Team for Kids runners, meet your 2016 New York Road Runners Team for Kids United Airlines NYC Half coaches: Michael, Vinny, Laura, Mary, Kim, Glen, and Andy!
Michael is a Physical Therapist and is the founder of Finish Line Physical in NYC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Hogeschool Enschede in the Netherlands in 1997. Michael is recognized as a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) through the internationally acclaimed Gray Institute.
Michael is passionate about endurance sports, both as a participant and coach. He ran his first marathon in 1998 (NYC, of course). Since then, he has completed 25 marathons as well as the Lake Placid Ironman three times. He’s been a member of New York Road Runners since 1998 and has competed in countless running events and triathlons over the years.
Michael has also served as the Head Coach for the NYC chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Team in Training program since 2002. Michael has trained thousands of runners, from beginners to advanced marathoners. His valuable advice and expertise have helped countless runners prevent or overcome injuries, allowing them to reach their goals of completing a half or full marathon. Michael’s experience as an accomplished athlete and coach gives him a unique perspective and understanding of how to provide the best care for both the competitive and recreational athlete.
Michael and his wife Wendy live in New Rochelle, NY with their two year old daughter Avery and their 12 year old dog Miles. They are expecting their second child in April of 2016.
Welcome to Team for Kids, let me start off by saying that you made the right choice when deciding to join our team. I ran my first NYC Marathon with TFK in 2007—after losing 150 pounds and this was only the beginning of my journey. The following year, I joined the TFK coaching staff, and the rest as they say is history. Since then, I have completed over 22 marathons, competed in various triathlon distances including my fist 70.3 Ironman. But most importantly I have been fortunate enough to be able to share my love of running and fitness to whoever is willing to listen. My goal as a coach is to be able to help our team members cross what ever finishline they are training for.
I feel that I understand TFK’s mission better than most, thanks to my own weight loss journey. When I’m not training, racing or coaching, or finishing my MBA in Graduate school – I spend most of my spare time running after my six-year-old twins.
As always Happy Running 🙂
Coach Skinny Vinny
Laura is a USATF Level 1 Track & Field certified coach. She began her running career in high school, as the very slowest runner on the ski team, and continued on to compete in Division I track, cross country and rowing at George Washington University.
Laura has coached and led 10 mile and marathon training programs, as well as led small group runs. Outside of running, she has instructed rowing, swimming and skiing courses. She is a member of the Young Professionals Board of Back On My Feet, a non-profit dedicated to using running to help those experiencing homelessness.
Laura has completed 11 marathons and enjoys incorporating cross training for added strength and injury prevention. She believes sports have the power to transform lives and is excited to be a part of the Team for Kids coaching team that helps runners to cross the TCS New York City Marathon finish line.
I love running and cannot wait to share my enthusiasm and pure joy for running with all of you. I started running in the Wall Street runs of the 1980s and slowly, but surely started running the longer races from 10ks, to a half, then to full marathons, from 200 mile relays to 120 mile stage races.
I joined TFK in 2012 and received my RRCA Coaching Certificate as an Adult Distance Running Coach in 2014. I have run 5 New York City Marathons, two Chicago Marathons, Two Boston Marathons, the Palm Beach Marathon and Paris, Prague, Venice and Dublin Marathons. Each race and with each run I learn something new about how to run, something about myself, and something about the community of my fellow runners.
I look forward to sharing my experiences and being part of this great Team for Kids community.
Coach Kim returns for a fifth year with Team for Kids and is thrilled to once again join the dedicated members of the TFK community. Kim is certified as a Personal Trainer and as a Pre/Post Natal Coach through the American Council on Exercise, and she is a certified distance running coach via the Road Runners Club of America. With certificates in nutritional counseling from ACE, officiation from USATF (level 1), physiology from Duke University, and exercise prescription from Harvard Medical School, Kim works tenuously to maintain a fresh perspective on general exercise, running, and overall long-term health.
Coach Kim has six marathons under her belt: three in New York City, the others in Paris, Bermuda, and the Hamptons. She’s run countless half marathons, 10K’s, 4-milers, and 5K’s. And Kim has been an active running member of the NYRR since moving to New York City from Virginia in 1996. Prior to 1996, Kim was a bookworm. She had zero experience with physical competition, running, or fitness. She arrived in New York with a profession but needed to figure out a way to stay healthy, to stay strong, to be the best person she could be. And she found running.
Kim’s philosophy for running revolves around simple ideas. She believes that running, that moving forward, is what the human body is naturally meant to do every single day. To go somewhere. To get to the next place. To maximize your ability to do this, runners need to confront the reality of their sedentary bodies and focus on key functional priorities. Coach Kim is a big fan of barefoot workouts for stability, and she’s done more than a few runs in her bare feet in Manhattan. However, she’ll be the first to tell you that each person is different, and she is honored to help each member of the team navigate the multitude of issues to determine the best possible training and gear plan.
Coach Kim isn’t around quite as much as she’d like. Her non-Team for Kids time is spent running the corporate and personal exercise company, inSHAPE Fitness. In business since 1997 inSHAPE has worked with thousands of NYer’s to get fit at home or at the office, and they are in the process of moving into the mobile exercise space with inMOTION Workouts on Demand. Kim is also the mom to an upcoming First Grader at PS191 on the Upper West Side and serves as the Vice President of the PTA at that school. Finally, Kim was recently elected to serve on the Community Educational Council of the city’s Third School District. However, she remains supremely devoted to and excited for this upcoming marathon season.
Glen is a life-long runner with an undeniable passion for the sport and coaching others. He is a former collegiate runner who 25 years later turned his attention to running longer distances. Over the past ten years, Glen has run 25 marathons including Boston five times, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Since turning 50, he has achieved a marathon PR of 3:12 and a half marathon PR of 1:29.
Glen began coaching with TFK in 2008. He believes that coaching is an art based on science. Blending the latest scientific pronouncements with proven coaching philosophies, Glen works closely with runners of all abilities to help them achieve goals they never thought possible.
He is a Road Runner’s Club of America and Jack Daniel’s VDOT certified coach. In 2012 Glen was accepted into a prestigious USA Track & Field coaching program and was awarded certification as USA Track & Field Level 2 Endurance Coach.
A lawyer by trade, Glen works as an arbitrator for New York State and is a former two term president of the New York Flyers running club. Glen is also the founder and former director of the Flyers’ Marathon Training Program and the creator of the famous Three Bridges Marathon Training Runs.
Andy earned an undergraduate degree in theatre from the University of Texas at Austin and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University. He previously worked as Finish Line’s first PT aide in 2010 after the clinic moved to the current facility in Chelsea, left to go to PT school and returned as a full-time physical therapist in 2014. He is recognized as a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) through the internationally acclaimed Gray Institute.
Movement has always been a big part of Andy’s life–from teaching theater in Texas after college to working as an academic coordinator for the Theatre and Dance Department at UC San Diego to spending many hours in movement courses for actors during his time in theatre. A runner in high school, Andy has since completed 2 Ironman triathlons, 3 marathons, 10 Half Ironman/70.3 races, numerous half marathons, Olympic and sprint distance triathlons and a few trail running races.
While in PT school, Andy volunteered with Fit Kids for Life, a program to combat childhood obesity, in addition to starting a triathlon club at Stony Brook. He also coached cyclists and triathletes on the Computrainer system under the tutelage of Earl Walton at Tailwind Endurance. He now comes full circle “to return to a place that is like a second home and has always inspired me to become a better and smarter PT. I’m excited to help patients achieve their goals of becoming faster, healthier athletes through finding balance in their training plans.”