Malindi Elmore Smashes Bazan Bay 5k Record

Congrats to Run SMART coach Malindi Elmore for winning the Bazan Bay 5k in record time. Elmore won by a large margin in 15:48, her second fastest road 5k ever! A great sign as she seeks her second Olympic spot in either the 1500 or 5000M this summer.

Shared Elmore, “The course was great. It was beautiful along the ocean. A nice flat course that went by very quickly!”

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Olympian Malindi Elmore Joins Run SMART Coaching Staff

We’re very excited to announce that Malindi Elmore (pictured above representing Canada at the 2004 Olympic Games) is our newest private coach and second Olympian to join the Run SMART staff!

Most Notable Athletic Achievements:

  • 11-time Canadian National team member – World Cross Country Championships, World Athletics Championships, Continental Cup, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games & Olympic Games
  • Bronze Medalist at World University Games, Pan American Games, World Cross Country team
  • Canadian Championship Record Holder in 1500m
  • Stanford University Record Holder in 800/1500m
  • 15-time Canadian National medalist in 800, 1500, cross country & 10km road race
  • 2:02 (800m), 4:02 (1500m), 15:12 (5000m), 33:00 (road 10 km)

Coaching Experience:

Malindi brings a broad range of experience to our staff. She is currently enrolled in the Canadian National Coach’s Certification Program (NCCP) at the Competition level (level 3) after having completed the Sport & Club Coach (levels 1 & 2) in 2011. She was an assistant coach at the University of Calgary from 2005-2009 and a coach at Stanford University’s Track & Field and Cross Country Camps from 1998-2003.

Read more about her bio and passion for running on our coaches page. Follow Malindi on her blog at Canadian Runner and Twitter @MalindiElmore as she trains towards the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Malindi is now accepting clients (both U.S. and Canada). To begin working with her, go to our private coaching page and sign up!

Get inspired! Watch Malindi win last year’s Harry Jerome International Track Classic in an epic finish!

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Ann Alyanak Joins Run SMART Coaching Staff

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!

Chris Miltenberg Named National Coach Of The Year

Big congrats to Run SMART coach Chris Miltenberg for being named the National Women’s Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association after bringing home Georgetown University’s first ever NCAA title in Women’s Cross Country.

On Monday, with Miltenberg at the helm, the Georgetown women’s cross country team won its first national championship in program history. A storybook ending to the season for Miltenberg, a 2003 graduate of Georgetown, to bring a national championship back to his alma mater where not only he competed, but so did his wife.

Mike Smith Featured In Running Times Article On Trail Running

Run SMART coach Mike Smith talks about transitioning to trail running and offers some great advice.

Smith, who coaches for the Jack Daniels-inspired Run S.M.A.R.T. Project, stresses the importance of practicing these pace changes.

“If I were training a road runner for a road race, I’d want them to become very comfortable at race pace. We’d practice until they could take a nap at race pace. But on the trails, this rhythm running won’t work. A trail runner must be very good at changing gears. They have to be used to running at a maximal effort but changing their pace significantly during the race.”

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Mike Smith And Jason Wolfe Win TransRockies Run

Big congrats to Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate Jason Wolfe for winning the Transrockies Run. The dynamic duo finished almost 22 minutes ahead of second place in 14:57:23.7 after 120 miles of running, nearly 25,000 feet of elevation gain and altitudes of over 12,500 ft.


Mike Smith And Teammate Leading Transrockies After Stage 2

Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate are leading and client Erin Strout moves up a spot after Stage 2 of the Transrockies Run. Check out the Stage 2 Report:

Vickburg-Twin Lakes Dam
13.4 miles/3200ft climbing

Here’s where our Run SMARTers stand after Stage 2:

  1. Mike Smith and teammate – 1st place, 4:12:30, ahead by 2:34
  2. Erin Strout – 6th place, 6:55:05 total
  3. Brianna Torres and teammate – 3rd place, 5:43:36, :56 behind second place

Full Results

Transrockies Stage 1

The report from Stage 1 of Transrockies is up now.

Buena Vista – Railway Bridge
20.8 Miles, 2500 feet climbing

We’re tracking three members of the Run SMART family this year. Here’s where they’re at after Stage 1:

  1. Run SMART coach Mike Smith and teammate – 1st place, 2:17:42, ahead by 3:55
  2. Run SMART client Erin Strout – 7th place, 3:49:58
  3. Run SMART videographer Brianna Torres and teammate – 2nd place, 3:04:42, 6:05 back from the lead

Full Results

Mike Smith Wins Whiskey Row Marathon

Run SMART coach Mike Smith won the 33rd Annual Whiskey Row Marathon and set a new course record this past weekend in Prescott, AZ. Smith was almost 20 minutes ahead of second place, finishing in 2:37:36 on one of the toughest courses in the country (full results).

Mike Smith Finishes 2nd At Chuckanut 50k

Run SMART coach Mike Smith finished runner-up at the Chuckanut 50k in a very competitive field. Smith, a relative new comer to the sport, hung on to the lead in his first ultra marathon until mile 22 when he got passed by eventual winner, Geoff Roes. Roes (3:41:52) and Smith (3:45:22) both beat the course record of 3:49:39 set by Andy Martin. Full results here.