UTAH RUNNING CLUB COACH
I’ve been coaching runners of all levels of running for 11+ years and I absolutely love helping others chase down their running goals. It truly brings me pure joy. Life is busy though and I’ve realized that my coaching impact has limitations -- if I want to do a really thorough job of helping the athletes I’m coaching then I only have time to coach a few athletes directly. Then the Utah Running Club idea emerged and I realized that with the help of Utah Running Club Captains I can help coach hundreds of runners across the state of Utah! This got me excited! We have hand picked amazing Club Captains and I've mapped out weeks of workouts. After receiving detailed instruction from me, each week the Club Captains will facilitate these workouts with their running groups. You get quality workouts and support as you navigate the running world and I get increased satisfaction as I get to see more fellow runners “Dream Big. Train Together. Finish Strong!”
OGDEN AREA CLUB CAPTAIN
My passion for running started when I was 15 years old as I ran my first marathon. I have continued to enjoy running, and I've enjoyed seeing my times improve. I graduated with both my bachelors of science in medicine and my doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I currently practice as a physical therapist for Mountain Land Physical Therapy, in the Kaysville office. As a runner myself and with my physical therapy experience, I'm excited to be involved in the Utah Running Club and help others succeed.
OGDEN AREA CLUB CAPTAIN
I hail from Prince Edward Island Canada. I began running in 2012 to lose weight. I started with the Couch to 5K program and got hooked. I have now participated in many race distances including the marathon.
I am coached by Janae Richardson and am currently the Team Captain of the Utah Running Racing Team. I love being healthy and helping others do the same. I am also a Dressage rider and trainer and have recently discovered I love cycling.
ROY AREA CLUB CAPTAIN
I am Casi! I love running!! I have been running for 10 years and don’t plan to slow down soon. I love everything about it, I love the time in nature, I love to be outdoors, I love how I feel after a good run, and I love the atmosphere of a race and the racing community. I started running after I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. My doctor told me that it wasn’t a matter of if but when I would get diabetes. It runs in my family so I was told that diet and exercise was the only way I could put off that diagnosis. So I started running and I haven’t looked back!
LAYTON AREA CLUB CAPTAIN
My name is Lisa VanDyke. I am a mother of three who spends any moment I can sneak away indulging my passion for running. I discovered running only about 8 years ago, at first for stress relief, then to get fit, and much later on to push my own boundaries. My first race was the Strider's half marathon in 2013. I stuck with the half distance for some time, racing as well as pacing for a local pacing company, but by late 2014 I needed something different to challenge myself with, and I registered for the Ogden Marathon 2015. Training for this race was my first experience with a structured training plan including speed, tempo, and long runs. I loved the training equally as much as I loved running the race. Ogden got my a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon 2016, which became my second marathon. This great sport continues to feed my need for growth, camaraderie, and adventure.
BOUNTIFUL AREA CLUB CAPTAIN
I started running on a high school cross country team and hated it, but kept running. Throughout my life I have run many half marathons and in 2005 I decided to run the SLC marathon. When I finished I checked that off the list and said, I did it. I am done with that and never had a desire to run that far again. Then in about 2012 a co-worker kept asking me to run the Ogden marathon with her and I just said that’s checked off the list, I'm good, thank you. Thankfully she never gave up on me. At this same time I noticed I had put on lot more weight than I liked. So, I decided I would sign up for my second marathon to lose the weight. Since then I have been an avid lover of running and trail running. Now I run 6 days a week and feel this has made my body much stronger. My goal is to BQ. I missed it by 1 minute and 30 seconds at Ogden so it’s not an option to fail. Let's get faster together.
WESTSIDE AREA (SYRACUSE, WEST POINT, WEST HAVEN, HOOPER) CLUB CAPTAIN
Once upon a time I ran really fast 800s (2:06.something) at Weber State University ('02 graduate). Then I graduated, had four children (all girls!) and dabbled in running 5ks, half marathons and one marathon. I'm done dabbling. I'm ready to say goodbye to my thirties with some big goal times in the 5k, half marathon and marathon.
Join me in the Westside Utah Running Club Hub as we get faster, while we DREAM TOGETHER. TRAIN TOGETHER. FINISH STRONG.
SALT LAKE CITY AREA CLUB CAPTAIN
My running career began with track in junior high and cross country in high school. Reflecting on those days, my thought was, "I always thought the idea of running a marathon sounded resplendent with majesty, but at the time, lacked the gumption to pursue it." Finally, some years and life experiences later, I've decided to revisit my marathon aspirations with a plan for actualization. Initially, I just hoped to finish the race, but I was able to win 1st overall at the 2016 Sandhollow Marathon, 3rd at the 2016 Eugene Marathon, and 5th at the 2016 Utah Valley Marathon. Eventually, I would like to take my adventures to the next level and run an ultramarathon. Other fun facts: I have a BA in Theatre from Utah Valley University and a job teaching art and dance classes to adults with disabilities.
HERRIMAN AREA CLUB CAPTAIN
I am 42 years old and live in Herriman, Utah. I didn't start running until the spring of 2011 when I was 37. I had always been active, but my office job and poor diet lead me to be a little bit "pudgy". My awesome wife encouraged me to start running, but like so many people that I know, I said "I hate running". She was smart and signed me up for a 5k race.....well I like to compete, so I trained for the 5k. I did ok, then I signed up for another 5k, I did better, then I signed up for a half marathon. I started to drop pounds and I felt awesome....I was hooked on running. Since then I have found much joy in running and racing all types of races up to the marathon distance. I love social running and relays. My favorite training buddy is my wife. She is also my life and health coach.
I love running for the health benefits. I have become in tune with my body and have learned to make better choices for fueling my body. I feel better, I am happier and I sleep better when I am consistently running. I love getting to see and know places by going for runs in different locations that I visit around Utah and America.
DRAPER AREA CLUB CAPTAIN
I started running as a sprinter/long jumper on the Jr. High track team when I was 13 years old. Discovered cross country my junior year in high school. As a senior at Bountiful High School in 1999, I set the 4A Utah High School State record in the 800 M with a time of 2:12.31. I then ran on 3 National Championship cross country teams at BYU and became an NCAA All-American in Cross Country and Track in the 3000M Steeplechase.
After college, running became secondary to pregnancy and raising kids, but I did get back into elite racing for a couple of years from 2009-2011 culminating with a 2:35 marathon PR and a few podium finishes in USATF National Championship road races. After an injury in 2011 I decided to have another child and pull back on the throttle again with my running. I've had my fair share of injuries and time away from regular training but running has always returned as a constant in my life. Running has provided me with deep friendships, emotional therapy, confidence and empowerment more than I ever imagined. I still enjoy running daily and racing in local races.
I'd love to pay forward everything I've gained as a life-long runner and inspire others to enjoy the fitness, friendships, confidence, and joy that running provides.
CACHE VALLEY CLUB CAPTAIN
Hi! My name is Lindsay. I am from San Diego and I have been a runner all my life. I competed on a club track team in middle school and on my high school cross country and track team. I have since been a lone runner and hope that being a club captain can change that so I can have a "team" to run with again! I have two young kids which sometimes makes it a struggle to train, but running is a part of me that I don't think I can ever give up. I consider myself more of a shorter distance runner, but I have run and enjoyed my first and only marathon in 2014. I plan to train for another one again in hopes of securing a spot to the Boston Marathon! I look forward to being a club captain and know that it will assist in helping me learn and grow, become a better runner, but most importantly, become a better leader! I look forward to seeing you out on the roads. Happy running!
CACHE VALLEY CLUB CAPTAIN
Hi I’m Madie! I recently graduated from Utah State University in Health Education and Promotion! I have been running since I was 15 when I got involved with running for Davis High School in Kaysville, UT. After high school I've continued to love training for and participating in distance races. Running is therapeutic for me, and definitely one of my favorite hobbies. I love competing against myself while also making some good friends along the way. I enjoy sharing my passion for health and running with those I get to interact with through Utah Running Club.
PROVO AREA CLUB CAPTAIN
Hi, I'm Daniel. I learned to run two decades ago (before I could even ride a bike). In 2008, I graduated as a 4 time letterman in both cross country and track at Logan High School. In my senior year I was a captain of both teams. Since high school, I've served an LDS mission in Chile and graduated from Utah State University in Spring 2014 with a major in Management Information Systems and a Spanish minor. I have completed two marathons (Top of Utah and St. George) and enjoy sharing my love for running with others. In my spare time, I write for my Utah sports blog, TheHiveSports.com.
AMERICAN FORK AREA CLUB CAPTAIN
It’s amazing how you can make such a lifestyle change all of a sudden, when you feel you are in need of a change. I used to run, not long distance, about 3-4 miles, about 20 years ago. As life happens, running/fitness became distant as my circumstances in life changed. One day I decided to download the Couch to 5K app and I was determined to start implementing running into my life again (I remember the high I always had when I used to run). I remember not being able to run for 60 seconds, but I was determined to get there. As time went by, my fitness level increased and I was able to run for the time-frame the couch to 5K app was telling me to run/walk. It was after that, I knew I had a new love for running, but this time, instead of running 3-4 miles, like I used to in my early 20’s, I was running longer and longer. In September 2016, I signed up for my first fitness goal, to do a Triathlon. As much as I love running and biking, swimming was something I needed to work on more. My goal is to complete another Triathlon and hopefully gain more love for the swimming sport. After the Triathlon, since swimming wasn’t my forte, I decided to sign up for my first half marathon in November 2016. Since then, I completed several more half marathons. I absolutely love the feeling of running and my ultimate goals are to qualify for Boston Marathon and to run an Ultra Marathon.