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Custom Performance

opened its doors at 295 Madison in 2014, expanding with the Runners' Gym in 2016

We believe that we can do great things, and push our own boundaries in life and in running

We believe in achievement and fostering others' achievements

We believe in goals, plans, and education

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Running & Physical Therapy Specialists



Running & Physical Therapy Specialists


physical therapy, performance & recovery services for runners of all abilities

Our Mission: Empowerment Through Running

Our Vision: that all People Have The Opportunity To Experience Self-Transformation Through Running

why we are different

We are all certified running coaches

We relentlessly pursue greatness

We work as a team

We practice rigorous internal quality control

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"Who is RIGHT for me?"

At Custom Performance, you are partners with your therapist.

We ALL stick to the same principles when working with runners.
Not to worry: our staff is a close knit team, trained specifically to work with you!

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Cathlin Fitzgerald PT, DPT, CSCS is a Senior Physical Therapist and Running Consultant at Custom Performance. She graduated from Ithaca College with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) and went on to pursue further specialization in outpatient orthopedic and sports care, obtaining her CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), FMS (Functional Movement Screen), and CAFS (Certification in Applied Functional Science). She believes in a hands on approach, utilizing the latest manual techniques and functional corrective exercise. Cat is currently working to become a certified manual physical therapy specialist. She is an RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) Certified Coach and an avid runner, with experience running all distances. She is currently training for the 2018 NYC Marathon. Cat's favorite distance to race is 10 mile or half marathon.

Dr. Fitzgerald heads the Student Program, Continuing Education Program, and Quality Control.

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Kathleen Leninger, PT, DPT

Kathleen Leninger, PT, DPT, is a Physical Therapist and Running Consultant at Custom Performance. She graduated from Seton Hall University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). Kathleen believes in treating the whole runner, examining all aspects of one's lifestyle, as this influences both overall health and injury risk. She is expertly skilled in manual therapy, functional exercise, and is a Certified Pilates instructor. She incorporates Pilates and yoga techniques into her treatments. When she is not working, you can find Kathleen running the world or riding some trails. She is an RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) Certified Coach and an avid runner and triathlete, with experience running all distances. Kathleen ran her first NYC Marathon in 2017. Kathleen's favorite distance to race is the 10k.

Dr. Leninger heads Outreach Programming and Special Events.

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Lisbeth Hoyt, PT, DPT, CSCS is a Physical Therapist and Running Consultant at Custom Performance. She graduated from Rutgers University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Lisbeth enjoys working with athletes of all abilities and uses an effective combination of hands-on manual therapy and specific functional exercise to guide each patient to his or her specific goals. She is an active member of the local fitness community which allows her to tailor her treatments to each athlete's unique workout preferences. Lisbeth is continuing her education in additional speciality certifications. She is an RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) Certified Coach and an avid runner, with experience running all distances. She has run the NYC Marathon. Lisbeth's favorite distance to race is the half marathon.

Dr. Hoyt directs Productivity, Local Fitness Collaborations, and is the Blog Police.

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Gregory Laraia is an Athletic Trainer and Running Consultant at Custom Performance. Greg graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he was a student athlete on the Cross Country and Track teams. Greg is FMT Rocktape Certified and an RRCA Certified Coach. He remains a competitive runner in the New York area and can be seen out running on the city streets day or night. 

In collaboration with Custom Performance,  Greg recently launched Streets 101, a team on a mission to bring runners of all abilities together. In the runner's gym, during group classes, and in one-on-one sessions, Greg sees the untapped potential in every athlete and client. He works tirelessly, continuously tailoring individual training plans to help each individual achieve their goals. Greg's favorite distance to race is ANY distance!

Greg directs Streets 101 and Bread & Butter: Strength Essentials for Runners. He also heads Marketing and Social Media efforts.

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Wendy Winn, PT, OCS

Wendy Winn, PT, OCS directs Custom Performance. She has been practicing physical therapy for over 12 years. Wendy holds a BS in Rehabilitation Services from Springfield College and a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She has an advanced specialist certification in Orthopedics from the American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedic Certified Specialist). Other credentials include: ACSM HFi, USATF Coach, ART Practitioner, Graston certified. She has led wellness programming and speaks nationally on running-related topics. She serves as an expert contributor to leading fitness magazines and has instructed at programming at Equinox Fitness Training Institute, The Running Summit, and Bloomberg Wellness. While she no longer accepts new clients, she has created the standards of care at Custom Performance for all the staff, and actively develops best business practices and clinical guidelines for working with runners. She is an RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) Certified Coach and an avid runner, with experience running all distances. She has run the NYC Marathon twice (along with the Harrisburg Marathon due to Hurricane Sandy). Wendy's favorite distance to race is the 5k.

Wendy manages the team, the space and the vision for Custom Performance; leading by inspiring the staff to reach their highest potential.

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who are #empoweredbyrunning


who are #empoweredbyrunning


vinnie miliano


Three years after his first race he's chasing a Boston Qualifier in the most competitive G/AG as well as a sub-3:00 marathon. After this he has his sights set on getting back into Ultras and his first 140.6 distance Ironman Tri. Running changed his life for the better. Vinnie feels empowered by running because no matter what else is happening in his life, his training and his goals are my own. Every step of the way Vinnie is in control. Vinnie coaches at Mile High Run Club and runs team MRHC.

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jerlyn thomas


As a hobby, Jerlyn trains for triathlons and ultramarathons. She has done 5 ultras (first on snow and ice, -2 degrees and her furthest being 50 miles at the North Face Endurance Challenge). She’s currently training for NYC Triathlon and hopes to eventually do the half ironman on St. Criox where she grew up. Currently she is a digital Art Director in NYC. Follow her blog as well at

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Marnie kunz


Marnie Kunz is a lifelong runner, dating back to the days of baggy sweat pants, stopwatches and clunky running shoes. Running has offered as many mental benefits as physical for Marnie, helping her cope with many life challenges. Marnie enjoys spreading the running love with her company Runstreet, which leads art runs around NYC. Marnie is also a running coach. She loves circuits, track workouts and calisthenics training. Although she has run the NYC Marathon, Marnie is currently focusing on shorter races as she comes back from injury. She has her sights set on beating her college mile PR. When she's not running, Marnie is eating, Snapchatting or wandering around exploring the city's street art. 



An Oregon native, Darcy moved east 12 years ago to study interior architecture + design.  She started running 9 years ago, after dating a Nike pacer who gave her her first pair of running shoes. He didn’t last…but the running did! After many LONG nights in working at design offices, and midnight running commutes home, she joined SoulCycle’s design team, and finally found a place that brought together her love for design and fitness! When Darcy isn't designing SoulCycle studios on the west coast, she is directing unsanctioned running races in the New York City!  She is co-founder of Take the Bridge, New York's premier urban running race.  She has also served as President of the New York Harriers running club, and as running director of the Red Hook Crit 5K, the fastest 5-k race in New York City. Darcy is a nationally certified running coach who has trained dozens of runners as a pacer for Nike+ Run Club and coach for the New York Harriers. 

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Jessica bleeds black and gold, born and raised in the Steel City, Pittsburgh, PA. She has a background in both Materials Science Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and Broadcast Operations and Engineering from NBCUniversal, and always had a passion for sport.
Jessica's running resume spans the distance between the length of a triple jump runway to the Vermont 100 miler. Her first passion was track and field where she spent 9 years as a triple jumper and has since transitioned to the world of ultrarunning, completing 14 ultra marathons since 2012.
She coaches at Mile High Run Club and manages the Flywheel Chelsea Studio. In addition to Studio duties, she coaches for Nike+ Run Club, inspiring and challenging those running with NRC since Fall 2012. She has coached first time runners, influencers, and high profile athletes like Cynthia Erivo to her first Half Marathon (and everything in between).

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mirna valerio


Mirna Valerio, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is a Spanish teacher, diversity director, cross-country coach, ultrarunner, OCR enthusiast, and blogger. Mirna blogs about all things running appear at Fat Girl Running and in Women’s Running Magazine. Mirna's athletic story was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Runner’s World, on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, and on the CW Network. She is a global ambassador for Merrell, an ambassador for Skirt Sports, and an athlete for Swiftwick. She is married to Cito Nikiema, and together they have a basketball-loving teenage son, Rashid. She loves being in nature and frequently runs trails in the north Georgia mountains.

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After making a huge lifestyle shift, Matthew found his way into running and never looked back. Since then, he races everything from the Mile up through Ultra Marathons, and you can always catch him running around the city. Looking forward, he's got a big to-do list with the ultimate goal of a OTQ Marathon time. Matthew is a trainer and run coach here in NYC, and you can see him around Custom Performance as one of the coaches for Streets101 or leading Custom's Bread & Butter strength training classes. He feels empowered by running to always question what your limits are and redefine what is possible as an athlete. 

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Starting at an early age, running for Jess was all about speed. Throughout childhood and into middle school, every morning at 5:00am her dad would go on a long run and on the weekends, her older sister would join. The pace was relaxed but the distance (at the time) seemed unfathomable to Jess and as the middle child, she mostly opted out on the weekend run invitations. Fueled by sibling rivalry, she decided that distance could be their thing and speed would be hers. Jess lived on the track making it to multiple state championships and the varsity team throughout grade school / high school. After moving to NYC in 2008 for a position in the Fashion Industry, Jess wanted and needed to learn the city as efficiently as possible. Insert running here. Jess quickly learned lower Manhattan and became acquainted with the West Side Highway. Each run became a new journey and a distance challenge with the previous one. A 5K turned into a 10 miles which soon became bridge runs to other boroughs. She'll never forget underestimating the distance to and around Central Park which turned into a 22 mile run. It was that day she decided she was very capable of long distance running and while it started as a fun adventure, Jess was ready to get a little competitive in some races. Jess signed up for her first 1/2 marathon and full marathon in 2008 and has not looked back since. 
Fast forward to 10 years later and Jess' favorite day of the year is the NYC Marathon. In March 2018 she just completed a life changing event known as The Speed Project, has a few BQ races in the books and will return to Boston in 2019. Jess plans to break 3:14 with a secret goal to break 3:00 all together (some day). Jess was living The Devil Wears Prada life in fashion and realized that while she loved the people she was working with, the industry was not aligned with her goals and vision. Jess finds joy and passion in helping others and now is happily doing that as a Run Coach at Mile High Run Club and a Strength Coach at The Fortitude Strength Club (aka The Fort) in NYC. While Jess finds the joy in races and time goals, her first motive is the joy of the run and the journey that it brings.






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Custom Performance is the best running and sports physical therapy center in NYC. Our top physical therapists specialize in orthopedic injury treatments and running injury treatments including runners knee, overuse injuries, muscle strains, achilles injuries, hamstring strains, ITBand syndrome, tendonitis, low back, hip, and foot pain.