STRIVE Athletics is for high school runners in Greater Boston wishing to train with a team of dedicated athletes and coaches who STRIVE to build a strong foundation for athletic development and personal growth.
Concord: June 19 – July 27
Wednesdays (6-8pm) & Saturdays (8-10am)
Wellesely: June 20 -July 25
Thursdays (6-8pm) & Sundays (8-10am)
The STRIVE Athletics summer training program will include full comprehensive training plans and twice weekly coached workouts.
Concord Program Details
- Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:00pm, starting at Emerson Field, Concord, MA
- Saturday mornings 8:00-10:00am, starting at Emerson Field, Concord, MA
Wellesley Program Details
- Thursday evenings 6:00-8:00pm, starting at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
- Sunday mornings 8:00-10:00am, starting at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Each program begins with an orientation/info session on June 19/20 for Concord/Wellesley, respectively. The first official practice will be June 26 (Concord) and June 22 (Wellesley) and the last meeting will be Saturday, July 27 (Concord) and Thursday, July 25 (Wellesley). No practice will be held on July 4.
Each group is limited to a maximum of 25 students.
- High-quality instruction and coaching
- Individual attention and encouragement for all athletes
- Knowledgeable training that emphasizes healthy, long-term development of athletic potential
- Well-documented training activities that can be shared with and adapted by school teams and coaches
- A collaborative approach to training that encourages athletes to share training plans, including specific workouts, drills, strength circuits, and supplemental core strength development with their high school coaches
The STRIVE Athletics Summer Program offers:
- Individualized training plans for each student-athlete
- Appropriate mileage and intensity targets based on the athlete’s experience and goals
- Benchmarks and progress milestones
- Specific preparation for Fall cross country
- Twice-weekly coached sessions
- Dynamic warm-ups for strength and mobility
- Core strength exercises for injury prevention
- Focus on aerobic running (primarily on trails) with introduction of tempo and hill work appropriate for summer base-building
- Biomechanical analysis and injury screening by licensed physical therapist
- Exclusive STRIVE Athletics Gear bag with team singlet, T-shirt, water bottle, theraband, and stretching rope
- USA Track and Field membership
- Q&As with professional athletes and coaches, including:
- Tyler Andrews (STRIVE co-founder and World 50K Gold and Silver Medalist)
- Marielle Hall (2016 US Olympian)
- Others TBA
- Email access to and 1-on-1 consultation with STRIVE coaches throughout the program
- Discounted tuition for future participation in STRIVE’s International Programs or other STRIVE Athletics programs
STRIVE Athletics provides regular training sessions and team activities planned and led by coaches with decades of experience mentoring young athletes. The program also offers educational opportunities through guest speakers and workshops, as embodied in the overall mission of STRIVE.
While some STRIVE athletes have competed at the highest levels of high school and college Track and Cross Country, the program is open to any athlete with a sincere interest in athletic and personal development.
STRIVE Athletics does not attempt to replace an athlete’s school team. STRIVE coaches are high school coaches themselves, who respect and value the dedication and camaraderie of high school teams, and the expertise of their coaches. Therefore, STRIVE Athletics takes a collaborative approach to training, making all its workouts, drills, strength circuits, progressions, etc., available to high school coaches without limitation. Our goal is to provide structure and motivation for athletes to continue their athletic and social development outside of their school seasons so that they can return to their school teams with greater fitness, greater knowledge, and greater enthusiasm.
Jon has been coaching high school Track and Cross Country for nearly 20 years and, when he’s not coaching, continues to train and run competitively. As an athlete he won a national age-group championship in the mile, and at one time held the American M45 outdoor record for 3000m. Jon began his coaching career as the distance coach at Newton North High School (Newton, MA), where he coached two individual state track and cross country champions, and his teams won four straight Bay State Conference titles and a Massachusetts Div I State title.
Since 2007, Jon has been Head Cross Country and Track & Field coach at Concord Academy (Concord, MA), where his athletes have earned 40 League All-Star and 26 All-New England honors. Dozens of his athletes have gone on to successful college running careers, and one, STRIVE co-director Tyler Andrews, is a professional runner and member of a United States National team, and is coached by Jon to this day.
One of Jon’s proudest accomplishments is working with the Concord Academy Athletic Department to start the school’s first Track and Field program. From humble beginnings (a single runner the first season), the program is now one of the most popular sports at the school, with well over 50 students participating each year thanks to Jon’s enthusiasm, expertise, and reputation. Since the program started, CA Track and Field athletes have won numerous individual New England titles and one national title, and many athletes have gone on to compete at the NCAA level.
As a coach, Jon’s philosophy has always been to focus on improvement and on learning to love the training process. He considers the success of his athletes and teams to be the predictable outcome of providing athletes with individual attention and encouragement, working with each runner to find the optimal training stimulus, and emphasizing long-term improvement over instant results.
Jon is a Level 1 USATF-certified coach and in the summer is a staff coach for the Northeast Kingdom Running Camp.
Maggie has been the Head Varsity Cross Country Coach at Newton Country Day School since 2012. In her six years at Newton, Maggie’s teams have consistently been at or near the top of the highly competitive Eastern Independent League, twice earning league titles and twice winning the New England Division III Championship. The runners she has coached have earned 18 EIL league all-star designations, and 10 all-New England honors. In recognition of her team’s accomplishments, Maggie was twice named her league’s Coach-of-the-Year.
Maggie is a Level 1 USATF-certified coach and, when not coaching Cross Country in the fall, is a head coach for the Needham Youth Track Club and a staff coach for the New Balance-sponsored Northeast Kingdom Running Camp.
Maggie is also an accomplished runner in her own right. She began running at Marian High School in Framingham, and went on to compete in Division I Track and Field and Cross Country for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. Since her graduation in 2010, Maggie has been training and competing with the Greater Boston Track Club Racing Team. She holds positions on both the Greater Boston Track Club board of directors and the USATF New England board of directors.
Sue McNatt, MSPT
Sue McNatt discovered her passion and talent for running as a high school athlete in her native Wisconsin, where she made her mark as one of the top distance runners in the country. In high school, Sue competed in the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships two years in a row, winning the Midwest regional Championships and earning All-American Honors, placing 8th in the National Championships her junior year. She was also runner up in the Wisconsin State Cross Country Championships. Sue attended D1 Northwestern University in Illinois on a full athletic scholarship. Among her collegiate accomplishments, she competed in the D1 Cross Country National Championships. To this day, she competes in cross country, trail racing and Nordic skiing for the Cambridge Sports Union. Sue is also an active and enthusiastic member of the Suburban Striders running club, and serves on their Board of Directors.
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Sue is a highly regarded Physical Therapist who earned her M.S. degree from Boston University and has been in practice for almost twenty years. She specializes in treating runners of all ages and abilities, as well as other orthopedic clients. She brings her deep knowledge and understanding of competitive athletics to her practice, helping her clients resolve underlying imbalances and return to activity with confidence.
Sue has been coaching youth athletics for almost ten years, first as a Nordic Ski coach for the Bill Koch League, and more recently as Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach for Needham Middle School and Assistant coach for Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field for Needham High School. She is a Level 1 USATF-certified coach.
Whether she is coaching, competing, providing therapeutic support, or organizing running events for her clubs and community, Sue brings a warm energy and positive outlook to everything she does. She has volunteered at countless events and advised and encouraged dozens of runners, both veterans and newcomers to the sport. Sue loves working with all levels of athletes helping them obtain their goals while having fun!
Program Director, Guest Speaker
Though Tyler will be leading STRIVE-Peru during the majority of the summer, he is closely involved in the organization of the STRIVE Athletics programs and will contribute to the group by organizing discussions and Q&As with himself or other athletes and coaches.