• Coaching
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    Brian Hamill - Head Coach


    Brian has completed more than 30 marathons with a PR of 2:41 in St. George, Utah in 2003. He ran in the Houston Marathon as a junior in college in 1992 and hasn't looked back since. He is currently pursuing a goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 states.

    Brian is a USA Track and Field Certified Level 1 coach.

    He was a member of the Boston Running Club from 1994 through 2001 and joined Community Running as coach in the summer of 2001. Brian readily admits that he's made all of the mistakes a runner can make in preparing for a marathon. His slowest time is a 4:22. Undertraining, overtraining, starting too fast, surging in the middle, not drinking enough water, drinking too much water, and being really hung over on race day are all errors Brian is willing to help club members avoid. By day, Brian works as a chemical engineer in Lynn. He uses his engineering background to design workouts emphasizing smart pacing. Brian is at the MIT track Monday nights, and works with runners at all paces.

    Allison McCabe


    Allison has been running competitively since 1996 and looks forward to becoming a more versatile runner and expanding her knowledge of the sport. She competes in events ranging from the 800m to the 10k, with a focus in the middle distances. She holds personal best of 4:31 for the 1500m and 4:55 for the mile.

    Allison is currently competing for the Greater Boston Track Club and trains for cross country, indoor and outdoor track, along with some road races. Her most recent successes include winning the 1500m at Eastern Regionals followed by a 7th place finish at the Club Nationals. Allison competed for the University of Connecticut where she was a team captain her senior year. She then went on to receive a Masters of Education at Salem State College and is now teaching first grade in Revere.

    Allison's best running advice: "Be patient. Don't expect results overnight. Your training takes time to catch up with your racing, it could take weeks, months or even years. So try not to get discouraged even when you're in a slump, your hard work and determination will get you where you want."

    Sean Nyhan


    Sean is a seasoned who started his coaching career right out of college, where he was the UCSB assistant Track and Cross Country Coach for 2 years. In addition to coaching Charlestown Town Track Club's youth track and adult marathon team, he is an AFFA certified group fitness instructor and he has been teaching bootcamp the last couple years. He also teaches kids after school fitness one day a week.

    Charlotte Hamill


    Charlotte is a self-described "distance junkie." A varsity rower in college, she discovered running shortly after graduation and has been hooked ever since. She races in half-marathons, marathons, and ultras. She ran her marathon best of 3:13:33 this past November in New York while dressed as Winnie the Pooh. Her best half-marathon time is 1:30:49. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in Applied Mathematics. When she's not running, she's usually working at a hedge fund in Boston.

    Charlotte believes that running is something we were all born to do. She thinks it is important to listen to your own body and to trust your instincts. Her running philosophy: "be speedy, be smart, race often and always make sure you're having a good time." Her personal running motto: "Go Fast. Have Fun."

    Ryan Irwin


    Ryan was an NCAA Div I runner at Mississippi State University and named twice to ESPN the Magazine All-District team for track and field. In college, his personal bests were 1:51 for 800m, 3:54 for 1500m, and 53:13 for 10 miles. After taking a few years off of the competitive scene to complete his Masters and PhD in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech, Ryan recently moved to Boston and has refocussed his efforts on becoming a student once again to the sport of competitive running with hopes of re-setting his personal bests, while having fun along the way. He currently competes for Greater Boston Track Club in any event from 800m to 10k and will someday attempt the marathon.

    Ryan believes in training hard but training smart. The best way to improve is to maintain consistency throughout the year. This requires a sustainable training volume and a balance of determination, self-discipline, and listening to your body. If you can continue refining your training and continue having fun, running can be a rewarding endeavor that can be beneficial throughout your life.

    Gretchen Chick


    Gretchen is a competitive runner with over 10 years of experience. She has competed in distances from the 800m to the marathon. Gretchen ran cross country and track for Brandeis University. During her college career, she made several appearances at the National Division III Championships. She currently trains with the Greater Boston Track Club with coach Allison McCabe. Gretchen's best performances have occurred post collegiately, with personal records for the 3k in 9:57 and 17:27 in the 5k.

    Gretchen finds that the most joy from running comes from long runs on woody trails with good friends. She maintains that consistency is essential to becoming a better runner. Improvements can be made by setting goals, doing the little things and having fun.

    Frank Duncan


    Frank Duncan is a founding member of Wheelworks Multisport, one of the largest triathlon teams in New England, and has been a competitive triathlete for the past 12 years. He has been training and advising multi-sport athletes of all levels for more than 10 years and has worked for one of the largest cycling shops in the United States as a Triathlon Specialist and Consultant. He has recently been named to the United States of America Triathlon (USAT) regional board.

    Frank has a dual Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology and communications, with a concentration in public relations from Bridgewater State College. When not training or advising, Frank is a husband and stay-at-home dad to a wonderful three-year-old daughter.

    Amy Pace

    Amy began running after college and ran her first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, through the Leukemia Society's Team in Training program. Since then, she has run 5 Boston marathons (all as a qualifier!!), the Philadelphia Marathon, and the Chicago Marathon. Her PR in the marathon is 3:13, run at Boston 2002. While the marathon is her focus, she has also won several shorter races, including the Chatham Harbor 10K and the Back Shore 5 Miler in Gloucester. In 2000, she was awarded the first annual female runner of the year award by the Heartbreak Hill Striders. Amy also enjoys swimming and she is currently working out with a masters swim team at BC.

    Amy was born and raised in Iowa and went to school at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She came to Boston to attend Harvard where she obtained her doctoral degree in biostatistics.

    Kirsten Ward


    Kirsten, a previous member and coach of Community Running, works full time as an exercise physiologist with Joslin Clinic. She has a diverse background in the health and fitness industry. Kirsten began her fitness career as a modern dancer. From dancing she started teaching aerobics and personal training (which she still does on a part time basis and has done for over 10 years now). However, it was not until 2000 that Kirsten started running seriously when she completed The Boston Marathon. Since that time, she has completed nine marathons and will be running her 10th this season, The Boston Marathon 2004. In her "free" time Kirsten studies Pilates (she is mat certified and working on her certification for the reformer), ballroom dances, enjoys biking, hiking and ice climbing.

    Antonio de la Serna

    Tony first began running in May 2000. Since then, he has completed about a dozen marathons recreationally across the U.S. and Canada. He enjoys encouraging new runners and youth in the humble sport.

    Tony is a computer chip developer originally from Los Angeles. He holds an MSEE from the University of California, Davis, where he also performed doctoral research in digital signal processing before entering industry. Tony is the father of two bright young runners, Eva and Alicia.

    Molly Zytkovicz


    Molly joined Community Running in the summer of 1999, and continues to earn rave reviews from all who come in contact with her. When she's not working with our sub-4 hour marathoners during the week and coaching our Saturday Long Run, Molly is busy initiating a new CR program for Triathletes. Molly has run competitively since her high school days in Hingham and, in college at UMass-Amherst, she was captain of the school's Division I women's cross-country team. In 1996, while still at UMass-Amherst, Molly was the collegiate New England 10k Champion. In addition to coaching at CR, Molly is an Assistant Track & Field Coach at Haverhill High School. She is a fully licensed Muscular Therapist.