VIRTUAL RETREAT GUEST SPEAKERS

JULY VIRTUAL RETREAT

JULY 24-26, 2020

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Registered Dietitian + Olympic Trials Marathoner

STARLA GARCIA

Starla Garcia, M.Ed, RDN, LD, is a recent 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier who helps runners stop under fueling to reach their next personal record with realistic and sustainable nutrition.

 

As a collegiate runner, she spent a lot of energy and time trying to figure out what and how much to eat in pursuit of becoming the best runner she could be. She ended up receiving help from a dietitian who helped her navigate her nutrition and made it possible for her to regain confidence in her body, run her best, and live her best life. 

 

Her dietitian was there for her when she needed guidance, and now she is here to be that support for others that need to know that there is a better way to feel, eat, and show up for your life beyond the finish line.

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HOKA One One Athlete + Chef

LATOYA SHAUNTAY SNELL

Latoya Shauntay Snell is a road and trail ultra runner, obstacle course racer, novice road cyclist, and plus-size adventurer from Brooklyn, NY. By profession, she is a freelance chef, photographer, and the founder of Running Fat Chef, a personal and uncensored fitness and food blog about her experiences as a plus-size athlete of color. Latoya is a contributing writer to several platforms such as Runner’s World, Huffington Post, Gear Junkie and The Root. 

She is the cohost of The Long Run with Martinus and Latoya under the 300 Pounds and Running podcast. Latoya recently finished a two-month long marathon tour, totaling 200 miles --one of which included the Javelina Jundred 100K followed up with the NYC Marathon less than a week apart. Latoya is a mother to a preteen and married for 12 years. As a body positivity activist, she heavily advocates for the rights of all athletes at every size, background and personal identity.

As a self-professed ‘accidental activist’, Latoya covered topics ranging from body positivity in fitness, fat-shaming, journaling chronic disabilities, and sharing personal narratives about her fitness endeavors.

AUGUST VIRTUAL RETREAT

AUGUST 24-26, 2020

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Self-Defense Instructor + Owner of Girls Fight Back

NICOLE SNELL

Nicole Snell is a dynamic international speaker, host and full-contact self-defense instructor specializing in sexual assault and violence prevention education, personal safety and empowerment.  Her self-defense training includes IMPACT LA (where she is also a lead instructor), Defense Against the Armed Assailant training, FAST defense & the GFB Speaker Academy. She is an NACP Credentialed Advocate, a collaborative partner with Difference Makers (10 Strong) and sits on the Board of Directors for IMPACT Personal Safety. Nicole was featured in a self-defense instructional video by Tastemade Travel that won a People’s Voice Webby Award in May 2020. Nicole is the creator of “Outdoor Defense”, an IGTV series that provides safety strategies to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors solo, which was inspired by her love of adventure, the outdoors and traveling/hiking solo.

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Professional Trail and Ultra Runner + co-founder Out Run

ADDIE BRACY

After going from a walk-on to a school-record holder and national qualifier at the University of North Carolina, Addie Bracy decided to move out to Boulder, Colorado in 2012 to pursue the marathon. Addie focused on the road and track for five years and had success in everything from the 3k steeplechase to the marathon, including qualifying for the Olympic Trials twice in the marathon and once in the 10K. A few years later, Addie made the switch to trail and ultra running and won a national title at her first trail race, the 2016 USATF Mountain Running Championships. Since then Addie has gone on to win multiple national titles in mountain and trail running and notched a 9th place finish at the 2019 Western States Endurance Run. Addie is a recent graduated from the University of Denver where she received a master’s degree in sport and performance psychology, she applies her knowledge as a coach to her athletes at Peak Training. She and her partner Corey Conner founded Out Run, an organization that seeks to empower and connect LBGTQ+ individuals within the running community.

SEPTEMBER VIRTUAL RETREAT

SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2020

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Oiselle, HOKA One One Athlete + Activist

ALISON DÉSIR

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and the world and by The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45, Alison is a Global Athlete Ambassador for Hoka One One, an endurance athlete, activist and mental health advocate.  Alison is the founder of Harlem Run (an NYC-based running movement), Run 4 All Women  (an initiative that has raised over $150,000 for Planned Parenthood), and the Global Womxn Run Collective (an organization that empowers womxn leaders globally that are not given a seat at the table).

 

Passionate about community, mental health and fitness, Alison's nickname, “powdered feet,” comes from the Haitian Kreyol saying, which describes a person so active that you never see them, just the footprints of where they’ve been in powder. Alison started running distance after a period of depression, and, over the past several years, has been able to Find Meaning on the Run.  When Alison is not running, she is working to resolve and speaking passionately about issues related to women and girls as well as mental health.   Alison holds her BA in History, MA in Latin American and Caribbean Regional Studies, and EdM in Counseling Psychology, all from Columbia University

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DPT + Owner Reform PT NYC

ABBY BALES

A lifelong athlete and nine-time marathoner, Abby’s passion for fitness and sports led her to launching a personal training company in NYC in 2007. Abby then took her education to the next level and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University.

During her time at NYU, Abby watched her friends and other female athletes struggle to return to sports postpartum and was inspired to specialize in the area of women’s health. She became a passionate advocate for pelvic floor pre-habilitation and rehabilitation and tirelessly attends continuing education courses specifically focused on pregnant and postpartum active females.

A mother of two, Abby strives to treat clients in the clinical setting and enable women to return to sports and fitness empowered and with confidence.