Ryan Bolton is the owner and founder of Bolton Endurance Sports Training (BEST). He is also the Founder/Director/Head Coach of The Haramabee Project based in Santa Fe, NM. After a successful college running career that included All-American and Academic All-American honors, Bolton entered the World of professional triathlon with a sole focus of competing in the Olympic Games. His running prowess combined with a strong background in both swimming and cycling provided the perfect foundation for a successful career as a professional triathlete. In 2000, Ryan represented the United States in the Sydney Olympics and then went on to compete at a top level in long course triathlon racing. His race resume includes many international victories in Olympic, Half, and Full Ironman distances.
Upon retirement from racing in 2004, Bolton enrolled in graduate school and received a M.S. in Human Nutrition, with an emphasis on stress metabolism in 2006. Combined with his B.A. in Exercise Physiology and long term background in endurance sports, this education provided Ryan with a perfect background for top level coaching. Currently, Ryan coaches World Class professional runners and triathletes, Olympians, and amateur runners, cyclists and triathletes from around the World. In 2009, Bolton formed The Harambee Project in Santa Fe, NM; a group of elite distance runners, including the 2015 Boston marathon champion, Caroline Rotich. Ryan also engages in speaking engagements and endurance sports camps domestically.
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Sarah is a 2006 graduate with a degree in Business Management. In the eight years following her graduation, she moved into a management position where she had the opportunity to not only manage and administrate, but to train her employees to do their jobs well. As a trainer, nothing was more exciting to her than to watch her employees understand the concepts being taught and to improve, flourish, and then pass on what they had learned to those coming up behind them. As an administrator, she knew the importance of the time and effort needed in planning, scheduling and communicating with employees. As a coach, she knows that these same principles apply.
Over the past year and a half, Sarah has been amazed to see her athletes start in one place and watch as they build strength, speed and endurance to end up at a completely different level. Nothing is more satisfying to her than watching the confidence in her clients improve and grow. She has witnessed how this changes their approach to training and gives them more courage to push past what they thought was originally impossible. Sarah never thought that she could have so much fun doing a sport; and she is even more passionate about being able to pass that on to others through coaching. Triathlon is a sport you must be persistent at, dedicated to, and enthusiastic about if you truly want to reach your potential.
Sarah’s hope is that younger kids and older adults alike will see that triathlon can be balanced between work and family and still be fun and challenging, but most of all rewarding. Sarah is a USATF L1 and USAT L1 certified coach and is in the process of getting her USAT Youth & Juniors Certification. She has competed in all triathlon distances – from Ironman events to local sprints, with many podium finishes. Sarah’s goal for 2016 is to qualify for the 70.3 World Championships for 2017!
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Tom Manzi is a certified USA Triathlon, Level II Coach, and has been coaching multisport endurance athletes, ranging from novice triathletes and duathletes to elite amateur and professional athletes, since 1997. Tom was mentored by his longtime friend and coaching colleague, Joe Friel and was the Director of Coaching for Joe’s Ulrafit Coaching business. Tom currently coaches athletes from North America and other parts of the world. Tom is also an age-group competitor in both triathlons and duathlons. He has won numerous awards in both local and regional races and has qualified for the USA Triathlon Age Group Championships every season since 1990.
Tom has ranked as high as fifth in the USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic age-group rankings. Tom has competed in over 200 triathlons since 1988. He completed seven Ironman-distance races – most notably the Hawaii Ironman. Tom enjoys running, swimming, and cycling at his home at the Jersey Shore. This location allows for easy access to long ocean swims during the summer months. .
Tom also owns a home in Southern Arizona where he conducts winter multisport training camps and clinics.
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Craig is a full time coach residing in the SE and has coached athletes as far as the UK and Canada. He has been coaching for over 10 years and racing multisport over 15 years. Each year at various long distance camps around the country, including camps on the IRONMAN Lake Placid course and IRONMAN Chattanooga course, and at frequent triathlon specific clinics he teaches on a full range of multisport topics. The focus is often on Run Biomechanics and Pacing.
His athletes have successfully completed IRONMAN Arizona, IRONMAN Louisville, IRONMAN Chattanooga and IRONMAN Florida and Long Distance courses Great Floridian and Beach to Battleship (B2B), now IRONMAN North Carolina.
Certifications and Accomplishments:
Current certifications include USAT Level 1 and IRONMAN Certified Coach. He is the 2015 Age Group (AG) National Champion in both the Sprint Triathlon and Long Course Duathlon and is the RRCA 5k and 10k AG Southeastern Champion. For 2015 he is an All American in both Age Group Triathlon and Duathlon. He is currently ranked number 1 in his AG in the Southeast and Alabama in both triathlon and duathlon. He has podiumed at all distances up through the half ironman distance and finished the Hawaii Ironman in a respectable 12:30.
Craig is an athlete centric coach. Athlete centric keeps the focus on creating customized plans based on the athlete’s goals, schedule, available time to train and abilities. His coaching focuses on the time constrained athlete who most often has a family and a busy career. Craig has coached elite age group athletes to top ten finishes at World Championships, beginners to their first IRONMAN finishes and Age Groupers to overall Sprint and Olympic distance finishes. Many of his athletes become podium finishers at all run and triathlon distances after training and following their personalized training plans consistently over time. Married with four children, now grown, he understand ‘time constrained’. At the time of the IM Hawaii accomplishment the four children were 14 and under and he traveled frequently for his corporate job. As your coach he will understand your constraints. Each week in Birmingham Alabama you can find the Coach Craig leading a Tuesday morning Run: Speed and Form workout for the local tri club and on Thursday morning a Bike to Run workout. Feel free to drop in!
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Stacee is a USAT & USAC Certified Coach. She has a lifetime of experience as an athlete and has competed in cycling and triathlon. She has been working with and coaching competitive and recreational athletes since 2008. Her knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology gives her a unique understanding of the human body and how to adapt workload and training stress to get the best out of each individual athlete she trains around the world. She has coached all levels from children, youth and adults. Many of these athletes have become Elite National and World Champions in the sport of triathlon.
Stacee is the Head Coach for Dare2tri and owner of Handcycle Chicago. She has been instrumental in the growth and coaching in the sport of Paratriathlon since its inception and introduction as an Olympic sport.
Australian based Swim Smooth Certified Coach – Stacee has studied under owner Paul Newsome since 2012 and has been one of the first US Certified coaches. She is expertly trained in under water video analysis and stroke correction as well as runs Australian Based Swim Squads for triathlon and open water instruction She also runs swim clinics across the U.S.
Stacee runs Power based Computrainer Classes in and around the Chicagoland area where she uses her knowledge of training and racing with power to increase speed and power output of athletes in the sport of cycling through a tested and proven method of classes using periodization training, bike fit, pedal stroke efficiency and technique as well as threshold testing to guarantee results.
Stacee’s coaching philosophy is based on passion for her athletes, love of the sport and helping her athletes stay healthy and train smart while creating balance in their lives.
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Veteran distance coach Jason Drake in entering his 21st year of coaching middle and long distance athletes. He is currently the Associate Head Track and Cross Country Coach at the University of Washington.
Drake is in his 7th year with the Washington staff, bringing two decades worth of experience coaching and recruiting many of the country’s best runners. Drake works with head coach Greg Metcalf to develop the men’s and women’s distance program, in addition to numerous other functions designed to continue the advancement of the Washington track and field program. In Drake’s six and a half seasons, Washington has qualified its women’s team to the NCAA Cross Country Championships every season, while the men made nationals in 2009, 2014, and 2015. On the track and cross course, 23 different distance runners have earned All-America honors since 2009. Some of Drake’s achievements at WSU included leading the men’s cross country squad to the NCAA Championships in 2006, its first national meet appearance in eight years and just the second since 1984. Drake mentored Haley Paul to a program-record 14th-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships and All-America honors. Three more Cougars earned All-American honors on the track under Drake, and Sara Trané won consecutive Pac-10 steeplechase titles in 2007 and 2008. He also coached Joe Abbott to the U.S. Junior 800m title in 2009.
In 1999, Drake founded the Colorado Elite Track Club, a nonprofit club for post-collegiate female middle and long distance runners. The club was home for several world-class runners including Shayne Culpepper (2000 Olympic team 1500m and two World Cross Country teams), Janet Trujillo (2002 World Cross Country team and fifth place in 2001 USATF 1500m Outdoor Championships), and Sarah Toland (2002 World Cross Country team).
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Ironman Certified Coach
USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach
USA Cycling Category 2 Coach
USA Cycling Certified Cyclocross Coach
USA Certified Mountain Bike Coach
USA Certified Road Bike Skills Instructor
Joe has spent the last 30 years training, racing and coaching. As an athlete, Joe has won many races including 3 state TT championships and 2 state Road Race Titles. In his racing career, Joe has been a member of the University of Wyoming Cycling team, OZ Cycling team, Big Shark Racing, & Natural Grocers Cycling team. Joe calls upon his vast experience as a former elite road racer, mountain biker, competitive swimmer and triathlete to help his athletes achieve their top performances. As a full time professional coach, Joe works with all abilities and backgrounds. Joe keeps up on all the latest technology trends and puts those into practice with athletes looking to get the best performance with power. He has also coached with the USAC Regional Talent ID program. This nationwide program helps the USAC to recognize athletes who, at an early age, show signs of potential future success in cycling. Athletes in this program are America’s top young cyclists and often get selected to national and international events. Joe frequently conducts skills clinics to help his athletes become better all-around riders, swimmers and runners. Other coaching skills include: Swim analysis, fitness testing, riding skills clinics, and motor pacing. In 2013, Joe was the co-founder of Inspired Training Center in Denver Colorado, an indoor cycling and performance center. In 2015, Joe has relocated to San Jose California and coaches athletes worldwide. If you are looking for better pacing strategy, working with power, improving your riding skills, or an annual training plan, contact him at email@example.com for a free consult.
If you are looking for better pacing strategy, working with power, improving your riding skills, or an annual training plan, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consult.
USATF Certified Level 1 Coach Dorota Gruca has been a professional distance runner for over twenty five years running races all over the world. She grew up in a rural village in Poland, shared time living in Poland and the U.S. since 1998 and has lived and trained in New Mexico, since 2009.
Dorota has held 2 Poland National Records in the 5K and 10K, won 15 Poland National titles and 10 Bronze and Silver finishes. In 2004 she won the Gran Marathon Pacifico in Mexico in a time of 2:28:48 – which is still the fastest time on record for women. Dorota qualified for and represented Poland in the European and World Championships including 2005 World Championships Marathon (Helsinki, 2:27:47 PR), and 2008 Beijing Olympics (2:33:32).
Dorota has also produced a very successful Masters career in the U.S., running 5K to Marathons since 2010 with 3-Peat wins in Carlsbad 5000 and Bloomsday 12K (2012-2014). She also became a founding board member of Las Cruces Running Club in 2011, was a volunteer Coach for the Las Cruces Running Group and also volunteered as High School Cross Country Coach, while pursing her Education Degree at New Mexico State University. She is currently enrolled at the University of New Mexico. Since moving to Albuquerque with her husband in 2014, Dorota has opened her home to Professional Athletes from Poland providing Sport Camp altitude training, accommodations, and personal coaching. Dorota is a USATF L1 Certified Coach since 2011 and competitive Masters Runner.
In 2015 she achieved her dream of running the Boston Marathon where she finished 3rd place Masters and now wants to help other runners achieve their own dreams and goals. In her time off Dorota enjoys exploring New Mexico and traveling.
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Robert Haviland holds a BS in Accounting, an AS in Physical Therapy and a MS in Exercise Physiology/Sports Performance& Rehab Science. Robert is also a C.S.C.S (certified strength/conditioning specialist), C.E.S (corrective exercise specialist), and C.N.C (certified nutritional consultant). In addition to being a Healthcare professional with 20 years experience in providing sports medicine, work hardening, aquatic, inpatient, outpatient and home-health rehab services for athletes, adults and geriatrics, Robert is an adjunct instructor at Indian River State College in the Physical Therapy department. Additionally, Robert is a Multi-Sport Performance Coach for Bolton Endurance Sports Training and Marine Safety Officer-Ocean rescue lifeguard. Robert’s athletic background includes being a former collegiate Division 1-AA football player, multiple USAT All-American Triathlete and 2-time World Championship Ironman Hawaii Qualifier and Ironman Florida finisher. Furthermore, Robert has won over 150 multi-sports events. Moreover, Robert also enjoys surfing, paddle-boarding, baseball and basketball.
Currently Robert is in pursuit of a PHD degree. Robert combines his knowledge, understanding and 30 years experience as a competitive triathlete and United States Lifesaving Ocean Lifeguard to develop safe, effective and customized training plans. Robert’s objective working with today’s typical multi-sport athlete is to promote a functional training program designed to address factors involving integrated balance, stability, mobility, movement efficiency, appropriate forms of flexibility, agile strength and neuromuscular control by training in different types of environments (stable to unstable) and training in different planes of motion (frontal, lateral, transverse).
In summation, the goal with each athlete is to build a solid foundation by developing strength/power gained through multiple joints and planes and reinforcing quality proprioceptive movement patterns that will create flexible, durable athletes.
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Eileen’s career started in laboratory research and developed into a very successful sales career. After completing her BS in Biology from Rutgers University, she continued researching The Neuroendocrine Control of Reproduction. One application of this research is to understand why elite female athletes hit puberty much later than their peers. After leaving Rutgers she worked for Degussa Corporation where they developed sold and implemented specialty software for the application of specific vitamins and amino acids. This experience has been integral to my deep understanding of sports nutrition, body systems, and recovery.
Eileen discovered Triathlon in 2004, placing 3rd female overall in the mountain bike division of the Chicago Triathlon. She was forever hooked. Other significant races and finishes include:
1st place: 2008 Chicago Cyclocross Cup Series
1st place: 2008 Illinois Cyclocross State Championship
1st place-2008 W-4 ABD 40k Team Time Trial
Top 3 finishes: 2008-2009 Cyclocross Season, 10 of 13 podium finishes
Top 3 finishes: Time Trials 2 person 40k and 4 person 60k
AG Triathlon podiums: Numerous Sprint, Olympic, Half Iron distance and Xterra Ironman Races: Ironman Lake Placid 2016
She plans to use her race experience and proven strategy to empower the triathletes she works with. Eileen has found with a little hard work, consistency and the right training program, one can make tremendous strides in endurance sports.
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B.E.S.T. Office Manager & Associate Coach
Melissa has been a part of Bolton Endurance Sports Training since day one. She was initially hired and continues in her capacity as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper, but because of her background in endurance sports and athletics as well as her coaching experience in prep sports she quickly became interested in coaching endurance athletes. Melissa’s experience in endurance sports is primarily in running and cycling. She has completed a couple of marathons, several half marathons and 10k’s, and was an active racer in the New Mexico Cycling circuit for several years. Because she never spent much time swimming, she never thought that triathlon was a possibility, but after being convinced by some friends she decided she would give it a go. The first thing she did was hire her coach, Ryan Bolton, who also gave her the confidence that she could certainly compete in triathlon. Under Ryan’s coaching, Melissa competed in her first Sprint Tri in 2015 and had successful seasons in 2015- 2016 competing in both the Sprint and Olympic distances. Her half marathon time has also improved significantly. She understands the importance of having the right coach and following their guidance to maximize your fitness potential.
Melissa’s first experience with coaching started in 2005 when she was hired as the assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach for one of the local high schools in Santa Fe. She served in this capacity for two seasons before transferring over to the volleyball program at the same high school for the next 6-years. This experience was invaluable and taught her many great lessons about preparing athletes physically, mentally and emotionally for competition.
Under Ryan’s mentorship, Melissa started coaching endurance athletes in 2016. She has been coaching triathletes, duathletes, cyclists and runners. Her greatest fulfillment in coaching is guiding her athletes to reach their full potential and watching them succeed on race day!
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Jim Dicker Jim retired from coaching in 2017 but remains an active and integral part of the BEST team. Jim’s consulting services are of tremendous value to the BEST organization and coaching staff.
Colleen Sager, M.S. Sport Psychology Consultant Colleen Sager, M.S. is the owner and founder of Mind Games Pro Performance Consulting and current Bolton Endurance Sports Training (BEST) staff Sports Psychology Consultant. While working towards her B.S. in Psychology at New Mexico State University (NMSU), she spent her spare time racing throughout New Mexico and Arizona for NMSU’s cycling team. Training her mind for athletics never occurred to her until her first 100-mile bike ride with her father, when she crashed mentally 60 miles in. When she returned to school after this particular ride, she researched Sport Psychology and immediately knew this was something she wanted to study. After earning her degree, Colleen attended Ithaca College where she studied Sport Psychology under one of the nation’s top sport psychology consultants – Greg Shelley.
While working towards her Master’s Degree, Colleen founded Mind Games Pro Performance Consulting and worked with a wide range of athletes and exercisers ranging in experience from beginner, to NCAA athletes. She has helped develop teams, build the confidence of individual athletes and instilled tools to help exercisers reach their goals.
Colleen can be reached at email@example.com.
Brad Perry, PT, MS, STS, FAAOMPT
Run Form Assessment Consultant
Brad Perry is a Physical Therapist, Kinesiologist & Endurance Coach who partners & owns five private orthopedic & sports medicine physical therapy facilities in the greater North Houston area – Kingwood Occupational and Physical Therapy. Brad developed a passion for sports early in high school & went on to become a college baseball player where he received All-Conference honors. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science and his Master’s degree in Science for Physical Therapy at Texas State University.
In his post-professional training, he acquired skills with the McKenzie Method, Kinesiotaping techniques, Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen & Selective Functional Movement Assessments, Movement System Impairments & Active Release Techniques. Brad became a Strength Training Specialist through the International Weightlifting Association and is also certified in Sportsmetrics through Cincinnati Sports Medicine.
Brad is a USA Triathlon-Certified Coach, USA Track & Field-Certified Coach, Slowtwitch Certified Running Coach and was a USAC-Certified Cycling Coach. In addition, Brad is an article contributor to USA Triathlon newsletters. As an endurance coach, he has developed several endurance athletes into USA Triathlon National qualifiers, International Triathlon Union World qualifiers, & a Boston Marathon qualifier. Brad also competed at USAT Nationals and went on to compete at the 2012 ITU World Championships in New Zealand.
As a Physical Therapist, he not only treats weekend warriors and age-group athletes but also takes care of college, elite & professional athletes. Brad received his Fellowship in Sports & Orthopedic manual therapy and is Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for Athlete Regeneration & is a Clinical Mentor for Evidence in Motion Fellowship. He enjoys teaching and is active with several universities as a clinical instructor. In addition, he is a Guest Lecturer for the Methodist Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency programs and speaks frequently at community functions, health professional events, and physical therapy seminars.
Brad can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.