Mirna Valerio is a native of Brooklyn, NY, a former educator, cross-country coach, ultrarunner, obstacle course enthusiast, and author of the recently published memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress. Although she began running in high school, she recommitted to the sport after a health scare in 2008. It was then that her love for running and all its attendant benefits were reignited. She soon started her blog Fatgirlrunning, about her experiences as a larger woman in a world of thinner athletes. Mirna's athletic story was featured in the WSJ, Runner’s World, on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, on the CW Network, and in the viral REI-produced documentary short, The Mirnavator. Her writing has been featured in Women’s Running Magazine, Self Magazine Online, Outside Online, and Runner's World Magazine. Most recently, she was chosen as a 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
Kelly is passionate about empowering active individuals to optimally fuel their busy lives. She has a plant-forward approach to nutrition as she believes this eating style best serves you and the planet. As a board certified sports dietitian, mom and former division I athlete, Kelly helps others integrate nutrition, fitness, and environmentally conscious habits into their lifestyle in a realistic way.
While nine years as a college professor reinforced the importance of evidence-based nutrition practice, her personal experiences and work with disordered eating and eating disorders in the athletic population stimulated her desire to merge her love of science with the philosophies of intuitive eating. A personal interest in and experience working with patients on nutrition for mental health encouraged the holistic approach that Kelly takes on improving both physical and mental health with food. Her message is all about empowering others to trust their body while applying the science of nutrition to individualized needs.
While she specializes in performance nutrition for professional swimming, professional baseball and endurance sports, Kelly has experience working with nearly all types of athletes. She consults with the Philadelphia Phillies organization and has consulted for USA Swimming.
Injury Prevention Specialist + Running Coach
A competitive collegiate runner at Brown University, Kim returned to running not to long ago and found a passion for the mountains.
A member of the 2016 U.S. Mountain Running team, Kim was the first American female finisher at the World Mountain Running Championships that year leading the team to a bronze medal.
Borrowing from her own experience being sidelined by injury, Kim has devoted herself to helping injured and injury prone runners return to running. She helps her athletes build resilient bodies that can withstand the rigors of training. You can find more from Kim at kimnedeau.com.
Founder + Host
Sarah is an athlete, coach, writer and mom with a passion running. After battling an eating disorder for nearly ten years in her teens and early 20's, Sarah found freedom and healing. Running proved a catalyst in her transformation as she learned to rewrite the negative narrative in her head and find a unique strength within herself. As Sarah became more involved in the running community she was inspired by the connections she had made to create Rise.Run.Retreat in 2015.
Sarah's mission is to help women gain confidence, find strength and make authentic connections through running. As the host, she creates a place for women to be inspired and experience personal growth through running.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Kristen is a runner, triathlete, and massage therapist from Grand Rapids, MI. After falling in love with running and endurance sports as an adult, she made a major career change in 2018, going from a 9-5 desk job to being hands-on full time as a medical and sports massage therapist. In addition to working at a local chiropractic office, Kristen is a business owner and has her own practice, Performance Recovery Massage. Her background as an athlete makes her especially passionate about helping others recover better, so they can perform better in life and sport — whether that’s running marathons, or chasing their kids around the house. Kristen is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Michigan, Nationally Board Certified in Medical Massage, and a Certified Myofascial Cupping Practitioner. She specializes in medical massage, sports massage, prenatal massage, cupping, and trigger point therapy.
Group Run Leader + Facilitator
Rebecca is a runner, mother, and full-time professional. Working in Woodstock, Vermont, Rebecca spends most of her lunch breaks running the roads and trails of this little corner of the Green Mountain State. Since having found running in her late 20’s, Rebecca has used running as a way to explore our beautiful parks all over as she travels the country for work. In her professional life with the National Park Service, Rebecca looks for ways to connect communities to their public lands and support the great people stewarding our national parks. She also teaches Inferno Hot Pilates, a high intensity interval training style class based on Pilates principles and breathing.
Carly is mama to two young boys and Lead Trainer at the Woodstock Athletic Club where she uses her expertise as a certified personal trainer and running coach to help others achieve their fitness goals. Originally from Australia, Carly became a US Citizen in 2017 and after living in NYC for 15 years moved to Vermont. Carly loves to move in anyway she can whether it's yoga, a good trail run or hiking with her boys. Carly writes about healthy living, running and strength training, with lots of life, love, food and yoga thrown in for good measure at FineFitDaily.com.