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Running Coaching Staff

Cathy Merra
Running Director
Cathr Merra - running director
Coach Merra was most recently named USA Track & Field’s New England 2011 Grand Prix Series Champion (Sr. Division). Coach Merra incorporates her years of racing success with proven coaching techniques that are guaranteed to get you running at the next level.
’11 Named USA Track & Field New England 2011 Grand Prix Series Champion in the senior division
Running ’11 Granite St. Flash Midget Girls Junior Olympic CC team were Region 1 Champions (MA, NH, ME, RI, VT, CT & NY)

  • ’11 GSF MG finished 1st in the NE Cross Country Championships for their 3rd straight championship
  • USATF 2010 National Marathon Champion for women aged 50 to 54
  • Merrimack High School Girls Varsity Coach
  • USATF Level 1 Certified Track and Field Coach
  • Founder of Granite State Flash Junior Olympic Cross Country Program
  • Founder Head Coach of Amherst Middle School Cross Country Asst. Coach for Souhegan High School Indoor and Outdoor track teams Head Coach Midget Girls (ages 11-12) Granite State Flash
  • Holder of Multiple State Age Group Records in the 5K, 6K, 5 Mile, 10K, 12K, and 1/2 marathon Set National Age Group Record the 12k in 2008 2008 RRCA Northeast Region Masters Marathon Champion (3:16:30)
  • 2009 finished 4th in the Boston Marathon in the 50-54 yr. old age division (3:11:59)
  • Graduate of Framingham State College
  • First Aid and CPR certified
  • Featured in April 2009 Boston Globe Marathon section
  • Featured in January 2010 Running Times Magazine

Mike Wright
Running Director

Mike Wright has been coaching Cross Country and Track and Field in the Milford School District since the fall of 2004. In 2009 his Girls Indoor Track Team captured the school’s first Indoor Track Team State Championship and in 2011, the Boys Outdoor Track and Field Team won the Division 2 Championship; the school’s first. Mike is an avid runner himself, currently sponsored by the very popular Brooks Running Company, and runs many local road races and marathons including the Boston Marathon. His passion for running came from great coaching and experiences he received while attending UMass Lowell. While in college, Mike participated at the National level in both Cross Country and Track and Field.

Chelsea Ward
PEAK Performance Trainer
Girls Field Hockey Trainer
Girls Lacrosse Head Trainer

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Coach Ward is an active 3-sport athlete (she played field hickey, ice hockey and lacrosse while in college) and has vast coaching knowledge. She was recently responsible for creating and teaching speed/strength programs for middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout MA and NH.

  • Former Division III FH Goalie
  • CSAC FH Player of the Year -2005
  • PAC All Regional FH Team
  • Defensive MVP (FH) – 2007
  • NCAA National Ranking – GAA 2007 (FH)
  • Former Neumann University FH Goalie Coach
  • Former collegiate coach with Rivier College – women’s lacrosse ‘10
  • 3 Sport College Athlete (Field Hockey, Ice Hockey & Lacrosse)
  • Created & Taught Speed/Strength Programs for Various NH and MA Middle School’s, High School’s & Colleges
  • 5 years Speed/Strength Coaching Experience of All Ages & Experience