Dr. Richard Hansen, DC, DACBSP, CSCS (Head Coach of Roots Running Project)
- Coach Hansen is a former collegiate distance runner for UC San Diego. He was the head XC and Track coach at Peak to Peak High School from 2009-2014 before leaving to start the Roots Running Project. Richard implements Coach Vigil’s training for Alia Gray, while incorporating much of the same philosophy with the Roots Running Project athletes. Additionally, coach Hansen holds his doctor of chiropractic license, is a sports physician diplomate, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He routinely lectures on proper distance running training, sports injury management, and implementation of strength and conditioning. He has had the opportunity to work with over 20 Olympians and has been a medical provider at the USATF Outdoor Championships. He owns a private sports medicine practice in Boulder, CO called High Altitude Spine and Sport.
Dr. Joe Vigil (mentor and coach of Alia Gray)
- Roots Running Project is heavily influenced by legendary distance coach Dr. Joe Vigil. Coach Vigil, formerly of Adams State University and the Mammoth Track Club, is the driving force behind our group’s philosophy and was recently awarded the USATF Legendary Coaching Award. We are grateful for the opportunity to work and consult with coach Vigil, who also advises the Big Bear Track Club while personally coaching Brenda Martinez.