Joe and Flavia are an RRCA certified running coach duo here to provide motivation and guidance to help you acheive your running goals.


Flavia Coppolino, Founder & Coach

Joe Coppolino, Founder & Assistant Coach

Zoe Coppolino, Mascot & Chief Motivator

About Us

Perfect Pace CLT was created in 2016 by Coaches Flavia and Joe Coppolino. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, we help runners achieve their running goals with our personalized training plans, 24/7 email/text communications with timely responses, private training sessions and group program. 

Our Philosophy is Train Hard, Run Strong. We believe that it takes hard work and dedication to achieve goals. While we want our athletes committed to their training, we strive to make it a fun and enjoyable environment that keeps them motivated and coming back for more!

Our mission is to provide our athletes with the individual attention they deserve to best help them achieve their training, racing and fitness goals. We aim to provide our athletes with the knowledge and skills they need for all aspects of successful running. We will use our ongoing education, network of resources, personal experience of racing and training athletes of all levels, and passion for athleticism to help our athletes reach their full potential, regardless of age, gender or experience level. 

Meet the Coaches

Flavia Coppolino

I Coach: Beginner to Advanced Level, 5K to Full Marathon Distances

Background: I've been racing since 1996, in high school. In my younger days I was a short distance runner and ran the 400m, 800m, 4x400m and 4x800. I was all-state in most of these events and both of my relay teams held the school record for many years. Since graduating from high school I've completed in hundreds of races from 5K all the way to the Full Marathon distance. My most recent personal records are: 5K 19:07 (2015), Half Marathon 1:29:54 (2015), Full Marathon 03:08:37 (2018). I've completed 10 full marathons since 2014, with times that qualified me for the Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon, Chicago Marathon and Tokyo Marathon. With such strong passion for running, I wanted to share my enthusiasm for the sport with others. To help pursue this goal, I founded the Heist Brewery Run Club in November of 2015. Additionally, I've been the captain of the Charlotte Running Company Elite Racing Team since Fall 2015. Through the years I've been doing all I can to motivate others to achieve their running and fitness goals. I became an official RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) certified running coach in early 2016. I hope to use my many years of running experience and knowledge to help others become as passionate as I am about running.

Years of Experience: 4+yr Run Coaching

Philosophy: Run Hard, Smile and Be Nice to People

Best Advice for New Runners: Running with a group makes you more accountable. There are days when you pull others, and days other will pull you. 

Most Memorable Run/Race: 2018 Boston Marathon - The rain, wind and temperatures were BRUTAL! Anyone that finished was a winner that day!

Interesting fact: I was a Certified Personal Trainer for 5 years. I also danced (tap, jazz, ballet) for about 15 years and taught for 5 years. Sometime I dance around my kitchen after I complete a really intense workout.

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