Meet the Coaches

Meet the Coaches

A Good Coach Will Help Her Athletes See What She Can Be.


Every morning each of us gets up. We go for a run and then we dive into our day. Some of us work outside the home, some of us work from home, some of us have kids to take care of, husbands to love, and pets to attend to. We all have a lot on our plate, but we love what we do. We are women, we are nurturers.

It is an underlying fact that women need women. We need deep relationships with other women that we can relate with. For us, running has provided a platform for all of us to develop these deep relationships. It has connected each of us and provided that brief escape we all need from our busy, everyday lives. With all of this in mind, we wanted to create an experience where women of all levels of running ability could escape life's everyday demands, bond with other women, and spend time doing the things we love - running in beautiful places, talking about running, eating good food, learning in an atmosphere of encouragement, and relaxing in comfortable accommodations. And so with those goals in mind, an all women's running retreat was set in motion in 2016. Since all of us currently reside along the Wasatch front mountains, Snowbasin Ski Resort and Huntsville, UT, seemed like the perfect fit for the retreat back drop. Last year we had an amazing time in Park City, UT and we've once again worked hard to create an unforgettable running retreat experience at an affordable price. We hope you will join us on June 15-17, 2017, in Huntsville. We promise to bring you the best of everything. Get yourself there and we'll take care of the rest. We promise you won't leave disappointed.

Below you can learn a little more about each us that will be the retreat coaches. Although we all share a love for running, we come from a variety of ages, running abilities, backgrounds, and interests. We can pretty much guarantee that no matter what level of running you are at, there will be someone that can relate to you in some way and will have knowledge and experiences you can draw from over the course of the retreat.

Janae Chicago
Holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science, is a private running coach, a business owner (, and a 2:49 marathoner.  But, her pride and joy is being a wife, homemaker, and a mother to three beautiful kids.
Lindsay Halling
Competitive Runner
Collegiate basketball player turned runner, Lindsay is a pure athlete in every aspect of the word.  She knows how to push herself to her limits and get results. She enjoys running half marathons and marathons (especially with friends). When she is not running or at the gym, she works full-time as a software manager, she’s the financial brains behind this retreat, and can often be found fishing with her husband. The most unselfish and genuine person you will ever meet.
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Lindsey Anderson
Olympian | Collegiate Coach
A former Weber State University All-American, Lindsey qualified for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 in the steeple chase event. She is now a wife and mother of two beautiful children and continues to share her running knowledge and amazing experiences as she coaches distance runners at the College of Southern Idaho.
Kathryn MacLeod
Competitive Runner of 3 Years | Fashion Guru
Ran her first 5k in 2012 and since has lost 40+ lbs, has run multiple half-marathons, completed the Chicago marathon in 2015, and has become very competitive in her age division. She grew up in Prince Edward Island, Canada where she competed with her horses and her riding students at a very competitive level — coaching students to represent Canada in North American competitions. She currently teaches dressage riding professionally (think ballet on horseback) and is addicted to Facebook, running, and coffee.
Alyssa Girardo
Local Elite Runner
In college the 800 meter was her event, but since has become addicted to half-marathons.  In the fall of 2015, she won her debut marathon in 2:54:18.  She is the prime example of consistency, self-discipline, and hard work.  A wife, mother, and a dedicated friend.
Taylor Ward
Taylor Ward
Olympic Trials Qualifier | Brooks Elite Sponsored Athlete
Grew up in Utah and attended Weber State University.  She is now a professional athlete sponsored by Brooks as part of their Elite Distance Team.  She qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials, won the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon in 2:36 and recently finished the Gasparilla Half Marathon in 1:14.  Ya, she is legit!
Julie Hansen
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and an Exercise Physiologist. She is also a Certified Intuitive eating Counselor and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She’s been working in this field for over 30 years.  She is married and has two children. She has been running competitively in road races since 1980 and competing in triathlons since 2005. She loves competing and finds pure joy in helping others achieve success through proper nutrition.
Merrilee Blackham of Ogden runs past the front of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles Ca.,  Saturday, February 13, 2016.   (Photo by BRIAN NICHOLSON
Merrilee Blackham
Olympic Trials Qualifier |Brooks Sponsored Athlete
Ran at Southern Utah University.  Took a break from competitive running for several years while her husband was in medical school and residency and she gave birth to 3 of her 4 children.  Most of her success has come in recent years in road racing with a PR of 2:41 in the marathon.  A highlight of her running career was qualifying for and running at the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon.  She is sponsored by Brooks as part of the Inspire Daily team.