Hi there! I’m Dawn, Head Coach for NEXT STEP Performance Training. I am a certified running coach with Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), USATF Level 1 Certified Coach, Certified Race Director with RRCA, and certified in CPR/First Aid. It seems I’ve been some kind of coach all my adult life and have been coaching all levels of runners for over a decade. I enjoy getting to know each athlete and figure out what motivates them and love sharing my passion of running with them. I don’t look at myself as just your coach, we are partners together in this endeavor! I feel it is important to train with a coach because sometimes it is hard to be objective about your own training. A coach takes the guesswork out and can help you train efficiently. Although I am a coach, I have my own running coach as well! I never ask my athletes to do something I’m not willing to do myself! This includes strength training, cross training, rest days, etc. I’m very excited to have Coach Cortney join NEXT STEP and help me to train you to become the most efficient runner you can be!