Natalie Johnston

NATALIE JOHNSTON – FOUNDER / HEAD COACH – LOCAL TO PA & NJ

Natalie has been running since she was 13 years old, and has been a competitive athlete since the age of 3. She competed in sports ranging from horseback riding, competitive swimming, to dance. However, running was the one sport that stole her heart! She says,”Running frees my mind and soul, you can just grab your shoes and run anywhere!” Through many ups and downs in her life, running was the one place for her to let go, meditate (aka release her emotions), and grow as a person. She believes running is more than just getting fast times, it’s about connecting to something deeper in yourself. She believes that running saved her life in many ways. Through High School and College all Natalie thought about was being the best and getting fast, since then she has changed her way of thinking, and believes that you should train like you want to run until your 100. With that mindset, she has been able to run faster, be less stressed, and enjoy her runs even more now than she did before!

QUALIFICATIONS

  • RRCA Certified Running Coach
  • Certified USATF Level 1 Track Coach
  • Certified NASM Personal Trainer
  • Head Coach – Bucks County Road Runners (Current)
  • Assistant Coach – Front Runners NY (Former)
  • Assistant Coach – Central Bucks East (Former)

  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
  • Red Cross Bachelors in Psychology

HIGHLIGHTS

Natalie ran competitively for both Division I and Division II colleges (Cross Country/Track). During her college running career she battled numerous injuries and can truly sympathize with the frustrations that go along with it. She took those frustrations and made it her goal to understand the body and how to train and fuel more efficiently. If you’ve had injuries in the past or currently, and are trying to gain confidence & want to kick butt again, Natalie can help you! In her post collegiate years, she has trained herself in mostly road racing from 5k – marathoning. She also is versed in track events ranging from the 800m – 10k. So, if you want to rip up the track and run some faster events she’s game for that too!

  • 1500m (Indoor) – 4:56
  • 2000m Steeplechase – 7:29
  • 3000m Steeplechase – 11:36
  • 5000m Cross Country – 18:19
  • 5 miler – 31:01
  • 10k – 38:45
  • 10 miler – 1:04 (Broad Street 2019)

  • Half Marathon – 1:25
  • Marathon – 3:25 (Berlin 2014 – First & Only Marathon So Far!)

MO’ATH ALKHAWALDEH – ASSISTANT COACH – PRINCETON, NJ – RUNNING COACH

Meet Mo’ath Alkhawaldeh, elite marathoner and Head Coach of Princeton Running Club , and works for Princeton University as a Financial Analyst. Mo’ath was also a recipient of the 2017 Athletes in Excellence Award of the Foundation for Global Sports Development. Mo’ath currently trains with Coach Ryan Hall and holds a marathon PB of 2:20:08 (Berlin Marathon 2019) 

“Mo has contributed greatly to a positive team atmosphere in which champions are created. Mo is a person of character and integrity whose commitment to the sport provides an example of excellence.” 

— Deena Kastor, Olympic bronze medalist, Chicago and London Marathon winner, and American marathon record holder

QUALIFICATIONS

  • New York Institute of Technology (Bachelor’s in Accounting; Master in Human Resources Management. and Labor Relations)

  • 2017 Athletes in Excellence Award US-based Foundation for Global Sports Development 2017 Invited speaker, French Embassy, New York City 

  • Sport for Society 2016 Selected for “Rodale 100”: 100 people positively impacting the world 2015 Selected for “50 Most Influential People” in Running, Runner’s World

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2019 Berlin Marathon in time 2:20:08

  • 3 times winner for Princeton Half Marathon 2017,2018 and 2019 with 1:09 (Course Record holder) 

  • 2019 Tokyo marathon in time 2:23:08

  • 2018 NJ Half Marathon Champion 

  • Top 30: 2017 Chicago Marathon in time 2:25:09

  • Placed 8th out of more than 3,000 runners in the 2017 Miami Marathon (Elite Full Marathon listings) 

  • Placed 24th out of more than 25,000 runners at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg 2016 in time 2:27:35 

  • Placed 149 out of more than 58,000 runners at the BMW Berlin Marathon in time 2:30:57 

  • Placed 20th out of 30,000 runners at the Vienna City Marathon 2015 in time 2:33:36 

  • Placed 30th out of 15,000 runners at the Vienna City Marathon 2014 in time 2:36:44 

  • Placed 40th out of 20,000 runners at the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon 2013 in time 2:37:40 

Hilary Lorenz

HILARY LORENZ – ASSISTANT COACH – LOCAL TO NYC & NEW MEXICO

Hilary Lorenz has been running since she since the 6th grade. She got her first taste of completion running the mile at age 12 and breaking her school record with a 6:04 at her second track meet. She went on to run cross-country, play softball and basketball. Hilary stayed a life long runner, while going to art school, both undergraduate and graduate and settling in New York City. She ran mostly for fitness, but after turning 40 the fire to run the NYC Marathon kicked in. After training for 7 months, she not only completed the marathon but qualified for Boston. From there her competitive spirit came back and Hilary was running 15-20 races a year, with the majority of them in the top 10 of her age group with some first place finishes. Hilary enjoys running everything from the mile to fifty miles, with her favorites being the 5k cross country and 50K trail races. She believes that staying healthy and working hard enough to progress while keeping it easy enough to not burn out or become injured is the key to success, long term development no matter what the age. Hilary lives in both Brooklyn, NY where she runs the parks and Abiquiu, NM where she runs at altitude high up in the mountain.