Our Team.

Our Team of Coaches include some of the best performers Canada has ever seen at distance ranging from the mile to the marathon. 

Dylan Wykes

Co-Founder & Coach


Dylan is one of the most successful marathon runners in Canada. He was a member of the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team,  finishing 20th in his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games. He qualified for the Games by running 2:10:47 at the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon. That time currently stands as the third fastest ever by a Canadian, behind only Jerome Drayton’s clocking of 2:10:09 in 1975 and Reid Coolsaet’s 2:10:28 clocking at the 2015 Berlin Marathon.

Dylan’s coaching philosophy has been shaped by his many years in the sport and the lessons he has learned through its ups and downs. He recognizes the importance of consistency and attention to detail and utilizes those factors to inform his coaching. He brings the same passion and drive to helping other athletes achieve their goals that he has to his own running.

Dylan recently made the move to Otttawa, ON with his wife and two young daughters by his side. He understands the struggles and challenges that day-to-day life can throw at you, while trying to train for a big race. He is also a scientist, holding a MSc in epidemiology from Queen’s University.

Career Highlights: 

  • 20th – 2012 London Olympic Games (2:15:26)
  • 6th – 2012 Rotterdam Marathon (2:10:47)
  • 2010 California International Marathon Champion (2:12:39)
  • Multiple time Canadian medalist at distances from 5,000m on the track to Cross-Country

Personal Best’s: 

  • Marathon: 2:10:47 (Rotterdam, 2012)
  • Half-Marathon: 1:02:14 (NYC, 2011)
  • 10,000m: 28:12.82 (Stanford, 2011)
  • 5,000m: 13:43 (Eugene, 2011)

*Dylan is currently only accepting athletes on a case-by-case basis. Please contact him directly to inquire about his availability.  Email him at dylan at mile2marathon.com

Rob Watson

Head Coach – Vancouver


Rob has been a stalwart on the Canadian running scene for many years. This London Ontario native cut his teeth in the 3000m Steeplechase where he was 2x Canadian Champion and represented Canada in the event at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany.

Rob ran his first Marathon in 2011 when he ran 2:16 for a 4th place finish at the Houston Marathon. He has run sub 2:20 10 times, including a 2:15 for 11th place at the 2013 Boston Marathon and a 20th place finish at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow Russia. Rob recently made a return to competitive racing by winning the 2018 BMO Vancouver Marathon.

Rob Holds a Marathon PB of 2:13, and has represented Canada 9 times in international competition.

Rob’s coaching philosophy is fairly simple; put in the work to get the results. That is how Rob trained when he was competing and he believes that this is scalable to any athlete. Goal-focused training with an emphasis on team-work, communication, and good old-fashioned hard work.

Rob has been actively coaching with Mile2Marathon for over 4yrs and has helped guide his athletes to many PB’s and BQ’s along the way. His enthusiasm and passion for the sport is contagious, and there are few things he loves more than throwing down on the track with his athletes.

Career Highlights

  • 5km PB; 13:40
  • 10km PB: 29:24
  • 1/2 Marathon PB; 63:22
  • Marathon PB; 2:13:29
  • 11th Place 2013 Boston Marathon; 2:15
  • 20th Place 2013 World Championships, Moscow; 2:16
  • 2013 Canadian Marathon Champion
  • 2014 2nd place Canadian Marathon championships
  • 2018 BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion
  • 4x Canadian Champion in various distances
  • 7x Canadian National Team Representative.
  • 9x Sub 2:20 Marathoner.

Want to get in touch with Rob? Email him at rob@mile2marathon.com

Kate Gustafson

Coach


Kate Gustafson is a writer, runner, and coach—with her truest passions being travel and supporting women & girls in sport.

As a former Women’s NCAA Division I Ice Hockey player (named captain in her senior season), Kate loves sweaty pursuits. She has completed the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal, spent six weeks training at high altitude in Kenya, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, raced twelve marathons and is a proud Guinness world record holder for distance run on a treadmill by twelve women over twelve hours.

When her hockey-playing days came to an end she revisited her passion for running. Eleven years later, she has completed 75+ races and trained with many inspiring coaches and teammates along the way—with all of this hard work culminating in a top 25 finish at the 2016 Boston Marathon, a 26th place finish at the 2017 Berlin Marathon, and most recently a 19th place finish at the 2018 Chicago Marathon.

Her personal best times include 2:40:06 in the marathon and 1:18:14 in the half marathon, both achieved in 2018 while training under fellow coach, Dylan Wykes.

In 2013, Kate founded an online coaching business and has since supported over 65 athletes across Canada in their various running pursuits. In 2014, she launched Girls With Gusto, a pilot running program for girls in Regent Park, one of Toronto’s most diverse neighbourhoods. And in 2015, she co-founded Run To Give YVR to bring Vancouver’s running community together to help the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. She has also led several cross training clinics for professional sports teams in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver.

Kate believes that perseverance, grit, and profound love for sport are essential. She strives to pass this along to young girls through mentorship, endurance athletes through coaching, and fellow teammates through her own training.

After graduating from Union College in upstate New York, Kate began her professional career in advertising in Atlanta and Toronto before spending the next few years in non-profit leading a team. In 2012, she made the jump to professional sports at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. In early 2015, Kate moved to Vancouver to write for lululemon. Kate also writes a blog; a project that started during a year spent travelling around the world.

Kate now lives in NYC and works with athletes remotely across Canada and the USA.

Kim Doerksen

Coach


Kim is a huge inspiration to all runners, particularly those who come to our great sport from different sporting backgrounds. A competitive swimmer, turned national class soccer player, turned marathon runner – and a speedy one at that. Kim is the 2014 BMO Vancouver marathon champion! She has a personal best of 2:36:03 from the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. She’s also tested her limits on the ultra scene, having represented Canada at the 2015 World 50k road race championships.

Besides making her legs go fast, she holds a BSc in Kinesiology, certificates in applied sports nutrition and health & fitness, and has a huge passion for cooking. Her cooking expertise is showcased as a regular contributor to Canada Running Magazine with her ‘Feed the Run’ column/blog.

In Kim’s own words “When it all falls into place, I feel like I’m flying. After a hard workout, when I’m gasping for that next, life-saving breath, it puts a smile on my face. I feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that I’ve tested my own limits.
But most importantly, I love inspiring people and showing what can be accomplished on just two feet.”

Read more about Kim on her website HERE

Career Highlights: 

  • 2014 BMO Vancouver Marathon Champion
  • Member of 2015 Canadian Team at World 50k Championships
  • 2014 BMO Sunshine Coast Half-Marathon Champ

Personal Best’s: 

  • 5000m – 16:44 (July, 2014)
  • 5k – 16:49 (March, 2014)
  • 10k – 33:54 (April, 2014)
  • Half Marathon – 1:14:53 (April, 2014)
  • Marathon – 2:36:03 (October, 2014)

Tony Tomsich

Coach


Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Tony turned running around in the Alaskan wilderness into a lifetime of running adventures. He has turned the sport into a life style, one that he is eager to share with all. Whether it’s being lost in the mountains for a few hours or pushing through a grueling workout, he knows that every running adventure provides a great story.

As a coach, he believes that every time we lace up a pair of shoes and head out the door we create an experience, and it’s those lessons that athletes can draw upon in preparation for the next race. Having put on the running shoes more times than he can count, Tony uses his knowledge to provide athletes with information and guidance as they train for the next challenge.

Having made many lasting friendships through running, Tony is always focused on the social aspect of the sport and reminds his athletes to stay in touch with the elements that they enjoy most about the runner’s lifestyle.

With these philosophies, he was a successful collegiate student-athlete at Western Washington University, and later an assistant cross country and track coach at the University of Alaska Anchorage, he reached the highest levels in both the athletic and coaching ranks at the NCAA DII level.

After 5 years of coaching at UAA, Tony moved to Vancouver in 2016 and quickly connected with the running community; taking part in local races, coaching clinics, and enjoying a social pub runs. Today, he can be found exploring the North Shore trails, cruising through Pacific Spirit Park or pounding the pavement around the seawall.

Career Best’s:

  • Marathon – California International Marathon – 2:26:10 December 2016
  • Half Marathon – Edmonton Half – 1:05:59 for 3rd Place August 2018
  • 10,000m – Vancouver Sun Run – 30:38 April 2018
  • 5,000m Track – Oregon Invitational – 14:31 April 2007
  • 1,500m Track – Ken Shannon Invitational – 3:47.2 May 2009
  • 50 Km Trail Ultra – Chuckanut 50k – 3:54:50 (7th overall) March 2017

Chantelle Groenewoud

Coach


Chantelle, aka Chany, started Cross Country and Track and Field at the age of 7. Starting out young with a passion for the sport and a work ethic that outshone any actual talent. 
 
She went on to be a successful high schooler and landed an athletic scholarship to run for the University of Illinois. Fast forward 5 years and Chantelle graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and was an NCAA Div. 1 All-American in the 3000m Steeplechase. What she remembers most from the 5 years though was how fun training with her best friends every day was, how much thought and care her coach put into developing good humans and not just runners and how exhilarating it was racing at that level.
 
Chantelle ran post-collegiately for 4 years, 2 of which were in Guelph, Ontario where the summers are hot and the winters are COLD but she learned to run TOUGH. After a bout of over-training she moved home to Vancouver to find a more balanced approach to life and training. After 2016 she decided to focus on other pursuits such as school and career and has now been running for fun in the interesting and challenging sport of Mountain Running. 
 
Currently she is in her 2nd year of 5 to become an Osteopathic Practitioner and works as a Holistic Nutritionist and Kinesiologist at Movement108 and as a coach for Mile2Marathon. 
 
Chantelle’s philosophy with running is that as long as you are enjoying the process, the outcomes will take care of themselves. The balance between stress and rest is very important to her and she will work you hard but also make sure you are properly recovering.

Career Highlights

  • 5 x Canadian National Team Member 
  • 2 x Canadian Mountain Running National Team 
  • 3 x Canadian National Championships Medallist
  • Silver medallist World Universities (FISU) 2013 
  • NCAA Div. 1 All-American 2011
Personal Bests 
  •  1500m: 4:22 – 1-mile: 4:50
  • 3000m: 9:17
  • 3000m Steeplechase: 9:45
  • 5000m: 16:33
  • Half-Marathon: 1:23

Kevin Coffey

Coach


Kevin Coffey, the best kept secret in Canadian Marathoning” Kevin didn’t come into the marathon world the way most athletes do. Kevin ran as all kids do in elementary school, but it didn’t continue much past that. Kevin concentrated on hockey, tennis and rowing.

He was in his early 20s before knowing a great deal about the road running scene. He struggled to qualify for the race all of us dream about–Boston. After many attempts and misses, Kevin was close to throwing in the towel. Luckily, he learned that the road to success comes with hard work and many roadblocks along the way.

During his post-secondary education in Fitness and Health Promotion his love of running continued, while his love of helping others succeed, began. While in Kingston, he coached a number of athletes online and developed and led a weekly track workout for runners of all abilities. He knows what is involved in choosing the right goals and putting in the right plan in place to achieve these goals.

Kevin has worked with the same coach, mostly through online coaching, since the beginning. He knows the importance of a solid coach/athlete relationship. He ran his first marathon in 3:47. He and his coach have succeeded in shaving more than 85 minutes to reach a marathon PB of 2:21:40!

There are three fundamentals involved in achieving your goals: the want to do it, the ability to do it, and having someone coach you through it. Kevin is pleased to help you select a goal and develop the training plans to take you there.

Personal Best’s: 

  • 5000m Indoor: 14:46 (Ottawa 2014)
  • 5km Road: 14:52 (St. Patrick’s 5 Vancouver 2016)
  • 10km Road: 30:13 (Sun Run 2016)
  • Half Marathon: 1:07:34 (BMO Vancouver 2016)
  • Marathon: 2:21:40 (Toronto 2014).

LUC BRUCHET

Coach & Olympian


Over the past couple of years Luc has established himself as one of Canada’s premier distance runners. He was member of the 2016 Canadian Olympic Team, competing in the 5000m in Rio De Janeiro. Luc qualified for the Olympic Games by running 13:24.10 for 5000m. Along with his prowess on the track Luc has also excelled on the road and country. After back-to-back wins (2017 & 2018), Luc has won three Canadian cross country titles.
Luc has excelled in a variety of distances, from the mile up to the 10km. It’s not to say, however, that those accomplishments came without struggle. Luc’s experience with injury and consistency of training earlier in his career,  have given him the proper training tools that now inform his coaching philosophy; every component of training has a purpose, and as long as you are consistent, listen to your body and trust the process the results will come.
Luc graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree from the School of Kinesiology. Combining the knowledge from his degree and his years of running experience and exposure to a multitude of training methods, Luc believes he has the potential to help you accomplish your running goals.
Career Highlights:
1500m – 3:39.13
3000m – 7:46.89
5000m – 13:24.10
10000m – 28:36.74
2016 Canadian Olympian
Canadian Cross Country Champion – 2013, 2017, 2018
Canadian Road 5km Runner Up – 2018

Evan Esselink

Coach


Moving 2700 miles west, Evan is new to the Vancouver running scene. The Ontario native has been competitive in the sport since age 11, and with that, he brings years of valuable experience in the sport.

Evan made his first world team at the age of 17, representing Canada in the 3000m at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Track & Field Championships. After a successful high school career, Evan went on to attend Indiana University, where he led the Hoosiers to an 8th place finish at the 2013 D1 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Since graduating, Evan has continued to represent Canada on the world stage in cross country and on the roads, including the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Evan believes that putting in consistent hard work is key to success. He believes that a hard work ethic, combined with the intangible power of the mind, will undoubtedly yield in positive results. A believer in “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – – you’re right”, Evan believes that much of what we are capable of as athletes, stems not only from hard work, but also from the mental aspect of training.

Graduating with a B.A degree in Economics, Evan is very much an analytical thinker. He uses this strength to weigh all options when thinking about an athlete, and never leaves a stone unturned. Tiering your goals, working on self-belief, and focusing on the things that make one happy, are all part of Evan’s training framework.

Training professionally with the British Columbia Endurance Project, Evan feels that being able to share goals builds a strong coach-athlete relationship; it builds trust, excitement, and makes for a fun training environment.

Get to know more about Evan on his website HERE

Career Highlights

  • 3rd – 2018 Canadian Cross Country Championships
  • 2018 Canadian 10k Champion
  • 2017 Canadian 10000m Champion
  • Represented Canada at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, 2017 (Uganda) & 2019 (Denmark)
  • Represented Canada at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, 2018 (Spain)
  • Three-time competitor at the NCAA Div.1 Cross Country Championships

Personal Best’s

  • Half Marathon – 1:04:05 (2018)
  • 10000m – 28:55 (2015)
  • 5000m – 13:59 (2016)
  • Mile – 4:02 (2015)

Sheila Reid

Coach


Sheila’s running career started in high school, competing for the Newmarket Huskies track club and winning 8 OFSAA medals. Her high school success led her to Villanova University, where she won 5 NCAA titles in cross country and on the track, and led her team to 2 national titles. Sheila is the only athlete, male or female, to win the 1500m and 5000m in the same year at the NCAA track and field championships.

Upon graduating from Villanova, Sheila qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 5000m with a best time of 15:23. This led to an endorsement contract with Nike, a brand she represented for 6 years as a professional athlete. Her professional accomplishments include 4 international championships, 1 Canadian title, and 1 Canadian record (indoor mile).

When it comes to training, Sheila believes in intentional rest as much as hard work; it’s easy to run hard and fast but having a coach who can negotiate a balance is the difference between a personal best and watching from the sideline.

Personal Bests:

  • 1500 – 4:02
  • Mile – 4:27
  • 5000m – 15:23
  • 6km cross country – 19:34

Catherine Watkins Berlin Marathon

Catherine Watkins

Coach


Catherine joined the competitive running scene later in life than most. She has always run, however, it was after having her second daughter that she started to take running more seriously and set herself some goals. She quickly fell in love with running fast and pushing herself to achieve faster times.  With a commitment to consistent training and following a workout plan Catherine achieved results she had previously not even dreamed of. Catherine is now in her late 40s and a mom to two teenage girls. She continues to compete at a high level while balancing the needs of her family.

In 2015, Catherine was selected to represent Canada at the Pan Am Games in the marathon, where she placed 8th. In 2018 at the age of 47, Catherine set her marathon PB of 2:40:11 – the Canadian Masters Record for ages 45 years and older.

She believes that it is never too late to start an active lifestyle and to set goals for yourself. In fact, the wisdom and maturity gained as you age can really help when working towards a goal.  She recognizes that achieving balance as a parent can be tough but it is important to carve out time for yourself to follow your own dreams. Showing your family that you can commit to a goal, follow through and have fun while doing it are important life lessons. Celebrating the journey towards the goal is a huge part of that. She also loves the running community – that getting involved and cheering on your fellow runners is a huge part of this sport.

Catherine looks forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Career Highlights

  • 2019 Berlin Marathon – 2:40:11
  • 2015 Sun Run 10km – 33:52
  • 2015 Pan Am Games Marathon – 8th place
  • Canadian Masters record holder in 45+ Marathon, Half Marathon and 40+ 3,000m

MICHAEL WOODS

Co-Founder


A former standout in the Canadian Junior running ranks, Mike still holds two Canadian under-20 records (1mile &3km) and held a top 50 world ranking in the 1500m at just 19 years of age.  However, after a series of injuries to his left navicular bone, Mike was forced out of competition, but not out of the sport.

Through his passion for running, and his numerous set-backs, Mike brings a unique perspective to his coaching.  Having ran under, and worked with, some of the best coaches and athletes in North America, he combines his own anecdotal experiences with some of the most advanced and latest training methods.

Over the past few years Mike has made an amazing transition from middle-distance runner to one of Canada’s best road cyclists. In 2016 he made the jump to the highest echelon of cycling, competing for Pro Tour team Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team.

He also fulfilled a life long dream of representing Canada at the Olympic Games when he competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the men’s road race. Expect much more from Mike on his two wheeled machine over the next few years.

Interested in becoming part of our team?


We are always looking for talented and enthusiastic individuals with strong atheltic backgrounds to join our decorated coaching staff…