In the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to assist Nike with a new project. Patrick Tomasiewicz put the idea in motion for Nike to invite the top ten returning male and female HS athletes to Beaverton. These athletes would have the opportunity to learn more about various aspects of training and racing from coaches and professional Nike athletes. I was fortunate enough to be part of this amazing project. While there I became friends with Tim Catalano and 2000 Olympic finalist Adam Goucher (see below for their bios). At the time, Tim and Adam were completing a book that they felt could make a positive impact in the lives of the readers. This summer Adam and Tim will be here to share some of their insights regarding running and life, as well as join us for a few workouts. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. Register now.
Adam has a long list of accomplishments both as a student and as an athlete. In 1994, during his senior year of high school, he not only was the student body president but also managed to run away with the Foot Locker national cross-country championship. Adam signed with the University of Colorado as the nation’s number one recruit and
quickly made a name for himself by placing second at the NCAA cross- country championships in Arkansas and leading his team to a second- place finish. During his collegiate career, he was an eleven-time All American and captured four individual NCAA titles.
Before Adam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1998, he had already developed a passion for personal growth and began speaking with several local high schools about the value of running and setting goals.
After completing his collegiate career, Adam signed a contract with a shoe company to run professionally. He also continued to work with the CU men’s and women’s team as a volunteer assistant coach under Mark Wetmore. In his career, Adam has won eight individual U.S. championships and qualified for the finals in the world championships seven times. In 2000, Adam represented the United States in the Sydney Olympic Games.
Adam continues to run and battle through injury, but also has an eye toward giving back to a sport that has given him so much. He wishes to share his passion with other runners and use what he has learned from running to be not only the best athlete possible, but also the best husband, father, brother, son, and friend.
Tim, a highly recruited distance runner out of high school, went on to run varsity track and cross-country for the storied University of Colorado (CU) athletic program. While there, he helped the team earn fourth- and second-place finishes nationally. These experiences had a transformative influence on him that sparked a lifelong interest in the power of experience in shaping the individual.
He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from CU in 1995 and added a master’s degree in instruction and curriculum from the school’s Department of Education in 1997. During his twelve-year teaching career, Tim worked at high schools in three countries. He taught IB psychology in the classroom and became heavily involved in high school athletics and activities outside the classroom. He was a head track and cross-country coach for ten years, created and sponsored two tremendously popular life improvement clubs for teens, and advised student governments for six years.
In 2007, Tim graduated from the Principals’ Training Center with a certification in international school administration.
With a lifetime of involvement and interest in human behavior and the transformative influence of running and other activities, Tim has developed a passion to combine the teachings of psychology and the sport of running.