2x Olympic marathoner and American Record Holder RYAN HALL headlines an all-star line-up of elite athletes, renowned experts and top coaches to help prepare and motivate you for a new season.

The 2018 RACE-MANIA Summit & Expo will be Sunday, 3/25/18. Details below are from the 2017 event. This page will be updated with 2018 information by December 1, 2017.  

RACE-MANIA (formerly known as TRI-MANIA) offers endurance athletes a full day of informative and inspirational seminars on training, nutrition, injury prevention 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. Keynoting this year’s event is 2x Olympic marathoner and American record holder RYAN HALL. 


Other seminar speakers appearing at this year’s RACE-MANIA include:

  • Mark Allen, 6x IRONMAN World Champion and IRONMAN and USAT Hall of Fame inductee
  • Dr. Jordan Metzl, renowned sports medicine physician and IronStrength workout creator
  • Bob Seebohar, acclaimed sports dietician and founder of the metabollic efficiency concept
  • Dave McGillivray, endurance sports legend and Boston Marathon Race Director
  • Dr. Jeff Godin and Joe DiStefano, Spartan Racing master instructors
  • Debbie Livingston, elite trail runner and coach

All of the speakers below are presenting a seminar (see the schedule below). Check out the schedule of hands on clinics & workshops where some of the speakers above (e.g. Mark Allen, Bob Seebohar, Dave McGillivray) will also be speaking as well as other top speakers.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Register for the All Day Pass to attend all the seminars below. The All Day pass also gets you exclusive discounts on RACE-MANIA clinics & workshops, savings on races produced by Sun Multisport Events, a virtual goodie bag and more.



2017 SEMINAR SCHEDULE (presented in the BU Fit Rec Dance Theater)

As a coach of triathletes, cyclists, ultra runners, road runners and other endurance athletes for 20+ years, Coach Will Kirousis of Tri-Hard Endurance Coaching has encountered just about every challenge unsuspecting athletes can encounter. Many of these challenges can sneak up on athletes and sabotage their performance on race day. During this seminar, Will will review the most common mistakes athletes make, and give you strategies to avoid, mitigate, or fix problems as you build up to your peak race/s in 2017! Attendees will learn:

  • The most common training traps and how to avoid them
  • How to identify looming training traps before they become performance problems
  • How stress impacts your ability to adapt to and grow from the training you are doing

About your speaker: Will Kirousis is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Certified Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Certified Sports Nutritionist. He has 20 years of coaching experience including 16 as a full time endurance sports coach, and is focused on coaching AG cyclists, triathletes, runners and other endurance athletes. Will has coached AG athletes to world and national championships podiums in 6 disciplines between triathlon, cycling and mountain running and enjoys coaching athletes from beginner to elite – anyone wanting to and open to growing!

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Riding in a group can be daunting for the uninitiated, but it can also be a lot of fun once you learn how. Join 2012 MA State Master’s Road Champion, former pro triathlete, and multi-time Master’s National Pursuit World Champion Dean Phillips as he shares his experiences and tips on how to be a confident group and paceline rider. Whether you are a charity event or gran fondo rider looking to increase your speed or an age group triathlete aiming to compete in a draft-legal race, knowing how to ride in a group safely, intelligently and with confidence is your key to success and speed. Attendees of this seminar will learn:

  • How a peloton and paceline function and why
  • How to develop group riding skills safely
  • Proper group and paceline etiquette and how a racing and recreational peloton differ

Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a drawing for a pair of Corima Carbon Wheels and receive a coupon for $25 off a Fit Werx fitting.

About the speaker: Dean Phillips started his riding career as a triathlete, advancing through the age group ranks to hold a pro license. In 2010, Dean’s triathlon career was diverted due to running related injuries and he shifted gears and he started hill climbing, pursuing time trial records and road racing. As a road racer, Dean developed the pack riding skills needed to succeed quickly – winning the MA State Master’s Road Race Championship at the end of his second season. Dean currently holds multiple National and World Master’s championship titles in time trial, pursuit and team pursuit – coming within one second of a World Record at the 2016 Master’s World Championships in Manchester, England. Dean is co-owner of Fit Werx – Rider First Bike Fitting. Rider Matched Bike Sales.

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Bob Seebohar is one of the most respected experts in sports nutrition and in this presentation he will reveal the problems that counting calories poses. He will present information from research and real life to help the attendee understand the discrepancy when using calorie counting in their daily nutrition plan. Attendees will learn

  • How to structure a daily eating plan without using numbers.
  • The errors of calorie counting and calorie absorption.
  • Instinctual eating cues to help control hunger

About the speakerBob Seebohar is a renowned author, public speaker, and industry consultant. As a Sport Dietitian and High Performance Endurance Coach, Bob knows how to blend the science with real-life application to create a lifelong, positive relationship with food and sport. A thought leader in the field of sports nutrition, Bob created the concepts of Nutrition Periodization™ and Metabolic Efficiency™ and has published books on both.

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From training tips to equipment recommendations you will learn exactly what you need to do finish your first (or fifth) obstacle race happy, healthy and feeling unstoppable! This presenation will be led by Spartan Racing Master Instructors Jeff Godin, Ph. D and Joe DiStefano. A Master Instructor is the highest level of Spartan Coach and train a select group of individuals in how to train others to teach Spartan SGX and OS courses. Jeff (aka “Dr J”) is Head of Fitness Education and Joe is the first Spartan Global Master Instructor.

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Jeff Godin

Joe DiStefano





The kinetic chain is the tip to toe movement chain that is involved with every run stride, swim stroke, and tennis shot we hit. Known as “The Athlete’s Doctor” and regularly voted among the top sports medicine physicians in New York City, Dr. Jordan Metzl, will explain how all athletes can master the function of their kinetic chain to improve performance and avoid injury.  Dr. Metzl is the best-selling author of three books including Running Strong, The Exercise Cure and his most recent book, The Workout Prescription and maintains his practice at Hospital for Special Surgery, the country’s top orthopedic hospital with offices in New York City and Stamford, CT. Dr. Metzl also created the Ironstrength workout which has been featured on NBC’s Today show, and National Public Radio, and in Runner’s World magazine and the New York Times.

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In this presentation by 6x IRONMAN World Champion and IRONMAN University Master Coach Mark Allen, attendees will be taken through his journey from absolutely no running background to becoming one of the most potent runners ever in the sport of triathlon. He’ll explain the mistakes he made that held him back initially as well as the corrections that lead to years of injury-free running and how those lessons apply to each and every triathlete regardless of their goals or level of proficiency. Through stories and personal examples Mark will share how you can not only run fast, but run fast in a triathlon. Attendees will also learn:

  • The real truth about what enables someone to be a great runner
  • Principles of how to fast and efficiently
  • The difference between running a fast road race and running fast in a triathlon

About the Speaker: Mark Allen is a 6x IRONMAN World Champion, IRONMAN University Master Coach and head coach at Mark Allen Coaching. Mark is arguably the most successful triathlete of all time. He won the first ever ITU Olympic Distance World Championships in 1989, had a winning streak of 21 races at all distance from 1988-1990, and was voted The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time in a worldwide poll conducted by ESPN in 2012. Today he coaches athletes in over 50 countries, speaks to corporations and leads seminars throughout the world. Visit his website to lean more about his coaching and about an upcoming Fit Soul, Fit Body workshop he will be conducting with Brant Secunda at the Kripalu Institute in Massachusetts in April 2017.

What skills do you need to be a more effective open water swimmer? What techniques translate to swimming faster in open water? In this presentation Sue Sotir, USAT Level 2 coach with Breakthrough Performance Coaching, will identify targets for you to address in the pool that will translate to more efficient, more effective, faster open water swims. Attendees will learn:

  • How open water swimming differs from pool swimming
  • Technical skills specific to open water swimming and racing
  • Strategies to practice the open water techniques in the pool setting

About the Speaker: Susan Sotir of Breakthrough Performance Coaching has over 25 years of swim and triathlon coaching experience. She is a USAT Level II triathlon coach and has served as a swim specialist at the USA Triathlon Junior Elite Specialty Camp, the USA Triathlon Northeast Regional Development Camp, and The Northeast Collegiate Draft Legal Triathlon Camp. She has also worked with adult athletes from novice to professional level preparing for open water swim racing and triathlon events from sprint through Ironman distance. Susan has a PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology and is an Assistant Professor in the Exercise Science and Sport Studies department at Springfield College.

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Ryan Hall is one of the most accomplished long distance runners in American history. His storied career includes setting the official U.S. Half Marathon record at the 2007 Aramco Houston Half Marathon (59:43); competing for Team USA in the Olympic marathon in Beijing (2008) and London (2012); and placing in the top four at the Boston Marathon for three straight years (2009-2011) including a personal best (2:04:53) to place third in 2011 which stands as the fastest marathon for an American (not an official record due to Boston’s point-to-point, net-elevation-loss course). Hall most recently completed the 2017 World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days).

The keynote, “Ryan Hall: Then and Now” will be a Q&A moderated by Boston Marathon Race Director and endurance sports legend, Dave McGillivray, and dive into his career highs and lows, what’s inspired him over his historic career and what lies ahead. Attendees will be treated to an entertaining and insightful discussion with one of America’s all-time greatest runners.

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The World Marathon Challenge is an amazing logistical and physical challenge that requires athletes to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Organized by Global Running Adventures, the Challenge was first held in 2015 and saw 10 runners complete the task. In 2016, Becca Pizzi of Belmont, MA became the first American woman to complete the Challenge. In 2017, Ryan Hall completed the challenge and Mike Wardian shattered the previous world record for the Challenge finishing all 7 marathons in the Challenge in under 3 hours. In 2018 endurance sports legend and Boston Marathon Race Director will toe the line in the 2018 World Marathon Challenge. Attend this session to hear these accomplished long distance runners discuss why they did it, where they did it and how they did it.


What’s the secret to going up and down, faster and easier on the trails? Attend this presentation by Coach Al Lyman and elite trail and ultra-runner, Debbie Livingston. They will share their tips for handling the technical challenges on the trail with ease. This session is ideal for all level of trail runners from novice to experienced who want to go faster, as well as road runners who are thinking about diversifying their running regimen with some fun running through the woods.

About the speakers: Coach Al is the owner/founder of Pursuit Fitness, LLC and Pursuit Athletic Performance, LLC, and has been coaching athletes of all ability levels since 1999. Besides being Debbie’s coach, he also coaches 5x Ironman Age Group World Champion, Lisbeth Kenyon. As an athlete, Coach Al has learned a great deal about making the transition from road to trail, from the days of his 2:39 at Boston and his 9 Ironman finishes (3 in Kona) to his more recent Age-Group win in Florida at the Everglades Ultra. Debbie Livingston is an ultra runner, toga teacher and fitness instructor who has competed in trail running and ultrarunning events all over the world including 75 ultras and more than 160 trail races. She specializes in tough technical courses with mountainous terrain and is an 8x champion of the New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series.

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If you like long distance racing (3 hours or more) your body will go through a lot of changes on race day… changes that can lead to cramps, fatigue and exhaustion. In this presentation and Q&A session, Matt Miller of Base Performance will share tips on how to avoid these pitfalls while racing and training with proper nutrition.

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The 2016 IRONMAN World Championship television special unveils the intensity, emotion, physical demands and dramatic competition as more than 2,300 athletes representing 64 countries and territories swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles across rugged Hawaiian terrain, proving that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE®. A programming fixture on NBC since 1991, the IRONMAN World Championship special has garnered more than 50 Emmy Award nominations and won 16 Emmys along with many other accolades. This special commercial-free showing of the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship television program will take place at in the Dance Theater inside Boston University’s Fit Rec Center.

The television special viewing will be preceded by an introduction by IRONMAN. After the viewing attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of experts.




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