Meet your 2019 Coaches

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Chris Piper

Chris Piper is a Road Runners Club of America certified running coach. A little over eight years ago, Chris got tired of being out of shape and needed some motivation to quit smoking. Inspired by his marathon-finishing grandfather, he laced up a pair of shoes and decided to go for a run. He has since completed nine marathons and recently qualified for the Boston Marathon for a second time. He is also an official race pacer for the Richmond Marathon, helping others get to the finish at their desired goal time. What Chris really loves is coaching others to success and seeing people accomplish their goals. He knows how one success can often inspire others to take up a lifetime of fitness. Finally, as someone who has dealt with anxiety and seen loved ones battle their own depression, he loves the mission of SpeakUp and all the people working so hard to spread Cameron's message.

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John "Jack" Butler

Jack has over 38 years of running experience. He has completed over 275 races, 6 marathons, and over 50 Half Marathons. He has been a member of Sports Backers Half Marathon Training Team for ten years, the last three as a coach. Jack gets up every morning at 4:23 a.m. to run, which explains his license plate: RUN423. If you spot his car, look for the sticker Run 41,184 which is a conservative estimate of the number of total miles he has run over the years. When Jack is not running, you can find him riding the unicycle and juggling (concurrently!), and baking Bundt cakes. He looks forward to coaching SpeakUp Race Team members this year as they train to Race Shamrock with Purpose.