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 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.

The initial line-up of speakers includes:

  • Meredith Atwood, the “Swim Bike Mom”, motivational speaker, writer, podcaster, USAT and Ironman certified coach and founder of Tri*Fe
  • Nancy Clark, Registered Dietician (RD), Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), best-selling author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook
  • Colin Cook, head coach at Peak Triathlon Coaching, USAT and Ironman Certified Coach, 12x Ironman finisher, President of Northeast Multisport Triathlon Club
  • Ian Nurse, D.C, founder Wellness in Motion Boston, chiropractor for the the John Hancock Invited Elite Runners of the Boston Marathon
  • Dr. Bill Pierce, Director of the Furman Institute of Running & Scientific Training, author of Runner’s World Run Less, Run Faster and Runner’s World magazine “supercoach”
  • Karen Smyers, Ironman World Champion, 3x ITU Triathlon World Champion and USA Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee

Additional speakers and seminar topics and descriptions coming soon!

Registration is now open and registration not only gets you admission to RACE-MANIA seminars but also qualifes 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)

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.


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This panel discussion featuring Navy SEAL James Olson, Ironman World Champion Karen Smyers and long distance open water swimmer Sean Riley, will explore the similarities between the rigor, discipline and drive of the Navy SEALs and high performing athletes. Navy SEAL James Olson will share his insights on how SEALs are able to push themselves mentally and physically way beyond what their minds and bodies want and how athletes can adopt and apply this skill to better themselves and their race performance. Time will be reserved for attendees to ask questions of the panelists. This panel will be moderated by Phillip Taub, co-Director of Swim With A Mission, a charity that supports and honors Veterans.

The presentation includes a description of the training principles and philosophy of the Furman Institute of Running & Scientific Training (FIRST). The FIRST program emphasizes quality over quantity and offers how to become a faster runner with the 3-runs-a-week training program coupled with cross training. The program focuses on minimizing the risk of injury and fitting quality training into runners’ busy lives. Attendees will learn:

  • The importance of having a purpose and goal for each training run.
  • The importance of training at different distances and paces.
  • How cross training, strength training, and stretching can supplement long distance training.

About the Speaker: Dr. Bill Pierce, professor of Health Sciences at Furman University and Director of the Furman Institute of Running & Scientific Training (FIRST) is the lead author of Runner’s World Run Less Run Farther and Runner’s Works Train Smart Run Forever. He is an experienced marathoner and listed as a marathon supercoach by Runner’s World magazine.


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


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 ( with exercise physiologist John Ivy PhD.


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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.


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