A full day of informative and inspirational seminar presentations from top coaches and experts on training, nutrition, injury-prevention and more with 3x Olympian and 4x World Champion, Tim Don, as keynote speaker.
RACE-MANIA offers endurance athletes a full day of educational presentation 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. Headlining this year’s seminar schedule is “The Don”, Tim Don, a 3x Olympian and 4x World Champion in multisport. The keynote Q&A with Tim Don will be at 1:15pm and moderated by endurance sports legend and Boston Marathon Race Director, Dave McGillivray.
See below for the current schedule of seminar presentations. More updates to come!
2020 SEMINAR SCHEDULE (presented in the BU Fit Rec Dance Theater)
In this busy, social-media and noisy world, finding ourselves in a state of “where do I go” and “what do I do now” feels almost certain. We often feel stuck in our own lives, with progress, with even—gasp—perfection. The beautiful thing, however, is that “stuck” is not a real place, and even if you feel like you are “running to nowhere” in certain areas of your life—personal, endurance or career—there is always hope to get somewhere. This presentation will guide you on how to use the obstacles, feelings of being stuck and confusion to move forward, make your next move, and get unstuck. Attendees will also learn:
- How choices, resources, and opportunities abound and we have many of them
- The power of grit and hustle—during your run to nowhere
- The lies we are being told that are holding us back
About the Presenter: Meredith Atwood is an author, speaker, coach, mom, and podcaster. A former practicing attorney, Meredith is the author of the best-selling book, “Triathlon for the Every Woman: You can be a Triathlete. Yes. You.” and her newest book, “The Year of No Nonsense: How to Get Over Yourself and On with Your Life“. Almost four years sober, Meredith is an advocate for sobriety—and runs an online community called “Grateful Sobriety.” She also inspires through her podcast, “The Same 24 Hours“, which aims to help the listener make the most of their 24 Hours. The podcast has over 1 million downloads and is a Top 50 on iTunes (Fitness). Meredith is also Level 2 USA Weightlifting Coach, Level 1 USA Triathlon and IRONMAN certified triathlon coach, and a PN Level 1 nutrition coach. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Psychology.
Plant-based diets date back to the Ancient Greeks but have not been widely practiced in modern culture up until a sudden surge in the last couple of years, largely in part to social media and documentaries that target (and over-simplify) environmental concerns, chronic health, and most recently, athletic performance. Since the release of the Game-Changers documentary in 2018 – with elite and professional athletes, in addition to medical doctors and scientists – advertising the “shocking” improvement in performance after dropping animal foods from their diet, adoption of a plant-based diet by athletes specifically has skyrocketed. But for every 100 athletes that go vegan overnight, a minuscule percentage of these athletes actually sustain the change, due to flavor boredom, a decrease in health or performance, and/or confusion over what to eat. A similar trend is seen with the release of similar documentaries pushing the vegan agenda. If a plant-based diet is so great, why is this?
Come listen to Heidi Strickler, MS, RD, CSSD, discuss those issues that most documentaries leave out, and without financial bias. Attendees will leave with a deeper knowledge of:
- The benefits of eating plant-based as an endurance athlete – both for general health and optimal performance
- The possible deficiencies and challenges to be aware of when adopting a plant-based diet
- Fact and Fiction: Myth-busting the social media version of eating plant-based
About the Presenter: Heidi Strickler is a Board Certified Registered Sports Dietitian and Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist based out of Seattle, WA. She provides virtual nutrition coaching for athletes worldwide as part of eNRG Performance, as well as face-to-face nutrition coaching at Prime Sports Institute in Bellingham, WA. Her specialties include endurance athletes, plant-based eating, female athletes, and metabolic efficiency training. Heidi is a seasoned endurance athlete who loves everything mountains, and races competitively in trail and ultra-distance running. Her own plant-based journey has taken her from carnivore to raw vegan to pescatarian, and everything in between. She truly is the expert in plant-based eating for high-level endurance performance. More information about Heidi can be found at www.enrgperformance.com and with a click here. Her Instagram handle is @hkstrickler_sportsrd.
In today’s world, most people are constantly on the go and self-care is drastically overlooked. In this presentation, certified coach and owner of the Peak Recovery and Health Center in Nashua, NH, Colin Cook will give attendees a better understanding of why recovery is important and what factors affect your recovery. Attendees will also learn how to:
- Improve your recovery
- Track your recovery
- Become the best athlete you can be!
About the presenter: Colin Cook is an USA Triathlon Level 1 and IRONMAN University Certified Coach, owner/head coach of Peak Triathlon Coaching, the owner of Peak Recovery and Health Center in Nashua, NH and a 16x IRONMAN Finisher including a 5x finisher at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Colin is also happily married with 4 children under the age of 8 and despite living a very busy lifestyle, he is able to maintain a high level of performance because of the priority he puts on recovery.
Calling all triathletes and open water swimmers! Do you feel like your swim endless amount of laps and never make substantial gains? In this seminar, Peter Zeiger will help you map out a plan (based on your schedule) for your next event and for your season. By using science and proven methods, he’ll help you understand what is needed to improve your distance swimming. Attendees of this seminar will also learn:
- A basic understanding of the science of improving long distance swimming
- How to map out a general outline of training schedule
- How to separate fact from fiction with the constant bombardment of improvement articles
About the presenter: Peter Zeiger has been involved with swimming and coaching most of his life. From swimming in college, competing in the early 90’s in the Toyota Tri Series, to current owner and head coach of the Crimson South swim team. Besides being primarily a US swim club – Crimson Aquatics also has a youth triathlon program with a current athlete representing Team USA at the World Games in Canada this summer
Most endurance athletes know the importance of adequate training time prior to their main race of the season, but yet neglect appropriate attention to the nutrition and hydration side of their race day preparation. Attend this session to hear Dina Griffin, “The Nutrition Mechanic”, share key tips and insights for fine-tuning your personal nutrition and hydration strategies to make the most out of your training and racing experience. Nutrition can make or break your race day… let Dina get you set up for more foolproof racing adventures ahead! Attendees will learn:
- Learn five top mistakes athletes make in their race nutrition plan.
- Learn the key tips for determining your range of fluid and electrolytes.
- Learn how to fine-tune your nutrition intake strategies to minimize gastrointestinal distress and maximize performance in training and racing.
About the presenter: Dina Griffin is the owner and founder of The Nutrition Mechanic, based out of Boulder, Colorado. She is a Board Certified Sport Dietitian, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Certified Level II Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist. She provides nutrition coaching and various testing services to a wide range of athletes including recreational and elite marathoners, ultrarunners, short and long course triathletes, cyclists, and adventure racers. Her specialties include female athlete health and performance, integrative nutrition, metabolic efficiency training and testing, type 2 diabetes, and weight management. Virtual coaching services enable her to work with athletes nationwide and internationally. More information about her and her services can be found at www.nutritionmechanic.com.
Speakers to be announced and description to come.
Experiencing pain during your training season is never fun, but it doesn’t always mean you have to stop all activities. In this session, physical therapist Dr. Danielle Kroot will provide endurance athletes with the tools to be able to stage the symptoms they are experiencing and be able to determine when it is safe to continue training. Attendees of this seminar will walk away with some key skills, including:
- An understanding what pain is and how to stage it.
- Determining the difference between normal training discomfort vs injury.
- How to modify training loads when discomfort sets in.
- Understanding when it is appropriate to seek guidance from a health care provider
About the presenter: Dr. Danielle Kroot is a physical therapist, running and triathlon coach, and owner of Starting Line in Maine. Since graduating from Sacred Heart University where she earned both her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Exercise Science, she has worked to develop her skills in manual therapy, dry needling, strength and conditioning, pain science, and the management of running related injuries. She is Level I North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) certified for the cervical and lumbar spine, full-body certified for Dry Needling from the Spinal Manipulation Institute, and a USATF Running and USAT Triathlon Coach. Being a marathon runner and triathlete herself, Danielle enjoys treating those in the running and triathlon community with common running injuries. She has immersed herself in running courses and mentorships that focus on running mechanics, common injuries, preventative exercises, and running video analysis.
About Tim Don: Known as “The Don”, Tim Don is without doubt one of the best all-round and accomplished triathletes in the sport as a 3x Olympian for the United Kingdom (2000, 2004, 2008), a winner of 4 World Titles and in 2017 he broke the IRONMAN world record with a time of 7:40.23 at IRONMAN Brasil. Tim’s toughness and determination was exemplified by his comeback from a broken neck after being tragically struck by a car during a training ride in Kona, Hawaii the week of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship. In an effort to ensure the best comeback possible, Tim elected to secure his neck with a Halo device for the purposes of making an unheard of full return to IRONMAN racing. He went on to run the 2018 Boston Marathon just 5 months later in a time of 2:49 in historically awful race conditions and then competed in and finished the IRONMAN World Championships in Hawaii that October. Tim’s recovery and comeback was chronicled in the acclaimed documentary, “The Man with the Halo”.
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 including the Boston Marathon. 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.
Join Kyle Robidoux, Director at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired and Brendan Aylward, owner of Unified Health and Performance and AdaptX as they dive deep into how YOU can support, communicate, coach and partner with athletes of all abilities in road and trail running, training, racing, and triathlons. They’ll also touch upon how to engage local race directors to ensure that your race is inclusive and run through some local organizations that support athletes with disabilities. Attendees of this seminar will learn:
- How to engage with and support athletes of all abilities
- Opportunities to make their local races more inclusive and diverse
- Communicating with and coaching adaptive athletes
About Kyle Robidoux: Kyle Robidoux is an avid skier, endurance runner, and public speaker who has run three 100-mile races and the last six Boston Marathons. He is the Director of Volunteer Services & Community Planning with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and manages United in Stride, which is a website that matches runners who are blind with sighted guides and provides technical assistance to race directors. Kyle is legally blind, lives in the Boston, and is a sponsored athlete/ambassador with Athletic Brewing Company, Clif Bar, Squirrel’s Nut Butter, Topo Athletic, and Ultimate Direction.
About Brendan Aylward: Aylward is the owner of Unified Health and Performance, an inclusive strength and conditioning facility, and AdaptX, an educational training program for coaches who want to start adaptive fitness programs. He races for Team Hoyt New England with his friend, Jacob. The duo, athletes for Newton Running, have completed more than 70 races together. His career revolves around making fitness more accessible for athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities.
The key to optimal performance is maintaining cardiac output – the heart is your engine and 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.
- How training and performance can help the heart adapt to mitigate preventable risks.
About the presenter: Brian Bilchik MD FACC is an Assistant Professor Harvard Medical School, Cardiologist at Brigham and Womens Hospital, and Director of Sports Cardiology at The Lown Cardiology Group Chestnut Hill, MA.
3:35pm-4:00pm: Preventative Medicine for the Cyclist and Triathlete: Common Cycling Injuries and Their Solutions presented by Greg Robidoux, Founder of CyclingPT, owner and Executive Director of the Serotta International Cycling Institute, and Co-Director of the Spaulding Cycling Medicine Program (+)
Join physical therapist Greg Robidoux, owner and Executive Director of the Serotta International Cycling Institute and the Co-Director of the Spaulding Cycling Medicine Program, for a discussion of the typical injury patterns in cyclists and triathletes. He’ll also share potential solutions for many of the typical problems and the importance of preventative maintenance and bike fit in the overall health of the cycling athlete. Attendees will leave with a deeper knowledge of:
- Common cycling related injuries and basic solutions
- What is a bike fit and who needs one
- Importance of basic off-the-bike maintenance
About the presenter: Greg Robidoux is a Physical Therapist with over 20 years of experience working in orthopedics and about 18 of those years dedicated to the treatment of cycling athletes. He originally founded a cycling based PT clinic and fit studio called the CyclingPT and is currently the owner and Executive Director of the Serotta International Cycling Institute and Co-Director of the Spaulding Cycling Medicine Program. He has been the Co-chair of the Medicine of Cycling Conference, the Interbike Bike Fit Symposium and the Harvard Sports Medicine Cycling Section. He has presented at the Medicine of Cycling Conference, Interbike, Harvard Sports Medicine Conference, AAPM&R national meeting and throughout the national cycling community. Greg has spent his career working to improve the cycling experience for anyone who strives to ride a bike.
Join Columbia athlete and ultra marathoner Joe McConaughy for a session on his record-breaking hike on the Appalachian Trail and the lessons he learned along the way. Part of the session will focus on taking on a seemingly insurmountable challenge – running 50 miles a day for 45 days through America’s most famous wilderness trail. The latter half of the session will focus on the mindset, skills and methodology that has led Joe to a successful ultramarathon career. Attendees will leave this seminar with:
- Stories and learnings from a multi day world record endurance event
- Finding inspiration and achieving dreams in a fast-paced world
- Skills and training methodology for any person to improve their endurance and fitness
About the presenter: Joe McConaughy is an ultra-running coach and professional ultra runner for Columbia. He has set Fastest Known Times (FKTs) on the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail and Wicklow Round in Ireland. He had domestic and international success racing ultramarathons at such races as UTMB, Lake Sonoma 50 Miler and Vermont 100 Miler. Joe lives in Brookline, MA and finds balance in his running adventures with a day job.