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Will Rodgers
wrodgers@runninglane.com

As seen in https://www.runnersworld.com/

Will has been the “genius” behind the RunningLane training philosophy since graduating from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he earned a BS in Biology with an Exercise Physiology cognate. He competed for both the Cross Country and Track teams and was a five-time qualifier to the NCAA Division II National Championships including XC, the outdoor 1500m, and the indoor Mile.

During his coaching career, Will has helped over 200 athletes reach personal best times in distances ranging from the 800-meter dash to ultra-marathons. To date, he has helped over 50+ runners qualify for the Boston Marathon and has been featured in running magazines such as Runner's World. Will also coached high school cross-country teams to state championship berths as well as several high school runners to individual state titles.

Currently, Will coaches all levels of athletes, from those working to win their age group divisions at local road races, to those with Olympic Trials aspirations. Will has a special talent for helping struggling athletes renew their passion for racing and have break-through performances. In his spare time, Will enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, reading, running trails, and continuing to compete in local road races.


Mader_BrandonBrandon Mader
bmader@runninglane.com

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A 2-time finisher of the Boston Marathon, Brandon holds a Masters degree in Medical Physics and has been a contributing professional in the field of health and medicine.  He was a member of the Cross Country and Track teams at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he earned All-Region honors in the 3000m steeplechase.  Brandon was a standout trail runner and ran professionally under the gracious support of PowerBar.

Brandon was an assistant collegiate coach from 2007 to 2012 seeing his cross country teams to multiple NCAA National Championship berths, and has provided individual coaching to four State high-school medalists in XC and track.  Active in the running community for several years, Brandon has lent advice and training to many first-time runners as well. A student of running, Brandon believes the sport offers a framework for life from which many great things can be achieved.

 

 Coach JustynaJustyna Mudy-Mader
 jmader@runninglane.com

Justyna is originally from Poland, in Europe, and came to the US in 2007.  One of the most impressively talented runners in the Southeast she was a 5-time National Champion in the NAIA, 2-time Elite qualifier to the Boston Marathon, and a 2-time winner of the Rocket City Marathon.  She has coached since 2012 working primarily with developmental runners.  "When a runner comes to me and says 'You are so fast I can never run like that. I'm slow,' I'm just thinking c'mon you can do this!  I love to help them believe in themselves and have a good time running," says Coach Justyna when asked what motivates her.  She coaches with a strong faith in God and enjoys spending time with her husband and her dogs.

 



alana  Alana Scarano

  ascarano@runninglane.com

Alana’s desire to coach started in college when she worked for her college cross country coach as an office assistant. During this time she became a student of the sport and wanted to pursue coaching as a career. Whilst pursuing a graduate degree Alana coached at University of California, San Diego, where she helped lead the Tritons to a top 10 ranking in the NCAA DII West Region. Moreover, at UCSD she assisted in coaching multiple national qualifiers. Upon moving to Huntsville, she assisted the Huntsville High School track and cross country team, which brought home numerous All-State performances during that time. She also has developed a repertoire for aiding and training age-group athletes in their endeavors to pursue enjoyment in fitness and running. In her coaching experiences, Alana has learned she is passionate about all stages of development for runners. She truly believes that running is a lifelong sport meant to build health, relationships and character.

Alana is still very active in her own running career. In college she became a 5-time NCAA Division III All-American and 2-time National Champion. She was also part of 3 National Championship winning track teams. Most recently, Alana won the 2018 Rocket City Marathon and Bridge Street Half Marathon.

 

 Coach Jeff RhodesJeff Rhodes
jrhodes@runninglane.com

Jeff has been an outstanding competitive runner since high school. He competed 4 years at Jacksonville State University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Business Management. His passion drove him to receive a Masters in Sports Management with a concentration in Athletic Administration.  Throughout his career he has been involved in coaching high school athletes and emphasizing the importance of proper biomechanics at summer running camps.  His expertise in coaching, running knowledge, form development, and athletic performance provide an opportunity for performance growth. 

All his personal best times have come after college while working a full time job with family. Coach Jeff believes anything is possible with the right mental and physical preparation.  He is a self-driven and passionate coach as well as an athlete.  Having the opportunity to help develop athletes reach their goals provides me with great joy and satisfaction.

 

 

Mariah

If this time last year someone would have said to me, "By April 2016 you'll have run 3 5Ks and will be running 15 miles every week (and enjoying it!)," I'd have laughed and made a joke about being chased by a scary clown. But, here I am, just finished my 3rd 5K with a time a little bit better than the last.  I'm really glad RunningLane encourages beginners. As someone who has never run or even been very athletic, it's nice to have guidance and a place to get my questions answered. Big thanks to my coach, Michael for setting me up with a program that I can stick with and challenges me.  My program is just that…mine.  It is tailored to my fitness level and ability and having someone to check in with each week keeps me accountable. It’s working!  In 14 weeks with my coach and RunningLane my BMI has dropped 5 points, my cholesterol went from over 200 to 165, and my resting heart rate has lowered because my heart is healthier and happier!  Thank you, RunningLane!