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Our Certified Running Coaches advise you on what works for you in distance running, training and nutrition, helping you to avoid common running mistakes and running your best race.

Our coaches encourage you to best your best. We inspire you when the run gets tough and work with you to ensure that running is fun and beneficial to your health.  We are all teammates working to ensure that every club member is the best they can be.

We coach club members for any distance race from a mile to a marathon, anywhere in the world. Our coaching philosophy is to work with you to train smart, train well so that you arrive at the start and finish of your race safely.

We understand that runners can choose any FREE race training plan from several thousand free training schedules available online and in your local running store. However, members of Run2LIVE enjoy having a custom plan designed for them focused on their goals, enhancing their strengths and strengthening their weaknesses.

Our club members enjoy having a team on their side that includes a nutritionist to assist with helping club members to “Eat to Train and Eat to Recover.” This philosophy ensures that club members are getting the proper nutrition to help them become stronger runners.

Club members have access to our online strength training programs designed by fitness instructors. The benefit is to build stronger runners who are more resistant to common running injuries.

Meet the Coaches

DawnMarie Goins, Esq.

Distance Running Coach

In 2013, after losing seventy pounds, DawnMarie met and fell in love with running, and since May 2014, she has run in numerous 5K, 10K, and 15K races, and she has completed 8 half marathons. Last year, DawnMarie completed 2 marathons — the New Jersey Novo Nordisk Marathon on May 1, 2016, and the New York City Marathon on November 6, 2016 . Dawn also became a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified running coach in 2016.

Stephen Jackson

Head Coach

Stephen Jackson racing in the 2016 Brooklyn Half MarathonStephen Jackson, entrepreneur, Executive Director and Head Adult Distance Running Coach, Certified Nutritional Therapist and Certified Weight Management Specialist for Run2LIVE, Inc.. Stephen fell in love with running while training to run a marathon. Prior to running Stephen would bike ride as a way to stay healthy. Unfortunately Stephen didn't ride in the cold winters and every spring he was fighting to lose winter weight and get healthy. Stephen decided to train for a marathon as a way to change his lifestyle and get off of the medications for High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol. One of the 1st things Stephen did on his running journey was to hire a personal coach. It was Stephen's thirst for knowledge and conversations with his coach that led to Stephen to getting his RRCA Coaching Certification. Stephen became interested in nutrition through changing his relationship with food and he decided to assist club members with doing the same by becoming certified in Nutritional Therapy and Weight Management. Through studying physiology Stephen has become very adept at working with runners who are going through rehabilitation as Stephen focus on proper running form, strength training and stretching to enforce weaken areas and promote recovery. Why I Run - Stephen Jackson Save

Bea Whitaker


Photo of Bea WhitakerI am ophthalmologist by profession who fell in love with running nearly 4 years ago.   It was not surprising that I craved more knowledge about running as a sport.  I've led group runs as a member and later ambassador of BGR! NYC and went on to obtain USTAF Level 1 and RRCA coaching certifications. My favorite distance is a tie between 10 miles and 13.1, but I definitely like the challenge of taking on 26.2 miles here and there.   I  also tell people that running shouldn't feel like a chore.  It if, does mix things up.  Try a fartlek workup, add in bike riding or swimming.

Mekela Mongerie

Certified Running Coach & Sports Nutritionist

Hey Mekela here, I have been running all my life in some fashion or another, starting with team sports as a child, moving on to summer camp cross country teams and intermediate school track teams.  As I grew into my fitness life, I have always returned to running as a quick way to get results. There is a family history of high blood pressure and diabetes, so I am forever working to stay healthy. I was participating in my job’s health challenge when I was introduced to Black Girls Run (BGR) in 2012.  I became one of BGR ambassadors for the Central New Jersey chapter, where I learned to lead and motivate groups.  This experience led to my RRCA Endurance Coaching Certification and Advanced Sports Nutrition Certification.  I like helping others achieve their goals.  I have raced numerous 5ks, 10ks, 5 milers, 10 milers, half marathons and 4 marathons  and still counting. I love running, and other outdoor activities, such as biking, hiking, water sports. My tag line as of late has been “Take It to the Next Level.” And I am always trying to do so.    

Xiomara Ogando

Distance Running Coach

Hi Everyone! My name is Xiomara Ogando aka Xio!  I am super excited to be a running coach with Run2Live.  My running journey started 5 years ago, training with Team In Training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I dedicated my very first race, the Women's Mini 10K (as called at that time) to my dear girlfriend's sister, who we lost to Leukemia in that year.  The months of training and running experience culminated into an immense passion for running.  Fast-forward, I am IN LOVE with running.  I've completed various 5ks, 10ks, half-marathons, and three marathons to date (New York City Marathon in 2014 and 2015 and Chicago in 2016)!  I also obtained the RRCA Running Coach Certification in 2015. The beauty of running  is not only the benefits for mind, body, and soul, but also the bond and relationships formed with members of the running community.  I love to be surrounded by like-minded, high-energy and high-spirited, positive people.  This running thing has transformed my life.  I look forward with my continuing my journey and also inspiring, motivating, and coaching other people too!  Cheers!