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Trail Transformation Personal Running Coaches

and Team Members

The Trail Transformation personal running coaches have run and won many of the ultramarathons around the Upper Midwest. With backgrounds in Exercise and Sports Science and Physical Therapy,  they can address the physiology, running mechanics, injury prevention,  periodization, nutrition, and psychology of running. More mileage and higher intensity workouts are not always better, especially in the longevity of a running career.  We are focused on developing a lifelong runner.  It is our responsibility to forgo the short-term success and protect the long-term health and development of the runner.  

We help all runners stay injury-free while training to their maximum potential so they can reach their running goals.

Jake Hegge

Coach 

I have enjoyed the countless opportunities running has to offer. Chasing top-end speed in a collegiate 5k, grinding away in a road marathon, or pushing the extremes of mental and physical endurance in a 100-mile trail race. Running has made me who I am today. My goal as a coach is to meet you where you are, help you get to where you want to be, and make sure you are having fun along the way! While performing well at the next big race is important, creating a healthy, strong, sustainable, and lifelong runner is my ultimate goal. 

Jake Hegge - Personal Running Coach
Accomplishments
  • Hitchcock Experience 50    1st (2019)

  • Superior Fall 50  1st & CR (2019)

  • St.Croix 40 1st & CR (2019)

  • Superior Fall 50 3rd (2018)

  • Moose Mountain Marathon 1st (2015)

  • Superior Fall 100 1st (2015)

  • Marquette Trail 50k 1st (2015)

  • Minnesota Voyageur 50 1st (2012 & 2015)

  • Grandma's Marathon 2:40 (2015)

  • Wild Duluth 100k 1st & CR (2014)

  • Kettle Moraine 50k 1st (2014)

Education
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy-University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

  • B.S. in Exercise Science-University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Pat Griffith

Coach
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Accomplishments
  • 2-time Ironman Finisher (WI and CDL)

  • Duathlon National Championships 2nd Place

  • 3x Collegiate National Championship qualifier

  • Hixon 50k 1st Place (2018)

  • Zumbro 34 1st Place (2021)

  • Superior 100 Sub 24 (2023)

  • 8x Birkie Skate Ski Finish (Elite wave 2x)

Education
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy -University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

  • B.S. in Exercise Science-University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

  • NSCA Personal Trainer

  • USAT Level 1 Coach

I got into running in high school, as a way to push my body and challenge myself in ways that I wasn't sure were possible. Continuing to push those limits is what brought me to where I am today. Running has unlocked so many doors for me, and that's why I want to share with everyone.

 

As a coach, I love seeing athletes push the boundaries of what they think is possible. I am very passionate about helping athletes unlock their true potential not only in endurance racing but in all aspects of life. My coaching philosophy is rooted in finding a balance in life with a mission of keeping the body healthy and the mind happy. This is my goal for every athlete. 

Michael Rodriguez

Coach

Running has enhanced my life in countless ways, and I can’t imagine life without it. I love the simplicity and pureness of the sport - how it’s a mix of both art and science. In addition to challenging myself physically and mentally, I’m grateful for the many friends I’ve made through running as well. Due to frustrations with injury in high school and college, I decided to become a Physical Therapist so I can help runners stay healthy.

 

As a coach, it is my goal to help develop a customized training plan that meets your needs and helps you achieve your goals - whether that’s running a personal best or conquering a new distance. I integrate principles from physical therapy to help minimize injury and maximize your success. 

Michael Rodriguez - Private Running Coach
Accomplishments
  • NCAA Division I Track and Field at Drake University

  • Top 100 US Finisher New York City Marathon (2014)

  • Personal Bests:

    • 3,000M 8:55

    • 5,000M 15:15

    • 10,000M 32:25

    • Half Marathon 1:13:47

    • Marathon  2:34:44

Education
  • Residency in Physical Therapy - Gundersen Health System

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Minnesota

  • B.A Chemistry & Mathematics Drake University

Amanda Gresl

Coach

My running story began in high school track where I fell in love with running for the freedom of exploring new routes in a small town, the accomplishment of hitting challenging workout splits, and the time spent getting to know my teammates on long runs.

After high school, I went on to compete in cross country and track at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, run several ½ marathons, and explore trail racing in Colorado- including Pike’s Peak Ascent and Imogene Pass Run.

Despite finishing some amazing races, I have admittedly made a lot of training mistakes. I ignored my body's warning signs and developed a myriad of injuries that could have otherwise been prevented with some strategy and patience.

As a coach and physical therapist, I aim to be that sounding board for my athletes to keep them healthy and moving forward. I believe that some days we need a nudge to unlock potential that we never knew we had, and other times we need help to see that we'll achieve more in the future by “taking the scenic route” today. 

I strive to be a force for balance, connection, health, play, patience, and perseverance

Tyler Kobilarcsik

Coach
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Performance history:

  • Superior Fall 50 mile course record holder (2023)

  • Wild Duluth 100k 2nd place (2019)

  • 4x Birkie Elite skate skier (2020-present)

  • 2nd place Noquemanon Classic (2019)

  • Marji Gesick Mountain Bike Finisher (2023)

 

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy–College of St. Scholastica

  • B.S. Kinesiology–University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

I first got into endurance sports because I like to push myself.  While competing is something that I enjoy now, it has not always been that way.  What keeps me going is having fun, embracing the natural world, and forming relationships with others.  I believe that the key to longevity and sustainability is to really enjoy what we do.  These days, I like biking, running, and skiing in no particular order other than alphabetical.

 

I hope to bring my passion and excitement for these activities forward to help everyone enjoy what they do.  I want to address burn out, feeling stale, and mitigate injuries along the way.  I want to be a part of your team, giving you the tools and knowledge to achieve your goals.

Performance history:

  • Superior Fall 50 mile course record holder (2023)

  • Wild Duluth 100k 2nd place (2019)

  • 4x Birkie Elite skate skier (2020-present)

  • 2nd place Noquemanon Classic (2019)

  • Marji Gesick Mountain Bike Finisher (2023)

 

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy–College of St. Scholastica

  • B.S. Kinesiology–University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Austin Nastrom

Marketing Manager
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Parker Huhn

Business Administrator, Running Coach
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My running journey started in junior high, going out for the cross country and track teams. I continued competitively running throughout high school and collegiately. COVID helped kindle a deeper love for running and for the process, rather than the results. I transferred to UW-La Crosse in early 2021 and have been part of the Cross Country and Track teams since.

 

I’m currently studying Exercise Sports Science (Pre-DPT) at UWL. I have aspirations of becoming a full-time collegiate distance coach. I also hope to continue pursuing my own endeavors in the sport of running. My goal with Trail Transformation is to support the amazing coaches and athletes that are part of the team. I also hope to learn and continue to grow as a coach myself. Running has given me so much and I can only hope to give as much back to the community!

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