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Chris Forti, Team Coach
Chris joined the Whippets in August 2013 after – literally – running into the Whippet founders on a run in Prospect Park. Growing up in the Boston area, running has always been part of his life: spectating the marathon as a kid, running competitively in high school and college, working in a running store, coaching at various levels including youth, high school and adult and a certified USATF official. While his true passion is the team aspect of cross country, he competes on the road, track and trails at distances ranging from 400m to the marathon. His coaching goals include helping individuals improve themselves both mentally and physically and while maintaining the life/ athlete balance. Chris is an RRCA-certified coach.
Scott Batten, Team Coach
Scott has been a Dashing Whippet since 2009 and has served as a team coach since 2010. His focus is on helping runners improve at races shorter than the marathon, with a particular emphasis on developing speed at the 5K to 15K distance. Brad Hudson, Matt Fitzgerald and Renato Canova have been the most influential on Scott’s training plans. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and works as a systems analyst for The City of New York. Scott is an RRCA-certified coach.
Megan Jones, Team Coach
Megan has been a Whippet since 2013. Born and raised in Staten Island, she was introduced to running at the young age of 7, and joined her local CYO track team. Megan continued running for fitness during college. After graduating from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Fashion Design, she went on to work for Donna Karan Collection and currently works for Carolina Herrera. Taking running dedication to the next-level, Megan became a USATF Level 1 coach in 2016 and a RCAA Coach in 2017. She is VDOT certified. Her favorite race distances to train herself and others for are half marathons and marathons. When not racing or planning for races, Megan loves to cheer on her fellow Whippets as they crush their goals!
Fred ran cross country and track at Williams College, competed in triathlons after college and has been running with the Whippets since 2014, competing in races ranging from the mile to the marathon. Fred teaches high school math in Brooklyn, where he also coaches his school’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams, including individual and team qualifiers for the NY state championships. Fred is an RRCA-certified coach and a new addition to the Whippets coaching staff as a resource for runners in Brooklyn and for members of the Performance Team.
Laura joined the Whippets in 2017 shortly after moving to NYC for graduate school, but has been running competitively for over 10 years. Laura ran Division One Cross Country and Track & Field at Drake University, where she specialized in the 800m and mile. Since then, Laura has run 3 marathons with the Whippets, but she still prefers the track! As a captain for the Whippets, Laura leads the Brooklyn long runs each week and often attends the Brooklyn weekday workouts in Prospect Park. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition and is pursuing a license in dietetics along with her RRCA coaching certification. Laura is passionate about the intersection of sport, nutrition and mental health and currently works at Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Manhattan. Feel free to reach out with any short distance or nutrition related questions!