Meet the Coaches

The PR running family is supported by 6 RRCA certified running coaches.  We want to help you reach your running goals.  Read more about our coaches!!

Tina Ahrens

Tina Ahrens

I love running! I have run on and off throughout my 20s & 30s, but my passion for running really started in my late 30s.  I have run 17 marathons, including 2 Boston.  I have also participated in 5 Ragnar Relay races and 2 Half Ironman races in the past 9 years.  My passion for running led me to become a running coach and become one of the co-founders of PR. I get so much satisfaction from coaching, when at the finish line, I see the excitement and pure joy of accomplishment wash across the faces of those we have helped get to the finish line!  Priceless!!

Diane York

Diane York

I have run on and off my entire life, but it didn’t really catch fire until 2008 when I decided to run the Chicago marathon. Since then, I have finished 10 marathons – 4 Chicago, 3 Boston, Paris, Big Sur,  Nashville and Mountains 2 Beach!  In addition to marathons, I have completed 2 duathlons, 5 Ragnar Relays and numerous half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks. While training for my first marathon, I quickly learned that running those long distances on my own was not very enjoyable, so I made the best running decision I have ever made and joined up with a group of runners that made running way more fun! Over the years, I became an RRCA coach and am now one of the co-founders of PR. I run because of the awesome people I get to meet, the friendships I have developed and for the fun of it and I coach for the same reasons!

Everett Phillipps

Everett Phillipps

Once an ice hockey and soccer player growing up in Canada and abroad, I became a “Distance Runner” on my 48th birthday at the New Orleans Marathon.  In the past six years, I have completed 13 full marathons and 5 ultra-marathons (50K distance only) both on road and extreme trails in seven states and in Canada.  I have developed a strong passion for running and am an avid reader of books on long distance running.  While relatively new to coaching (RRCA certification April 2013), I have been a pace leader for the Fox River Trail Runners marathon training programs for the past several years. Most recently, I co-coached the FRTR 2013 Chicago and Naperville marathon programs.Highly enthusiastic and always willing to share my experiences, I especially enjoy helping to motivate new runners achieve their goals. I now devote a considerable amount of free time leading a Walk 2 Run program at the company where I work, and, in addition to joining Performance Running as a distance coach. I am the Head Coach for the Jack Marston Melanoma Research Charity teams training for 2014 Chicago, New York and Naperville Marathons.

Monica Hardin

Monica Hardin

I started my running career while living in Atlanta, GA.  My first marathon was in October 2006 in Dublin, Ireland.  It was going to be my one and only marathon – something on my bucket list.  Well, 7 1/2 years later, I have run 19 marathons, 8 half marathons and an Ultra.  Yes, I was hooked.

I began Coaching in 2007 working for Team in Training/Leukemia Society.  My “specialty” is newbies and slower runners.  I love watching someone run their first 10 mile run – their face is just a ray of sunshine when they finish that first double digit run!  I am also certified to coach walkers.  I have also worked with the Galloway program to coach run/walkers.

I also love to swim, and was a competitive master swimmer until 2006 – when I had to have neck surgery and that sort of ended the swimming career!  I still swim on a local team and am training for my first half ironman.

I live in Geneva with my husband Tim, 2 kids and 2 dogs.  In my “spare time”, I knit, quilt, needlepoint, practice yoga, cook and I love a good mystery book.  I used to work in Marketing and Advertising, but retired 10 years ago to be a stay at home mom.  Now, I don’t know how I would find the time to work again.

I am a member of the 50/50 club – 50 marathons in 50 states –  and the Marathon Maniacs.  I would love to run a marathon in every continent – have to get my kids out of the house first!

On Saturday’s you will find me with “The Sweepers”.  We are the group that makes sure everyone is safely off the trail.  And I love running outfits!  “I don’t run good, so I look good running”.

Dan Donka

Dan Donka

I have been running for over 20 years and have participated in several running events; including 7 marathons.  I also enjoy giving back to our running community by volunteering, which I do often, including volunteering for security duty at the finish line of the Chicago marathon, which was been extremely rewarding.  I have been an RRCA certified running coach for 1 1/2 years and have been involved in marathon training programs for the past 4 years as a coach and pacer.   Over the years, running has become more enjoyable than competitive……which means that I can still have a beer the night before a race!!  Carbs are good – right

Sue Hinds

Sue Hinds

I have been running for 20 years, in between raising two daughters, now 19 and 22, but I didn’t start my marathon journey until 2007 when I ran the Chicago Marathon. Since then, I have run over 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon and I am looking forward to going back to New York this year to complete the New York Marathon.  However, my favorite marathon to date is the Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota.  I enjoy running with a group because it makes training for marathons a lot more enjoyable than training on my own and sometimes it provides some much needed run-therapy.

In addition to coaching the half and full marathon training programs for PR, I recently started a running program for the kids of the Kaneland school district where I work as a 2nd grade teacher and I am having a blast, while teaching kids the importance of being active and having fun doing it!

WE PUT THE FUN IN RUN.