Kids Run the Nation- (KRTN), is a customized running program for young athletes ages 4-14 (we are happy to accept 3 & 4 year olds who are eager to run too!), infused with a healthy dose of FUN!
Each session includes specific goals to help our young athletes run with better form; run more comfortably and gain confidence in themselves and their athletic ability.
Program Director/Head Coach:
Life long runner and running/sport enthusiast!
40+ years (really??!) of running and competing in races from 400m to 26.2 miles--along with many sprint & Olympic distance triathlons--and it's still a thrill every time I line up to race!
I am fortunate to have competed in some the biggest and best races in the country including the NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon, Marine Corps. Marathon, Country Music Half, Chicago Half literally hundreds of 5k & 10k race--and this area's own Wrightsville Beach Marathon--numerous times. I am extremely grateful for the fantastic coaching along the way that helped me achieve so many dreams & goals.
I am even more grateful for the opportunity to coach young athletes in the sport I love.
Coach (Racer Extraordinaire/2017 Boston Marathon Time 2:54:56)
I’m a runner and triathlete born and raised in England. I moved to Wilmington with my wife Clair in August 2015. We are both Elementary school teachers; I currently work at Alderman Elementary in 2nd Grade. Clair is 3rd Grade Teacher at The Friends School of Wilmington. I came quite late to running, and ran my first 10k in 2010 whilst living in South Korea with Clair. We were teaching English as a second language and embraced the running scene in South Korea: they are obsessive runners! More recently, I spent my last two years in England (2013-2015) training with a local Triathlon club, I completed numerous races at Sprint and Olympic distance. Highlights were racing in London at The ITU World Championship Sprints and completing Ironman 70.3 UK ( The toughest half distance course in the world- think 15% gradient hills!). After moving to Wilmington, I dedicated myself to running, joining the Wilmington Road Runners, breaking all my PRs (5k 16’56’’ and 10k 35’58’’- Cardinal Strut/ Half- 1’19’.36 - Battleship ). My career running highlight has been completing the Boston Marathon in both 2017 and 2018. I finished, last year, with a PR 2'54'56 in the howling wind and rain ..what an amazing race experience that was! This year, I'm switching back to triathlon; come and chat to me about my training for Ironman Texas in April! I love combining my elementary teaching experience with my passion for running and look forward to assisting Coach Billy, Andrew , Kristen and Claire in inspiring the next generation of runners.
Coach (and Ultra/Trail specialist)
Seeing kids find their strengths and grow into their highest potential as an athlete is why we do what we do!! As a former track and field and cross country athlete myself, I have a lot of diverse running experience under my belt. I have been running since I was a young child and grew a strong love for the sport during my middle and high school years. During my competitive running career I was nominated as the most valuable freshman in high school for track, most valuable runner during my sophomore year as a cross country athlete and most valuable runner my junior and senior years as a spring track athlete. I also hold a state champion title in the 4x800m relay as the anchor leg during my junior year in high school for spring track. After graduating high school I couldn't let go of the sport so I still run for fun and participate in a few 5k's here and there! I love working with Billy as a coach for the KRTN program.