Kelly is the Training Coordinator and a Run Coach for Triangle Run Smart Training. She was formerly a Run Coach and Training Coordinator at Life Time in Cary, NC for 3 1/2 years, and is a stay at home mom to 3 young kids, who've participated in the run classes over the years. She’s a lifelong soccer player, turned into distance runner in 2005. She’s run too many half marathons to count, 2 full marathons, a 20-mile trail race twice, relay races, and many shorter distance races (road and trail). She has a passion for shorter distance speed work and trail running, though continues to try to master the longer distances, and absolutely loves coordinating anything running-related. She loves coaching and helping others reach and exceed their goals. Kelly is a certified RRCA Level I run coach. She is also CPR/First Aid certified.
Dave, a certified RRCA run coach, joined the coaching staff at PYRC after leading the Holly Springs Half and Full Marathon offsite training for Life Time Run. When not running the streets of Holly Springs or through the woods of Umstead in the early morning hours, Dave lives in Cary and works as a project manager for a healthcare IT company Allscripts. Some of his favorite running experiences have included his family who have gradually taken up running over the years and all now have completed at least one marathon. Whether running with his wife Marguerite in Richmond and around Shelly Lake, or accompanying his son Adam on his first marathon through Umstead in preparation for climbing Mt. Kilmanjaro, or crossing the Peak to Creek finish line with his daughter Anna on her first marathon, Dave knows that running is an important factor enhancing healthspan and maintaining a higher quality of life longer.
John is certified by the US Track & Field Association since 2018. He ran his first marathon in 1997 – the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. Completely dissatisfied with his performance, he returned to the same marathon in 1998, followed by the Lasalle Banks Chicago Marathon(s) in 1999 & 2000. John’s journey began with those four marathons followed by 20+ marathons, a number of half-marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks. He ran and finished his final marathon – the 120th Boston Marathon – in 2016.
John’s passion for running and now coaching is about profiling and understanding his athletes and to build the best plan that helps each maximize his/her efforts on race day through Speed, Endurance, and Recovery. He has coached over 40 runners who’ve run personal bests at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, Anthem Richmond Marathon/Half-Marathon, City of Oaks Half Marathon, Tobacco Road Half Marathon, plus others.
John’s Favorite Quote: “The lesson of running is to train well, and then have full faith in your training and show the proof in the race.” Eliud Kipchoge.
Patti Tiernan is a certified Run Coach, Personal Trainer and owner of PT’s Training where she has individual, small groups and virtual training sessions to meet the needs of every athlete. She enjoys and thrives on watching her runners achieve their goals through her individualized running plans. She has been running and competing in events for the past 25 years from 5Ks to Ultramarathons and Sprint Triathlons to Full Iron Distance…BUT her passion is running (usually long!) and helping other to experience the pure BLISS in it as well!
Coach Holly, a USATF and RRCA certified Running Coach, wants to share her joy of running with everyone she meets. Since 2012 Holly has been coaching athletes of all levels and ages, from Boston qualifying adults to 6-year-old children. Holly started the Apex Youth Run club with her colleague in 2015, volunteered as the lead coach for the Olive Chapel run club and built a Facebook community of adult runners aptly named the “Happy Runners”. Holly is also a 6th grade PE/School Success teacher at Grace Christian School.
Coach Holly is married and has 2 daughters. With the support of her family, she has raced numerous marathons including the Boston Marathon (2013 and 2019). Holly has also raced several ½ marathons and in 2019 she joined an ultra-team to run the Tuna 200-mile relay. Although a road marathon is her favorite race, recently Holly has found success with local single-track trail races.
As a coach, Holly strives to plan every run so athletes finish feeling strong, successful and happy. She knows from personal experience that being physically fit produces a positive outlook that will manifest itself into all areas of life. Her number one goal with our youth athletes is to make running fun.
Balaji is an RRCA certified run coach, with 3 + years of coaching experience with mostly kids / youth runners (beginners (couch to 5k) to those competing in school cross country races etc.). He is an active outdoor lover as far as he can remember, having played various sports since his school days. He is a cross-fit enthusiast and active long distance (Half / Full Marathons) runner for over 7 years now - having participated in over 50+ Half and Full Marathons (besides 5ks, 10ks & Spartan Hurdle races) and still counting :-). He does indulge in some Tennis (but not as much as he used to), having played USTA leagues (4.0 Singles) until he discovered his true love with long distance running. He trains both adults and kids, but enjoys working with middle school kids that are new to running and see them transform to healthy life habits.
Tara Wind is a long-time NC resident having been here almost 44 years. She has been running or participating in another sport such as triathlons or obstacle course racing for most of them. Tara has definitely found her comfortable spot in distance events, but ultimately just enjoys being active and chasing her 7 nieces and nephews. Outside of running, Tara is ECU faculty teaching in the Department of Nutrition Science, which pairs nicely with her love of running.