If you asked Ben Kassel just 6-months ago if he could run a 2:38 marathon he would have said you were crazy. He only started running a few years ago with the intention of losing weight. He weighed 300 lbs and didn’t enjoy running until he did his first race. “Most of the reason I run is for the competitive nature of it,” says Kassel. He hasn’t stopped racing ever since with recent PRs of 2:38:34 at Jack and Jill’s Marathon (4th overall) last month, a 16:43 5k at NC USATF Champs and a 1:17:15 at The Scream Half Marathon.
Bradley Geilfuss set a big PR and won his division (F45) at the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon. His official result was 1:27:34. [Full Results]
His training volume was a bit low in this block but he prevailed throughout. He’s a tactician when approaching and executing his quality sessions and he’s a brilliant guy – which makes for a smart runner. – Coach Gary Berard
I’ve known coach Amy Sitar for a number of years. She was an excellent coach when I took group training classes at a park nearby. As soon as I met her I knew that she is the type of coach I would need one day and she is also the type of runner I want to become. Cool, calm, collected, happy, chatty and cheery even on the uphills.
Years after I finished with the group training my paths crossed with coach Amy again and I asked her to coach me for the NJ Half Marathon. An ambitious runner who jumps from one workout to the next coach Amy knew exactly the type of structure that I needed. She helped me establish attainable goals that made me feel good and challenged me at the same time. Amy is such a nurturing coach, which I loved. She is also not afraid to give tough love when it’s needed, that I loved even more!
I hit a major PR at New Jersey Half thanks to Amy. I learned a ton of lessons and I can’t wait to go back and work with her again. If you are looking for structure, discipline in your workouts and a technical coach who truly cares – Amy is the one! – Elizabeth Tretter