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Summer/Fall 2016

Team Dynamo ROCKED This Season

From Start, Through Middle, To End!

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From the TO Ekiden Relay in June (above), on through the long hot summer of training, and on into fall racing season (below), the Dynamo crew put forth amazing efforts and displayed tremendous camaraderie. What a dream it is for us coaches to work with runners like you.  We couldn't be more proud of you or inspired by you!

Hamilton TrioOakville Gang

(above left) Anu Bentley, Mark Clingen and Jacquie Jacobs all with podium finishes at the Hamilton 10K)

(above right) Some of the Oakville/Mississauga crew mug for a pic while celebrating Coach Kev's birthday.  Definitely the Spirit Award winners of 2016 goes to this bunch.  You've set the bar high for the Toronto groups next year ;o)

(below left) Dynamo teammates Andy Sykes and Val McLeod celebrate their 12th and10th place Age Cat finishes at the muggy Waterfront Half.

(below right)  Dynamo rookie Hayley Chiaramonte beaming with pride after her marathon debut in Hamilton this fall, in a Boston Q time of 3:36 no less!

  Hayley CAndy and Val

Nov 29/16 - Many thanks and big hugs and high fives to ALL of you this past season.  Despite some less than ideal race day weather at many of the big fall running events, we still had over 100 incredible race results achieved by our intrepid MDI Team Dynamo. WOW!

(most of which, if you hadn't already done so, you can review on our MDI FB Group Page in the Albums section and/or recent posts, along with dozens of great race photos, so peruse away! Click Here)

It was also FABULOUS to bring together almost 120 of you over a week ago at the big "Dinner With Krista Duchene" Tween Seasons bash!  Such a wonderful way to spend an evening looking back on last season, ahead to next season, and on reconnecting with running friends, and meeting new ones.
Krista D   Granite Brewery
4 at KD night
Midtown gals

4 at KD night

There were 4 lucky award winners that night as well (and by lucky I mean super hard working bad a$$es!)

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 (above left) Tiffany Simms, along with Coach Kev, Marathon Mom Krista Duchene and Coach Roz Morton, wins the "Diamond In the Rough" Award (aka "Most Improved") for her incredible season where she PB'ed by almost 30 min in the marathon, as well as at EVERY other race distance from 5K up!

(above right) Soroush Hatami wins the "Rookie of the Year" Award for his smashing 3:05 all time PB at the hot and humid Waterfront Marathon

(below left) Andy Sykes picks up this year's Nutcracker Award (aka "Hardest Working") for his dedication to training which resulted in PB's at both the marathon (3:32) and Half (1:37) 

(below right) Fulvia Manarin takes home the coveted "Closest To Perfection" award for her all time 3:25 marathon PB at Chicago, which earned her a top 10 placing in her Age Cat in a World Marathon Major!

Andy S

Fulvia M

For more of the great pics from that evening...

click here


And thanks to all who brought used running shoes for the CESC to support Kenyan orphan education.  Quite a payload, for such a worthy cause!

 Kenyan shoes

Thanks again to those of you who we've been blessed to work, run and play with this past season (and perhaps many seasons past), and a shout out to those of you who would like to give Marathon Dynamics a try THIS coming season.  What are you waiting for?  We start...NOW!

May 8/16: What a massively, and somewhat unexpectedly, amazing day it was at the SL10K this year.  Because most of our runners focus on slightly longer events in the spring, we usually only have a dozen or so runners do Sporting Life.

But this year...whoa! We had close to 50 Dynamos on course! Over 20 were running the race, and more than 2 dozen at the 4K Water Station, where it was most definitely "Raining Purple"!

Thanks first and foremost to the crew who so generously gave of their time on Mom's Day to come out and support Toronto's biggest running guys did an incredible job!

As for those running? Here's a quick "TOP 20 Perfomances" alphabetically (hope I didn't miss anyone ;o)

LAURAL ADAMS 55:32 - All time PB
ROYA ALI-KHANBEGI 48:42 - All time PB
BEV ATUNES 35:01 MDI Alum - 3rd Woman!
CLAIRE BRAMMA 39:54 - 4th AC (near PB)
AUDREY DANAHER 1:08:44 - All time PB
BEN FEFERMAN 51:15 - All time PB
JENNIFER FRALICK 1:00:29 - 9th in AC
LESLEY GALLINGER 1:08:30 - Strong run
ANGELA GANSTAL 44:50 - 4th in AC
LIZ HANSON 45:50 - 19th AC
FULVIA MANARIN 44:21 - All time PB, 11th AC
DASI MOSCOVITCH 48:35 - All time PB
MARIJA RADIVOJEVIC 45:19 - Strong run
TIFFANY SIMMS 46:51 - All time PB
COACH KEV 33:44 - 1st overall master
KAREN SOOS 45:48 - All time PB
MAUREEN STOCKER - 59:36 Best in 5 yrs
HEIDI VAN BAEL 47:00 - All time PB
COACH DAN WAY 34:24 - 5th in AC

Teamwork makes the Dreamwork!

 Dynamo Waterstation
Laural A SL10K

To see more GREAT pics from the big day, click here!


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May 1/16: On a chilly, rainy, and blustery day when fast times (and great race pics ;o) were very hard to come by, our hale and hearty Dynamo runners threw down and found a way to compete...and many surprised with truly amazing feats! Congrats to ALL of you on your dig-deep efforts last Sunday, but especially to...

Alison Yasu Lisa Missy Mara

Top 40 GTA Double-Header Weekend Performances:

Ghazaleh Afshari - Calgary 15K - 1:21 - Best race in 2yrs!
Cathy Annetta - Missy 5K - 30min - Great comeback race
Joe Barth - Goodlife TO Half - 1:52 - 13th in age cat (AC)
Anu Bentley - Goodlife Mara - 3:48 - All time PB (6th AC)
Sarah Black - Missy Half - 1:58 - Smart comeback race
Geoff Cameron - Missy 5K - 17min - 3rd place, 1st Master!
Bob Carreau - 5 Peaks Enduro #1 - 57min - 2nd AC
Brian Cupit - Missy Half - 1:16 - 5th overall, 1st Master!
Lisa De Marco - Missy Half - 1:57 - solid comeback race
Sherlita DiBratto - Goodlife Half - 2:00 - AllCtime PB
Nick Friedman - Missy Half - 1:37 - 12th AC (almost PB)
Claudette Germain - Goodlife 10K - 53 min - 1st place AC
Ryan Goldvine - Goodlife Mara - 3:14 - Bstn Q (almost PB)
Heather Grey-Wolf - Goodlife Half - 1:59 - Best in 5 yrs
Jennifer Hassum - Goodlife TO Half - 1:50 - All time PB
Yasu Kajiwara - Missy Mara - 3:22 - 1st in AC!
Anastasia Konovalenko - Goodlife Half - 1:46 - All time PB
Paul Kundarewich - Vancvr Half - 1:34 - Just missed PB
Faith Lee - Mississauga 5K - 25min - 1st in AC
Ashley Leone - Goodlife Half - 1:36 - 4th AC (best in 8 yrs)
Tim Leys - Goodlife TO Mara - 3:56 - Solid debut
Mike Long - Mississauga Mara - 3:30 - HUGE all time PB
Paul Monahan - Goodlife TO Half - 1:44 - 13th AC
Eric Morris - Goodlife TO Half - 1:35 - All time PB (20th AC)
Janice Morris - Goodlife Half - 1:40 - 9th AC (almost PB)
Marta Mussacaleca - Goodlife Mara - 3:53 Huge PB! 
Angelique Plata - Goodlife TO Half - 2:29 - All time PB
Stephanie Porter - Vancouver Mara - 4:04 - hard, hot day!
Marija Radivojevic - Goodlife Half - 1:48 - Training run ;o)
Sergio Rueda - Goodlife TO Mara - 3:40 - Smashing debut!
Kevin Searle - Mississauga Half - 1:40 17th AC (all time PB)
Tiffany Simms - Goodlife TO Mara - 3:57 - Great debut!
Alison Stevenson - Mississauga Mara - 4:05 - Bstn Q
Suzanne Sutcliffe - Goodlife TO Half - 1:56 - 16th AC
Katie Thomas - Mississauga Half - 2:01 Gutsy effort ;o)
Heidi Van Bael - Goodlife Half - 1:47 All time PB (17th AC)
Coach Dan Way - Mississauga Half - 1:16 - 4th overall!
Kelly Zyblock - Goodlife Mara - 3:50 - Huge PB (7th AC)

Go Go Team Dynamo!

 Tiffany G MissyAnastasia GL Half



Race Roster 8K
Apr 3/16: Cold + Windy = GREAT Racing ;o)

At least 15 of us tested our race mettle against the frigid temps and gusty winds this weekend.
Here's the impressive results!

Coach Kev - 28min (2nd overall master)
Coach Seanna Robinson - 30min (4th master, 8th overall woman!)
Jenn Pitts - 39min (PB, 9th in Age cat!)
Anastasia Konovalenko - 39min (PB,12th AC)
Tiffany Simms - 39min (PB, 13th AC)
Joe Barth - 42min (4th in AC!)
Jenn Trowell - 42min (16th AC)
Lisa DeMarco - 44min (15th AC)
Melinda Montgomery - 45min
Angelique Plata - 54min (10min PB!)
MEC 15K:

Eric Morris - 1:06 (all time PB)
Janice Morris - 1:07 (all time PB, 3rd woman!)
Sherlita Di Bratto - 1:25 (all time PB)

Angus Glenn 10 Miler:

Christine Moffitt - 1:21 (all time PB, 7th AC)
Cathy Annetta - 1:44! (what a comeback!)

Some great pics despite the not-so-great weather--click here!
RR SRO 8K gang


Apr 18/16: It turned into an unexpectedly tough day this year, with warmer than expected temps, unrelenting sunny skies, and a steady east/north/east headwind for all to contend with.  The result was a still a bit puzzling...statistically, the slowest Boston marathon in decades! 

As such, a number of Dynamo runners suffered along with the rest of the Boston field, which makes even more remarkable some of the standout performances of a few...most notably:

Paul Jamael - Nearly all time Boston PB 2:59 (incredibly, 29th in age cat!)
Dave Gauthier - An all time marathon PB of 3:02 (and a negative split!)
Roz Morton - 3:21 Boston debut (94th AC)
Mark Clingen - 3:46 (Boston debut, 3:05 pace @ 35km, then...ooh boy ;o)
Liz Hanson - 3:55 solid Boston (5th Boston)
Andy Sykes - 3:59 Boston debut
Helen Bagshaw - 4:05 Boston debut
Bill Haust - 4:10 (just training through, # bazillionth marathon ;o)
Jacquie Jacobs - 4:12 (Boston best, and 73rd in AC)
Sandro Cupillari - 4:27 Boston debut (suffered through 2 injuries en route)

and Coach Lawrence Warriner, who had far (really far!) from his best Boston in this his 15th tour, but at least he got a great story out of his experience.  Click here to read on!
Dave Gauthier moments after his 3:02 all time marathon PB! 
 Dave G Boston 16
The ever-photogenic Jacquie Jacobs races toward marathoning's most famous finish line!
  Jacquie Boston 16
A jubilant Paul Jamael thrilled with his 2:59 "near Boston PB", and best ever age cat placement (29th!)
 Paul J Boston 16
Well done team! We're VERY proud of your efforts at this most prestigious of marathon events.


Apr 3/16: It was an extra windy and downright chilly affair out Hamilton way this past weekend, but that didn't deter more than 30 intrepid Dynamo runners from takin' it to the Hammer!
Even in the rough conditions, 10 of you raced to all time ATB best ever, and a bevy of impressive debuts as well. Way to rock the race gang!
Without further ado, Team Dynamo's "Top 30" ATB Performances...

GHAZALEH AFSHARI 2:56 Solid progressive run
STEPHANIE ANDERSON 2:36 Smashing debut
ANU BENTLEY 2:35 All time PB!
SARAH BLACK 3:04 Tough as nails - great effort!
CLAIRE BRAMMA 2:20 All time PB (12th Age Cat!)
TAMARA CHIPPERFIELD 2:47 Solid mid-season test race
CHRIS CHIPPERFIELD 2:46 Helping your better half ;o)
SEBASTIEN DHONTE 2:24 Solid effort
RYAN GOLDVINE 2:09 All time PB!
TANYA GRANT 2:48 All time PB!
JACQUIE JACOBS 3:06 Pre-Boston steady LSD
YASU KAJIWARA 2:32 Post Tokyo Marathon
SUSAN KALLSEN 3:15 Big comeback effort!
MIKE LONG 2:24 All time PB!
ROZ MORTON 2:16 Pre-Boston LSD/racepace
SERGIO RUEDA 2:31 What a debut!
KEVIN SEARLE 2:24 All time PB!
JANICE SHEARER 3:28 Grittiest Dynamo effort!
RICHARD ST. JOHN 2:37 Impressive 5th in AC!
MAXINE STEINBERG 2:58 Notched a sub 3 ;o)
ALISON STEVENSON 3:06 Post Tokyo Marathon
ANDY SYKES 2:40 Pre-Boston LSD/racepace
JENNIFER TUNG   2:47 Debut (yes?)
Coach LAWRENCE WARRINER 1:55 Pre-Boston tune up
Coach DAN WAY 1:52 Not bad for 'not racing'!
KELLY ZYBLOCK 2:34 All time PB (15th AC)

(below) Some of the gang pause for a pre-race pic before putting their game faces (and mitts!) on before the start ;)
ATB Gang Prerace


 Pre Chilly Half Crew


   Post Chilly Half Crew

Mar 6/16: Everyone gave it there all out there in the cool, calm, sunny conditions, we know that, and we're proud of all of you!  As we do every year, here is our listing of the "Top 21 Chilly Half Perfomances" from our crew who raced (not strictly the fastest, but best relative to one's ability at race time).  Listed alphabetically. 

LAURAL ADAMS 2:12 All time PB (huge!)
GHAZALEH AFSHARI 2:00 Strong effort, building back
HELEN BAGSHAW 1:45 10th in Age Category
ANU BENTLEY 1:46 All time PB (15th in AC)
MARK CLINGEN 1:20 All time PB (4th in AC)
RALPH COCHRANE 1:53 Just "Racepacing" 16K
BRIAN CUPIT 1:17 2nd AC, 1st race in 16+ years
LISA DEMARCO 2:01 Just "Racepacing" 16K
NICK FRIEDMAN 1:38 Bang on, big confidence-builder
DAVE GAUTHIER 1:22 All time PB (10th in AC)
RYAN GOLDVINE 1:26 All time PB
JACQUIE JACOBS 1:50 All time PB (7th in AC)
PAUL JAMAEL 1:21 All time PB (6th in AC)
SUSAN KALLSEN 2:06 Great comeback race effort
ROZ MORTON 1:30 5th in AC!
JANICE SHEARER 2:18 Solid ATB Racepace
RICHARD ST. JOHN 1:43 4th AC, strongest half in years
ANDY SYKES 1:40 All time PB

Some great pics of our crew in action...check 'em out - click here! 
The gals


 Sarah Danielle Jenn

Dynamo runners Sarah Black, Danielle Noon, and Jenn Trowell sporting both the old and the new Purple Power singlets at the Waterfront Half

Sept-Nov/15 - What a season! Your Dynamo run coaches are elated with the determined tenacity you guys demonstrated in training, and the savvy and spirit you showed on race days over the past couple of months. What a joy it was to see so many of you sporting our new Purple Power gear out there--way to represent!

In the past we've done reports on each "biggy" race event, but we've been so busy wrapping up the season, that we've done one big summary this time.

Some of you got lucky with race day conditions (Waterfront, for example), some of you did not (Chicago and Hamilton of course!), but just about everyone took what the day gave them and turned it into something very special.

TO Tween Seasons Party

 Some of the crew stuck around after Sasha's talk for a "Runfie"

It was such a pleasure to gather together with some of our Toronto area runners in mid November at our Tween Seasons Party at the Granite Brewery, to celebrate with each other and enjoy the presentation by our very special guest speaker, Canadian champion distance runner Sasha Gollish.  She helped coaches Kevin Smith and Jennifer Faraone present a few awards to some very deserving Dynamos, before tons of draw prizes on behalf of our sponsors.

 Claire B Award

Claire Bramma accepting the "Rookie of the Year" award.  Not one but 2 all time Half Marathon PBs in 1 month (1:27 at WF for 3rd in her age cat) sealed the deal!

 Roya Diamond In the Rough

Roya Ali-Khanbegi receives the "Diamond in the Rough" award (aka "most improved), for her monstrous 26min PB at the Waterfront Half (1:55)

Dave G Closest to Perfection

Dave Gauthier is a deserving winner of the "Closest To Perfection" award for his incredible 3:05 Boston Q PB at Lehigh Marathon, an 18min improvement since just last year.

Without further ado, we'd like to highlight some of the most impressive and inspiring Team Dynamo results over the past couple months.  Alas, here are...


Did you made the list?  CLICK HERE to see! Please note:

* Many runners didn't make the list, but at least a dozen of you super keeners made it TWICE (all the more reason to heed our "race at least twice before the biggy" advice ;o)

* as judged by relative improvement and/or race day execution, not solely on finishing time. Listed alphabetically. PB denotes "Personal Best". AC denotes "Age Category".  BQ denotes "Boston Qualifier"

* If you feel we've overlooked your (or another runner's) performance, PLEASE let us know right away.  Remember to always email us w/your results/reports!  We apologize for any oversight (it's a big job keeping track of every Dynamo runner...but we do our best ;o)

Thanks as well to all of you who sent us sensational pics from your race experiences.  Stats are cool and all, but pictures capture the real emotion of the day. 

FacecookCheck out the pics below (click for hi res) or click here  to visit our Dynamo Fall 2015 Facebook photo album.  Some great shots there already, but if you have any more we can add, please send! 

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(left) Adrian Constantinescu & Karin Lindner celebrate at the finish line of the Berlin Marathon (right) Anu Bentley looking strong on her way to a 3:54 "redemption" at the blustery Hamilton Marathon.  (below) Coach Kev and standout masters Dynamo Paul Jamael mug for the camera after strong runs at the Toronto 10 Miler.

 Kev and Paul

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All-Star Tiffany Simms

I used to run as a kid in school and loved it so much but when I developed asthma my mother made me stop. After graduating university, I started running again to clear my mind and feel like a kid again - it was and is my favourite thing to do so I kept going.

I ran my very first race (Sporting Life 10K) in 2013 and as soon as I crossed the finish line I was hooked! I ran a half marathon two weeks later (like any sane person would) and developed my first stress fracture. I continued to run in pain, and use the winter months to partially recover, then start back up in the spring. I would cover roughly 70K/week, but wondered why I wasn't getting any faster. Iwould complain to my husband who then asked around and discovered that the number one recommended running coach in Toronto was a fine gentleman by the name of Kevin Smith.

I met Kevin on one of the coldest days in 2016 and completed a mile trial with him. He was very informative and patient with me because my ultimate dream was to qualify for the Boston Marathon and at that time I was nowhere near the shape I needed to be in with two stress fractures. As a runner, every time I was pounding that pavement I would fantasize about running in the Boston Marathon. It would bring tears to my eyes each time I thought about it because it was my ultimate goal. I wanted my BQ more than anything and I knew how hard it was to achieve and felt at many times it was close to impossible.

Kevin put a training plan together for me and I was determined to nail each and every workout, since I knew that if I really wanted to achieve my running goal I would need to put my dream ahead of everything else and focus on it. My family and friends were very supportive although they thought and still think I am crazy but I was ok with that.

With Kevin’s help, guidance and support, I was able to achieve a PB in every race distance this season and after two marathons I finally have my Boston Qualifier! I simply cannot express in words how truly grateful I am to Kevin and his coaching team for all the valuable advice and support that was given to me. This life achievement has taught me that if I work hard enough and never give up anything is possible. It really is.

THANK YOU KEVIN from the bottom of my heart.  

 Tiffany S

Tiffany ran Personal Best (by 27min!) of 3:30 flat @ Toronto Waterfront Marathon to qualify for Boston

Roya Ali-Khanbegi  

I started running 3 yrs ago & 2 yrs ago joined MDI. I’ve had my ups & downs, and when i wanted to stop because of a disappinting race result, Coach Kev encouraged me to stay focused and adjusted not only my training plan but also my goal. In addition, I have an amazing Thursday morning group who I look forward to train with, and has kept me motivated… 3 yrs ago I ran Scotia half in 2:22:02 and today I ran 1:55! Whoot Whoot!

Roya AK

Dynamo Runners RULE!
"I just wanted to say THANKS!  Without you, your help and support, I never would have improved this much.  You went the extra mile with me (pun intended!), by giving up a lot of your time to teach and coach me through each and every concern I had (which I know were many!).  You believed in me that I could accomplish my goal…and made it really easy - all I had to do was to follow your program.

I am truly grateful and you have made me a better runner!"

Dynamo runner David Gauthier, who has improved his marathon by almost 45 min since joining Marathon Dynamics, recently running a 3:05 this fall to qualify for Boston!

Dave Gauthier

Dynamo Newbie Rocks It!

Marathon Dynamics, and Coach Kevin, took me beyond my extensive reading and personal attempts to apply what I've read and enabled me to achieve a personal best time (1h24min) in the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon) I wouldn't have believed possible--8 MINUTES!

They did this through creating a customized plan and then monitoring and adjusting it and encouraging me every step of the way.  MDI coaches without overcoaching, and provides a great social environment enabling the runner to achieve their goals!

Mark Clingen

 Mark C

Janice Morris - True Dynamo

Through Marathon Dynamic's program, I've come back from pregnancy as a stronger and faster runner. I've gone from bed rest to personal best, qualified and ran my first Boston Marathon 6 months after giving birth to my third child and just recently ran a half marathon PB (1:39 2015 Waterfront Half)

 Janice M

New Dynamo Andrew Auerbach  

"I have a hectic schedule and couldn't commit to fixed group runs. Kevin created a customized training plan for me and was always available for e-coaching.

Marathon Dynamics prepared me to qualify for Boston with a PB of 3:11. Even better I beat my marathon time last October by 22 minutes! I'm looking forward to working with Marathon Dynamics for Boston. I know the group work would have been ideal but Marathon Dynamics was able to tailor a program around my needs."

Andrew Auerbach


MDI Runner Feedback...
"Marathon Dynamics coaches offer a positive focused atmosphere for people at a variety of skill levels, which is something I very much appreciate. Their friendly encouragement has worked like a tonic to inspire me to push through my own obstacles and reach my traing goals. This is one of the most intense activities I’ve been involved with; I get to with feel the burn and the joy...marvellous!"
Jacquie Jacobs - qualified for Boston at her debut marathon in her 1st season with MDI
 Jacquie J Testa
I would like to thank Marathon Dynamics...

...for designing my perfect training plan. Kevin Smith provided me with e-coaching which made my dream of qualifying for Boston a reality. I am so proud of my accomplishment and know I could not have done it without MDI.

Thank you very much!

Don Campbell

Don Campbell

First Time's A Charm  

What an amazing weekend and race in New York City! I finished in 4:37, and can't imagine another race topping this one! I could not have progressed this far without your help. I kept with the program and it really paid off.

Thank you again for all your help in preparation for this all season long!

Marathon debutant Cathy Annetta

Cathy A

Does Marathon Dynamics Really Work? Just as our runners!  

"Marathon Dynamics is a great way to train from beginners to advanced marathoners. The MDI program has provided the structure and support to allow me to successfully train at a high level whlie still meeting all my other responsibilties as a father, husband, veterinarian, business owner, and recreational hockey player! During my three years with MDI, I have managed to stayed injury free and my marathon personal best has gone from 3:13 to 2:58!"
3 year MDI veteran Brett Warren

Derek Gracias

Thanks to the structure, coaching and environment the MDI team offered, I was able to complete my first marathon in 3:18 in October 2014.

The initial benchmarking and comprehensive training plan allowed me to measure my progress and kept me focused on my goal.  The support and encouragement from Kevin and the team of MDI coaches was instrumental in improving my technique, speed and most importantly, mental sanity as I approached race day.

I would recommend Marathon Dynamics to rookie and experienced runners alike looking for a great environment and great results.


Dynamo Fulvia Manarin

Thanks for all your encouragement! Every season the training plan you create challenges me ever so slightly that I don’t realize it. I love running with my BFF’s and being a part of an even bigger great running group: Team Dynamo!

Since I joined MDI, I've improved my Personal Bests every season. Kevin has been instrumental in offering advice; not just about the running, but about all factors involved in successful marathon training, such as nutrition, good sleeping habits, appropriate dressing, and injury prevention. 

Fulvia just ran her all time PB of 3:28 at the 2014 NYC Marathon!
Don't wait for your ship to come in...
Run out to it!
Dynamo Runners Rave...  

MDI Rocks! Why? The Personalized Training Plan and the Weekly Group Coaching. I did both. The result? 18 weeks later I qualified for Boston! The Plan was personalized for me, advocated cross training combined with a sensible number of non running days and was easy to follow. So I was realistically able to manage life outside running. And bonus...when I needed my Plan to be tweaked (due to really rough winter weather) it was easily done.

The Weekly Group Coaching got me ‘out there’ with other runners (of all abilities) and my professional MDI Coach. The coaches are runners too and were adept at keeping me on track (literally!) with my Plan by providing encouragement, advice (by email, phone or in person at the weekly workouts) and good jokes! Boston here I come!

MDI Runner Katie Thomas improved her marathon PB by over 15 min and qualified for Boston

 Katie T

All Time Best!

Because of Marathon Dynamics, this has been the best running season on record. I have been running for many years, but never with a specific goal or training plan. This year I decided to set my sights on an 1:45 ½ marathon, never having run faster than 1:51.  With the encouragement, support and superb, easy to follow training plan I received, I was able to achieve my goal. Running the half in 1:45 was fantastic. Now onto 1:40 or less!

Thank you Kevin (and Kristin) for a fantastic season. I truly appreciated all your encouragement and support.

New Dynamo Giselle Disimone

Audrey Danaher  

Signing up with Marathon Dynamics was a great decision for me. It helped prepare me mentally and physically for running the NYC Marathon, and provided the opportunity to meet some extraordinary runners, especially on track day, dark and early.  The whole experience of the training was great and gave me the confidence to do NY.

I could not have done this marathon without it. What worked especially well for me in particular were the bits of advice you gave on track day (eg sleeping) and through your web site.  Most important though was the encouragement for us to do our best and a belief we could achieve our goals. 
You taught us that the race is something to enjoy, and that I did.  Many thanks!

Immense Improvement!

I SMASHED my PB by 14+ minutes - 2hrs9min!

Truly, truly unbelievable. I had to dig SO hard...I really don't know where it came from. So emotional and so exhausted!

Thank you SO much for all you've done for me over the last few months, I honestly couldn't have got to where I am now without your guidance and support. It had been amazing and you've helped me find a strength - both physical and emotional - that I didn't know I had.

MDI Newbie Michelle Cleave

Bev Whalen - 3:07 Debut!  

"Marathon Dynamics’ training program showed me that if I run the race the right way, I can break 3 hours.

My first marathon was painful, but the training for it was a lot of fun, and I would definitely recommend Marathon Dynamics to anyone. Whether you’re aiming for a particular time, or your goal is just to finish, the coaches will design a program that will help you safely and enjoyably reach your goal"

Midtown Dynamo Tara O

I have to say joining Marathon Dynamics has been a great decision for me. I was initially intimidated by all the great runners in your crew but I wanted to get better so decided to go for it. I have had a great time and feel like I've improved over the last few months. Everyone has been so supportive and you have been an amazing coach.

Tara O'Hagan - ran 3:55 PB at Marine Corps Marathon

Tara OHagan


Another Satisfied Customer ;o)  

"MDI does a fantastic job of tailoring your training to you. The plans are very detailed, the support is fantastic, and the results speak for themselves. Kevin really knows his stuff and his approach is both resolute and flexible at the same time. I look forward to working with them again to take the next step in my running.

MDI runner Glen Way improved his marathon PB by over 10 min in his first year with MDI (3:08 for a Boston Qualifier)

 Glen Way

Getting Faster For Years!

"I was so thrilled that you were thrilled. I could feel your genuine excitement. And you validated my sub-45. These are true traits of a high quality, caring, and remarkable coach: my preparation, my performance, and the personal attention that you give each and every one of your clients"

Long Time Dynamo Jackie Gallant, after improving her 10K PB by a full 3 minutes, running 44:39!

MDI-er Susan Kallsen
"if you follow the program you WILL get results. By following my Marathon Dynamics program faithfully I went from a 4:15 marathon to a 3:52 marathon and on to qualify for Boston. I then successfully used that program for a number of repeat performances (so it wasn’t just a “fluke”). The results are in the program – you do the time, you will see the results. And remember, if they say jump, you say how high!"
Better Than Ever!
A big THANK YOU to you and the crew for your invaluable coaching in this training cycle.
At the NYC Marathon (2014), in crazy windy conditions on a tough course, I ran a Boston Qualifier (3:20)!
After years of declining results, am in better shape now than I was 5 years ago.
This is all thanks to your plan and group workouts, and the mantra of NEGATIVE SPLITS and STRONG FINISH in long/race pace runs. You sure know what you are doing!
- MDI Dynamo Rookie Peter Malakhov
MDI Runner Stephan Steen  
"I had run 10 marathons and really needed something extra to boost my performance level if I was ever going to qualify for Boston.  With the help of MDI I managed to shave over 13 minutes off my PB at the Mississauga Marathon!  Without the MDI program and their support I could never have done so well"

MDI-er Benoit Keppenne

"8 months ago I was immobilized on an hospital bed with severe injuries suffered in a horrible motorcycle accident. I just ran my half marathon in 1:29--an 8 min PB!

This would not have happened without MDI's help. The personal plans are very effective at keeping you focussed & the camaraderie of the group running sessions and coaches push you to the limit without you even noticing it!"

Benoit K

MDI Rookie Trevor Brown

"Your insight, training and expertise these past 20 weeks have been very valuable and have helped to make this accomplishment possible. 

I really enjoyed the team workouts and learned quite a bit about the running process that I was otherwise ignorant to, and am certain it will help to continue the improvements in my personal running as look forward to more challenges. Thanks again Kev for your insight and support"

Even more kudos?  
“Thanks to Kevin Smith and the Marathon Dynamics approach to training, I was able to fulfill a personal dream - to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  By joining the Marathon Dynamics team and following their program, I was able to improve my marathon PB from 3:57 to 3:19 in just one year!” 

“Even more important to me is that Kevin works really hard to foster a friendly and supportive team environment throughout training and coaching sessions... As a result, I have been able to establish incredible new friendships with some great people that share my passion for running.” 

New Marathon Dynamics Runner Harvey Foote

Harvey Foote

Long Time MDI Runner Susan McCallum  

You are a genius! Your plans are magic. Do the work, run the race and get the time you worked for! So happy. 49:03 is an "age equivalent" PB for me!

Thanks've never let me down!

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