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 (DACBSP), and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). He routinely lectures on proper distance running training, sports injury management, and proper implementation of strength and conditioning for endurance athletes. He has had the opportunity to work with over 20 Olympians and has been a medical provider at the USATF Outdoor Championships and Olympic Trials. He owns and operates 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.
Assistant Coach: Jeff Boele
- Jeff has coached in a variety of settings since beginning his coaching journey in the fall of 2000. Although most of his experience lies in distance running, Jeff has worked with youth, high school, collegiate, and adult athletes across all event areas of Track & Field. After competing collegiately, Jeff began his coaching career at Greenville College in Illinois (2000-2005) before moving to Boulder to individually pursue post-collegiate running. In 2010, Jeff joined the coaching staff at Lyons High School where he coached middle school and high school athletes through 2017. During his tenure, Lyons saw multiple team and individual state championships in cross country and T&F. Jeff also guided the training for Paul Roberts: 2 x NXN All-American (2014, 2015), Foot Locker All-American (2015), and 2015 IAAF World Junior XC Qualifier. In addition to coaching duties, Jeff has served as the elite athlete coordinator for the St. Vrain Track and Field Invitational, the largest T&F invite in the the sate of Colorado. Jeff routinely lectures on distance running training, including proper implementation of strength training for distance runners of all ages.