RunPro Camp 2017 Speakers

Jean Knaack is the Executive Director of the Road Runners Club of America where she has served in the role since 2005, bringing twenty years of nonprofit management experience to the position. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition. She earned a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Mason University. She regularly counsels running club and event leaders around the country on various topics of importance to the running community. Through her work with the RRCA she is a fitness advocate promoting running as healthy exercise and a competitive sport on a national scale. She is an avid runner and has completed several marathons and countless road races and triathlons. She was a finisher at the inaugural Ironman Louisville race in 2007 and finished Ironman France in 2009 and Ironman Coeur D’Alene in 2010.

Pat Goodwin is the President and Founder of Team USA Minnesota, a distance training center created in 2001 and based in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  She is also a public relations consultant with the Goodwin Communications Group.  She previously taught in the Master of Business Communications program at the University of St. Thomas and in the Communications Studies department at the University of Minnesota, and was Vice President of Public Relations at U.S. Bank.  Her running-related career includes a five-year stint as the running columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, President and Board member of the Twin Cities Marathon, and the long distance running chair for USATF Minnesota.  She started running in 1982, has completed 42 marathons and this year qualified again for Boston.

Chris Lundstrom is the Head Coach of Team USA Minnesota. He is responsible for recruiting, retaining, developing and managing a team of 10 to 12 male and female professional distance runners in events ranging from the 1500 meters up through the marathon – on the roads, track and in cross country. Chris is a native of Northfield, Minnesota, who competed on the NCAA Championship track and cross country teams at Stanford University in the late 1990s. During his years as a competitive runner, he finished third (2001) and then fourth (2006) in the USA Marathon Championships, was a three-time qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (2004, 2008, 2012). As a coach, he has 18 years of experience at the high school, college and post-collegiate level including coaching seven women to the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon. He has his Ph.D. in kinesiology (2015), with an emphasis in exercise physiology, and did his dissertation on running performance.

Mike Scott is the Chair of the USA Track & Field's Long Distance Running Division and has been actively involved with USATF since 1991. From 2003-2016 he chaired USATF's Cross Country Council, which oversees the USA national championships, international teams, and national development programs in that discipline. Scott received USATF's President's Award in 2001 for his long-term contributions to cross country and distance running at the national level. Scott is a four-time USA National Team Coach. He has served as the Senior Men's Coach for the 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium, the Junior Women's Coach at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, the Junior Men's Coach at the 2000 World Cross Country Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal, and the Team Leader/Manager for the USA National Team at the 1994 Yokohama International Ekiden Relay. He also serves as the Academic Advisor/Learning Specialist for the Football and Women's Cross Country/Track & Field at the University of Rhode Island.

Randy Accetta is an accomplished educator and runner. He is the Communications Mentor for the top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona, where he has twice received Teacher of the Year honors.  Additionally, he has co-authored two continuing education courses on how to coach runners, and he has written running-based articles that have been published in Running Times, Runners World and The New York Times.   A former 2:19 marathoner who competed in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Randy has a long history of coaching runners, including as the Program Director for Craftsbury Running Camps, the Arizona Coach for Team in Training, and The Workout Group in Tucson, Arizona.  Since 2011, he has been the Director of Coaching Education for the RRCA, tasked with updating and expanding the RRCA Coaching Certification program. 

Ben Rosario was a Division II All American at tiny Truman State University, before landing a spot on the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project team in 2003. There he became the youngest qualifier for the 2004 Olympic Trials Marathon where he finished 37th. He returned to his hometown of Saint Louis in the summer of 2005 and that fall finished second at the U.S. Marathon Championships at the Twin Cities Marathon. He ended his career with personal bests of 4:03 in the mile and 2:18 in the marathon. Ben has coached everyone from third graders, to beginning adult runners to World Championship performers. His motivational skills and training knowledge have translated to success at every level. His work with the Big River Racing Team in Saint Louis produced three different Olympic Trials qualifiers; Shannon Leinert (800), Julie Lossos (Marathon) and Adam MacDowell (Marathon). He also led Canadian Stephanie Hood to top-11 finishes at the Boston (2:44:44) and Chicago (2:35:09) Marathons in 2008 as well as the Canadian Cross Country Title. In a short time with HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite (formerly Team RunFan) he has guided Jordan Chipangama to a 2:13:08 marathon (6-minute PR), Matt Llano to a 1:01:47 half marathon (90-second PR) and Amy Van Alstine to the USA Cross Country National Title.

Johnny Crain is a native of Dunlap, Illinois a 2014 graduate of North Central College, and a 2015 RunPro Camp attendee. While at North Central Crain was a 4-time NCAA DIII Champion and 10-time All-American. In 2012 he helped lead his cross country and indoor track teams to national titles. Upon graduating from North Central Crain took a position as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma University where he is currently finishing up his master’s degree in intercollegiate athletic administration. During his time in Norman Crain continued to train on his own and saw huge breakthroughs both on the track and on the roads. In the winter of 2015 at the US Half Marathon Championships Crain posted an Olympic Trials qualifying time of 1:03:21. He followed up that performance in the spring by taking nearly 30 seconds off his 10,000m personal best with is 28:26 at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

Matt McClintock is a native of Athens, ME where he was a multiple time state champion and record holder as well as his class valedictorian. Matt graduated from Purdue University in 2016 where he was an exercise major. As a freshman at Purdue Matt was named the Big 10 Cross Country Freshman of the Year after his 8th place showing at the conference meet and went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships that fall. The winter of his freshman year Matt finished 3rd at the US Junior Cross Country Championships to qualify for the U20 World Cross Country Championships where he was the top American finisher in 20th place. His sophomore year in cross country Matt became the first Boilermaker since 1987 to earn All-American honors with his 37th place finish. On the outdoor track as a junior, Matt won his first Big 10 Conference Championships in the 5,000m after a runner-up finish in the 10,000m earlier in the meet. He went on to the NCAA Championships where he finished with All-American honors in 7th place. In the fall of his senior year Matt was the Big 10 Conference Champion in cross country setting a new meet record over the 8k course of 23:12.

Merhawi “Hawi” Keflezighi launched HAWI Sports Management in 2005, culminating from his many years of professional and educational experience. As a student manager for the UCLA Men’s Basketball Team from 1999-2002, Hawi was critical to the team's success as a consistently top ranked NCAA team. His experience on the court merged with his studies off the court as he went on to receive a B.A in Communication Studies from UCLA and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. From public relations to a legal education, the expertise Hawi has derived from UCLA signifies an essential foundation for his success as a sports manager. Hawi boasts a diverse roster of athletic talent including 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist and 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi, who happens to be his brother, and 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Leo Manzano. He is certified as a USATF, ENAF, and IAAF athlete representative for World Championships and Olympic Games.  Hawi has solicited, negotiated, and executed over $5M in sponsorship contracts, appearance fees and speaking engagements for his clients.

John Hricay is an IAAF and USATF Authorized Athlete Representative at HAWI Management.  His primary responsibilities include the day-to-day affairs of the Agency’s 20+  athlete-clients that include Olympic and World Championships medalists Meb Keflezighi, Leo Manzano, Joe Kovacs, Brenda Martinez, and Boris Berian.  John served as “Co-Chairman” of the New York Athletic Club Track and Field team for 5.5 years during which time NYAC athletes captured 54 USATF National Championships and 99 International Team Selections, including 11 who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games.  John’s prior professional experience includes an 11-year stint at JP Morgan Chase where he was a Vice President.  He has a BS from the University of Maryland, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s in Sports Management from Columbia University.  

Benjamin Wheeler is the Olympic Education Coordinator for the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USADA’s professional staff is responsible for managing and coordinating the organization’s testing, science & research, education, and adjudication initiatives

Michael Wardian is an American marathoner and ultra-marathoner. In addition to a lengthy list of podium finishes at marathons, half-marathons, 50k /100k and 100 Mile races, Michael has set world records for the fastest marathon and also 50K on an indoor 200-meter track and dressed as Elvis. 2016 was an incredible year with a 47 events and multiple wins and records including setting the fastest ever time for all the Abbott World Marathon Majors consisting of the Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, London Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York Marathon in an average time of 2:31:09. In March 2015, he also set the World Record for the fastest 50K on a treadmill (at the Hoka One One Sales Meeting in May 2015 after having set the World Record on a Spartan Race Cruise). He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he played Division 1 lacrosse, only beginning to run competitively after graduating. Michael resides in Arlington, Va with his wife, Jennifer and their two sons, Pierce and Grant and their vizsla Rosie.

Jack Wickens is a retired executive with United Heath Group, Wickens has been involved with the USA Track & Field Foundation since 2005 and founded AthleteBiz in 2015. He also served as Vice-Chair for the USA Track & Field Board of Directors.  A Bucknell grad, Jack ran on the track and cross country teams for the Bisons.  He now enjoys golf and cycling.

Bill Orr:  Orr is the President of Hatton Insurance Agency in Bartow, FL. For the past thirty-five years, Bill has had experience as an elite athlete coordinator with such events as the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15k (Tampa, FL), Heart of Florida Citrus Classic 10k (Winter Haven, FL), SouthTrust Running Festival 10 Mile (St. Petersburg, FL) and Quad City Times Bix 7 (Davenport, IA). Currently, Bill assists the organizers of the AJC Peachtree Road Race 10k, ING New York City Marathon and is the Elite Athlete Coordinator with the ASICS LA Marathon and Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

RunPro Camp thanks RRCA Program Coordinator Andy Smith for Coordinating the Camp

Andy Smith: Smith came to the RRCA from The Washington Post, where he served as a Community Editor, working to develop strategies and programs to improve the paper’s local internet presence. He has a strong interest in digital communications, social media, and web analytics and works hard to stay on top of the latest trends in each field.  Smith has a background in sports communications, spending four years in Media Relations for the University of Pittsburgh’s Athletic Department in his hometown, where he authored profiles on future NFL players Dorin Dickerson, LaRod Stephens-Howling and LeSean McCoy. He earned his master’s degree at Georgetown in 2009 in Communication, Culture and Technology and his undergraduate degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY in American Culture.  He is responsible for coordinating all activities related to RRCA programs including Championship events, Kids Run the Nation Program, Runner Friendly Community, National Awards, RUN@WORK Day, Race Director Certification, and much more. Email: programs@rrc.org