SEMINARS

MIRINDA CARFRAE and TIMOTHY O’DONNELL as keynotes plus an all-star line-up of elite athletes, renowned experts and top coaches help prepare and motivate you for a new season.


RACE-MANIA offers endurance athletes a full day of informative and inspirational seminars on training, nutrition, injury prevention, trail running, open water swimming and more. Whether you are a recreational athlete or a serious competitor you’ll find tips and guidance to help you tackle your next event with greater confidence and smarts.

Online registration closes Saturday, 3/24, at 6pm EST.  Event day registrations will also be accepted at the following prices: All Day Pass: $7 (online registration: $5); Twilight Pass (admission after 2pm): Free.  Event day registrations exclude eligibility for the Grand Prize Giveaways, RACE-MANIA clinic discounts and race discounts from Sun Multisport Events.

The All Day Pass is just $5 and we donate 50% to the American Cancer Society. The All Day Pass not only gets you admission to all RACE-MANIA seminars but also unlocks great savings and other benefits and qualifies you for weekly giveaways that will start the week of January 7th and run to the week of March 18th. The earlier you register, the more chances you have to win! Additional giveaways will be awarded on the day of event and RACE-MANIA 2018 will conclude with the announcement of the winners of the following two Grand Prize Giveaways each worth $1,000+: (1) The ROKA Ultimate Triathlete’s Package and (2) The Marathon Sports Ultimate Runner’s Package.


2018 SEMINAR SCHEDULE (presented in the BU Fit Rec Dance Theater; 1 Farm to Fork Gran Fondo entry to be raffled off at 9:00am prior to the first seminar)

A Power meter can help transform you into a better cyclist, but only if you leverage the data it provides. This presentation will walk you through that process, from assessing your abilities to tracking progress to using the real time data for better race performance. Attendees will learn:

  • The steps to take for effective power training
  • How to use your power meter to assess your current abilities and to turn that into “actionable” training, specific to your targeted event.
  • How to track progress (beyond peak power data, key metrics – new and old) and stay on the trend towards improvement, allowing you to Peak for your most important event!

About the Speaker: Karen Mackin has over 25 years training and competing in endurance events including National and World Championships. She has 17 years of coaching experience and has been training and coaching athletes with Power since 2005 when she joined Hunter Allen (author of “Training and Racing with a Power Meter”) at the Peaks Coaching Group. She is a contributor to WKO4+, the most advanced power analysis software. Karen is also a Peaks Coaching Group Elite/Master Coach, a USAC Level 1 Power Certified Coach, LEOMO Motion Analysis Certified Coach, USAT Level 1 Coach, Junior Certified, USATF Level 1 Coach and an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer.

 

Chris Morgan brings 20+ years of international and national coaching experience to RACE-MANIA where he will share some of the new training strategies, equipment and race techniques he has used to help coach open water swimmers in all areas including Olympic 10k swimmers, Top 10 finishers in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Navy SEALs and English Channel finishers.

Join coach and athlete Colin Cook, a father of 4 with a full time job, a successful coaching business, as well as a 12x Ironman finisher (4x Ironman World Championships) to learn tips on how you can optimize your training, gain a competitive edge, and the be the best athlete you can be despite having a very busy lifestyle. Colin will give you ideas and takeaways that will help you to make sure you’re maximizing your training time, figuring out ways to get your training in, stay strong mentally, and have fun doing it.

About the Speaker: Colin Cook, head coach at Peak Tri Coaching,  is a USAT Certified Coach, Youth + Junior Certified Coach and Race Official. He’s also a Ironman certified coach, a 12x Ironman finisher (including 4x at the Ironman World Championships in Kona) and happily married and a father of 4 young kids.

 

Endurance athletes know the challenge of being physically prepared on race day. However, all too often, its the inner strength and the mental fortitude that gets you across the finish line. In this panel discussion moderated by long distance open water swimmer, Sean Riley of Swim with a Mission, panelists will explore the threads that bind their unique perspectives, and share insights and lessons learned from years of experience digging deep and finding that immeasurable inner strength to push forward, to overcome, and to win!

About James Olson: Former US Navy SEAL, Team Three, Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command, and now CEO of a medical device distribution company based in Massachusetts.

 

 

About Karen Smyers: Karen Smyers is one of the most accomplished athletes in the sport of triathlon and no stranger to adversity. A USA Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee (2009), her achievements include three World Championship titles (1990, 1995, 1996), six Professional National Champion titles (1990-1995), a gold medal at the Pan Am Games (1995), and 1st place in the IRONMAN World Championship (1995). She has also overcome cancer, being hit by an 18-wheeler, and having her hamstring severed by a shard of glass and remains active in the sport of triathlon as a coach and athlete.

About John Young: John Young was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. In an attempt to improve his health and fitness, John starting cycling in 2008 (at the age of 42) and then stumbled upon a video of Dick and Rick Hoyt, the father-son team, who have been competing in marathons and triathlons for more than 30 years. Following Dick’s and Rick’s mantra of “YES YOU CAN”, John entered and completed his first triathlon in 2009. Since then John has completed more than 50 triathlons, including ten half distance triathlons, 10 marathons (Boston x5 and NYC x3) and numerous half marathons. In October of 2016 he raced in Ironman Maryland, becoming the first person with dwarfism to race in an Ironman distance race.

 

 

If you’re training for the Boston Marathon or any other long distance running event your preparation will include logging significant miles and that last “long run”. Attend this session led by experienced long distance runner and President of the Community Running Club, Michael Phillips, as he discusses what the long run is, why it’s necessary and some of the bodily systems it effects. With that understanding, Michael will then discuss common and widely accepted recovery patterns that can help maximize adaptation and performance. Lastly, the presentation will touch briefly on when and how to use these principles to guide recovery after race efforts.

About the Speaker: Michael Phillips is an accomplished endurance runner who has completed more than 15 marathons and is currently preparing to toe the line at his 6th consecutive Boston Marathon this April. Curious by nature, Michael has become a student of the sport, researching and collecting information that he hopes will unlock his own and others’ potential. Balancing a busy professional and personal life, Michael still finds time to give back to the Greater Boston running community. As President of Community Running, an all comers running club that meets in Boston and Cambridge, he and his colleagues provide a welcoming atmosphere that encourages improvement.

We all know that moving forward is a good thing (right?), but sometimes we feel stuck—whether in our workouts and training, day job, family or careers. In this entertaining and motivating presentation by Meredith Atwood, attendees will learn how to recognize if (true) forward progress is happening in your life, and what to do about it when you are stuck.  If you lead a busy life and sometimes feel as if you are in a rut and need to know what’s next?, make sure you attend this session for ways to catapult and continue a trajectory towards progress in happiness, health and success.

About the Speaker: Meredith Atwood is a 4x IRONMAN triathlete, author, motivational speaker, writer for Triathlete magazine, and podcaster (“The Same 24 Hours Podcast”). She’s the founder of Tri*Fe Tri, which produces triathlon wear for the “every” woman—in sizes S to 4XL. She is also a USAT Level 1 and IRONMAN certified coach and writes at www.SwimBikeMom.com.

 

Today’s athletes have self-defined a “healthy” diet as being free from gluten, red meat, white sugar, food colors, additives, preservatives, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, etc., etc.. So how is a hungry exerciser supposed to eat for health, as well as for performance? This session will address the plethora of confusion about good/bad foods, macros, protein-carb balance, ketones, and dietary fats. You will learn how to create an effective, enjoyable and sustainable sports diet that fits your lifestyle so you can get the most out of your workouts, no sweat!

Attendees will leave Nancy’s presentation with:

  • A healthier perspective towards food
  • Sports nutrition updates regarding optimal balance of protein, carbs and fats
  • A plan to create an effective, enjoyable and sustainable sports diet

About the Speaker: Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Boast Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She counsels both competitive athletes and casual exercisers in her welcoming private practice in Newton, MA and has over 38 years of experience helping thousands of active clients—from “ordinary mortals” to Olympians—win with good nutrition. Her nutrition advice and photo have even graced the back of the Wheaties’ box! The best-selling Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook has sold over 600,000 copies. Clark writes a monthly nutrition column called The Athlete’s Kitchen, which appears regularly in over 100 sports and fitness publications and websites. In addition to inspiring athletic people to win with wise good nutrition, Nancy educates dietitians, trainers, coaches, and other health professionals about how to effectively teach the sports nutrition message. She co-leads a popular online Nutrition & Exercise workshop (www.NutritionSportsExerciseCEUs.com) with exercise physiologist John Ivy PhD.

 

Married in 2013 and new, proud parents in 2017, Mirinda Carfrae and Timothy O’Donnell are accomplished professional triathletes, great ambassadors for the sport and one of the nicest couples you will meet. We’re excited to welcome them to this year’s RACE-MANIA and honored to have Dave McGillivray moderate the Q&A Keynote.

About Mirinda Carfrae (Rinny): One of triathlon’s most popular athletes and a dominant force in long-course triathlons with more than 20 titles, Carfrae is a three-time IRONMAN World Champion (2010, 2013, 2014) and an IRONMAN 70.3 world champion (2007). Carfrae took a break from racing in 2017 to give birth to her first child, Isabelle (“Izzy”) Grace O’Donnell, but will return to racing in 2018 with an eye on competing at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in October.

About Timothy O’Donnell (TO): O’Donnell is one of the world’s most successful and experienced American long-course professional triathletes. A former ITU Long Distance World Champion (2009), he has earned 50+ podium finishes including over 20 wins at major events throughout the world. Among the wins are nine IRONMAN 70.3 victories, two IRONMAN distance wins, and six Armed Forces National Championships. At the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, O’Donnell has four top 10 finishes and was the top American in 2013 (5th) & 2015 (3rd). O’Donnell graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley.

About Dave McGillivray: Race director, philanthropist, motivational speaker, accomplished athlete. Dave McGillivray is a professional with a purpose. He’s the founder of DMSE Sports, a leader in sports event management, specializing in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is the recipient of  numerous awards including 2005 Running USA Hall of Champions, 2007 Runner’s World Heroes of Running Award, the 2010 Fleet Feet Lifetime Commitment to Running Award, 2010 Ron Burton Community Service Award, and the 2011 Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s 2011 100 list. He was also inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the prestigious “Jimmy Award” by the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for 30 years of contributing time and expertise to help raise millions for cancer research and treatment. In 2015, he received the MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named One of the 50 Most Influential People in Running by Runner’s World.

 

He’s an 9x competitor in the Ironman World Championship (best finish: 14th). He ran across the country (3,352 miles in 80 days). He’s Race Director for the world’s oldest and most famous marathon (Boston). With DMSE, he’s produced or consulted on more than 900 mass-participatory athletic events. And in January of 2018 he’s taking on the World Marathon Challenge which consists of 7 marathons, in 7 days on 7 continents. He’s the one and only Dave McGillivray. Attend “Defining Moments” and hear Dave translate his extraordinary life journeys and athletic achievements into life lessons in this motivational and entertaining presentation.

About the Speaker: Race director, philanthropist, motivational speaker, accomplished athlete. Dave McGillivray is a professional with a purpose. He’s the founder of DMSE Sports, a leader in sports event management, specializing in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is the recipient of  numerous awards including 2005 Running USA Hall of Champions, 2007 Runner’s World Heroes of Running Award, the 2010 Fleet Feet Lifetime Commitment to Running Award, 2010 Ron Burton Community Service Award, and the 2011 Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s 2011 100 list. He was also inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the prestigious “Jimmy Award” by the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for 30 years of contributing time and expertise to help raise millions for cancer research and treatment. In 2015, he received the MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named One of the 50 Most Influential People in Running by Runner’s World.

 

In this presentation by Wellness in Motion Boston founder Ian Nurse, attendees will learn training guidelines to help avoid the common overuse injuries that often come with endurance training. Ian will discuss the concept of load vs capacity and invite attendees to participate in a simple self-assessment that will give them a better understanding of where they stand in their training and whether or not they are headed toward injury — or could push themselves more. He will also discuss the “red flags” of injury and how to treat them.

About the Speaker: Ian Nurse is the founder of Wellness in Motion Boston and chiropractor for the the John Hancock Invited Elite Runners of the Boston Marathon. He is also a fully certified Active Release Techniques provider and a certified provider of the Graston Technique. An avid runner and member of the Boston Athletic Association., Ian has completed 22 marathons including 9 Bostons and owns a personal best marathon time of 2:25.

 

OK. So you’ve mastered a litany of 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and maybe even marathons, and now you’re asking yourself, “What’s next? What other challenges lie before me?” Well, how about an ultramarathon? This presentation given by professional runner and coach, Patrick Caron, will help you plan for the before, during and after stages of your first ultra experience, with discussion on training, recovery, nutrition, gear, and other tips and tricks to keep you on the move. The goal?  To ensure you complete your first ultra experience successfully and wanting to sign up for the next one on the car ride home!

Attendees of this session will learn:

  • How to pick a goal race and properly prepare for your first ultra attempt
  • How to train your brain and develop an effective mental strategy
  • How to fuel for success on race day and have a support crew in place to help you along the way

Just for attending! One lucky attendee will win a pair of Salomon trail running shoes!

About the Speaker: Patrick Caron is a professional mountain-ultra-trail runner for Salomon, hailing from the New England area. With an extreme love for running and competing at an early age, he has had numerous trail and road race wins over the years, including the 2017 USATF-New England Ultra Championships, the Pineland Farms 50-Miler, and the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Ghost Train 100, where he holds the course record of 13 hours, 50 minutes. Patrick’s enthusiasm for the sport extends beyond himself to others, with his role as a dedicated coach for the renowned Boston Bulldogs Running Club, a non-profit he helped launch to support those affected and in recovery from addiction, and his hometown fundraising initiatives to create the Bay Colony Rail Trail, a walking, running, and biking path open to all. Visit Patrick’s website or watch him run here.

Join long-time trail and ultra runner Josh Katzman for a primer on what makes trail running the most fun you can have in the woods with your sneakers on. As member of the Trail Animals Running Club (TARC) and co-founder of the TARC Trail Race Series, Josh has run trails all over New England (and the world!) and is eager to share his passion and experience with you, the “trail curious”. Attendees of this session will learn:

  • How trail running is different from road running and what that means for new-to-the-trail runners.
  • Where the best trails are for you… from friendly fireroads and scenic skips through the woods to hellacious hills and more.
  • Why any one who hasn’t gone for a run in the woods should consider it in the season ahead!

About the speaker: Josh Katzman is a long-time trail and ultra runner, who discovered the sport in his 20s. He is the co-founder of the Trail Animals Running Club Trail Series, one of the largest ultra-distance series in the country, and has several wins/course records at ultras throughout the region. He has run trails all over the world, but he is currently passionate about exploring areas closer to home, having recently launched Intrepid Academy at Hale Reservation in Westwood, MA an outdoor-semester school for students in the Boston Public Schools, where one of subjects is trail running. He loves to talk running, and can be reached at katzman.josh@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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