moose

FIT CLUB: Memphis to Mobile Run for St. Jude

COMPETED AND COMPLETED: Great American River Run Half Marathon, St. Jude Half Marathon (139th in age group)

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: The Relay Run from Memphis to Mobile, AL for St. Jude.

I FLY-FISHING: You can never have a bad day fly fishing, whether catching fish or just enjoying the wilderness.

FITNESS MOTIVATION: Luckily, I enjoy running and exercising so I don’t need a lot of motivation.

INDOOR WORKOUTS: Rarely do I run indoors. I can’t stand the treadmill.

BUCKET LIST: Complete a half marathon in all 50 states.

BEST EATS: One of my favorites is Tsunami and their wasabi deviled eggs. Anywhere I go I always get a local beer to support our great local breweries.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE FAMOUS WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE: Charles Barkley, that guy would keep you entertained all night.

BINGE-WATCH: Homeland and Dexter

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” — Jimmy Valvano

Sam Tweddell

AGE: 30


CAREER: Creative Design Specialist at ServiceMaster

SPORTS: Running, Tennis, Yoga

FAMILY: Fiancé: Pierce Sullivan, dog: Moose

FIT CLUB: Memphis to Mobile St. Jude Runners Group

LAST WW EVENT: Great American River Run 5K, St. Jude 10K

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Last April, my fiancé, his mother, and I joined a group from Mobile, AL in a relay run that started at the entrance of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ended (401 miles and four days later) in Mobile, AL. This journey was a bonding experience unlike any other for our new family, and it was the perfect way for us to raise money and awareness for the families impacted by St. Jude’s never-ending efforts. When we got tired, the mantra “this is hard but it’s not as hard as cancer” put everything right back into perspective.

FITNESS MOTIVATION: I feel so grateful to have my health and the ability to get up and go for a run or play tennis on a Saturday afternoon. If I’m feeling tired or like I can’t finish a run (which, let’s face it, is most of the time), I remind myself that someone out there would be grateful for one more run, or even one more step. I guess it’s my way to honor those people.

CROSS-TRAINING: I love CycleBar and Hot Yoga Plus—as long as they’re not at 5:30 AM.

I RUNNING: I played a lot of sports growing up but always loved the ease of running. I’m not fast, I don’t run extreme distances at one time, and running is not particularly easy for me, but it is easy to grab some shoes and get outside.

PRE-RACE RITUALS: Does freaking out count? I freak out about what I eat (always the same thing: half a granola bar), where I put my safety pins (always in the holes of my race bib so I don’t lose them), whether or not I need to pee one more time (I do), and whether I’ll be cold (I will).

“Running is not particularly easy for me. But it is easy to grab some shoes and get outside.“

WW MUST-HAVE’S: I’ve been running in the Brooks Adrenaline shoes since college. In fact, when I ran cross country in college, I had to put duct tape over the logo since they weren’t provided by our sponsors!

BUCKET LIST: I would love to continue to run the St. Jude Half Marathon or 10K and the St. Jude Memphis to Mobile Run every year. Since I need something to do while my fiancé Pierce runs half marathons, doing a 10K in every state would be great!

BEST EATS: I love the views from Itta Bena, the mussels at Bari, and the nachos at Central BBQ —made with their homemade chips, of course.


IF YOU COULD COME BACK AS ANIMAL WHAT WOULD YOU BE: My dog Moose, he has a very relaxing life.


ON MY NIGHTSTAND: “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandber

BINGE-WATCH: Homeland and Fixer Upper #teamshiplap

PET PEEVE: Starbucks Drive-Thru lines that make me late.

VICE: Pancho’s Cheese Dip. All of it.


FAVORITE QUOTE: “It will be more beautiful than you can ever imagine.” I saw it on a notecard several years ago. It reminds me not to dwell on the past or limit the possibilities of the future.

Interviews by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.

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