MEET THE COACHES

Coach Dana

COACH DANA

Hi! I’m Dana—coach, marathoner, wife, mother. I’ve been running for 30 years, competitively through high school and college, and later, decidedly less competitively as a very pregnant lady. I have found value in running, no matter where I’ve been in my life - at the peak of my training or coming back from an injury or as a mother of three young children.

I understand how our personal circumstances impact what we need as athletes, and I love encouraging others as they begin or continue their own running journeys, wherever they are in their training.

Certifications I hold: VDOT 02 Certified Running Coach, RRCA Certified Running Coach, USATF Certified Coach, Galloway Run/Walk Certified Coach

My favorite distance to race and why? I love half marathons. I think they’re the perfect distance. Whether you’re looking to run hard and get a new personal best or completing the 13.1 miles for the first time, a half marathon is a challenging race that requires patience and persistence.

My favorite quote? Be You.

Partnership: Active Resolute Connected

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COACH LARRY

Hi! I am Coach Larry and I am a former D1/D2
Cross Country and Track athlete. I not only love
to run, but I love coaching athletes of any age and ability. My experience and educational background
in Kinesiology allow me to provide athletes with
an appropriate and individualized training plan
to reach their True Potential. I look forward to
working with you!

Certifications I hold: RRCA Certified Running Coach, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer,
USATF Certified Coach

My favorite distance to race and why? My
favorite distance to race is a half marathon! I love
it because it requires a great amount of endurance and training, but you don’t have to dedicate your entire life to training like you would for a marathon.

My favorite quote? Work smarter not harder...unless you can do both. Then work smart and hard.

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COACH NATALIE

Hi! I'm Natalie and among many things I am a Coach, 12 time marathoner (and counting!), mom of three athletic and enthusiastic kids, wife to my best friend and a huge lover of this sport. I've been running my entire life—I ran cross country and track competitively in high school and college at a Division 1 University and have trained under some of the best coaches in the sport. I truly understand the needs of runners because I'm living it right alongside them—actively training hard each day to reach big goals in running.
I love working with runners of all abilities and guiding them to become a better, stronger, happier runner.
In my coaching, I place a big emphasis on all the
tiny details in your training and will joyfully meet you right where you are and cheer you along on this awesome journey.

Certifications I hold: RRCA Certified Running Coach

My favorite distance to race and why? I love the marathon! I choose 26.2 because it's like a very complicated puzzle and yet there are so many ways to solve it. I actually don't think you ever truly "solve" the marathon because each finish line leaves you wanting more. There is so much heart, soul (or sole) and grit that goes into the training, prep and proper execution. The marathon provides a unique sense of euphoria that is different than any other distance.

My favorite quote? Expect Success.

Partnership: Active Resolute Connected

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COACH RACHEL

Hi! I'm Rachel—lifelong runner, mother, educator,
and coach. I discovered my passion for running in high school where I competed in track and cross country. Running has remained an important part
of my life as I've continued to compete and train in every distance from the 5K to the marathon. I've dedicated years to becoming a better runner both physically and mentally. Moving myself from a
4:22 marathoner to a 3:34 Boston qualifier. I love helping others reach their goals through customized training, constant communication and support, and adaptable goal setting.

Certifications I hold: RRCA Certified Running Coach, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

My favorite distance to race and why? I love the marathon! I think the marathon requires just as much mental strength as physical. Training for and running a marathon can be a life changing experience!

My favorite quote? I love to use mantras. My favorites are Be Relentless and Never Settle.

Partnership: Active Resolute Connected

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COACH JIM

Hi! I'm Jim—I am located in the NE/N Central part of Pennsylvania in Wyalusing. Located conveniently in the middle of nowhere next to nothing. I recently retired from teaching Physics after teaching for 34 years at Wyalusing Area School District. I have been the head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Wyalusing for 32 and 20 years respectively. What excites me about coaching runners is watching them grow as an athlete and person throughout the process of training. As a coach, seeing clients accomplish workouts that they may have felt impossible when they started training is a great feeling.

Certifications I hold: USATF Level 1 and USATF Cross Country Specialist. I also have PIAA Sport Coaching certification and I hold NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion certifications.  

I am currently pursuing my VDOT O2 certification.

My favorite distance to race and why? I really enjoy the half marathon because it is a distance that is substantial, but not overwhelming like a marathon. To be successful you need to make a commitment to the training, yet you do not have to give up everything in your life like you would have to when training for a marathon. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy training and running a marathon, but sometimes it can be overwhelming.

My favorite quote? I have two favorite quotes.  The first one is very simple, but effective.  I got it from one of my favorite shows, Ted Lasso: "Believe"  When you are starting a training program you need to believe in yourself that you can complete the training program.  While you are in the midst of the training program you need to believe that the workouts are going to get you to the starting line in the best possible condition for you to achieve your goals.  At the starting line you need to believe in yourself that you through all of the hard work that you did in the training program will pay off during your race.  The second favorite quote is "Confidence is not having to be right all of the time, it is about not being afraid to be wrong."  As a high school Cross Country and Track coach for 32 years, I think of this all the time when  I am working on training plans and race strategy.

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TO GIVE ANYTHING LESS THAN YOUR BEST, IS TO SACRIFICE THE GIFT.

Steve Prefontaine 

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