John was born and grew up in Lebanon, PA. He went to Cornell University where he earned a degree in Hotel Administration and more importantly met his wife Katie. John started running in 1980 and has run more or less continuously for the last 30 years. His best years of racing were 1992-1995 while coached by Charles Torpey. John began coaching in 1995 when he took over a Diabetes Association group training for the Dublin Marathon. That experience sparked an interest in coaching that has grown steadily. John has coached high school cross country and track in Minnesota and Arizona and coached post collegiate athletes while living in Maryland, Texas and Arizona. John's currently coaches 40 post collegiate athletes most of whom live in Phoenix, leads the Sonoran Distance Project, volunteers as massage therapist for the Paradise Valley Community College cross country and track team and co-directs the Southwest Spine and Sports Mountain to Fountain 15k. Additionally, John is the coach for the Phoenix Free Soles and is a Brooks I.D. coach. In his free time he tries to get his son to put down the iPad and rides quarter horses.
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Cristin Van Driel
Cristin finds no greater joy than helping runners discover their path in running, whether going from walking to their first sustained run or achieving a personal best in a race. A USA Track & Field Certified Coach with over a decade of coaching experience at all ages and abilities and eight years of personal training experience coaching individual athletes; the individual attention to each one is what she feels is her greatest asset. The communication between athlete and coach is crucial to success and developing each athlete with their unique goals fit to their lifestyle guarantees success for progressive improvement of their established goals. Cristin works with runners just starting to run and those working to get faster and shave precious seconds of their race pace. Whether looking for a monthly plan, weekly workouts, race schedule planning, or a few sessions to work on running form and functional strength, she can help you become a more effective and faster runner. Contact Cristin at firstname.lastname@example.org , Ph 262-389-1314 or www.cristinvandriel.com