Billy Nelson

billyBilly Nelson came to the University of Colorado from Bakersfield, California and has never left. Prior to coming to Colorado he became the 2003 USA Jr. 5k National Champion.

He is a 2 x cross country All-American (2002, 2003), the 2002 Big 12 XC Newcomer of the Year, 2003 USA Jr. XC National Champion and a 2003 World XC member.

In 2006 Billy became the Colorado Buffaloes cross country team captain showcasing his incredible ability to lead and that same year became the NCAA cross country Team Champion and Indoor Track All-American.

3 x Outdoor Track All-American (2003, 2007, 2008)

2 x Big 12 Steeplechase Champion (2007, 2008)

2008 NCAA Runner-Up Steeplechase

#2 All-Time Steeplechaser at CU

2008 Olympic Trials Runner-Up Steeplechase

2008 Olympian (Beijing, China)

2008 DecaNations Team Member (Paris, France)

2011 USA Steeplechase Champion

2011 World Team Member (Daegu, South Korea)

3,000m Steeplechase PR: 8:17.27

1500m PR: 3:41.57Hired on as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in 2010 at CU.  As a Coach, he has been a part of 7 Pac 12 XC Team Titles: 5 Men (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); 2 Women (2011, 2015)

Don Janicki

donDon Janicki set state records in the mile and two mile as a high school distance runner in Arizona. He was the first Arizona prep athlete to run under 4:10 for the mile and under 9:00 for the two mile. Was a two time All-American in cross country at the University of Arizona and set the school record for the 5000 meter event. After college, Janicki had a 16-year professional running career qualifying for the Olympic trials three times and serving as member of two World Championships teams. Became involved with organizational side of the sport, including race management, course design, and the recruitment of pro athletes after his professional road racing career. He is currently in charge of elite runners for the Bolder Boulder.

Jennifer Michel

jenniferJennifer Michel, a 1996 graduate of Wheat Ridge High School, was a three-sport letter winner in cross country, basketball and track and field.  She started off in volleyball in the fall, but after her sophomore track season when she won the Jeffco meet in the 800 meters, she joined cross country that following fall.  Michel competed for two great female coaches-  Lisa Berens in basketball and track and Julie Reese of the Running Reese family in track and cross country.  In High School, she was all-Jeffco and a state qualifier in the 800 with a best of 2:20, and had a PR of 19:56 in cross country.  While she was a good basketball player, she knew she had more potential in running at the college level after being recruited by Duane Vandenbusche at Western State College (now Western State Colorado University).

Michel showed real development as a college athlete, where she earned eight All-American honors in track and field and cross country. In track and field, Michel won Division II titles in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, 3,000-meter run and indoor mile, and held the national championship steeplechase record until 2008. She was named the 1999 NCAA DII Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Susan Weeks

susanSusan Weeks’ passion for sports began during her formative years while growing up in rural Indiana. Always an active youngster, she swam competitively for 11 years. Weeks chose the sports industry as her career path and in 1973, she received a Physical Education teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Weeks caught the running bug in the 70s, while living and working in Colorado, which has been her home for the past 40 years. In 1976, her position at the Pikes Peak YMCA called on her to teach an aerobics class for adults and running became part of her daily regimen. It also became her lifestyle when in 1981, she became the sole owner of the Runners Roost specialty store.  Not long after opening the store, she delved into road race management directing the Pepsi 10K series and the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run. She is one of the founders of the Triple Crown of Running series and was a former director of the American Discovery Trail Marathon.

After selling the store in 1984, Weeks joined the Olympic movement where she held various roles including marketing director for USA Swimming, corporate services manager for the US Olympic Committee, and business development for both the Association of Blind Athletes and US Field Hockey.  Over her nearly 25 years within she maintained her personal zeal for running by competing in races statewide.

It was in 2008, that she took the helm as Chief Executive Officer of Running USA, a non-profit national organization whose mission is to promote distance running in the US. During her tenure, she managed to salvage the fledgling business and transform it into a million-dollar organization.

Weeks is enjoying retirement, yet keeps busy with many projects. She volunteers as the President of the American Distance Project, and delivers Meals on Wheels. She spends time running, playing golf, skiing, tackling yoga and developing her love of cooking.  She and her husband, Mark live in Colorado Springs with their two dogs Carney and Luna.

Adam Chase

adamInfamously known as the “Shoemelier” and “Imelda of Running,” Adam has quite a shoe fetish having tested more than 1,000 running shoes over his years as a gear editor for a number of publications.

Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Adam W. Chase thrives on endurance sports in the mountains.  He’s run the distance of a marathon or more at least 100 times, mostly on hilly trails.  He ran and did triathlons during college and law school and then jumped into ultramarathons and snowshoe racing, which led to adventure racing.

Adam has won more than 20 ultramarathons, is the captain and manager of Teams Salomon and Atlas Snow-Shoe, and has been on many sponsored running and adventure racing teams.  He serves as the President of the American Trail Running Association, is the co-author of “The Ultimate Guide to Trial Running,” (with Nancy Hobbs) and is a writer and/or editor for Running Times, Competitor, Triathlete and many other sports publications.  He owns Boulder Field Testing, LLC, a gear testing and focus group company that operates out of Boulder, where he practices law with the firm Hutchinson, Black and Cook, LLC.  Most importantly, he is the proud father of his two sons, Noah and David.

Nadia Prasad

Nadia PrassadIn 1983, at age 15, Nadia won two Gold medals in the South Pacific Games in Western Samoa (1500m and 3000m) with a games record in the 1500m, representing New Caledonia –a territory of France next to Australia. Nadia represented New Caledonia in three South Pacific Games with 7Gold, 1Silver medals and holds the games records, in the 1500m, 3000m and 10000m.

In addition has competed in two mini South Pacific Games with 6 Gold medals and records in the 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 10000m, hence New Caledonia national records plus the national record in the marathon. The first half marathon she competed in she won in Tachikawa, Japan at age 18 and her first marathon she won in 1990 in Lake Powel. Nadia won the 1994 USA road series racing from 5km – Marathon.

Uta Pippig

Uta Pippig PhotoBorn in Leipzig, East Germany in 1965, behind the Iron Curtain, Uta was introduced to competitive athletics at the age of 13. On January 5, 1990, almost penniless, Uta and her coach, Dieter Hogen, left East Germany, yearning for the freedoms of the west.

Only then was it possible for Uta to pursue her lifelong goal to run and win the marathon that stood for freedom in her mind: the Boston Marathon. She won the Boston Marathon three years in a row, ’94-96’. Further wins included the New York City Marathon, and three Berlin Marathon victories, including the 1990 “Reunification Marathon,” unifying East and West Germany.

A two time Olympian and former world record holder, Uta was ranked the #1 woman marathon runner in the world in 1994 and 1995, and she was featured on numerous leading magazine covers as the people’s champion.

Today, Uta divides her energies between her public speaking series, Running To Freedom™ and her international charitable organization, Take The Magic Step® in addition to coaching the runners of the Hoyt Foundation in preparation for their 2015 Boston Marathon in support of the mission of legendary Dick and Rick Hoyt, to raise awareness of, and help, the physically challenged.

Brian Metzler

Brian MetzlerBrian Metzler is the Editor in Chief of Competitor Running magazine and Competitor.com. He has run more than 60,000 miles in his life, tested more than 1,200 pairs of running shoes, raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and completed two Ironman triathlons. After a career as a competitive high school track runner (1:54.1 for 800 meters) and a walk-on college athlete in the Midwest, he realized his 5K PR (15:36) wasn’t going to get any faster and, after moving to Colorado, opted instead to become a trail runner and, eventually, a pack burro racer. His most proud accomplishments as a runner are his 26-year streak of running sub-60 seconds for the 400 meters (a few of which occurred during the Boulder Road Runners Summer Track Series at Potts Field) and running the 2007 Golden Leaf Half Marathon with his wife, Pam.
He has also played a role in putting many Colorado runners on the cover of national magazines as well as writing about and photographing numerous Colorado races for the past 20 years.

Brian was the founding editor and associate publisher of Trail Runner (1999) and Adventure Sports (2002) magazines and formerly a senior editor at Running Times (2007-2012). He has also been a contributor to Runner’s World and served as the senior editor of Runner’s World Trail in 2011-2012. He has written about endurance sports for Outside, Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Boulder Daily Camera. He is the author of Running Colorado’s Front Range (2003, Mountain Sports Press), the co-author of “Natural Running” (2010, VeloPress) and co-editor for Alan Culpepper’s new book “Run Like a Champion.” (2015, VeloPress). Brian and his wife, Pam, and their daughter, Lucy, live in Boulder.

John Gregorio

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 5.39.48 AMJohn was a 3 time all American and the first University of Colorado athlete to achieve the honor in one school year. He was an integral part of the CU Track and Field team from 1971-1973. He holds the world record in Distance Medley for Type D track with team mates, Mike Peterson, Brown Windell and Ted Castenada. John was a member of the 1973 US Pan Pacific Team. Two time (74’ & 75’) Colorado Track Club USA Cross Country Champion and placed second in the 1975 National Cross Country Championships. In 1975 he was a member of the Pan American Team for the USA and in 1976 he was an Olympic Trials Qualifier in the10K and 5K. His most proud accomplishment is setting up a Nike bonus structures for athletes competing nationally. Locally, from 1986-2013 John was the head coach for the cross country and track and field teams at George Washington and South High Schools. John won two State Championships in track and placed third in state cross country. Currently, John is working at The Colorado Rockies and Frontier Airlines in the Sports Charter Division.

Damon Martin

DMartinHead Coach Damon Martin has built the Adams State University cross country and track programs to the absolute premiere level, not only at Division II, but in all of collegiate athletics. Winner of 33 National Coach of the Year awards, Martin is recognized as one of the best coaches in the country, especially with distance runners.

After 26 years in charge of the women’s program and 19 at the helm of the men’s, Martin has coached a total of 30 National Championship teams (17 women’s cross country, 9 men’s cross country, 2 women’s indoor track & field, 1 men’s indoor track & field, 1 men’s outdoor track & field), including a stretch of nine straight women’s cross country titles from 1991-99, another stretch of seven straight women’s titles from 2003-09 and two separate runs of three straight men’s cross country national titles (2008-10 & 2012-14). He has also guided athletes to 986 combined all-America honors and 100 individual national championships while coaching seven national championship relay teams.