What We Do

=PR= Training Programs, LLC, offers training programs for every runner — from novice to elite athlete. We have a proven track record of providing the appropriate mix of training guidance, race preparation, motivation and encouragement to help athletes of all levels develop. We believe a disciplined program enables a runner to make measureable improvements — regardless of his/her age, talent, experience, or fitness level.

Our Philosophy

Our coaching philosophy revolves around the individual. We believe individuals at every level can see results if they have a focused program the keeps them motivated. Our coaches have worked with beginners and elite athletes. We are committed to helping runners of all abilities make measurable progress.  Whether you join one of our Group-based programs(Running 101, Running 201, Distance Training, etc.), or schedule a consult or Individualized program, you’ll receive personal attention and feedback from your coach.  Our coaches have worked with countless runners and triathletes at all levels.



 MEET THE COACHES 

Ray Pugsley

Ray Pugsley has informally advised adult runners since 1992. Ray grew up in the New Jersey area and competed in track and cross country at Dartmouth College. He was the US Junior National Cross Country Champion in 1988, and competed in the Olympic Trials in 1992 and 1996, finishing sixth in the finals of the Men's 5000M in 1996. Despite major spinal surgery in 2003, Ray is back on the roads and is quickly making a name for himself in the Master's world.

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Cathy Pugsley

Cathy Pugsley has coached over 800 adult athletes with goals ranging from running their first 5K to qualifying for the Boston Marathon, to qualifying for the Olympic Trials. Cathy developed her coaching approach while competing and later volunteering at the College of William and Mary. She has also volunteered at the high school level. Post-collegiately, Cathy trained with the Reebok Enclave from 1994-1998, competing on the track and roads.

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Scott Raczko

Scott Raczko has been a fixture in the area coaching scene since the mid 1990s. Perhaps most well-known for his work with elite athletes, including Alan Webb and other Olympic and World-Championship qualifying runners, Scott has also coached area high school runners for many years at several area schools and current leads our Youth Track Programs.

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Margie Shapiro

Margie Shapiro has been coaching runners since she graduated from Georgetown University (where she ran cross-country and track) in 1998. For the past several years, Margie's profound interest in exercise physiology, human anatomy, sports psychology, and nutrition have inspired her to learn and understand the subtle ways by which athletes can improve peformance. She uses that knowledge in her own training (as a professional triathlete), coaching, and conducting seminars and clinics through =PR= Running stores, most particularly to help bring out each athlete's best. Working with scores of runners and triathletes, her coaching resume includes numerous Boston Marathon qualifiers, national and world championship qualifiers in triathlon, age group winners, and highly ranked runners, but her greatest joy comes in helping each person achieve his or her new personal record.

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Kim Westrich

Kim has been running off and on since 1988. When she was “off,” it was from overtraining injuries. When Kim got serious about keeping that switch turned “on” she turned to PR Training to learn proper form and technique to prevent future injuries. She has transitioned from trainee to coach and delights in inspiring her fellow runners to achieve more than they imagined possible. In 2014 Kim tackled the mid-distance race, running two ten mile races and two half marathons.

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Shawna Barry

Shawna started running in 2009 when a friend recruited her to run a 9-mile leg of a marathon relay. Despite questionable training and a snail-like pace, she completed her leg and caught the running bug. And even though she vowed after her first 13.1 that there would never be a full marathon in her future, she has since completed races of all distances from 5K to 26.2 (with the help of =PR= training programs) and recently a Ragnar Relay.

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Courtney Gavitt

Courtney has been coaching with PR Training Programs since 2010, just a year after moving to DC and joining a marathon training team to make new friends. In hindsight, there were probably easier ways to make friends, but certainly none more rewarding. She’s learned a lot since going from 3mi to 26.2 in four short months, and now urges her runners to train smart and to have fun doing it.

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Kareen Lawson

Kareen has been a recreational runner off and on for the past twelve years. About three years ago when her youngest left for college she decided to get more serious about her running and signed up for her first 101/201 class. She ran her first 5k on New Year’s Day 2012 and since then has run over 45 races, including numerous 5k, 10k and 10-milers, 4 half marathons, two marathons and a team relay.

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Mike Gibbs

Michael started out running 4 years ago to lose weight and get back into shape. After successfully losing 105 pounds, and dabbling in local 5k races, he joined the DTP training program with the intent to run his first marathon.

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Dave Sherer

Dave is an assistant coach for PR's DC training group, focused on track workouts and specializing in the half-marathon distance. After a long break from running, five years ago he rediscovered his competitive side and desire to conquer longer distances, put his running shoes back on, and has since competed in running and triathlon events up to the half-Ironman distance.

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Kirsten Smith

Kirsten has always been a runner, having started with 5Ks as a kid and earning varsity letters in both indoor and outdoor track throughout all four years of high school. She took up distance running about 5 years ago and got hooked. She's done races at various distances from 10 milers to half marathons, and completed her first marathon and triathlon last year.

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Elise Nelson

Elise spent most of her youth dabbling in a variety of sports, all of which required the dreaded sport of running. In 2002 she suffered an ACL/MCL/cartilage tear in her right knee while playing soccer, and her surgeon told her not to run or she would have arthritis in just ten years’ time.

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Scott Vickland

Scott has been running long distance for literally decades. He began running as a part of his training for high school and collegiate wrestling. This discipline grew into a love for long distance and trail running while living in the Bay Area of California. Since then, Scott has completed three marathons and over 20 half-marathons.

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Kevin Farmer

This is Kevin Farmer's first year as an assistant coach with PR Training Programs. He has also been a sales associate with Potomac River Running since September 2014 and can always help with any recommendations for running gear! Kevin ran two years of high school track and cross country in his hometown Wingate, NC.

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Adam Lesser

Adam Lesser, a runner for more than 20 years and an RRCA certified running coach, began running in high school and competing in endurance sports after college. Adam enjoys working with runners of all abilities to bring out the inner competitor inside us all. Adam has a lifelong passion for running, triathlon, and leading an active lifestyle

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Jodi Rakoff

Jodi was once over 70 pounds over weight and suffered from lower back problems. In 2003 she had an MRI that showed that she had herniated a disk and nerve damage in her spine and her doctor recommended surgery. Her doctor told her she would probably never run. It was at this point that Jodi discovered Pilates. Pilates has help her gain the core strength needed to protect her spine.

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Brian Zemanick

To help offset a rather severe Chipotle habit and to get in shape to keep up with his energetic son, Brian returned to running in 2008 after several years of ‘vacation’. His return to running kicked off with a poor attempt to train himself for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler, which remains his favorite area race.

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Meghan Ridgley

Meghan has been coaching for roughly 5 years with the PR Training Programs. She loves to coach all levels and enjoys sharing my enthusiasm for running through beginners up to those trying to qualify for Boston! Meghan has been running for 20 years, and at both Marshall High School and at Radford University. Meghan has been racing with the Potomac River Running team since graduating from Radford.

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Laura Mattis

Laura started running in the summer of 2011 when her son (and youngest of 3 children) turned 2 years old. She was looking for a way to get back into exercise and to carve out some time for herself and for good health. Going to the gym was not realistic for that time in her life, so instead she headed out her front door and took up running outside. Laura quickly got the bug for running!

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