“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”
— Helen Keller
Cultivate your inner runner in mind, body, soul and spirit through an intensive running camp and clinic experience led by Christian coaches and athletes.
Learn from some of the nation’s top technical experts: coaches, exercise physiologists, sports psychologists, physical therapists, kinesiologists, and strength coaches.
Spend the week with real athletes who have completed at every level of the sport and who are grounded in their Christian faith.
Connect with others like yourself who are on the journey of learning how to rise.
Who We Are
You can read the full bios of all the staff below on our Team page.
Drew and Becca Ryun
Drew is a former 800m runner at the University of Kansas. He is the founder of the Running Co-Op and passionate about the sport of running and his faith in Christ. Becca is the Running Co-Op’s COO, managing registration and backend details. A musician and an artist, she is the glue that holds the operation together.
Carrie Lane is a former collegiate distance runner and became a successful NCAA Division I throws coach. Carrie was a USA National Team coach for three IAAF Track and Field World Championships teams and is also an instructor for the USTFCCCA Track and Field Academy, where she teaches other coaches about periodized training program design, weight training, biomechanics, and event-specific technique.
Ryan holds the U.S. record in the half marathon. With his half marathon record time (59:43), he became the first U.S. runner to break the one-hour barrier in the event. He is also the only American to run a sub-2:05 marathon (2:04:58 at the 2011 Boston marathon). Hall won the 2008 United States Olympic Marathon Trials and placed tenth in the Olympic marathon in Beijing, also making the 2012 London Olympic team.
Dave Templin, Ph.D. has 30 years of teaching, coaching and work in sport psychology. He has led team building and performance enhancement programs for NCAA athletes and coaches of universities including the University of Kansas. Dave has also served as a member of the sport psychology group for USA Track and Field and a private consultant for several individuals seeking to improve performance or overcome setbacks in a variety of sports.
After competing for the Air Force Academy in college, Matt went on to join the Air Force World Class Athlete Program, chasing the Olympic dream. Holding a half marathon PR of 63:58, Matt competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon.Currently a physical therapist in the Air force, he is still chasing the Olympic dream and loves sharing his passion for running and Christ with others.
Yoder is in his ninth season with the Swedes track and field program. He is in his fourth season as head track and field coach and he is in his fifth season as the head cross country coach. A 2009 graduate of Fort Hays State University, Yoder majored in health and human performance with an emphasis in health promotions and wellness. While at Fort Hays, he earned All- Conference Cross Country Performer, All-Conference Indoor Track Performer (5k), four-time All-Conference Performer in Outdoor Track (Steeple, 5k, 10k), two-time MIAA Cross Country Runner of the Week, four-time Individual Champion of Collegiate Cross Country Races, and 3A State Mile Champion.
Jeff and Nicole Kuzma
Jeff Kuzma was an All American in the 800m at the US Air Force Academy and went on to place 5th in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 800m as part of the Air Force's World Class Athlete Program. Jeff currently coaches track and Cross Country and he is thankful for how the Lord has used running in his life. Nicole has been a Young Life leader for high school students, an area director for Fellowship of Christianity Athletes in Colorado, and most recently she is a board member for Endurance Leadership, a global outreach nonprofit organization.
Emily is an elementary art teacher and high school track coach in Colorado Springs, Co. She started running in high school and had the opportunity to run collegiately at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Emily has coached track and cross country for eight years under the tuttalitge of two of the most highly decorated head coaches in Colorado high school running.
After playing soccer for 8 years, Ali transitioned to competitive running in high school. She attended Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colorado. In high school, she was fortunate to garner success in running and procured an athletic scholarship to Boise State University. While at BSU, Ali competed in cross country, 4x400m relay, 800m, and 1500m. In December 2018, she graduated with a degree in psychology and will be continuing on to graduate school for occupational therapy.
Sydney ran throughout high school, and continued her career at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL in 2012 and 2013. After two years at Wheaton, the Lord led Sydney to transfer to The University of Oklahoma where she ran her final two years as a member of OU’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams. She graduated from OU in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and Advertising. Since college, Sydney had been the assistant Cross-Country coach at Pine Lake Preparatory school, the assistant Cross Country and Track and Field coach at Asheville Christian Academy and is now the Head Women’s Cross Country and Assistant Women’s Track coach at her alma mater high school, Liberty Christian School, in Argyle Texas.
Andrew started running in 5th grade as a means to spend time with his older siblings who also ran. In high school, he continued to compete and developed a love for the sport because of the discipline, hard work, and friendships that he experienced. Andrew continued his running career in college at the US Air Force Academy where he competed in cross country helping the Air Force team finish 15th and 20th at the NCAA DI XC National Championships his junior and senior year. In track, he primarily focused on the 1 mile. He will graduate in May 2019 and commission as an Air Force Officer. He hopes to continue to foster and show the love of Christ as he moves forward from competitive running into the Air Force wherever God places him.
Running has impacted nearly every aspect of Ben’s life ever since getting cut from his high school’s baseball team as a sophomore, a true blessing in disguise! He finished high school as a CO state XC championship runner-up, and then competed in Track & XC at the Air Force Academy where he was a conference champion and national championship qualifier. From 2014-16, he trained and competed on the USAF World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), placing 17th overall (2:18) at the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles. He holds a 2:15 marathon PR (NYC 2016), and a half-marathon PR of 63:15. None of these things could have been accomplished without the Lord’s blessing of fast legs and incredible coaches. Ben lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Erin, son Palmer (1), and baby #2 on the way (June 2019).
Tanner spent his elementary school afternoons on the track with the Ogallala High School team where his dad coaches to this day. As a senior, Tanner and his team won the Nebraska State Championship in XC. Tanner received a scholarship to run Cross Country and Track & Field at the University of Nebraska–Kearney. During his time as a collegiate runner, he competed against some of the best Division I and II runners and won the Drake & Kansas Relays. Throughout college, Tanner was a five time National Championship Qualifier while setting school records in the 3k, 5k, and 10k.
Tanner moved to Colorado after completing his Master's to train at altitude and work as a Commercial Credit Analyst. Tanner has continued to race, competing in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials and achieving PR's of 64:30 in the half marathon and 2:19 in the full marathon. Tanner is currently Vice President of Mortgage Banking at Adams Bank & Trust.
Tanner knows that all achievements are nothing apart from Christ. He considers following Jesus his greatest achievement. Tanner lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Callie, and their German Shepherd, Mina.
David is a former All-American at the University of Nebraska who currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Bethany, and three boys: Eli (5), Owen (2) and Oliver (1). During his running career he was an All-Big 12 performer in track and cross country including a Big 12 championship and NCAA Second Team All-American in the indoor 5000m and school records in the 3000m (7:58) and 5000m (13:48O, 13:56). Post-collegiately he competed for Team Nebraska and achieved personal bests at 1 mile (3:58) and 3000m Steeplechase (8:27) and competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in the steeple advancing to the finals, finishing 14th.
After competitive running David has focused on his career at Dell working in different engineering roles in the enterprise infrastructure solutions product group before his current role as a product manager. He spends his free time playing with his boys and working on house projects.