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Coaching Staff


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Craig Dickson, Head Coach

Craig began running in his early teens in Colorado where he ran cross country and track at Evergreen High School in Evergreen and earned All-State honors in both his senior year. Following HS graduation, he attended Adams State College in Alamosa, CO and trained under internationally recognized distance coach, Dr. Joe Vigil. Craig graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and earned All-American honors eight times, two individual RMAC conference titles and an individual NAIA national cross country championship title. It is by Vigil's influence that the importance of teamwork, even in an individual sport like running, was instilled.

Continuing to compete after college, Craig made two teams representing the US in the World Cross Country Championships and one US team for the World Half Marathon Championships. Craig also ran for the Reebok Racing Club and participated in several US Cross Country, Track and Field and Road Race Championships around the country. When Craig moved to Washington in 1995, he represented Club Northwest at several club championship events. 

He began coaching in 1997, first at St. Martin's University as an assistant cross country coach and then as the head cross country and track and field coach at the Evergreen State College. Craig has fifteen years of coaching experience at the middle school, high school, college and adult level and is a USATF Certified Coach. Currently, Craig coaches 5th - 8th graders on the Evergreen Christian School Track and Field Team and co-coaches Guerilla Running adult training groups with Rachael and company. 

A long running career includes several hundred races in distances from 1 mile to 55K in cross country, track, trail and road running. His personal bests include a 3:48 1500m, 13:48 5000m (5K), 29:06 10,000m (10K), 1:05:48 Half Marathon and a 2:20:21 Marathon.

With his girl Rachael, Craig started Guerilla Running in 2012 and has a wonderful life that includes teaching English as a Foreign Language, pursuing an M.A. in counseling psychology at St. Martin's, hanging out with Rachael, daughter Freya, two dogs and a cat. Of course, running and socializing with the wonderful Guerilla Running family is one of his favorite activities. 

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Rachael Jamison, Head Coach

Rachael started running in her early 20's. She has completed countless 5K's, 10K's, half marathons, six marathons and four ultra-marathons. She has found her way to the podium in a healthy number of these. She was on the US Duathlon Team in 2006 when she qualified to participate in the World Championships in the long course. After years of competing, it became clear to her that the next step in her journey was to show other people the joys of running. In 2009 she started Run Like a Grrrl, a weekly women's running group and is inspired each week by the women she is able to run with and get to know. Rachael is a co-founder of Guerilla Running and believes in her heart of hearts that something as simple and pure as running can make the world a better place. 

Rachael's running career includes races ranging in distance from 5K to 55K. Her personal bests include an 18:34 5000m (5K), 1:26:47 Half Marathon and a 3:24 Marathon. She was ranked in the top 3 in her age group in the country in long course duathlon. 

Her yoga practice began in her teens when she would steal away to workshops in the mountains of Montana, where she grew up. She has been teaching yoga for over 14 years and believes strongly that yoga and running, together, can provide a window to the soul, where one can see the true nature of self: able, courageous, and strong. 

Rachael has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Phytochemistry with an emphasis on women's health. Her Master's Degree is in Environmental Studies.

Rachael Jamison teaches a weekly Boot Camp on Thursday nights at 6PM. Locations vary, check the Boot Camp tab for locations.

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Theresa Gibson, Boot Camp Instructor

started running in December of 2009 after I had my son. I had always known I wanted to be a runner but like most always had the excuse, “I just don’t have the time”.  After I had my son I was on maternity leave for 6 months, there wasn’t an excuse, this was my chance to run.  Enough talking, time to maximize this time off.  When am I going to have an opportunity when I don’t have to work for 6 months? This was my time to hit the road. I signed up for the March 2009 Mercer Island Half Marathon,  trained by myself, finished the race and thought I would rather have another baby then do that again, hardest thing I had ever done, training by myself was not my smartest idea! 

The summer of 2011 my husband sees a group of people at the lake doing some sort of work out with a women giving orders through a megaphone, he thinks this looks like fun so decides to ask the women with the megaphone what’s going on?  That woman was Rachael Jamison and this was Guerilla Running Boot Camp. He promptly signed us up.  It’s because of Guerilla Running and their coaching that I can say that I have run another half marathon and a handful of marathons: all much stronger that when I trained on my own. Guerilla Running has made me a stronger runner; it’s a family and I couldn’t imagine coaching with a better group of people.

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Lindsey Kennelly, Women's 4K Coach

When I think about it, I have been running well over half my life.  Some of that time has been competitive, with collegiate cross-country and track under my belt, and the rest of it has been for the love.  There is nothing like the crisp autumn air, the sound of crunchy leaves under your shoes, and that winded, aerobic feel in your lungs to remind you why you run.  I'm out here every day because I love to run, and I truly believe every person can run too! 

Lindsey is an engineer by day and a mommy by night. Her passion for running is evident in the joy she brings to the sport.

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Erica Kinsel, Boot Camp Instructor

Running has introduced me to some incredible new people and helped me reconnect with old friends. I'm inspired by their successes, whether it?s someone running her first half-marathon or a boot camper completing her first burpee.* I love to run in a pack; chatting with friends on easy runs or watching people kill hill repeats keeps me motivated. I participated in the first GR boot camp and was hooked. These are the kind of workouts I would never do on my own, and doing them with the group makes me push myself harder. Boot camp kicks my butt every time, but I?ve never felt stronger.

On days when I am having a hard time lacing up my shoes and getting out the door, I remind myself that I have never regretted a run or a boot camp.

*Don?t know what a burpee is? Come find out at boot camp!

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Ashley Kuhlmann, Tacoma Team Coach

I have pretty much always been a runner in some form or another. Running around the yard as a kid, running track as a middle schooler, and then running cross country and track in high school. In college I just continued to run because I enjoyed it and it was a huge stress reliever. My first long distance race was the Seattle half marathon. My first marathon was about a year and a half later and the second a year after that. It was at my second marathon that I met the marathon maniacs and caught the bug. 60+ half marathons, full marathons, and ultra marathons later I am now training for my first 100-miler. I love the way running brings people together. It makes me so happy to be able to share my joy of and love of running with others.

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Monica Lloyd, Yoga Instructor, Trail Coach

Monica began practicing yoga in her early 20's and quickly discovered her kinship with the dynamic flowing practice of Astanga Yoga.As a lover of powerful and graceful movements, Monica continued to explore many styles of yoga and movement, including surfing, mountain biking, rock climbing, trail running and dancing. In 2003, Monica began teaching yoga and in 2004 completed her certification. During that same time period, Monica traveled to India to gain a deeper understanding of the yoga tradition and Hatha Yoga practice. As an athlete she appreciates both the flexibility and strength that a well rounded yoga practice cultivates, as much as the grounding and centering aspects.

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Teresa Loo, Women's Half Marathon Coach

I began running when I was a teenager in high school in Seattle. Through undergrad and grad school, various jobs and moves, I maintained an "on-again, off-again" relationship with running, letting it slip away for higher priorities and drawn back to it by the promise of strength, fitness and losing weight. In 2009, I began to experience running as something more meaningful than just a way to improve the physical form. I fell in love, real love, with the spiritual and inner awareness aspects of running. What draws me to running now is the opportunities to appreciate nature and help those around me. I've run races with distances from 3k to marathon, but never really consider these event "races," I'm just out there to have fun, do my best and experience the energy of life!

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Dan Saul, Trail Running & Marathon Coach

Dan has been a runner ever since his PE coach recruited him to turn out for the track team in the 9th grade. While never a top-flight runner, with perseverance and lots of training, Dan has qualified for the Boston and New York marathons over the years. Now running in the masters age-group, Dan is attempting to be a model for younger runners that running can be a lifelong activity. Dan also likes to use running to compliment other activities he enjoys like cycling, hiking, and backpacking. 

In recent years, Dan has discovered the attractions of trail running and has complete the Mountain Marathon both years it has been run and the Capitol Peak 55K along with many recreational trail runs. His favorite place to trail run is at Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs. 

Dan was a geography major at Oregon State University and currently works as the GIS manager for a Washington state agency. As a geographer, he enjoys the challenges of navigating his way through the landscape and promises to never get his fellow runners lost. 

Dan lives in Olympia with his wife, Joan, and has two children off at college.

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Melinda Scharf, Marathon Coach

Melinda was a "late bloomer" runner, not starting until the age of 37. But once she started, she got hooked! Melinda's first half marathon was in 2006. Her first marathon was in 2008. Today, she has run 8 half marathons, 16 marathons and 1 ultra marathon. Melinda has been with Guerilla Running since its formation. She thoroughly enjoys seeing new runners meet their goals no matter what it may be. Melinda is a firm believer that if you have the passion and desire, you can run! Besides running, Melinda enjoys knitting, cooking, going for long walks, and listening to her children and husband in their respective bands.

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