My name is Coach Kelly and here’s a little information about me:
I started running after receiving a postcard in the mail that said “Train to End Stroke.” I had lost my father suddenly to a massive stroke in 2002, when I was pregnant with my son. I was very close to my father and losing him was very hard for me to say the least. I had gained weight and couldn’t get myself motivated to do much of anything. After my son was born I was 207 pounds! When I received the postcard in 2006, I knew I needed to check it out. I wanted to “End Stroke”, but didn’t know what “Train To” meant. Well, turns out that meant train for a marathon! So, I signed up! I trained to run a full marathon in Kona Hawaii. I lost lots of weight and I did it! I completed my first marathon in 5 hours and 17 minutes, and more importantly, I raised nearly $7,000 for the Stoke Association.
My father continues to motivate me today. Running changed my life! It helped me find peace and it continues to challenge me daily. I now just LOVE to run and love racing! Since my first marathon in 2006, I have completed 27 full marathons, 10 half marathons, and 26 ultra marathons! My longest run to date is a 24 hour treadmill run where I covered 106.49 miles! I have qualified for and run the 2012 Boston Marathon with a qualifying time of 3:47:12.
In July, 2012 I completed the RRCA Certified Running Coach program and started “Running with Kelly.” In the fall of 2023 I completed the requirements for the RRCA Level II certification, with a youth designation as well.
I have coached novice and experienced runners to reach greater distance and speed. I also developed and coach the Hero Training Program, a learn to run program benefiting Heritage Christian Services.
I am a happily married mother of two awesome adult kids, work as Guardianship Coordinator at a local nonprofit, sing in church choir and I'm the race director for the Heritage Hero Run + Stroll + Roll in Rochester and Buffalo, NY.
My favorite quote is by T.S. Eliot: “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” I hope to help you find out how far you can go!
27 Full Marathons including Boston, NYC and Kona
26 Ultra Marathons, including 100k, 50 miles and 50k and 24 hour (80 miles)
Fundraising runs including 24 hour treadmill run covering 106.49 miles and 65.5 miles from Lockport to Rochester
Multi sport events including Flower City Duathlon and IronGirl Triathon