Greenville, NC, North Carolina | http://www.coachchoo.com
|Primary Discipline(s)||Road Running, Trail Running, Track and Field, Hiking|
|Bucket List Race||USATF T&F Masters championship|
|Post-Race Drink||GU Energy Roctane, Beer!|
|Off-Day Activity||mountain bike or hiking|
Most people know me as "Coach Choo". My success as a runner and coach has made me somewhat of an iconic running guru here in eastern North Carolina. My visibility as a runner, coach and community leader has made me well known throughout North Carolina and I've got a large network of runners and coaches that spans the United States.
My 45 year running background includes both major events and many local circuit races. My early years, racing for Asics, I competed in several RRCA national championship events. In my later years I raced on the USATF circuit, placing as a master in several state championship races. I've raced the Boston Marathon (3 times) and New York City Marathon, but most of my success has been at the 10k distance (winning age group awards in large races like Atlanta Peachtree and Cooper River Bridge Run). USATF has recognized me as Master's All American each of the past 10 years. At 57 I still occasionally win a race (nearly 2 dozen wins since age 50), but mostly battle for masters and age group awards :)
My coaching career started right out of college, and I was head women's Track & XC coach at East Carolina University at age 28. I stepped away from coaching when my children were school age, then returned to coaching at the high school level when my kids were competing. At DH Conley HS we've built the top XC program in Eastern North Carolina, winning conference & regional championships and consistently finishing in the top 10 in the state. I've been fortunate to win Coach of the year honors at both the collegiate and high levels. In addition to coaching I have directed many large events including the NCAA regional championships (4 times) and host the Bo Run (largest XC meet in Eastern NC with over 1200 High school, middle school and community runners). Brooks Running recognized as member of their ID (Inspire Daily) Coaches program.
My recent retirement teaching at the University has given me more time to devote to running, coaching, community involvement and travel. My plan is compete for a few years years on the national level as a master's runner. I'm a regular at the local community runs and active in the local running clubs. Coaches, runners, as well as non-runners routinely seek me out for advice on training, racing, injuries and running related products for themselves and their families. I plan to blog more and to create a regular series of videos related to running and coaching.
Thanks to my visibility I've been an ambassador for GU Energy Labs ("Salty's Squad" 8 years running), Brooks Running "Run Happy Team", Medi-Dyne and Orange Mud.