Launch Team is looking for volunteer coaches. The program is
designed to engage youth 18 and under in an effort to set them on
the path to the successful completion of the REVEL Big Cottonwood
Half Marathon in Salt Lake City. Prospective volunteers should be
comfortable working with teenagers in small groups and must have a
passion for running with a positive attitude. Formal coaching
experience is not required but volunteer coaches should have a
general knowledge of half marathon training plans and of other
race day preparations.
The program is scheduled to last from June until the race in
September. Coaches must be available for group runs two days a
week for 1-2 hours each. Coaches will work with the head coach of
each location and the program director. Coaches will be
compensated with a free entry to REVEL Big Cottonwood half
Rayna Drago: Program Director and Head
Coach of Cottonwood Heights group: I love to run and I love
to coach runners! I started running marathons over 14 years ago
with the Los Angeles Roadrunners and after my first marathon I
was hooked! I continued to run many more races and have
completed 34 marathons and over 60 half marathons to date.
Because I loved my LA training group so much I became a Pace
Leader and then an Assistant Coach and then 9 years later, I was
given the position of Head Coach of the Westlake Village
Roadrunners. I love to train people and encourage and support
them on their quest to complete any and all running distances.
Since moving to Salt Lake City, I am grateful to have been given
opportunities with the REVEL Big Cottonwood family and now The
Launch Team. To help these great kids train hard and dedicate
themselves to completing a half marathon is amazing and
Catie Ball: Head Coach of the Daybreak
group: I enjoy racing and have run dozens of races from
half marathons up to 50 miles, and realized along the way that I
enjoy helping others train for their goals as well. I found that
I especially enjoy training and running with my children! Of my
ten children, eight of them have completed at least a 5k, and
four of them have completed half marathons. Watching them work
to accomplish a difficult goal and seeing them enjoy the rewards
of their effort is incredible. Being able to take that
experience and work with other youth in The Launch Team, and
helping them achieve a huge goal, is an awesome experience!
Lane Brooks: Head Coach of the Thanksgiving
Point group: I have run 45 marathons and founder of the
Launch Team. My son McKay is the inspiration for this program.
McKay ran his first half marathon after completing the inagurual
year of the Launch Team.
Head Coach of Las Vegas Launch Team: Having grown up on
a farm in Idaho I love being outside. I knew I was strong
bucking hay bales and moving sprinkler pipe but soon learned I
didn't have any endurance when I took my first exercise class at
college and had to run a mile but couldn't. I took the challenge
head on and pushed myself. I became passionate about running
soon after and have been running ever since. I earned a degree
in exercise and nutrition and trained for my first 1/2 and full
marathons. I have since run eighteen half marathons, ten full
marathons, certified as an RRCA running coach and helped a
handful of others train for their races around having and
raising my 5 young children and my husband's busy schedule.