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.
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.
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.
NASM CPT, PES, and RRCA Run Coach ; 8X Marathon, 5X NYC Marathon // I discovered my passion for fitness when I was introduced to Barry’s in 2012. Becoming a trainer brought together my love for athletics, performing, and inspiring others. As a certified RRCA running coach who runs marathons, I strive to make a difference in people’s lives through my personal approach to training. I focus on structure; “quality over quantity” while pushing people past their limits using positive encouragement to reach their fitness goals and discover their inner athlete.
“STRIVE FOR PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION”
RRCA certified running coach Hollis Tuttle is a recent transplant from California. She brings a strong passion for fitness and a vast variety of experience with her to the East Coast. Hollis grew up in Northern California playing soccer and volleyball, but found her true calling in college when introduced to the sport of triathlon. While earning her degree in Nutritional Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Hollis was busy competing as a collegiate triathlete and feels honored to have raced as a Mustang for four years. Upon graduation, Hollis channeled her love of movement into group fitness classes, as both a student & instructor. Although she has taught a variety of disciplines (BodyPump, Pure Barre, indoor cycling, Barry's Bootcamp, and Orangetheory Fitness) she is best known as a Senior Coach at Mile High Run Club and CITYROW in New York City.
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 designladynyc.com
Amber loves running, pizza, happy hour...and running! She is a PUMA and SUUNTO sponsored athlete, and a celebrity fitness trainer at Barry's Bootcamp in New York City. She originally got her start as a performer in the Broadway theater world and transitioned her passion into the fitness scene. Amber is the co-founder of Brave Body Project (@bravebodyproject), a space for women to celebrate their strength and connect through their passion for fitness, body empowerment, and the pursuit of living a brave life. Amber loves tackling half marathons and anything less than that but has her sights on taking a crack at her first full marathon in the near future.
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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.
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.
Lindsey Clayton is a longtime New Yorker by way of New Hampshire. A former professional dancer, she found even more passion in a career in fitness 8 years ago and never looked back. Today, Lindsey is a PUMA and SUUNTO sponsored athlete, an RRCA certified run coach, a long-time instructor at Barry's Bootcamp NYC, and the co-founder of Brave Body Project: a company on a mission to inspire women connect through sweat, body empowerment, and the pursuit of living a brave life. For Lindsey, 5k races turned into 10k races, which turned into half marathons, which recently turned into her crossing the line of her first 26.2-mile race at the 2018 New York City Marathon. A strong advocate for the "middle-of-the-pack" runners, Lindsey wants to help people understand that running races doesn't have to be about finishing times and negative splits, but more about community, the joy running brings, and the heart that goes into it. Lindsey has served as a fitness contributor to the New York Times, Runner's World, Good Morning America, ABC News, Glamour, Shape, Self, Livestrong, Oxygen, Redbook, and Seventeen Magazine. She is so excited to be working with Custom Performance and has relied on their amazing team for years to keep her running strong and healthy!
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.