RunPro Camp 2019 Speakers
Aliphine Tuliamuk has been a world class athlete since competing at the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in high school for her native Kenya. She grew up in a tiny village called Posoy and was given her first pair of running shoes by two-time New York City Marathon champion Tegla Loroupe. Aliphine received her U.S. citizenship in April of 2016 and promptly won the USATF 25k Championships less than a month later. She would go on to win the 2016 20k and 5k titles as well. She would then do one better in 2017, winning four USATF titles (cross country, 25k, 10k and 7 miles). That year also saw her run 1:09:58 for the half marathon in Houston and finish 15th at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the top U.S. finisher. She joined our team in January of 2018 and in May she won the USATF Half Marathon Championships in 1:10:03. She followed that up a week later with a win at the USATF 25k Championships. She was then second at the BolderBOULDER 10k, the NYRR Mini 10k and the Peachtree Road Race. In early 2019, she was fourth at the USATF Cross Country Championships and won the Gasparilla Half Marathon. Then, in April, she was third at the Rotterdam Marathon in a huge personal best of 2:26:50.
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.
Tom Brumlik is a former assistant coach at American University and the current General Manager of the District Track Club. While at American University Tom organized and coordinated the recruiting for the men’s and women’s cross country and track programs. Prior to joining American University, he spent five years coaching distance runners at Westerville North High School in Westerville, Ohio, helping guide 10 athletes to All-State performances in cross country and the 800m, 1600m, 3200m and 4x800m relay. In 2011 and 2013, Westerville North won the National Championship in the 4×1 Mile Relay and Distance Medley Relay at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. In 2015 he graduated from American with a Masters Degree in Health Promotion. Tom believes that promoting track and health can and should be a simultaneous endeavor. He will do his best to direct the District Track Club to be more involved with Washington D.C. community as practical advocates of running and general wellness.
Andrew Colley comes to ZAP Fitness as one of the most decorated athletes in NC State’s history. Colley was a 5-time All-American and 11-time All-ACC performer in his time with the Wolfpack. He was also the 2013 ACC Cross Country Champion. Following his senior season Colley traveled to Europe to race where he lowered his 1 Mile and 5,000m personal bests before finishing his season with a 6th place finish at the Falmouth Road Race. In his first year at ZAP Fitness Colley made an early splash on the grass by finishing fifth at the 2014 USA Club Cross Country Championships in Lehigh, PA, qualifying him for the Great Edinburgh XC meet in Scotland. He went on to help team USA to a dominating team performance over Europe and the UK with his sixth place finish on the rugged and muddy Scottish course. In early 2015 Colley earned a spot on USA’s World Cross Country team by placing seventh in a very deep field at the US Cross Country Championships in Boulder, CO. Colley battled injuries through most of 2016-17, but in the spring of 2018 Colley finished 10th at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in 47:12. In the summer of Colley notched a number of top finishes at major US Road Races including a 6th place finish at the Peachtree Road Race, 4th place a the Bix 7, and 10th place finish at the US 10 Mile Championships in October. Colley made his marathon debut at the 2018 California International Marathon, which served as the US Championships, and his time of 2:15:27 qualified him for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials.
Scott Davern is the Education Program Development Coordinator at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). USADA is the national anti-doping organization (NADO) in the United States for Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and Parapan American sport. The organization is charged with managing the anti-doping program, including in-competition and out-of competition testing, results management processes, drug reference resources, and athlete education for all United States Olympic Committee (USOC) recognized sport national governing bodies, their athletes, and events.
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.
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, Aliphine Tuliamuk, 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.
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.
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.
Christopher Mengel founded and leads Elite Runner Management LLC a sports agency representing professional track & field athletes in the planning, arranging and negotiating of their competition schedules and sponsorships. Chris is a licensed attorney with over 30 years of professional experience in negotiating contracts and representing clients. He is an Athlete Representative (certified sports agent) who is authorized by USA Track & Field and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) in Monaco. Chris attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.
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.
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. In his five years with HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite Ben’s athletes have won National Titles in cross country and on the roads at 10k, the half marathon and the 25k. The team has been represented at the World Cross Country Championships in 2017 and 2019, the World Half Marathon Championships in 2014 and 2016 and at the World Track and Field Championships in 2015. His athletes have also run for Team USA at the Great Edinburgh International XC Meet, the NACAC Cross County Championships, the NACAC Track Championships, the Pan American Cup Cross Country Meet and the Pan American Games. In 2016, the team produced two sixth-place finishes at the Olympic Trials Marathon and two fourth-place finishes in the 10,000 meters at the Olympic Track and Field Trials. At World Marathon Majors, HOKA NAZ Elite has recorded 10 top-15 finishes including sixth at Boston and a seventh at New York City in 2018. Other top marathon finishes include a win at the Grandma’s Marathon in 2018 and runner-up finishes at the USATF Marathon Championships in 2015 and 2018.
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.
Wendy Shulik is the founder of WendyCity Productions and is a video producer and photographer who specializes in the running and racing industry. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she was a walk-on to the Arizona State University women’s cross country team in 1985, inspired by Joan Benoit Samuelson who won the gold medal in the first-ever women’s Olympic Marathon that year. For the last 10 years, Wendy’s primary focus has been on elite development athletes, specifically U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials hopefuls. She has traveled extensively around the country to cover the sport and has had the privilege to meet and interview many up-and-coming elite athletes, as well as Olympians and those making a difference in the sport. Since 2011, Wendy has been producing a documentary about female OTQ hopefuls called “Miles & Trials,” a project which has been in production through three Olympic Trials qualifying cycles. By telling these athletes’ stories, Wendy hopes to raise awareness of American Distance Running and make elite athletes accessible to the everyday runner by humanizing them as “every day people” with determination and drive.
Rachel R. Tambling is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. She received her PhD from University of Georgia and her MA from Western Michigan University. Rachel is a licensed Marital and Family Therapist and supervisor. Her clinical practice at the Bristol Hospital Multispecialty Group’s Psychiatry office is centered around assisting individuals living with anxiety/depression and difficulties stemming from trauma survivorship. Rachel is also the Director of the COAMFTE-Accredited Masters and PhD Programs in Marriage and Family Therapy, where she trains developing therapists. She has served on the board of a crisis center, staffed a suicide hotline, and consulted on college student athlete mental health. Her academic research interests are centered around understanding factors that contribute to successful outcomes in therapy. Specifically, she is interested in factors known to influence therapy initiation and persistence. She is a RRCA-certified running coach, and certified fitness professional.
Steve Taylor is the President/Founder of the Collegiate Running Association and Head Men's XC Coach at the University of Richmond. During Taylor's coaching career his athletes have earned nine league team titles in cross country and track & field, 33 individual champions have been crowned, 137 All-Conference performers have been decorated and 14 NCAA All-Region performers in cross country including John Ciccarelli in 2004. Taylor is a former two-time member of the United States World Cup Marathon team (1991 and 1995) which competed in London, England, and Athens, Greece. He also was a member of the 1991 United States World Track & Field Championship Team which competed in Tokyo, Japan. As a professional runner, Taylor finished sixth in the 1992 Olympic Marathon Trials held in Columbus, Ohio, and was named an alternate to the Olympic team. In 1988, he won the TAC (USA Track & Field) National Championship in the 10,000 meters and RRCA 10 Mile National Championship.
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.
Lauren Zangardi Haynes CIMA, CFP® is the founder of Spark Financial Advisors and the finance blog for young'ish professionals Words on Wealth. Lauren works with her clients clarify their values and life plans, then organize and manage their finances to help facilitate each individual's vision. With over 13 years of experience in the financial services industry, she is a passionate supporter of fiduciary advice (which means an advisor has to put the client's interests first). Lauren serves on the South Region Board for the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
RunPro Camp thanks RRCA Program Manager 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: email@example.com