Ruben Sança – Head Coach/Founder
Ruben Sança is an Olympian from Cabo Verde who competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the 5,000 meters. Ruben began his running career at the O’Bryant High School in Boston and graduated with personal bests of a 4:32 the mile and 10:09 two mile. He then attended UMass Lowell, where he became a 4-time All American and 3-time New England champion in distance running. At UMass Lowell, he lowered his personal bests to 4:07 in the mile and 8:41 equivalent for the 2 miles. Ruben attributes his running success to his relentless passion for the sport of running and the changes in coaching and training environments, which provided him with more opportunities and greater challenges [read more].
Kevin Beck – Coach/Web Content Manager
Kevin Beck, a senior writer for Running Times Magazine for over a dozen years, competed sparingly in college, recording bests of 15:51 for 5K and 32:56 for 10K. Shortly after graduating from the University of Vermont in 1992, he made the marathon his event of long-term focus, running 2:39:37 in his initial attempt at the distance in 1994. Over a period of seven years, the New Hampshire native steadily carved his personal best down to 2:24:17 – good for seventh among Americans and 28th overall at the 2001 Boston Marathon. That his development as a runner occurred almost entirely on the roads as a post-collegiate athlete gives him a world of insight when it comes to advising motivated marathoners with relatively limited or non-existent high-school or NCAA running backgrounds [read more].
Nate Jenkins – Coach/Marathon Performance Specialist
Nate Jenkins, who placed seventh at the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of 2:14:56, is a native of Templeton, Mass., a small town on the far western outskirts of the Boston metropolitan area. He has spent his whole life in Massachusetts, graduating from Narragansett Junior-Senior High School and then obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He now teaches middle-school math in Methuen, just down the Merrimack River from Lowell [read more].
Jill Chisholm – Coach/Community Manager
Jill Chisholm is the founder and president of Sole Sisters Running Club, an all-women’s club and nonprofit organization established in 2013 and based in Wilmington, Mass. Sole Sisters, which already boasts 300 members, is a member of both the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and USA Track & Field (USATF). Jill is a member of the Board of Directors and oversees all aspects of the club’s operations [read more].
Matt Chittim – Coach
Matt Chittim brings an increasingly common background to the Lowell Running coaching mix: That of the adult-onset runner who has always had a broad-based and intense interest in athletics, not only as a competitor but as a student and a guide. Matt is a former college basketball player who went on to coach hoops at the collegiate level, and is certainly no stranger to the crucial concepts of motivation, organization, and teamwork. In his popular podcast and approach to running, he demonstrates a consistent flair for keeping things fun and interesting while still valuing excellence and rare achievements [read more].