The Champion Next Door Show

The Champion Next Door Show

We talk training and motivation with top runners who share their thoughts on how to run fast, stay healthy, and engage with our incredible community.

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May 13, 2021 33 min
Nickie Luse - Dayton, Ohio

Nickie is a professional triathlete and former NCAA DI soccer player. Nickie began training for her first Ironman while working full-time as a nurse. Along the way she developed a team to support her journey as an athlete, and now works as a manager and buyer at Up and Running. Nickie has a special story about overcoming adversity, and is one of the toughest competitors in our community!

 

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    Charles Rodeheffer - Dayton, Ohio

    Charles ran 30:30 at the Minster 10K last October, 2:32:02 at the Old Glory Invitational Marathon in November, and recently ran 1:06:54 for the half marathon in Greenville, South Carolina. He is completing his Masters Degree and coaching Cross-Country and Track at Wittenberg University where he was a four year athlete himself. He will be racing in the Toledo Glass City Half Marathon on April 25.

     

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    Verrelle Wyatt - Akron, Ohio

    Verrelle ran a 1:06 half marathon, a 2:24 marathon, and a 2:57 road 50K. He finished 2nd in the 2017 Akron Marathon and became the Akron Marathon Race Director in February 2020. Verrelle is a Physical Therapist and the owner of Physio Balance & Sports Performance. He was an all-state runner for Copley High School in Akron and received a scholarship to run for Campbell University in North Carolina. V...

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    Evan Gaynor - Perrysburg, Ohio

    Evan ran 2:17:29 at Grandma's Marathon in 2019 to qualify for his second US Olympic Marathon Trials. He also qualified for the 2016 Trials by running 1:04:44 at the 2016 Jacksonville Half Marathon. Evan was a state cross-country champion in high school and a five-time All-American at Malone University. He won the Glass City Marathon twice and plans to run his hometown race again this year.

     

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    Amy Robillard - Cincinnati, Ohio

    Amy ran 2:43:51 in the 2019 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon to qualify for her second Olympic Trials. She also qualified for the 2016 Trials after running 2:44:12 in Houston. Running is Amy's second sport; she swam collegiately for the University of Arizona and was nationally ranked in high school. Her first road race was the 2002 Chicago Marathon where she ran 3:07:57, and she has won the Flyi...

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    Jake McCubbin - Dayton, Ohio

    Jake ran 2:35:53 at the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon just a few weeks after winning the Air Force Marathon with a 12-minute PR in 2:35:57. He also ran 1:11:38 at the 2019 Indy Mini Half. Jake has 11 years of service in the US Air Force and deployed while running cross-country and track for Wright State University. He has steadily improved his marathon results since 2014 and continues to train and race wit...

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    Matt Lemon - Dayton, Ohio

    Matt ran 2:19:14 at the 2019 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon narrowly missing the Olympic Trials standard. He followed that by winning Dave's Turkey Chase 5K in Toledo (14:34), and then ran the 2020 Houston Marathon in 2:24:33. He's run a 1:10 half marathon pushing a baby stroller, and has a half marathon PR of 1:06:16. Recently he ran 31:21 at the Minster Oktoberfest 10K and finished 3rd in the O...

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    JT Mackay - Cincinnati, Ohio

    JT ran 2:33:04 in his marathon debut at the Old Glory Invitational Marathon on November 1st. He also ran 31:01 at the Minster Oktoberfest 10K. JT ran cross-country and track at Mississippi State where he ran 14:48 for 5K and was 1st Team Academic All-American. He now runs for the Cincinnati-based elite team Cincinnatus Elite.

     

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    Julie Mercado - Dayton, Ohio

    Julie ran 2:53:14 in Houston this year at age 46, which was only her third marathon and her first since running Boston at age 26. She also ran 1:22:01 in November at Indy during her buildup to attempt to qualify for the Olympic Trials Marathon. Julie was an All-American in cross-country, indoor and outdoor track at Hillsdale College and now runs for Runners Plus Elite. She recently finished as the 3rd f...

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    Jeff Coudron - Dayton, Ohio

    Jeff has raced over 40 marathons and runs Speedy Feet, a race timing and management company based in Dayton. He has run Boston in his 20's, 30's, and 40's, and has completed multiple Ironman triathlons. He talks about timing the Minster Oktoberfest Classic 10K, one of the area's premier races, and his approach to competing as a life-long athlete.

     

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    Katie Ruhlman - Dayton, Ohio

    Katie ran in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon after qualifying with a 2:44:15 at the 2020 Houston Marathon. Houston was Katie's third attempt to qualify after running Columbus (2:53:58) and Indianapolis (2:46:34) in late 2019. Katie ran sprints, hurdles, and middle distance at Cedarville University, where she holds the school record in the 4x200m relay.

     

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    Dustin Sprague - Dayton, Ohio

    Dustin ran 2:23:00 (4th Overall) at the 2019 Columbus Marathon at age 44. It was his 17th marathon since he began running competitively at age 37. In the Fall of 2019, Dustin also ran 32:19 for 10K (Minster Oktoberfest Classic), 25:14 for five miles (Miamisburg Turkey Trot), 52:27 for ten miles (Fall Festival 10 Mile), and 1:10:45 for the Half (River Corridor Classic). He is entered to run Boston 2021 ...

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    Chris Lemon - Dayton, Ohio

    Chris ran 2:18:06 in the 2015 Chicago Marathon (16th Overall, 7th American) and ran in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. He has run a 1:05:38 half marathon and a 29:21 10K. Chris ran for the University of Dayton where he ranks #1 all-time in the 5,000m (14:22.1), 10,000m (29:46.3), 10K Cross-Country (30:31), and 8K (24:05).

     

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    Irene Musgrove - Dayton, Ohio

    Irene ran 3:26:03 at the Twin Cities Marathon in 2019 to qualify for her first Boston Marathon. She runs for the Advanced Running Project elite team.

     

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    Jason Salyer - Columbus, Ohio

    Jason ran the 2020 Greenville Half Marathon in 1:08:58 and the Glass City Virtual Marathon in 2:27:55. He ran for Tippecanoe High School and Bowling Green State University where he ran 14:42.75 for 5,000m. Jason established the Dayton Distance Project in 2019 helping to lead and organize competitive runners within the region.

     

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    Gabby Bobadilla - Cincinnati, Ohio

    Gabby ran the 2019 New York City Marathon in 3:09:17 and has run three of the six World Marathon Majors (Chicago, Boston, and New York City). She ran for the University of Cincinnati running club and now runs for Cincinnatus Elite.

     

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    Lizzie Gleason - Dayton, Ohio

    Lizzie won the 2019 Akron Marathon and later that year ran 2:44:41 at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials. Lizzie ran for the University of Dayton where she ranks #6 all-time in the mile (4:56.27) and 3,000m steeplechase (10:35.48), and where she helped set the school record in the 4x800m relay.

     

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    Brandon Hough - Dayton, Ohio

    Brandon ran 2:41:13 at the 2019 NYC Marathon and 50:48 at the Gasparilla 15K in February. He time-trailed a 10K (32:50) in April and a half marathon (1:12:35) in May. Brandon is race director for the Air Force Marathon and leads the Advanced Running Project, a small business that produces road races in the local area.

     

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    Dr. Jonathan Spowart - Dayton, Ohio

    Jonathan ran 2:53:43 at the 2019 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. He has run over 20 marathons including five in Boston. Jonathan grew up in England and talks about how adding more flexibility to his training allowed him to PR at age 48. He also talks about injury prevention and fueling on longer runs.

     

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    Emily Zimmerman - Dayton, Ohio

    Emily ran 1:19:28 this fall at the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon. She is the 10,000m school record-holder (34:56) at the University of Dayton. She is also ranked #2 All-Time in the 5,000m (16:42) and #5 All-Time in the 1,500m (4:30). Emily walked-on at UD after running for Alter High School. In high school she helped the cross-country team qualify for the state meet all four years and win the ...

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