Joe Vigil

Dr. Joe Vigil

Olympic Coach, Exercise Physiologist, Author

Joe Vigil was the head coach at Adams State College for nearly 30 years. While at Adams, Vigil's program produced 19 NAIA Team Championships, 87 individual champions, and 425 All-Americans – and Vigil himself was named NAIA Coach of the Year 14 times. In 1992 his Adams team won the NCAA DII championship with a perfect score of 15 points, the only cross country shut out ever achieved in a collegiate national championship competition.

Vigil's post-collegiate success is equally remarkable and includes work with US Olympic Medalists Deena Kastor (Bronze – Athens) and Meb Keflezighi (Silver – Athens). In recent years he coached Brenda Martinez to a bronze I the 800 at the 2013 IAAF World Championships and Boris Berian to a #1 800m ranking in the US (1:43.34). In Cross Country he coached two athletes who each won 8 senior cross country titles – Kastor and Adams State Alumni Pat Porter.

For eight years he served as Chairman of the Coaching Education Committee for USATF (then TAC), and he was designated as a Master Coach by USA Track & Field in 1997. Dr. Vigil is one of the co-founders of the USATF Coaching Education program. He is extremely proud of the fact that twenty-five of his former runners have coached in the collegiate ranks. Dr. Vigil has presented for the IAAF, the USOC, and USATF in 16 countries and five continents.

Dr. Vigil has served on 17 international coaching staffs including the World Cross Country Championships (7), the Pan American Games (4), the World University (2), and the Olympic Games (2). He led Team USA to team medals in the IAAF World Cross Country Championship on three occasions, earning two silver and one bronze medal. In 1999 he was inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame. In 2005, he received the "Doc" Councilman Science in Coaching Award from the USOC.

Dr. Vigil has published his own book, Road to the Top, that details his systematic approach to distance training that produced on of America's greatest distance running programs.

Speaking Topics

  • This presentation deals with critical zone applications in training to achieve a specific result as opposed to more generalized training where the goals are to increase physiologic variables over time. This presentation will specifically outline how critical zone training was applied to the regimens of Rio Olympians under Coach Vigil’s tutelage. It will also show coaches how to apply the same principles to their teams no matter what level of competition.

  • Coaches must understand necessary and foundational concepts which enable athletes to get the most out of their training. Skilled and knowledgeable coaches know that running is only one component of a successful training program. This presentation will outline these components of training as well as identify the 6 most common mistakes athletes make when training.


Tom Schwartz

Coach Thomas "Tinman" Schwartz

Tom "Tinman" Schwartz is a USATF Level 1 coach with over 27 years of experience coaching runners and other endurance athletes on how to improve their performance. Coach Schwartz is a lifelong student as well as an educator. He earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in exercise science, a master’s degree in business administration, and is currently at work on his PhD. He added additional practical experience over years working as a Physical Education teacher at the high school level. Coach Schwartz is a frequent contributor to and other running blogs, where his training advice is widely sought by an enthusiastic audience of dedicated athletes.

Through his business, Tinman Endurance Coaching LLC Tom Schwartz has coached 600 runners in the past 27 years. His most famous current charge is Andrew Hunter – National Indoor Mile Record Holder and Footlocker National Champion. “Tinman as he is known on numerous running forums has coached at the university level and advised numerous university and junior international coaches. A competitive runner himself for 26 years, he will present on Maximum Oxygen Consumption Training and Maximum Lactate Steady-State Training.

Speaking Topics

  • Performance in distance running is related strongly to an athlete's highest capacity to consume oxygen, called the VO2 max or VO2 peak. The letter "V" is for volume and "O2" is for the oxygen consumed. VO2 max, used hereafter, is measured per minute, and the total amount of oxygen measured in liters is divided by the athlete's body weight in kilograms. A "good" VO2 max for males and females is 60 and 50 mL/kg/minute. Values for elite males and females are near 80 and 70.

    Training volume and intensity are the two main factors that influence improvement of VO2 max/peak. Using typical training methods, VO2 max and performance speed may increase by 15-20%. However, well-crafted training may double the rate of improvement.

    The Presentation Goals: Students will learn (1) the definition & meaning of VO2 max, (2) how to calculate VO2 max from field tests or race results, and (3) how to design effective VO2 max/peak workouts.

  • Performance in distance running is strongly related to the maximum lactate steady-state speed (MLSS). Both fatigue and blood lactate rise exponentially when the MLSS is exceeded. A training goal is to increase the speed of the MLSS; the result is improved distance racing performance. The MLSS speed can be improved through targeted training.

    The Presentation Goals: First, the MLSS is defined. Second, two methods of calculating the MLSS from field tests and race results are described. Third, learners are taught how to design effective MLSS workouts and include them in training plans.


Jonathan Dugas

Jonathan Dugas

Loyola University Chicago, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Co-founder - The Science of Sport

Jonathan Dugas is a lifelong student of exercise. After earning his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Cape Town, Jonathan spent five years as a Clinical Assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also co-founded The Science of Sport with Dr. Ross Tucker. After five years in the workplace health promotion industry, he is now back in academia at Loyola University in Chicago, where he reports to the directors of their Cardiovascular Research Institute. He is a lifelong endurance athlete, completing over 10 marathons, two ultra-marathons, and is a three-time Ironman finisher narrowly missing a qualifying spot for the IM World Champs in Kona in 2016. He is a past presenter at several Running Summit events and is thrilled to be back again.

Speaking Topics

  • To achieve peak performance at a competition, a number of different things must align for the athlete. However even before toeing the line, the athlete must put in hours of training, without which he or she cannot expect to be competitive in their events. As we ask athletes to push themselves hard enough in training to force physiological adaptations and improve their performance, one of the biggest threats is energy balance. Ensuring athletes remain in energy balance, and thus avoid a calorie deficit, is crucial if we want them to complete the high-quality training sessions we prescribe. This presentation will outline the energy expenditure and metabolism of training for all running events, and provide coached with strategies to help their athletes maintain energy balance.

  • Summer time temperatures create a challenge for outdoor training. In this presentation, we will explore the basics of temperature regulation and apply those concepts to actual exercise situations to explain how heat can limit training and performance. We will also discuss strategies to limit the decrease in performance when faced with an environmental challenge such as unseasonably hot temperatures on race day.


Sage Rountree

Sage Rountree

Sage Rountree, PhD, E-RYT 500, is an internationally recognized authority in yoga for athletes and an endurance sports coach with certifications from USA Triathlon and RRCA. She is author of The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga (2008), The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga (2009), The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery (2011); The Runner’s Guide to Yoga (2012), Racing Wisely (2013), and Everyday Yoga (2015); creator of The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga DVD (Endurance Films, 2008); and a contributor to Runner’s World, Yoga Journal,, and USA Triathlon Magazine. Her Core Strength for Real People video series is a friendly, accessible approach to building core strength. A founding partner of, Sage has dozens of classes online to help athletes perform at their best.

Her classes, training plans, videos, books, and articles make yoga and endurance exercise accessible to everyone. Her goal is to help people find the right balance between work and rest for peak performance in sports and in life. An Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with the Yoga Alliance, Sage is on the faculty at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and teaches online at YogaVibes and at Sage Yoga Teacher Training. Her students include casual athletes, Olympians, and many University of North Carolina athletes and coaches.

Sage competes in running races from the 400m to the ultramarathon and triathlons from the super sprint to the Ironman; she raced on Team USA for the 2008 Short-Course Age Group World Triathlon Championships. A former member of Power Bar Team Elite, she has also been an Athleta Featured Athlete and has long been sponsored by prAna.

Sage lives in North Carolina, where she co-owns the Carolina Yoga Company, with locations in Carrboro, Durham, and Hillsborough, and directs the studios’ 200- and 500-hour teacher trainings. She also co-owns the Carolina Massage Institute and Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat, which emphasize the importance of self-care in creating balance.

Speaking Topics

  • As the saying goes, you can’t fire a cannon from a canoe. Without core stability, runners can’t produce enough force to run at their best. In this session, a combination of brief lecture and practical exercises, we’ll:

    • consider the anatomy of the core
    • explore simple principles for developing core routines and progressions
    • target the glutes for hip stability and power
    • enjoy some midafternoon movement after a day of attentive listening
    You’ll leave with concrete ideas for challenging your athletes with safe, effective core workouts.

  • Without proper attention to recovery, all the training in the world is useless. Massage and self-massage can jump-start athletic recovery while keeping the body balanced and free to move at its best. After reviewing the reason for and various options for massage and soft-tissue work, we’ll take matters into our own hands and enjoy a self-massage routine. You’ll learn which areas to target and how best to work them so you and your athletes can feel comfortable, pain-free, and fluid.

Andrew Allden

Coach Andrew Allden

Running Summit Director

Coach Andrew Allden has thirty years of experience coaching distance and middle distance runners at the NCAA Division I Level (SEC, ACC, Conference USA, & Big South) and elite level l (USA Championships, the World Championships, and the Olympics). A collegiate and elite coach since 1986, Andrew coached at the: University of Georgia, University of North Carolina, Tulane University, University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina University. He served as Head Track and Field Coach at Tulane and Coastal Carolina. In 2013, he accepted the women's cross country position at the University of South Carolina, beginning his second tenure there. His accolades include being named "Coach of the Year" in the Southeast Region, the Big South, South Carolina, and North Carolina. He has coached more than a dozen All-Americans, more than 50 NCAA qualifiers, and 3 Olympians. In 1996 Andrew directed the Distance Practice Track at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Andrew's international coaching experience includes serving as the Assistant Coach for the Men's Distance Events for the US at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2004.

Andrew is very involved in USATF Coaching Education. Over more than 18 years in coaching education Andrew has directed USATF Level I coaching schools that have helped educated 2000 coaches. In addition, in recent years Andrew has worked with Coaching Education for the North Carolina Justice Academy, the University of North Carolina, Equinox, and USAT.

His direction of the Running and Speed Summits is an outgrowth of his work with coaching education and his personal coaching education journey. "I try to learn a little bit about my sport every day," says Andrew. His attendance at many conferences and clinics in recent years inspired him to bring together the best-of-the-best in one place for one dynamic weekend of learning.

Dave Pavlansky

Dave Pavlansky

Running Summit Co-Director

A career educator and coach, Dave Pavlansky has experience as a collegiate football coach, award-winning high school cross country and track coach, and as a high school English teacher. He has just finished his 28th year at Boardman High School in northeastern Ohio. Dave's interests in speed and athletic development were sparked early while working in the mid-1980's with the football programs at Miami (OH) University and Youngstown State and continued when he transitioned to track and football positions at Boardman.

After serving a decade as an assistant, Dave became head coach of Boardman's boys' track and cross country teams in 1999. During his 12-year tenure as head track coach Dave's teams won 6 league titles and 7 district championships. Twice named OAT&CCC District 1 Boys' Track Coach of the Year, Dave's teams produced individual Indoor and Outdoor State Champions, numerous All-Ohio athletes, and two Nike All-Americans. Nationally, Boardman athletes qualified to compete in 14 Nike Indoor or Outdoor Championships from 2001-2011, earning two Nike All-American awards at Boston's Reggie Lewis Center in 2009.

From 1996 - 2004 Dave initiated and directed a string of Speed/Hurdle Development camps at Boardman featuring legendary coaches Loren Seagrave and Brent McFarlane. In 2007, he was among 10 sprint coaches selected nationwide by the USATF to attend the Emerging Elite Coaches' School in Orlando, Florida.

In 2007 Dave also received the Fred Daffler State Coach of the Year Award for Boys' Cross Country. He currently serves as meet manager for the Northeast Ohio Regional Cross Country Championships and is also meet manager of the Boardman Spartan Invitational - one of the largest cross country events in the nation.

Dave served nearly a decade on the staff of Team Ohio, the state's Midwest Meet of Champions senior all-star team, fulfilling capacities from assistant coach to state-wide coordinator of both the Men's and Women's teams.

Dave is USATF Level 2 certified in Jumps, Endurance, and Sprints / Hurdles / Relays. He currently serves USATF as Regional Coordinator for Coaching Education in the Midwest/Mid-Atlantic and in 2016 received USATF’s Ron Buss Award for distinguished service to coaching education.

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