Craftsbury Running Camp - Coaching Staff
Craftsbury running camps have been a sought after running destination for more than 30 years. One crucial reason is our coaching. Every session, our expert coaches share their knowledge of speed, strength and endurance training. Whether you are a long-time runner working on your tenth marathon, a fitness runner hoping to train more progressively or a new runner who wants to advance their fitness and knowledge, our time-tested mix of structured runs, videotape analysis, lectures, drills and circuit training will help you to achieve your goals.
Lynn Jennings, Running Program Director and Coach
Three-time Olympian, Olympic bronze medalist and three-time world cross country champion Lynn Jennings has coached at Craftsbury since 2007. As Director of Running, Lynn enjoys sharing her running history and knowledge with Craftsbury runners. Her love of running includes teaching runners how to train progressively and intelligently to maximize their potential. Lynn willingly shares her motivating and inspiring insights into the world of professional middle distance running.
Lynn divides her time between Portland, OR and Vermont. Though retired from competitive racing, Lynn remains an avid daily runner. When not running, Lynn sculls competitively and enjoys forest hikes with her dog Towhee.
Lynn can be reached at email@example.com.
"Craftsbury running camps are a perfect place for a runner to train and play. The gorgeous hilly roads and trails are a runner's dream. Runners come to Craftsbury to improve their skills and gain insight into creating productive training programs. A week at Craftsbury gives runners of all abilities a chance to learn more about their craft in a beautiful and serene location. Add in the amazing meals and the camaraderie of the runners and it's no wonder so many runners return year after year." -Lynn
Greg Wenneborg, Coach
A national class runner who competed in the three U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Greg has 5 career marathon victories, including Vermont City Marathon and the Maui Marathon with Personal records of 2:18:47 for the marathon and 29:57 for the 10k. He holds a Master’s degree in Education and teaches at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, Greg is the head cross country and track and field coach at Pima Community College in Tucson where his teams have garnered conference and regional championships as well as individual national championship titles and top 10 team finishes. Greg is a board member of the Southern Arizona Roadrunners, for whom he coaches novice to advanced runners and is co-author with Randy Accetta of two books on how to coach, Marathon Training and Training to Run.
“Craftsbury is an excellent place to come together with healthy minded people to learn about the sport of distance running. Whether you're taking up running for recreation or health or are trying to improve your performance, we'll give you tools and motivation to meet your goals." -Greg
Eric Blake, Coach
Eric Blake, head coach of Central Connecticut State University's men's and women's track and cross country teams, will be returning to Craftsbury for the eighth time. He is a seven-time member of the USATF Mountain Running Team and has won the Mount Washington road race three times including 2013. He's the reigning World Masters' Mountain Running Champion (35-39) as well. Eric also has raced marathons including two top 25 Finishes at the Boston Marathon, top 10 at Chicago Marathon(2007) and he competed in the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials.
"Craftsbury offers so much for runners of all calibers: the setting is the best because the dirt roads and scenery are unbelievable. The whole environment rejuvenates you and sets runners up for a great fall of racing." -Eric
Laurie Greenberg, Coach
From Warren, VT, and returning for her third summer, running has been a key part of Laurie's life for over 25 years. She began when was ten and instantly enjoyed the peace running brought her. In her early 20s, she raced everything from 5k's to the marathon. She was a member of Team eBay, one of the top co-ed adventure racing teams in the country. Now, in her 30s Laurie has found her true passion on the trails, primarily in the 50k distance.
Laurie teaches 8th grade English at the Green Mountain Valley School, a ski academy in Fayston that fosters a life-long love of learning, sport and adventure. Laurie runs every day (rain, shine, -25, you name it!) and she finds time to race in a few trail races a year where she continues to place among the top women. Laurie's past accomplishments include wins at Covered Bridges 1/2 Marathon, VT50, Stone Cat trail marathon (twice), Jay Peak 25k, Pittsfield 50k, and Crater Lake (OR) 1/2 Marathon.
"I enjoy inspiring and motivating athletes of all ages to strive to do their best and to live healthy lives. A recent profound moment was when my nine year old daughter came into my room at 6:20AM to state she was ready to go running with me! The best way to inspire others is to model what you believe. I am honored to be returning to coach this summer. I can't wait to be inspired by all of you." -Laurie
Pierre Mikhail, Coach
A life-long runner and a student of running, Pierre will be coaching at Craftsbury for his third summer. Pierre has run twenty marathons and he is the community head coach of the Huntsville Hoyas Cross Country Running Team. Pierre is also the president of a local running club, Muskoka Algonquin Runners (MARS). He has been competing in road races representing the club since its inception in March 2013. In November 2014, Pierre was part of the third place team in the men's 40-49 division at the Canadian Masters Cross Country Championships. Each year MARS brings high school runners to Craftsbury for the high school cross country camp. Pierre balances his love of running and coaching with a busy job as an Emergency Department physician and his active family life with Catherine, Hannah and Megan.
"There is an incredible vibe at Craftsbury - motivated runners, eager coaching staff, beautiful setting, friendly staff and incredible food make it impossible to leave Craftsbury unchanged!" -Pierre
Desiree Sirois, Coach
Desiree Sirois, Head Coach for the men’s and women’s cross country programs for the last five years at Mount Desert Island High School in Maine’s Acadia National Park, will be coaching at Craftsbury for the first time this year. For the last seven years she has also been an Assistant and Head Coach specializing in the distances for the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track programs. Desiree’s leadership which emphasizes "working hard, having fun and challenging yourself" has lead the cross country program to three state titles, one runner-up trophy, and five consecutive local and regional titles. Desiree is also the Health and Physical Education teacher at MDI.
Desiree is an avid long distance mountain and trail runner who loves the solitude of long runs in nature. With her husband Jeremiah she scrambles up and down the mountains of Acadia. Pushing her one-year old daughter she explores the carriage road system in Acadia end to end.
“As a coach I like to integrate kinesiology, sports psychology and nutrition alongside training principles. With a focus on gradual aerobic progression, I believe in developing athletes to become strong mentally and physically. I enjoy working with young runners so they can withstand a training and racing regime that is robust not only at the high school level but beyond." -Desiree
Wilson Perez, Coach
Wilson Perez, head cross country and track coach at New England College in Henniker, NH, comes to Craftsbury as a coach for the third time this summer. Perez was an eight-time All-American at Keene State College in cross country and track, Perez help lead Keene State to second-place finishes at the 1999 and 2000 NCAA cross country championships. Individually, he finished second in the indoor 5,000-meter race his sophomore year and second in the outdoor 10,000 race his senior year. Perez was also a four-time All-Region XC runner, also won the New England Division III cross country championship his senior year. Wilson's versatility as a runner are evident with a mile PR of 4:16, 3k-8:19, 5k-14:30, 10k-29:45 and a marathon PR of 2:28.
Wilson lives in Keene, NH with his wife Becky and their sons Wilson III and Vincent.
Sarah Cotton, Coach
Sarah Cotton, a member of the Georgetown University Track and Cross Countryteam, will be returning to coach at Craftsbury for the second time this summer. She grew up in Madison, Connecticut, and has been running competitively since her freshman year of high school. Running has always been a huge part of her life, as her father andbrother are also competitive runners. She races the 1500m, 3k steeplechase and 5k, and she plans to race the 10k. Sarah is a junior at Georgetown, studying sociology and studio art, with a focus in drawing and printmaking. When not running, she loves to draw,paint, and photograph, as well as cook and explore outdoors.
"I grew up around running, and I have become extremely passionateabout the sport and the benefits of it that go so far beyond racing. It has become just as much a lifestyle as it is a competitive sport for me. I cannot wait to share everything I have learned with the athletes at Craftsbury, as well as learn from them andthe other coaches." -Sarah
Caleb Masland, Coach
Caleb Masland is a native Vermonter now living in the Western North Carolina mountains. Caleb currently runs competitively for the SKECHERS Performance Elite team, and has won races from 5k to 50k. A "serious sub-elite" runner with dreams of the Olympic Marathon Trials, Caleb has current PRs of 2:30:39 for the Marathon and 1:10:55 for the Half Marathon. Running has been a passion for Caleb ever since joining the cross country team at Thetford Academy in 7th grade.
After 8 years of working in a typical corporate consulting job, Caleb made the jump to full-time running coach in 2013. What started as a hobby became an online team of adult runners who share a common drive for training, racing, and making running as fun as possible. Now Caleb works with runners all over the world who are training for anything from their first 5k to 100-milers. The group that he coaches is known as Team Wicked Bonkproof.
"I'm excited to be joining the coaching staff at Craftsbury! There is something magical that happens when you get a bunch of like-minded runners together for an extended period of time that you can't get anywhere else. I hope to share my knowledge, love of running, and love of being outside in Vermont with everyone at camp this summer!" -Caleb
Mike Urquiola, Coach
After two summers as an athlete at all comers week, Mike Urquiola will be coaching at Craftsbury for the second time this year. Running has been a passion of Mike's since he was 14 and his Dad insisted he join the track team at Brookline High in MA. Thirty three years later, Mike is still running and competing with a particular affection for cross country and trail running. He's been competing for Greater Boston Track Club for nearly 20 years and has been coaching track workouts at the Melrose Running Club for the past few years. He has personal bests of 16:24 (5k), 1:01 (10 Miles) and 1:23 for the 1/2 Marathon.
"Running is the impetus that keeps my life running smoothly. My running philosophy is simple. 1. Put your shoes on. 2. Get out the door." -Mike
Johanna Rogers, Coach
Growing up in Massachusetts with the influence of the Boston Marathon, Johanna has always been a runner. She will be coaching at Craftsbury for the first time this summer. Initially, she ran to excel at field hockey, her first passion. As a young adult, she moved to Sweden to play field hockey for Partille Sport Club, the largest field hockey team in Sweden. It was a week at Craftsbury Running Camp in 1996 that inspired Johanna to dedicate herself to the sport of running. She joined the Atlanta Track Club and a year later qualified for the Women’s Competitive Team. She trained and competed at many distances, including the mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon and 50k. Johanna started her coaching career in Atlanta for Girls on the Run. In 2005, she moved to Islesboro, Maine, an unbridged island three miles off the coast. From 2005-2010, she coached cross country at Islesboro Central School. In 2010, Johanna founded the Dark Harbor Harriers, a year round running team that trains and competes in USATF cross country, road, mountain, trail and snowshoe racing.
Carolyn Stocker, Coach
Carolyn Stocker, a member of the University of Maine Cross Country and Track & Field team, will be coaching at Craftsbury for the first time this summer. She grew up in Westfield, Massachusetts and started running when she was 5 years old. In high school, she was a Western Massaachusetts Champion in XC and track and a state champion in track. At UMaine, she races the 5k and 10k and is on the top 10 all-time list for those events for indoor and outdoor track. A Senior at UMaine studying human nutrition and sustainable food systems, Carolyn plans to continue her education at University of Massachusetts this fall for a RD, MS, and PhD. Outside of collegiate running, she holds the junior record at Mt. Washington Road Race and is a member of the United States Snowshoe Team. Carolyn has been a vegan for two years and when not running, loves to cook & bake delicious vegan food and travel.
“I run to be in nature; I run in the pouring rain, snow or sunshine; I run to clear my head; I run with friends or strangers; I run for myself and for others. Running to me is a gift that I never take for granted." -Carolyn
James Kelly, Coach
James Kelly has been coaching the Pawling High School Cross Country and Track and Field teams for the past six years and will be joining the Craftsbury staff for the first time this summer. The high point of his coaching at Pawling came in the fall of 2012 when the cross country team won the NY State Class C Championship - the only team State Championship the school had ever won in any sport.
James started his competitive running career in Queens, NY at Bayside High School in 1969. He fondly remembers many distance races in the early seventies in New York’s Central Park when over a hundred runners was a big crowd. A lifelong runner, James became hooked on triathlons and has been a member of Team USA competing in both triathlon and duathlon world championships.
James has been a personal trainer since 1992, as well as a group exercise and spin instructor. He has coached and motivated individuals and groups for marathons and triathlons and enjoys teaching all ages especially those new to either sport.
“In today’s culture we can be surrounded by virtual reality - running centers us in true reality. Be consistent but flexible in your training, don’t be afraid to try something new. Devote time to total body conditioning. All your muscles are needed to maintain efficient form and efficient form increases endurance. Enjoy the effort of your runs whether alone or with a friend -when racing, bring the good fight and take no prisoners.” -James
Barry Auskern, Coach
Barry Auskern, a long-time coach for the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club and a volunteer assistant coach for the Greenfield (Massachusetts)High School cross-country and indoor track programs, will be coaching at Craftsbury for the first time this summer. He grew up on Long Island, NY, and has been running competitively since his senior year of high school. When not running, he loves to cross country ski, as well as cook and explore the outdoors. He has completed thirteen marathons, with a 3:01 personal best at the NYC Marathon.
“I’m looking forward to my first summer coaching at Craftsbury. Sometimes the toughest part of a workout can be simply taking that first step out the door. Self-motivation and perseverance are critical tools for runners. As a coach, I believe that workouts should be fun, motivating, and should help build confidence.” -Barry
Joanna Johnson, Coach
Joanna Johnson will be coaching at Craftsbury for the first time in 2015. Joanna is the Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field coach at Smith College, where she is also a graduate student in Exercise and Sport Studies. In addition she coaches at No Boundaries Northampton, a community 5k training and wellness education program.Johnson has trained and competed with teams around the world including Running Across Borders in Ethiopia and in Norway, as a Watson Fellow. She investigated women’s empowerment through runningin different cultural contexts including in Ethiopia as a volunteer for Girls Gotta Run Foundation.Johnson graduated from Oberlin College, where she earned seven NCAA All-American awards in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Since her marathon debut in Rotterdam in 2012, Johnson has run a total of four marathons with a personal best of 2:48.
"Running is about community. Regardless of language, age, size, or background, you can fall into stride beside someone else and share the experience." -Joanna
Kasie Enman, Coach
Returning to Craftsbury to coach for the second time, Kasie is a woman who loves getting fresh air and challenging herself. Sometimes she runs fast on flat surfaces, other times she treks up and down mountains. She has run in 15 different countries on 5 continents, but her favorite place to train is her home turf of Huntington, Vermont. She’s a member and coach of the Green Mountain Athletic Association running club and ambassador for the Salomon trail running team. Kasie also directs the FirstStrides Vermont walking & running program for women just beginning in our sport. On top of that, she’s a wife, mother of 2, maple syrup producer, and race director. Her competitive running resume includes being a 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier (aspiring for 2016) and the 2011 World Mountain Running Champion.
“I’m looking forward to a few more good years of running and adventuring and to coming back to coach at Craftsbury once again." -Kasie
Susan Dodge, Coach
A running coach and physical therapist in Williston, VT, Susan Dodge will be coaching at Craftsbury for the first time this autumn. She missed being a collegiate athlete so she started running after college and instantly fell in love with it. Susan has competed in road races ranging from 5k to the marathon. She has personal bests of 36:50 for the 10k, 1:20:01 for the ½ marathon and 2:51 for the marathon but trail running is where she feels most at home. She was the top Vermonter at Vermont City Marathon for 6 years and has completed the Stone Cat 50k, finishing as 3rd woman overall. Her dream is to run rim to rim to rim in the Grand Canyon. Susan is the owner of Peak Physical Therapy Sports and Performance Center in Williston.
“I find so much peace and wholeness when running on the beautiful trails and back roads of Vermont. I am looking forward to sharing this love of running with the people who come to Craftsbury.” -Susan
Anne Leonard-Blake, Coach
Anne Leonard-Blake will be coaching at Craftsbury for the first time this summer. Last summer, Anne accompanied her husband Eric, a long-time Craftsbury coach, during high school cross country camp and she is eager to return. Anne has been running for more than twenty years. She ran cross country and track at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and upon graduation, spent time coaching at the Loomis Chaffee school in Windsor, Connecticut. During graduate school, she served as the assistant coach at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Now a middle school English teacher in Hartford, CT, Anne runs for the enjoyment of simply being outside. Her most recent accomplishment was a 1:28 at the Hartford Half Marathon last October.