UESCA Endurance Running Conference


The speakers chosen to present at this year’s conference were selected based on being the best in their specific areas of focus. More speakers will be added to this page as they are confirmed.

2024 UESCA Conference Speakers

Jason Koop

Head Ultrarunning Coach – CTS

A graduate of Texas A & M, Jason Koop is the Head Coach for CTS – Ultrarunning and principal of UESCA.  He is the author of ‘Training Essentials for Ultrarunning – Editons 1 & 2”’ which has become the benchmark books for ultramarathon training. During his coaching career, he has managed over 100 endurance coaches and several hundred athletes of all types, abilities and sports.

He is also a sought-after speaker and presenter for all topics relating to ultramarathon performance.  He is coach to many of today’s top ultramarathon athletes including Dylan Bowman, Kaci Lickteig, Timothy Olson, Stephanie Violet, Dakota Jones, Kelly Wolf and many others. An accomplished ultrarunner in his own right, he has finished some of the most difficult races on the planet including the Badwater 135, Hardrock 100, Leadville Trail 100, Wasatch 100, Bear 100 and Western States 100.

Nell Rojas

Professional Runner/Coach

Nell Rojas was born and raised in Boulder, CO where she now trains professionally and coaches all ages and abilities. She competed in track and field and cross country at the University of Northern Arizona where she earned a B.S in Exercise Science and won numerous conference titles in the steeplechase and 5k.

After college, she tried her hand at being a professional triathlete before retiring to go back to her roots of running. She won Grandma’s Marathon in 2019, went on to finish 9th at the Marathon Olympic Trials, and was the first American to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon in 2021 and 2022, putting her in 5th and 10th place, respectively. She is now training to earn a spot on the 2024 Olympic Marathon Team. 

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Dr. Matt Hanson

Professional Triathlete/Coach

Dr. Matt Hanson holds an MS in Health and Physical Fitness, and an EdD in Adult and Higher Education. Dr. Hanson is a professional triathlete and triathlon coach. He has an extensive background as an athlete and is highly educated in all things sports-related. As an athlete, Matt comes from a wrestling background, but running has always been a passion of his.

In 2014, his first year as a pro, Matt set three run course records and won Ironman Chattanooga. He has since tallied 11 professional wins, including four Ironman North American Championship titles. Matt’s educational background and training record make coaching a natural fit for him. Coaching since 2013, he has helped triathletes reach their goals at all distances. 

Robby Ketchell

Data Scientist

Robby Ketchell is a data scientist whose career in professional sports began with Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling where he was the Director of Sports Science, and was known as the team’s ‘secret weapon’ for the number of innovations he brought to the sport. Amongst his many technological achievements, Ketchell is the creator of the fastest speed suit in the world, the BAT Box – the world’s first onboard aerodynamic measuring device to replace a wind tunnel, and Platypus, the first big data analytics tool in cycling. Following his time with Garmin, he joined Team Sky / INEOS Grenadiers – helping the team to four Tour de France victories. Most recently Ketchell served as a critical member of the performance team for Eliud Kipchoge’s INEOS 1:59 challenge.

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Dr. Kirsty Elliott-Sale

Professor of Female Endocrinology and Exercise Physiology

Kirsty completed her undergraduate degree and PhD [Exercise Physiology] at Liverpool John Moores University. Her PhD examined the effects of female reproductive hormones on muscle strength and since then her work has primarily focused on female athletes.

She worked as a Lecturer at Brunel University and the University of Brighton, before undertaking a four-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Kings College London. She worked at Nottingham Trent University for 12 years, before joining the Institute of Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2022 as a Professor of Female Endocrinology and Exercise Physiology.

In addition to her research on female athletes, which includes the menstrual cycle, hormonal contraceptives, and menstrual dysfunction, her work in recent years has involved designing and implementing exercise interventions during and following pregnancy in a variety of populations including servicewomen (i.e., military personnel), athletes, and women with obesity.

She has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, expert statements, and editorials on/for sportswomen. In addition, she works with many organizations such as the United Kingdom Sports Institute, the European Club Association, Manchester Thunder Netball Team, and Arsenal Women’s Football Team and is part of several special interest groups and advisory boards related to female athletes.

Dr. Lawrence Van Lingen

Structural Integration Specialist

Dr. Lawrence van Lingen is a bodywork specialist who has helped thousands of people overcome pain and injury and enhance their sports performance and everyday well-being. He has over twenty years of experience in sports chiropractic, physical therapy, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, movement coaching, and breathing techniques. As a triathlete and runner, Lawrence has a holistic view of the human body and its functioning. 

Lawrence is the founder of Innerunner, an online community with masterclasses, workshops, programs, and teachings that aim to transform your running and movement potential. He helps his running community and world-class athletic clients, such as Red Bull, Mr Price Running, Santa Cruz Syndicate and athletes such as Greg Minnaar, Ryan Sandes, Taylor Knibb, Jan Frodeno,  and Flora Duffy, to name just a few, to run better, move better, and feel better. 

Lawrence van Lingen is a passionate and inspiring leader who wants to share his knowledge and vision with the world. He believes that we are all genetically engineered to run and that we can rediscover our innate ability by following the Innerunner path. He is a professional, friend, and guide to many people who want to improve their lives through running and movement.

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Nick Tiller,Ph.D

Exercise Scientist and Researcher – Harbor/UCLA

Dr Nick Tiller is an exercise scientist and research associate at Harbor-UCLA and author of The Skeptic’s Guide to Sports Science, named one of Book Authority’s “Best Sports Science Books of All Time.” As a leading authority on the physiology and pathophysiology of ultramarathon, Dr Tiller authored the inaugural Position Stand on nutritional considerations for the sport.He is also an associate editor at the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, a columnist at Skeptical Inquirer magazine, and a columnist at UltraRunning Magazine. For his ongoing work in science communication, evidence-based inquiry, and critical thinking, Tiller was elected to the position of Fellow of the Committee For Skeptical Inquiry in 2023, alongside luminaries like Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Steven Pinker. Website: www.nbtiller.com; Twitter: @NBTiller

Mandy Mullen

Race Director/Running Coach

Mandy Mullen is the owner of the run.Windsor Race Series, co-owner of run.Colorado relays and a certified UESCA Run Coach. What she started as a women’s running group in 2017 has evolved to nine local endurance events ranging from 5k to 50k distances, hosting 500-1000 runners per event, and two cross-state overnight relay races. Their mission is to support community wellness, economic development and give back to local nonprofits. 

She is a Colorado native with a Marketing degree from Colorado State University. She was inspired to become a better runner and a positive part of the running community after their experience at the Boston Marathon in 2013 where her husband ran. Mandy set her own running goals, and today runs ultra-marathons, with her third Leadville 100 scheduled for 2023. 

The run.Windsor team is small, with Mandy serving as the Race Director, her husband as the Timer, a full time Director of Events, many volunteers and community supporters. Mandy is highly involved in the community and serves on two local non-profit boards. She owned and operated a Group Fitness studio from 2019-2022, and recently co-founded a local nonprofit. 

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Sammie Lewis DPT

Physical Therapist

After several years of working in sports biomechanics as a biomedical engineer, Sammie earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado. She is the co-founder of Golden Endurance Physical Therapy and Performance in Golden, CO and specializes in the rehabilitation, strength training, and coaching of trail runners.

Along with running her business, Sammie helps teach the Biomechanics course for the University of Colorado Physical Therapy program. She is certified in dry needling and specializes in strength and conditioning. She also races ultras and has podium finishes at races including San Juan Solstice, the Madeira Sky Marathon, and Quad Rock.

Ryan Frankel

Serial Entrepreneur

Ryan is a serial technology entrepreneur and was most recently the CEO and Founder of This App Saves Lives (TASL), a mobile platform designed to put an end to phone-based distracted driving. TASL is the first U.S. company in history to be awarded Social Innovator of the Year by Fundacion MAPFRE.

Previously, Ryan co-founded VerbalizeIt, a language translation platform hatched at Wharton, incubated at Techstars, featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, which was later acquired. 

Prior to earning his MBA at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, Ryan was an investor for Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group. 

Ryan is an Ironman triathlete, former collegiate baseball player, Inc. Magazine Top 35 Under 35 entrepreneur, Techstars mentor, and author who resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife, two young children, Golden Retriever puppy and his pair of running shoes.

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Meredith Terranova MS

Sports Nutritionist

Meredith Terranova has been helping her clients reach their nutritional goals since 2004.  Through Meredith’s guidance, her clients have reached goals ranging from losing weight, wellness nutrition, race nutrition, training and recovery nutrition, and others using a real world nutrition approach. 

Eating healthy and preparing healthy meals at home has been a part of Meredith’s lifestyle for many years.  Her passion to share this lifestyle strengthened after taking food science and culinary classes as part of her nutrition degree at University of Houston.  Meredith received her BS in Human Nutrition and Consumer Science from the University of Houston in 1997, followed by her Internship in 1998. Because learning and nutrition are an ever evolving she recently continued her studies receiving her MS in Advanced Nutrition and Human Performance in 2020, with her thesis on Gut Microbiome and Endurance Athletes. 

As an ultra-distance runner, triathlete, and swimmer, a healthy lifestyle is part of her daily routine.  By living what she teaches, she has experienced a huge impact on training, performance, and recovery.   This is evident as she continues to see success at every distance from an Ultraman to a 100 mile run in the mountains. 

Nat Collins DPT

Physical Therapist

Nat Collins has been treating ultrarunners in the Colorado Springs area for over a decade, with extensive experience managing injuries common to both beginners and podium finishers alike. He has worked with athletes during their successful bids to recover from injuries and return to win or podium at The Western States 100, Leadville 100, Badwater, HURT 100, Tarawera, UTMB, as well as Olympic qualifying marathoners and middle distance runners.

Nat received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL (2012). Prior to attending PT school, he completed Masters research in myocardial and mitochondrial dysfunction at Colorado State University. Nat is board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), has a strength and conditioning certification with the NSCA (CSCS), and is also certified by Kinetacore in functional dry needling (FDN).

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Dr. Harlan Austin

Sports Psychologist

Harlan Austin, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with national certifications in sport psychology and addiction psychology.  With 20 years of experience working in the sport and clinical psychology field, Harlan has worked with individuals focused on high-performance, return-to performance, and leadership development. Harlan has served in many roles including performance consultant, clinician, program developer, and clinical director. He has lectured and presented at national conventions on the topics of sport and performance psychology, clinical sport psychology, athlete psychological assessment, athlete rehabilitation, and athlete return to sport. Through his career Harlan has had the opportunity to work with professional athletes (NBA, MLB, NFL, Boxing, LAX, Ski, Snowboard), healthcare professionals, US Special Forces groups, and high-level executives.

Harlan’s enthusiasm for sport psychology stems from merging his academic and athletic interests into one. Through finding the balance of passions, he believes that sport and performance psychology has a place in all areas of life. He has had the opportunity to deliver performance psychology perspectives in multiple contexts, including university and high school athletic departments, hospital settings, sports medicine clinics, active military groups, and for individual professional clients.

Lori Thomson

Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Ph.D Candidate

Lori holds a BA and MBA and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Health and Human Performance with a focus on performance biomechanics and strength training for endurance athletes.  Presently, Lori is a contract coach for the EF Cycling and is a contract researcher and writer for UESCA.

Based in the Chicago area for 18 years, Lori chose to pursue her academic career with a full scholarship instead of professional soccer, which she had played semi-professionally.  

After years of racing and competing, Lori now dedicates her time to coaching and educating athletes. With 16 years of strength and conditioning coaching, compiled with 11 Years of movement screening analysis, 13 years of endurance coaching, and as a former gym owner, Lori continues to learn ways to improve her coaching toolbox in order to enhance an athletes capabilities. 

“I will always diagnose an athlete’s movement in order to prescribe the optimal path for peak performance.”

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Faith Raymond Strafach, MS

Director of Coach Development – UESCA

Faith holds a BS and MS in Marine Science from the University of Connecticut. She is the founder of Run Long Run Strong which focuses on coaching ultrarunning athletes of all distances and abilities. In addition to her coaching practice, Faith is the Director of Coach Development for UESCA. Faith lives with her husband and two feline fur babies in Vermont.

Christine Otten, CPACC

Accessible Website Designer & SEO Strategist

Greetings! I look forward to connecting with you at the 2024 UESCA Endurance Running Conference!

I am an accessible website designer and SEO Strategist. With over 20 years of experience in website design and SEO, I specialize in crafting online platforms that are not only visually compelling but also strategically designed to enhance a business’s visibility and client engagement.

As a professional committed to web accessibility, I am certified through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) as a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). This commitment is championed by my strong skill set in web design, front-end development, and SEO strategies, ensuring that the digital platforms I create are accessible, impactful, and effective.

At the 2024 conference, I’ll be sharing insights into cost-effective website solutions tailored for endurance sports coaches, along with actionable SEO strategies that are simple to implement yet powerful in driving your coaching business forward.

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Adrienne Fischer JD

Small Business Attorney

Adrienne holds a BS from New York University, and a JD from Southwestern Law School. She is a Denver-based lawyer/mediator creating quality, accessible, and comprehensive legal solutions to help her clients.  Adrienne has represented hundreds of small businesses, helped clients raise millions in funds, and protected her clients’ brands. She has found that she is happiest when she is helping startups and small businesses find solutions that are right for them. Adrienne has always been an entrepreneur at heart and finds herself in the same boat as her clients – building a business to take it to its full potential.

During her time in New York, she interned for the first blind judge appointed to the federal bench. Before law school, Adrienne spent a year working for an entertainment law firm in Beverly Hills and when in law school, she interned with the TV litigation department at NBC Universal and completed a full-time federal judicial externship in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Adrienne holds an active bar license in Colorado and California.

Dov Mowszowski CPA

Certified Public Accountant

Dov is the managing member and owner of Accounting & Tax Services. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado and New York, as well as a Chartered Accountant in Australia. Dov has extensive international business experience in M&A, finance, accounting, operations, manufacturing, and distribution. 

After spending six years in the audit divisions of large public accounting firms in New York, Sydney (Australia) and Johannesburg (South Africa), Dov began his entrepreneurial career in Australia as a Controller and was promoted to Chief Finance Officer and then to Chief Executive Officer of Lighting Corporation Ltd. (a lighting manufacturing and distribution business that began as a start-up and, under his leadership, grew to become the largest industry player in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.) His roles at Lighting Corporation Ltd. included leading the company through strong organic growth, an IPO, listing on the Australian Securities Exchange, numerous bolt-on acquisitions, capital raisings, a successful defense from a hostile bid, and a final exit through the sale of the company in an agreed takeover at a record price.

Upon the sale of Lighting Corporation Ltd, Dov set up a small private equity fund which acquired small loss-making businesses in various industries in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Through this firm, Dov revamped each business resulting in a material improvement in performance and culminating in the profitable sale of each business.

Through his diverse and unique background, Dov has gained a plethora of knowledge to help businesses large and small succeed in today’s tumultuous business environment

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