We’re very excited to announce that Ann Alyanak (pictured above representing the U.S. in the marathon at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan) is our most recent addition to the Run SMART private coaching staff. Ann not only brings another impressive athletic resume to our staff, she has a strong background both academically and through her experience as a former Division I college coach. Read more about Ann’s resume below and make sure to cheer her on this weekend in Houston as she competes in her second Olympic Trials in the marathon!
Most Notable Athletic Achievements: Ann recently won the 2011 Columbus Marathon in 2:41:53. Her marathon PR is 2:34:46, which she ran at the 2008 trials, placing 7th overall. In 2007, she was 8th female overall at the Boston Marathon and 2nd American, which qualified her for the U.S. World Championship team in Osaka where she place 31st overall. Ann was the 2002 Big Ten Champion in the 10,000 meters and still holds the 5000m school record at Purdue University.
Coaching Experience: Ann coached the women’s cross country team and the distance events at The University of Dayton from 2004-2010. She managed to take the cross country program from the bottom of the Atlantic 10 Conference to winning the conference title and Coach of the Year honors in 2009. She is also USATF Level I certified and has led many training presentations to local running groups and running camps.
Educational Background: Ann has a Bachelor’s degree in Movement and Sport Science from Purdue University and also completed graduate course work in Exercise Science at the University of Dayton.