A full day of informative and inspirational seminar presentations from top coaches and experts on training, nutrition, injury-prevention and more including this year’s keynote featuring 2022 IRONMAN World Champion Chelsea Sodaro!
RACE-MANIA offers endurance athletes a full day of educational presentations on training, nutrition, injury prevention, 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. RACE-MANIA takes place Sunday, 3/12/23, at the Boston University Fit Rec Center in Boston, MA.
2023 SEMINAR SCHEDULE (presented in the BU Fit Rec Dance Theater)
9:00am-9:40am: Becoming A Successful Time Crunched Endurance Athlete, Presented by Colin Cook, Triathlon coach and 7x Ironman World Championship finisher: (+)
Think you’re time crunched and don’t have the time for endurance events? Think again! Top ranked age group triathlete/Coach Colin Cook will help you learn how you can be a successful endurance athlete, despite living a very busy lifestyle.
Presented by: Colin Cook — Proud Father of 4 (Currently 10, 8, 6, and 5 years old), Tech Geek For a Cyber Security Company, Triathlon Coach (USAT LII, Ironman, USAT Youth & Junior Certified Coach), Wellness Center Owner – Peak Recovery And Health Center in Manchester, NH Competitive Age Group Triathlete – Ranked #1 in USAT’s Men’s 40-44 Age Group in 2022, 19x IM Finisher, 7x Ironman World Championship finisher, NorthEast MultiSport Triathlon Club President, Cohost of the Age Grouper For Life Podcast, Certified Mental Performance Coach and Youth Sports Coach
9:45am-10:10am: The TB12 Method and the Race Athlete
Presented by James J. Castrello, MS, ATC, CSCS Head Body Coach TB12 Foxboro and Matt Denning, DPT, CSCS Head Body Coach TB12 Boston (+)
Keep doing the things you love for longer! This seminar is an introduction to the TB12 Method and its application to the racing athlete. We will discuss the 5 Pillars of the TB12 Method: Pliability, Hydration, Nutrition, Cognitive Fitness and functional strength and conditioning. Attendees will learn effective ways to improve their performance and recovery through utilization of the TB12 Method and its pillars. As well as ways to identify and prevent potential pitfalls and injuries down the road and tools to improve overall health and wellbeing, as well as, to continue to perform at their best for longer.
Presented by: James J. Castrello, MS, ATC, CSCS Head Body Coach TB12 Foxboro and Matt Denning, DPT, CSCS Head Body Coach TB12 Boston
10:15am-10:40am: Fueling for Racing and Recovery: What, When and How, Presented by Anne Rollins, dietitian and founder of embodyFitness (+)
During this seminar, we will cover what to eat during race week, morning of, during the race and what to have for recovery for various race distances for various running and triathlon distances. This information is for both new athletes, as well as seasoned athletes who may have some race nutrition habits that could be adjusted for improved performance.
Presented by: Anne Rollins, founder of embodyFitness, an online personal coaching organization offering programs in fitness and health, helps individuals move from rollercoaster dieting and exhaustion to an energized sustainably healthy lifestyle.
As a dietitian for QT2 SyStems and the Core Diet, Anne supports athletes with day to day healthful eating as well as race fueling and performance based weight management.
Anne received her Master of Science, Nutrition and Dietetics from NYU, is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist in the state of Massachusetts, a USAT certified Level 1 Coach and Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor and Mindset Coach.
10:45am-11:10am: Foundational Health for Runners: The Key to Performance
Presented by Michael Silva, creator of RUNstrong®, and founder of FOUNDATIONperformance Sports Medicine (+)
Every runner has similar goals: run faster, run longer, and don’t get hurt. There is so much advice out there on how to attain these goals. Is it new sneakers, changing your form, or better training programs? After 20 years of working with runners, I realized we are overlooking THE most important thing…Foundational Health. Learn how to get more out of your training, recover faster, perform better, and reduce chance of injury and sickness. All athletes need to learn how to build their health foundation so don’t miss this session!
Presented by: Michael Silva is the creator of RUNstrong®, a comprehensive conditioning program for runners, and founder of FOUNDATIONperformance Sports Medicine, a 20-year, multi-state physical therapy practice. He is a physical therapist, exercise physiologist, and certified strength and conditioning specialist who has been training and creating exercise programs for people of all levels since 1994, and an has been an orthopedic / sports physical therapist since 1999. Most of his career has been in rehabilitating and preventing injuries in the distance running world. He recently sold his physical therapy practice which is allowing Michael to focus his time on working with runners and coaches outside of the healthcare system.
Michael’s expertise has made him a sought-after clinician, consultant, guest speaker, and writer in the competitive running world throughout New England and beyond. He has worked with Olympic runners from 4 different countries. Some of his notable clients are Molly Huddle, Emily Sisson, Johnny Gregorek, Kim Smith, Amy Rudolph, Marc Carroll, and more. He has presented on topics related to distance running and injuries all over the country and ranked as the #1 presenter in several conferences.
11:15am-11:40am: Unleash Your Mind, Unleash Your Potential: A Path to Success in Sport, presented by Emily Saul, founder of E Saul Movement, Sport Psychology Coach and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (+)
Often overlooked in the pursuit of discovering your athletic potential is the mental aspect of training. Training for sport and performance typically focuses on the physical: fitness, technique, endurance, strength, and even gear & technology. Yet, your mind is one of the most powerful tools you have to level up, to unleash your potential, and to perform at your best. This thought-provoking and engaging talk will help you dial into mental strengths, guide you toward tools for navigating the pressure and anxiety associated with difficult training & race day, and encourage you to show up at the starting line with the mindset you need to be your best.
Presented by: Emily Saul is a Sport Psychology Coach and founder of E Saul Movement, holds a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has a deep desire to help people integrate their athlete-selves and human-selves, to find and unleash the potential inside of them. She deeply enjoys her private practice working with athletes from a wide variety of sports, including a strong breadth of runners. She led the November Project in Boston for eight years, a free fitness movement, where she motivated and challenged athletes of all ability levels and walks of life to engage in and get the most out of fitness while harnessing the power of community. She was a Division I collegiate rower, coached Strength & Conditioning at Harvard for seven years, and is an avid marathon runner on road and trail. Her TEDxBoston talk teaches about the power of developing a practice by sharing lessons from her own 10+ years of daily pushups. She also spent a decade as a facilitator and educator on the relationship between trauma and play in children’s lives, at the Life is Good Playmakers, a non-profit organization based in Boston. She has a unique perspective on the essential role that movement plays in human well-being, and offers an important voice to the conversation about how we use movement to foster growth and connection, and to establish new norms of living meaningful lives.
11:45am-12:10pm: Making Endurance Sports Accessible, Presented by Brendan Aylward, owner of Unified Health and Performance and Executive Director of AdaptX and Kyle Robidoux, visually impaired endurance athlete and former director of United in Stride (+)
In this presentation, Brendan and Kyle discuss strategies to design more accessible events and how you can support the inclusion of adaptive athletes, including strategies to support athletes with visual impairments and organizations that you can become involved with to promote inclusion in endurance sports.
Presented by: Brendan Aylward is the owner of Unified Health and Performance, an inclusive strength and conditioning facility in Massachusetts, and the Executive Director of AdaptX, an education and research-oriented non-profit with a mission to make the fitness industry accessible for individuals of all abilities. As an athlete, he’s completed more than 100 races with Team Hoyt New England, pushing his friend, Jacob. The duo will be attempting to qualify for the Boston Marathon this Spring at the Martha’s Vineyard Marathon.
Kyle Robidoux is an endurance athlete who runs ultra-marathons, hikes, and alpine skis. He is the former director of United in Stride and has worked and played in the adaptive sports space for 15 years. Kyle is a sponsored athlete with Athletic Brewing Company, Ultimate Direction, and Topo Athletic. He has completed 5 100-mile races and 8 Boston Marathons.
12:15pm-12:40pm: Boston Marathon – 50 Years Running
Presented by Dave McGillvray, Boston Marathon Race Director and endurance sports legend (+)
Boston Marathon race director and participant Dave McGillivray shares his personal experiences running the Marathon for the past 50 years as well as directing. Listen to Dave recall what it has been like running the marathon at night for the past 35 years and being the last finisher each year including the highlights and challenging moments.
Presented by: Dave McGillivray Race Director, philanthropist, motivational speaker, accomplished athlete. Dave McGillivray is a professional with a purpose. From his extraordinary 1978 run across the U.S. to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to serving as technical director then race director of the BAA Boston Marathon since the 1980s, McGillivray has helped organize more than 1,400 mass participatory events since founding DMSE Sports in 1981, while raising millions for worthy causes close to his heart.
1:00pm-2:00pm: KEYNOTE — A Q&A with 2022 IRONMAN World Champion Chelsea Sodaro moderated by fellow IRONMAN World Champion (and USAT Hall of Fame inductee) Karen Smyers (+)
In her short career, Chelsea Sodaro has quickly climbed to the top tier of elite triathlon. A runner by background, Chelsea was an All-American at UC Berkeley and a two-time national champion (2012 Road 10k and 2013 Indoor 3k). During her first professional triathlon season in 2018, she won the Huatulco ITU World Cup, placed on the podium her first 70.3, and followed that up with a win at Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells. The following year, she won the 2019 Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa (where her 1:16 run split remains as one of the fastest splits in the world), finished as the top American in fourth place at the Ironman 2019 70.3 Championships, and finished the season with two additional 70.3 wins, including the 2019 Ironman South American 70.3 Championship.
After the birth of her daughter in 2021, Chelsea returned to triathlon just 4 months later placing 6th at IM 70.3 Boulder and 2nd, with the second fastest debut time in history, at the IRONMAN European Championship in Hamburg, Germany in a time of 8:36:41. In 2022, Chelsea took 1st place among the professional women at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, HI with a time of 8:33:46 making her the first American woman to win since 1996, the first female to take the IRONMAN world title in her first race since 2007 AND the second mom ever to win!
2:10pm-2:35pm: Training Zones Explained, Presented by Kristen Lamb, Breakthrough Performance Coaching triathlon coach and 11x USA Triathlon All American: (+)
There is so much confusion around the topic of Training Zones. It often feels like every coach, app, and web platform is using a different model! In this seminar we will dive into a short history of how training zones were developed and how they are continuing to evolve alongside sport science. The goal of this session is to provide you with a better understanding of what zones are, what they offer athletes, and how to choose the right ones for you, based on your unique physiology.
Presented by: Kristen Lamb has been coaching triathlon since 2012. She holds certifications from USA Triathlon and Ironman University. Passionate in helping others succeed in the sport, she has worked with athletes of all ages and abilities; those who are just getting involved in the sport and veteran athletes looking to secure a spot at a World Championship race. Kristen has coached countless athletes across finish lines on the local stage and around the globe including many at the World Championship level.
She found triathlon in 2008 and since then has competed with Team USA in Auckland, New Zealand and London; has completed numerous Iron distance races, including multiple finishes at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI. In addition, Kristen has been named USA Triathlon All American for over a decade (2011 – 2022).
2:40pm-3:05pm: Sports Cardiology Update: For Athletes with a Heart presented by Brian Z. Bilchik, MD, FACC, Managing Partner, Lown Cardiovascular Group (+)
Your heart is your engine, we do not always have a “warning light” to guide us. With over 20 years of experience taking care of athletes with cardiac issues, Brian Bilchik MD, FACC is here to share clinical stories of athletes with cardiac concerns illustrating the resilience – but also the vulnerabilities – of the heart. This seminar will provide an interactive opportunity to learn from a cardiologist specializing in heart health, prevention and management. Attendees of this seminar will also learn:
- Emerging science regarding the effect of training and competing on the heart
- When to seek assistance and what resources are available
- An update on COVID 19/viral illness and cardiac effects, what we have learned over 3 years
- Sudden death during sport and a discussion of the cardiac event involving Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin
Presented by: Brian Z. Bilchik, MD grew up in Johannesburg South Africa and did his medical training at University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, graduating in 1989. He did his residency in Internal Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and his Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. Dr. Bilchik is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology. He is Director of the Lown Cardiovascular Group, Boston Massachusetts and a Member of the American College of Cardiology Sports Cardiology Division. His focus is – Sports Cardiology, Wellness and Prevention, General Cardiology, Noninvasive Diagnostics and Management of Cardiovascular Disease. He has worked nationally and internationally in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
3:10pm-3:35pm: Cycling Display of Power: Cycling for Performance, presented by Tony Rich, Founder and Managing Director of Event Horizon Endurance Sport (+)
This will be a fast-paced discussion for cyclists of all levels of fitness that will touch on training with power, general fitting concepts, intensity zones and gear ratios.
Presented by: Tony Rich is the Founder and Managing Director of EventHorizon endurance sport. He is an 11x Iron Distance Triathlon Finisher and is the Guinness World Record Holder for the fastest time for an Indoor IRONMAN Distance Triathlon (07:59:00). Tony is a USAT Level II Certified Coach, Certified IRONMAN Coach, a USA Cycling Level 3 Certified Coach, a USMS Certified Master Swim coach and certified with the American Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor (WSI) and Waterfront Lifeguard. He’s also a Certified Nutritionist and Sports Nutritionists with the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutritionist.
3:40pm-4:15pm: Going Faster for Longer: How to Accurately Measure Fitness and Individualize Training, presented by Arnar Larusson, Co-Founder and CEO of Tyme Wear: (+)
Individualizing training to our current fitness level has significant benefits. Studies have shown that for the same training time, individualized training provides a 2.5x greater fitness improvement on average, significantly reduces the chance of injury and overtraining, and improves training consistency and ability to recover. Yet the standard tools and techniques to accomplish this are only practical for pros. In this talk, Arnar will leverage his experience working with the world’s best endurance athletes, coaches, and sports scientists to create a technology that can bridge the gap and make measuring your fitness and individualizing your training accessible to anyone. We will cover real-life data, best practices, and practical ways we can all measure our fitness level and individualize our training to it.
Presented by: Arnar Larusson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tyme Wear where he leads the product development of a wearable technology that accurately measures fitness level and individualizes endurance training. He has worked with some of the world’s leading sports scientists, professional endurance athletes, and their coaches to create a practical technology that accurately assesses individual fitness level and customizes training to it. Prior to starting Tyme Wear, he worked at Harvard University where he helped develop the world’s first soft exoskeleton that was able to lower the metabolic cost of walking. Prior to that, he helped develop prosthetics for amputee Paralympians. His experiences developing devices to make humans more metabolically efficient showed him the large gap in accuracy between lab measurements and devices available to athletes.
THE MASTER SCHEDULE: Click here to see the master schedule of event for the 2023 RACE-MANIA Summit and Expo including the list of seminars, clinics and competitions, the timing of giveaways and more.