Scott founded FastForward Sports in 2005 to provide an unparalleled experience for all who aspire to endurance sports training and racing. Scott hand selects and trains the Coaching Staff, and works closely with each and every athlete throughout the season. He sets the vision for the unique group training model, and has established a professional and fun-filled community of runners, triathletes, and coaches working together to reach their goals. Together with technical director Bobby McGee, Scott crafts challenging training schedules with an understanding of how best to fit workouts into our regular lives.
Scott prepared for the rigors of competitive running and triathlon through a carefully blended combo of collegiate tennis and professional snowboard racing. After running in his first Bolder Boulder 10K in the 90's, he began a shift away from "skill" sports, and started in earnest down the path of suffering known as endurance sports.
With his running improving quickly and a few years of mountain bike racing behind him, the jump to triathlon seemed a logical choice. Only 5 weeks away from the Boulder Peak Triathlon, he swam his first length of a 25-yard pool, with the intention of getting to the other side "in a hurry". After 22 yards of splashing about and holding his breath under water, he walked the final 3 yards in shallow water, and collapsed out of breath on the pool deck. Thanks to the help of a wetsuit, and some well-needed expert swim coaching, Scott completed his goal at Boulder Peak that year, and "came out of the water unassisted!" Only a month later, Scott entered his second tri, the Harvest Moon Half Ironman. "It seemed like a reasonable progression" he said. Standing on the banks of the Aurora Reservoir at 6 a.m., 29 degrees, light snow, and a refreshing breeze, Scott somehow felt strangely at home. Less than two years later he became an Ironman (and then again in 2005 at Ironman Florida in 10 hours, 29 minutes). Read more about Scott's most recent Ironman Adventures in Canada 2010 and Coeur d' Alene in 2007
With real world, adult-learned experiences like these behind him (and ahead), and significant professional experience as Head Pro of the Sugarbush (VT) Tennis School, as a PSIA Certified Ski and Snowboard Clinician, retail shop owner, and years of marketing and program development in the Ski and Outdoor Business, Scott decided to share his new-found passions with others and develop a world-class Training Program for "aspiring and perspiring" athletes. Since starting FastForward, Scott has hired, trained, and managed a staff of over 50 uniquely qualified Coaches, and worked closely with over 3,000 athletes in Boulder, Denver, and around the U.S. He and his staff have combined to help participants reach their goals from 5K to marathon, triathlon to pentathlon, and especially toward a life of better health, fitness, and self-image.
*Ford Ironman World Championships KONA, HI *Escape from Alcatraz *Wildflower *Ford Ironman Wisconsin *Ford Ironman Coeur D'Alene *Ford Ironman Arizona *70.3 World Championships Clearwater, FL *Buffalo Springs Lake 70.3 *Steelhead 70.3 *Boulder Peak *5430 1/2 iron distance *Napa Valley 1/2 iron distance * Hy-Vee Olympic *San Diego Marathon *Houston Marathon *Tucson Marathon *North Olympic Discovery Marathon * Denver Marathon *8 time varsity letterman University of Iowa Track & Cross Country
Coaching Passion, Mission & Vision
To help our athletes live their dreams and discover their greatness within. Using both Triathlon and Running as ways to model and display how to live a healthy active lifestyle for both yourself and those around you. Athletics become your way to motivate and inspire everyone in your life.
Living your dreams is about knowing your dreams. Once identified, we set goals, create a plan on how you are going to accomplish those goals, train intelligently, race aggressively, recognize success, and realize that confidence as an athlete will carry over into every other aspect of your life; your greatness will be obvious, and your dreams will become your reality.
Kali has been running since her middle school years in Oregon. Prior to that she was a swimmer but quit because the pool was always too cold. Since that time, she has never looked back. In the beginning she focused primarily on 5k's and 10k's, but enjoyed long trail races best. As a 16 year old she raced in a 28-mile trail-less canyon crossing at 10,000ft in the Steens Mountain Range and a new enthusiasm for trails was born. She braved the winter temps and ran in college in Maine before heading to Montana to work and train. The pursuit of a graduate degree in glaciology at CU brought her to Boulder in 2008.
She has competed in distances from 5k through ultra-marathons and dappled in triathlons and mountain relays. Though running is her true passion, she has also been a competitive pole vaulter, rock climber and ice climber. Oh yeah and she has been known to bust out the occasional break-dance move.
Kali feels best when she is training consistently and pushing herself to the limit in competition. She is a strong believer is enjoying the goals you choose to pursue, from the training to the competing. She aims to work towards both short term and long term goals in a healthy, dedicated and enthusiastic manner and always seeks to find fun in challenge.
Darcy has been running as a competitive Ultrarunner for 10 years and has run in over 50 Ultras during this time. She is passionate about the outdoors and loves the feeling of running the trails and being in nature. With over 30 first place finishes, Darcy has the experience to help others reach their training and racing goals. She believes that exercise does not have to be a chore and that if you are out doing what you love and having fun, the fitness will come to you.
In addition to trail/ultra running, Darcy has a strong background in leading groups through teaching skiing (level 2 PSIA downhill and telemark) and in leading groups for the Colorado Outward Bound School. She also enjoys biking, backpacking, nordic skiing and practicing yoga.
She is very excited to join the Fast Forward team this year and hopes to share the passion for running with others.
I started my "serious" athletic pursuits as a runner when I was 14 - many years ago! During high school and college I participated in track and field, volleyball, basketball and field hockey. In my late 30's I added cycling to my list of sports and I took up swimming in my early 50's. That, of course, led to triathlons. I completed my first triathlon in 2004 and have been very active as an age group triathlete ever since. I was fortunate enough to qualify for several Team USA World teams as well as Ironman Kona.
My first career was as a teacher and teaching is something that I still love to do. Currently my teaching is in the form of coaching. My coaching experience includes coaching girls basketball, volleyball and track for several years while teaching high school biology; coaching a women's triathlon team for several years; being a USAT certified Level I coach since 2008; coaching a "get fit" team for Team WILD (a team for women with diabetes). As a coach, I like to help athletes define realistic goals and then work with the athlete to make sure they have a plan that will facilitate the attainment of their goals. I strongly believe that sports should be fun and should contribute to a balanced life. I look forward to working with new and returning F4 athletes!
I ran my first road 5K back in New York in the mid-1980's as a 12-year old. I limped around for 2 days afterwards not understanding the appeal. So, I took more than a few years off from running. After moving to Colorado in 1995, I discovered the mountains, hiking, and mountain biking. And in 2005 after letting work and the commute control life for too many years, I thankfully figured out that trails ain't just for hiking and biking. Now, I like to think my happy place has been found - running on the trails.
Coaxed into joining Fast Forward by a couple of great neighbors in early 2006, I've never enjoyed training and running as much as I do than with the F4 family. While solitude is always welcome, there is so much satisfaction and reward to be had by sharing knowledge, training tips, jokes, stories, and vistas with fellow runners who can?t get enough of the outdoors. I've been fortunate enough to experience all of F4's trail programs to date - either as a participant or as a coach. I look forward to many more happy, healthy, injury-free years exploring the trails of Colorado and anywhere the moment strikes. To be able to experience this with all of the tremendous F4 athletes is beyond description.
Besides for past F4 trail programs leading into the Trail Running Festival in Fruita and the Imogene Pass Run in Ouray, some recent trail-running highlights have included completing each of the Gunnison Sage Burner 50-K's since its start in 2008, finishing the San Juan Solstice 50-miler in 2009, and enjoying every minute of the Gore-Tex TransRockies Run in 2010. As each new season approaches, the thought of dirt underfoot and blue skies overheard, I can't help but say, happy trails everyone!
When I was younger I was having pain while running and training, foot doctor told me "Anna, you are not built to run. You are just too stocky, stick to the bike."
I made sure to pay him a visit after completing my first Leadville 50 mile trail run. Turns out, I just needed to work on my form, and the pain and discomfort I was feeling went away.
I believe everyone is built to run, cycle, swim or whatever it is they want to accomplish. My passion is training, competing, teaching efficiency and grace through proper form and sharing the excitement of training other!
Some folks have a natural talent for a sport or athletics in general. I, unfortunately, lack that said talent, and have had to make up for it through diligence, focus, determination and some grit. I tend to coach in a similar way, lets take the idea of talent, put it away, and focus on training right to get us to our goals. IF talent wants to help us out on race day, great! but if not, we still know we put in the work and we can do it!
I have competed in sports for as far back as I can remember - you've seen the soccer games, where the kids are so young, they really don't even know which way they are supposed to be kicking the ball? much less the whole point, but they are having fun anyway? yeah, that was me!
Soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, boys lacrosse (there wasn't a girls team, but I was ok with that) and nordic skiing were my sports as a kid. In College I had the opportunity to race D-I Nordic for Colby College in Maine.
Since then, I have done several ultras including several 50K's, a 38 mile run, and the Leadville 50 miler. I also raced in triathlons from sprint to Ironman distances, My most recent tri was Ironman Cozumel last November.
I have coached in the last 7 years a range of individuals from beginners, to serious athletes looking to place in their age group categories from 5 and 10k's to marathons and triathlons and find I continue to grow and learn as a coach, mostly thanks to my athletes!
F4 is such a great group of people and a wonderful team environment. I feel lucky to have been able to coach the last year and look forward to my 5th season with you all.
Selfishly, I love getting to be a part of someone reaching their goal, whether it is finishing a race, getting a PR, training injury free or getting on the podium!
Jean has been a running coach for a few years. She enjoys working with athletes both in the group setting and one on one. Jean has helped athletes identify and reach their goals which have included new PR's, general all round fitness, weight loss and the continued enjoyment of running. She has coached programs with target races of 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon distances.
Jean enjoys all sports but has recently been concentrating on biking, golf, hiking, rock climbing and running. She enjoys competing regardless of where she finishes. Jean's philosophy is always do your best and works with each runner to help them achieve this.
Bill is an accomplished athlete finishing every race he has started from Catalina
Sprint Triathlon, Bud Light Series, Wildflower, CA ? Ironman, Vineman, Hawaii,
24hours of Tri Team, and UltraMan and numerous other events over the last 25
years. He loves sharing the fun and excitement of training, racing and learning how
to reach your personal goals.
Asked why he wanted to coach: ?Because it is time to give back to the community
and help others achieve their goals, whether finishing a 5K or cranking on some
crazy endurance race. I look forward to working with the Fast Forward team on not
only the physical aspects of training, but the whole experience.
Steve brings a dozen seasons of coaching and over 30 years of competition to FastForward's triathlon program. He completed his first half-marathon as a high school junior way back in 1981, his first triathlon in 1994, and has been an active runner and triathlete ever since. Along the way, he's experienced the highs and lows that make distance events so memorable, from personal bests including a 3:12 marathon and sub-18 minute 5K (back when he had hair), to races along the rim of Crater Lake and down Wall Street wearing a suit, to the "fun" of a wetsuit-less triathlon in San Francisco Bay and an overnight vomit-fest at the 24-hours of Triathlon.
For Steve, the intersection of the mental and physical aspects of competing -- and training -- as a triathlete provide a rare and precious opportunity to learn what you're capable of, not just as an athlete, but as a person. As a coach, he's had particular success with individuals who were competing for the first time or at a new and longer distance, as well as those who've sought to challenge themselves in a new, and often faster, way. While his athletes frequently find themselves working harder (especially on hill workouts) than those around them, they also tend to laugh more and stress less. But most important to him is that every single one of his competitors who've toed the start line have made it to the finish line.
Steve lives in Boulder with his wife Anne, and sons Spencer and Dexter. A graduate of Princeton University who began his career as an economist, he spends his days as consultant to independent bike dealers at SmartEtailing.com..
Kat Greany's passion for running began with the delivery of her twin boys, as a way to shed those pregnancy pounds. Some friends encouraged her to join a running group to train for the Bolder Boulder, and she has been hooked on group running ever since. Kat has had the pleasure of running with Fast Forward Sports since it began, initially as a participant, and more recently assisting F4 Coach, Jean Crowley. Among her favorite F4 programs were the Imogene Pass, Bolder Boulder, and 1/2 marathon training groups. Her positive attitude, friendly encouragement and uncommon joie de vivre will keep you smiling through every workout.
Starting at young with swim team and soccer and then adding lacrosse, I was always involved in sports as a child. Then came college and then a busy life working in a CPA firm and inactivity set in. In 2005 I was really over weight after a particularly busy tax season of eating fast food and got out of breath walking up a flight of stairs. It was time for a change. I started slowly on the bike and my first run was to the end of my street. In 2006 I completed my first triathlon and was instantly hooked. Since then I have completed many Sprint, Olympic, and 1/2 Ironman triathlons along with several 1/2 marathons and a couple of full marathons. I'm currently working on conquering the ironman distance. Fast Forward helped me finish my first marathon and I've been blessed to work with them as an athlete ever since.
After so many wonderful experiences with F4 coaches, in 2011 I decided to start working towards becoming one. I will be a licensed USAT level 1 coach by the end of 2012 and am excited to continue to share this exciting journey with our athletes. I love seeing the joy on an athlete?s face when they nail a workout or achieve a personal best in an event. I look forward to working with both runners and triathletes in the future and growing as both a coach and an athlete myself.
I have been a participant in running groups since about 2001, and have been a member of F4 since its inception. After completing course studies in personal training, and running alongside a good friend during her first Bolder Boulder I decided that coaching was something I would love doing. That was four years ago. Since then I have become a NSCA certified and insured personal trainer. I have coached many a runner through their first Bolder Boulder, Denver half or full marathons, Georgetown half marathons and so on. I, myself, have participated in several half marathons and several 5K, 7K, and 10K races over that time. I ran my first marathon in 2008 and recently completed my first sprint triathlon last summer.
As a runner I have experienced the fear, excitement, pain, exhilaration of completing something larger than myself and can honestly say it has changed me in ways I didn?t think possible. All it takes is that first step, if you are reading this, you are already there. Whether you are here to run your first 10K, lose a few extra pounds or just to meet some motivated, fun people, you will not regret your choice to join this running group. I know, I kept coming back myself! I look forward to helping you achieve your goals, find comfort in discomfort and most of all…... have some fun.
Ben first started running to get in shape for ice hockey season in North Dakota and as an opportunity meet ladies (i.e., his wife Sara!). He now enjoys running all distances from 5k to marathon and frequently competes in races on both road and trial. Ben raced in the NCCA for 2 years on the University of Minnesota cycling team prior to moving to Boulder. He recently finished his PhD in computer science and is in his second year with Fast Forward Sports. When not running or biking, Ben is an avid backcountry telemark skier and enjoys going on overseas adventures.
Sara fell in love with running at a young age. She started with summer track meets at the age of 6, where running one lap around the track felt like an eternity. She has since completed 3 marathons, countless 10ks and 5ks, and has even experimented with the triathlon and biking scenes. As a competitive runner and triathlete in college, she learned from and trained with some very knowledgeable athletes and coaches. Over the years, she has also had the opportunity to coach in many aspects, including a summer track program for kids and being an indoor cycling instructor. Through her experiences, her passion for running has gone beyond competing. Her philosophy is that running is a way to feel good about what you're doing for yourself, enjoy the outdoors, relieve stress, meet wonderful people, stay healthy, strive toward a goal, and have a blast! Sara encourages her athletes to stay positive and work to reach their fullest potential through smart training and living a healthy lifestyle.
Michael only got into sports after graduating college, so he appreciates that not everyone has a lifetime of athletic experience behind them. In more than a decade of racing, he taken on everything from Sprint to Ironman, XTerra, Duathlons and even a 24 hour Team Triathlon event. His favorite distance is the Half-Ironman because it's the perfect balance of going long without spending all day at it.
The most important thing to recognize is that racing isn't about winning races, or even winning your age group; it's not about winning in the traditional sense at all. It's about setting goals, recognizing success, and realizing that confidence as an athlete will carry over into every other aspect of your life. Train Smart, Race Hard, and Have Fun!
I was born and raised here in Boulder Colorado and gained a huge interest in endurance sports through the running of the BolderBoulder and competitive swimming in the Boulder Valley Summer Swim League. ?I swam with Rally Sport Aquatics through High School and ran Cross country for Niwot High School. ?I then swam a few years of DIII Swimming in upstate New York and in Minnesota. ?In 2003, I moved back to Colorado and signed up for my first triathlon. ?I was hooked immediately and have been racing ever since!
I have raced all distances from sprint to Ironman triathlon and from 5k's to the marathon. ?I also coach year round and summer swimming and have learned that I enjoy nothing more than spreading my love of endurance sports to others.
I love to compete. I love pushing myself to the very edge. If I've done that, I have had a good race, no matter what place I come in. My goal is to show you how much fun training can be!
4 time USAT National Age Group Team Member (Duathlon)
Current USAT Rocky Mountain Region Masters Champion (Duathlon)
2005 Ranked in the top 10 nationally
2005 Bolder Boulder age group champion
2006 14th ITU World Duathlon Championships
Hi!! I'm Matt Nolen and I really, really like to run. I suppose I started running sometime with I was in middle school and carried on into high school. I did not start training seriously until 2005 but have been going full speed ahead ever since. Other than running fast, my goals are to remain as healthy and injury free as possible and to help other find a joy and love to running similar to mine. Outside of running I enjoy several outdoor sports; including, skiing, whitewater kayaking, and rock climbing. I also like sitting on the porch in the morning and drinking a good coffee.
Bob has been coaching with Fast Forward since its inception, and has assisted many F4 athletes in attaining their running, multisport racing and fitness goals. He enjoys working with a variety of F4 athletes within different programs. He competes in duathlons and triathlons, as well as all distances of running events. He has a background that spans over 25 years in the sports medicine/physical therapy fields. He has trained and rehabilitated all athletes ranging from high school to professional and every level in-between.
Bob would be the last one to boast about himself, but he is a darn good competitor too, having won the Mile High Duathlon series twice and the 5430 Long Course Clydesdale division.
Moreno has over fifteen years of experience training runners, cyclists, and wheelchair athletes. He has coached clients who want to just finish an event to clients that want to win. His clients have won national, world and Olympic championships. His educational background, a degree in kinesiology and masters in sport psychology, provide him with the ability to bring out the best in his clients.
"It's the process not the outcome that matters on the road to success. If you prepare and perform to the best of your ability then the results will reveal themselves."
Moreno was a Division I collegiate Track and Field and Cross Country runner. He currently races both road and mountain bikes and was a member of Team USA for the 1997 Master World Mountain Bike Championships, and is a NORBA Semi-Pro and USCF Master Category 3 cyclist. With his extensive running and cycling background, he is planning on doing his first Olympic distance triathlon this summer, that is if he learns to swim better than an anchor.
Cathy Ruf Koger
Played good old mid western sports (softball, basketball, flag football) up till I discovered triathlon (circa 2000). I've done 7 marathons to date not including IM's: Dallas White Rock in '98, San Antonio in '99, Chicago in 2000 and 2001, Boston in 2002, Austin and Sacramento in 2004. I've completed 2 Ironman races, several Half IM races and lots of Olympic Distance; including Nationals (was an alternate for the US team in 2002. Fastest Half Marathon to date is 1:31:25 at Moab, Fastest Marathon is 3:24 something in Sacramento, Fastest 10K is 42 and change last year at Boulder Peak, and fastest 5K is a 19:50, I've recently done a few Xterras and am interested in doing more.
I'd like to do more cycling races and maybe even someday a mtn biking race. I'll do IM again in 2006. I'm applying to med school currently, but don't really want to leave Boulder so who knows I may stay and either go here or apply to PA school here or something. Stay tuned...
For as long as she can remember, Kylee has been running. Raised in a family where her father was an Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier, she caught the running bug at age 11, when she ran her first 5k in Pittsburgh, PA and since then she hasn't stopped.
Running for Chambersburg Area Senior High School (Chambersburg, PA), she was a district champion and multiple state medallist in cross country, but really her forte was on the track. She had a sixth place finish in the 3000m run at the the prestigious Penn Relays (10:03) and a fourth place finish in the 3200m run at the PIAA state championships (10:44). Her accomplishments on and off the track, earned her a full scholarship to run at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA (D1) and a spot in the Chambersburg Cross Country Hall of Fame.
While running for the Spiders at Richmond, she earned multiple All Atlantic 10 conference honors in cross country and her senior year, she just narrowly missed All South Regional honors and qualifying for D1 cross country nationals, with her 28th place finish in the 6k (21:23). On the track, she earned PR's of 17:25 in the 5k and 37:03 in the 10k.
A pre-veterinary major throughout college, Kylee decided post-collegiately to switch a more science+fitness career focus. She was an Assistant Track and Cross Country coach at UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (D1) in 2008-09 where she helped coach two Atlantic 10 Cross Country Champions, as well as was a part of the 2009 Atlantic 10 Championship Indoor and Outdoor Track teams. In addition to coaching collegiate athletes, she was involved in some personal coaching with a Charlotte based company called Athleticore (similar to F4). In August 2009, Kylee followed her lifetime dream of moving to Colorado and will be applying to Physical Therapy School in Denver in Fall 2010. She continues to run competitively, as a member of Fleet Feet Boulder's Women's team, and has goals of qualifying for the Olympic Trials in the marathon in 2012 or 2016.
Being raised on running, Kylee is a big believer on what the sport can provide not only for the body and mind, but for life. "Running has taught me not only how to lead a healthy lifestyle, but it has brought me peace of mind, a competitive spirit, and friends to last a lifetime. I want to be involved in helping people to not only accomplish their goals, but provide them with a lifetime love for a sport that has given me so much. My high school coach, Tim Cook, who was tragically killed in a car accident my junior year, believed in everyone from the first to the last runner, and I will always carry that philosophy with me. I truly believe that everyone has the potential to be great in their own way no matter what their athletic background."
As a life- long athlete, Heidi has found fitness and training to be a way of life. During her youth she competed in team sports such as basketball and volleyball. For the past 12 years she has avidly competed in running, skiing, and triathlon. In her college years she organized fitness events at Winona State University. While in Duluth Minnesota, where she lived before moving to Boulder, she organized a Triathlon Clinic, co-lead weekly biking groups and received her USA Triathlon Coaching Certification. Her curiosity and ongoing interest in training and coaching motivates her to dive deeper into the methods and principles of endurance sports .
Heidi is also a Registered Nurse and has worked in a variety of areas. She has a strong knowledge of the human body and understands and appreciates not only training and fitness, but also health and the art of human wellness. Heidi seeks to encourage others in their athletic pursuits and help them fully realize the mental and physical joys and benefits of training as it leads to a greater overall wellbeing.
Fitness has become a way of life for Heidi and a venue for fun, adventures, camaraderie, and character building. She seeks to invest her time and energy into promoting fitness and wellness in her community. Heidi's goal as a coach is to provide a place of encouragement and learning so an athlete can seek their full potential and have a wonderful, ongoing fitness experience!
Lea is an enthusiastic and personable coach who loves to share her passion for sports with others. Through her life she has competed in a number of sports including gymnastics, track & field, swimming, water polo, downhill skiing, triathlon and running races from 5k through marathon distance. Lea has been coaching and teaching various sports for well over 10 years, including several years experience as a PSIA Level II downhill ski instructor. She has enjoyed working with all ability levels and especially enjoys working with those who are newer to running, triathlon, swimming, weight lifting and/or general fitness.
Lea earned her Master's degree in Exercise Physiology and has a background in Sports Medicine, Physical Education and Secondary Education. She combines her knowledge base and understanding of daily life stressors with the ever important element of fun to develop programs that meet each individual's specific needs. She looks forward to continuing to help people set and reach their goals, whatever they might be!
There is no denying that Jen Szabo is passionate about FastForward Sports. With a little reluctance, very unhealthy habits and severely overweight Szabo began running in one of Coach Scott's programs in 2004. Doing a high percentage of walking in the beginning, then shuffling, Szabo began running and did her first half marathon nine short months later. She was hooked! Within two years Szabo found herself at the start line of her first triathlon, and began to fully realize her passion for endurance training and racing and started to unleash her gifts.
For the past few years, Szabo has served as F4's community relations and group workout coordinator. From athlete and coach communications, media relations, event planning, marketing to group workout coordinating. In 2011 Szabo excitedly began sharing her experiences and knowledge gained with F4's athletes and going in her own athletic progression as a guide.
Szabo can be found at just about every race along the Front Range as a participant, volunteer or working. She's participated in dozens of 5-10k's and sprint triathlons but strangely really enjoys the half distances in both running and triathlon.
My name is Jennifer Voigt, and as your Fast Forward Running Coach, I'm excited to welcome each of you to FastForward Sports.
My background includes many years of experience running for leisure and health, and a variety of work and coaching experience with youth sports. Additionally, I directed the Briargate YMCA 6th annual Turkey Trot 5K road race from start to finish, my final year with the YMCA, one of my most exciting and rewarding accomplishments to date.
I have completed numerous road races ranging from 5Ks to marathons and everything in between. Some of my most memorable marathons include the Pikes Peak Marathon in 2002 and the 110th running of the Boston Marathon in 2006. Some of my best events have included placing 1st among women 25-29 in the 2000 Triple Crown of Running Series and 4th among women 30-34 in the 2005 Pikes Peak Ascent, a run up a mountain with an elevation gain of 7,815'.
I recently obtained my Personal Trainer certification through the American College of Sports Medicine. I began working with Fast Forward Sports in August 2009. As well, I work as a Coach/Trainer for my own business, 26 Two Training, with individuals desiring a more 'one on one' coaching experience while training for a marathon or half-marathon.
I expect to discover my work as a coach will far exceed any previous accomplishments as related to my running and coaching career and I can?t wait to get started with you!
In late 2005, after sharing a bottle of wine (or two), my close friend Dan and I made a pact to race in a triathlon. Just goes to show, alcohol can be good for your health! Dan and I completed our first triathlon in June 2006, the 5430 Boulder Sprint. After a few years of doing Sprint and Olympic distance races, I decided to step up to the 70.3 distance and realized I needed a little more structure and support to my training. So in 2009, I started training with FastForward, and what a difference it has made! I have made numerous life-long friends, learned invaluable techniques and philosophies about training and fitness, and most significantly met my wife (Marci Reaksecker Jenkins, fellow F4 coach)!
Now as a coach I am excited to share my experiences and what I have learned with other runners and triathletes. I particularly enjoy helping athletes with technique and mental skills, especially those athletes who, like me, did not grow up running, swimming and biking competitively and have to retrain their bodies to move more efficiently. Our athletes also get a unique benefit from this husband and wife coaching duo, as we bring our different perspectives together to help athletes of all skill levels reach their goals, whether their ambitions are just to have fun or to compete for a spot on the podium.
* RRCA certified running coach
* Fitness instructor at YMCA in Calif. (aerobics & strength development)
* Worked in promotions for a running shoe company
* Volunteer at numerous races
* Moved to CO in 1998 and became an active member in the Rocky Mountain
Road Runners and Colorado Columbines Women's Running Club
* Finisher at 4 marathons, 14 half marathons, and numerous 5K and 10K races
* PR's: 5K-22:50 (1st. in age group) 10K-51:47 (3rd. in age group) Bolder
Boulder 10th. in age group for three years Bolder Boulder 2nd. Place in
Women's Team Division
Goal: To share my passion for running and coach new F4 Participants to
become mentally and physically stronger runners.
Mike has been a fan of track and field since participating in the long, triple and high jump in high school and at Minot State University in North Dakota in the mid 1980's. He is a late bloomer with distance running but now has a passion for the sport. Mike has participated in several half marathons to include Moab, Denver, Georgetown, Greenland and the inaugural Wildcat Half Marathon. He's also run numerous 5and 10 milers, and various other 5 and 10K races in Colorado. Finally, Mike was able to run the Denver Marathon last year which was a great learning experience.
The 2010 Spring Group is Mike's second season helping coach/guide and he's exceptionally excited to help each participant meet their goals for the season. Mike feels that our seasonal training should push each individual to excel while having fun and getting to know others within the group with the same passion for running.
In 1999 I participated in my first marathon, the last quarter of which I spent thinking to myself, "Is it legal to swim a portion of this marathon? What I wouldn't give to be able to jump in this water I am running along?"? Having participated in my first swim meet at age 4 1/2 it was no surprise I turned to the water for comfort. It was also no surprise that I turned to triathlon soon after that marathon finish.
Like most triathletes the first race was a sprint distance race, Austin Danskin to be exact. I spent the months leading up to it worried about my training and wondering if I was putting in enough work to get me ready for the race. Race day finally arrived, and before I even made it to T1 I was mentally signing up for my next race I was hooked.
Since that first triathlon in 1999 I have participated in some great events including: Boulder Peak, 5430 1/2 iron distance, Napa Valley 1/2 iron distance, Wildflower, Steelhead 70.3, Buffalo Springs Lake 70.3, 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida, and the personal highlight of them all in 2007 at Ford Ironman Wisconsin.
Through the hours of training and intense race situations I have come to learn a number of things about myself. Working out and being in shape makes me happy, helps me to build self confidence, and makes the other challenges in life just easier. I have also learned that anything is possible, as long as I put in the work. Finally, I have come to realize the athletic advantage of mental strength. As a FastForward coach it is these lessons I hope to share in an environment that encourages community, self growth, and fun.
Marci Reaksecker Jenkins
I am very excited to be a new F4 coach this season. I started doing triathlons in 2006 and got hooked after my first race. I was a Division I gymnast in college and love being able to participate in a sport where I can have fun and race amongst so many amazing people all balancing triathlon with jobs, family and other passions they have in life.
To be successful in triathlon, I feel you must do the following things: 1) have fun, 2) try new things to help push yourself and stretch beyond your existing boundaries and comfort zones learning more about yourself each time, 3) work hard which will enable you to reach your goals, and, 4) be honest with yourself, if you have other things in your life that take precedence over training, that's ok, just be prepared to adjust your athletic aspirations and enjoy the process!
My personal triathlon and running accomplishments include:
2010 Completed my first - Ironman Triathlon - Vineman in Sonoma, CA
2010 Participated in the Boston Marathon
2009 Completed my first marathon in Chicago qualifying for Boston
2009 Steelhead - Ironman Relay Team Champion with teammate and coach Mary Presecan
2009 Colorado Danskin Triathlon W34-39 Age Group Champion
2009 New York Triathlon 7th place W34-39 Age Group (Qualifying for Nationals)
2008 Chicago Sprint Triathlon 2nd place W34-39 Age Group
2007 Elkhart Lake Sprint W34-39 Age Group Champion
F4 Coach or Guide since 2005 for both Running and Triathlon: I continue to be encouraged and invigorated by our returning and new athletes. Each one of them always sets a new goal, whether it be performance based or sheer enjoyment of the sport based, and achieves it, every season, every time. I am simply lucky to be a part of it. Thanks F4!
2007 Denver Marathon: Charity Runner for Denver CASA
2009 Chicago Marathon: Charity Runner for Ronald McDonald House
(Raised highest amount and awarded a trip to run the marathon in Rome, Italy.)
2010 Rome Marathon: Charity Runner for Ronald McDonald House
PR: Rome Marathon: 3:42
Numerous 5Ks and 10Ks
2008 Boulder 70.3
2010 Vineman 70.3
2012 Oceanside 70.3
TBD: 2012 Houston 140.6
Various Olympic and Sprint Distances
I have been running for all of my adult life. I joined with Scott F in 2003 for BolderBoulder training, and that was the beginning of my distance running. I have done 4 marathons, 5 half marathons, and lots of races with distances between 2k and 10 mile, and just did my first triathlon! I discovered that I love the discipline and camaraderie of training with a group, and have grown and learned much with F4. I wanted to give back to the sport I love, and am so fortunate to be able to coach. I am first and foremost an F4 athlete. Having had to take an unexpected break from running due to an injury, I am joyful to be able to run every day. I want to help bring that passion and dedication to others, and am still constantly learning from my athletes. It has been incredibly rewarding to meet new runners, and have them set and achieve goals far greater than they ever thought they could do.
Jamie has been working with beginner and intermediate runners all striving to push their personal limits from 10k to marathons since 2001. As a Fast Forward coach, she co-coaches with her husband Steve, allowing her to balance her love for her 2 kids (soon to be 3) and coaching.
Jamie takes distance coaching to another level. She focuses on motivation techniques and proper training balance. She's tuned into her runners, regardless of ability, anticipating their training needs and helping find practical solutions, even for beginning runners who aren't always sure what questions to ask. Through coaching, she shares her personal growth story and the many ways running helps prepare her for motherhood, work, and a busy life.
Steve is known among his athletes and friends as an enthusiastic leader of workouts, an experienced competitor, and an expert advisor in the work/family/fitness balancing act. Coaching recreational runners has been a central part of Steve's life since 2001, and after returning to Denver in 2008, following 3 years in Connecticut, Steve and his wife Jamie joined the Fast Forward Sports coaching staff.
Steve's coaching formula is threefold:
(1) provide a fun, social setting for runners of all abilities,
(2) teach running technique, mental skills, planning and scheduling skills for work/family/fitness balance, and share years of experience,
(3) motivate, encourage, challenge, and improve the performance of each athlete.
I look forward to sharing my experience as an athlete, and participant in F4 training. I have been involved in Colorado activities since I came in 1990; running, climbing, cycling, swimming and skiing. My mantra is to work hard, but have fun. I found there is a certain camaraderie that develops when training with friends, mentors, other athletes, and coaches, and have learned and grown with F4.
I have had the opportunity to participate in a number of different events over the years: Boulder Sprint, Boulder Peak, Vineman ? ironman distance, Wildflower Olympic distance, Big Kahuna ? ironman distance, Santa Fe bike century, Colorado Relay, numerous 5K and 10K races, and three ? marathons. I will be doing my first full marathon in Big Sur this spring.
I look forward to helping others achieve their racing and training goals.