Denver-native Brittany Charboneau is The Funny Runner.
Funny Runner? That’s right. A competitive runner who’s training for the Olympic Marathon Trials, Brittany’s simultaneously chasing her passion for comedy and acting (pun absolutely intended).
This is no small feat for small feet because it has taken her over fifteen years of persistence and consistency to get to where she is in her running career. The same fire runs in her veins for comedy as it does for racing. She lives for her dreams, breathes determination and sweats dedication, never a wavering eye on the goal in sight.
Trained in acting and improv at The Actor’s Pulse in Sydney, Australia, The Annoyance Theater in Chicago, the Denver Center for Performing Arts, and most recently at The Bovine Metropolis Theater in Denver, Brittany is known for her dynamic characters that she brings to life on-stage, on-camera and on-fleek.
2016 saw her graduate of The Second City Chicago Writing Program, where she debuted her song-writing skills with the hit song “Dad Jokes.” In Denver, she has written for and performed in two sketch comedy shows at the Bovine Metropolis Theater, was a finalist on Denver’s Next Improv Star 2017, is a regular performer in various improv troupes and has debuted her own one-woman comedy show “My Long Distance Relationship with Running”.
When it comes to running, Brittany really goes the distance and gets her highs from miles (cue “Dad Jokes”). Years of incoordination in other sports led to finding her love of distance running at age thirteen. Following middle school, she ran track and cross country all four years as a pretty average runner (her words). Yet, she walked on the cross country team her junior year at Colorado State University in 2008.
Following college Brittany started running marathons, but it wasn’t until recently that she really started to hit her stride. In May 2017, Brittany won and set a new course record for the Colfax Marathon with a time of 2:52:50. The following October, she was the first female finisher in the Kansas City Marathon with a time of 2:51:31. In January 2018, Brittany crossed the Disney World Half Marathon finish line as the first female finisher with a time of 1:17:35. Her biggest accomplishment to date is her Olympic Trials ‘A’ Standard Qualification finish at the 2018 Los Angeles Marathon with a time of 2:36:34.
Brittany is sponsored by fellow Colorado-native company OtterBox and thanks her coach Jenni Nettik with Mercuria Running for the incredible training and support.
Brittany currently lives, trains and perfoms in Denver with her husband Justin and their two cats, There’s a Pool Party on Saturday (yes, that’s her real name … no, they don’t shorten it … yes, she loves water) and Snacks (because you can’t have a pool party on Saturday without snacks).