Kokopelli Racing Team Coaches:
Head Coach – Lisa Rainsberger
Hometown: Battle Creek, Michigan
Education: University of Michigan
Family: Husband Bud, Katie (17), Ian (14),
I enjoyed an athletic career which spanned over three decades, competing in Swimming, Running and Triathlon. Notable victories include winning the 1985 Boston Marathon, 1988 & 1989 Chicago Marathon and three time Olympic Team Marathon Alternate. I am now enjoying the opportunity to share my knowledge and coaching experience with athletes of all levels of ability from those who are "just getting started," to World Class Runners.
In 2009 I founded the Kokopelli Kids Trail Running Series which was named 2013 "Youth Race of the Year" by Running USA. In 2010 I develped the Kokopelli High Altitude Running Camps and this year we are expanding our programs to include The Kokopelli Racing Team. All of these events and programs are an extension of my passion for running and there is no greater joy than seeing an athlete cross the finish line having surpassed their expectations and goals. We welcome you to become a member of our Kokopelli prorams.
Castle Rock Head Coach – Adam Christians
Hometown: LeMars, Iowa
Education: Iowa State University
Family: Wife Jennifer, Tyler (14), Leah (12), Turner (10), Carly (7)
My wife Jen and our 4 children have been living in Colorado for 3 years after escaping the head and humidity of the Midwest. When I’m not running or coaching, I stay busy with my career as an aerospace structural engineer.
My earliest memory of running goes back to my first real job, a paperboy! I had to deliver 100 newspapers every day after school during elementary school and into junior high. I remember racing through the route everyday trying to get done as fast as I could so I could play with my friends! Unfortunately, growing up in rural Iowa, there wasn’t a lot of opportunities for youth running. I ran track and cross country competitively in high school, but didn’t get involved with racing again until my mid 20’s. After my oldest son started showing an interest and aptitude for running, he joined a JOXC team in Wichita and I started coaching. I’ve been coaching Junior Olympics for 6 years now and have 3 kids of my own running with the youngest one very excited that she gets to start this year.
I’m very excited about the new Kokopelli Racing Team and the opportunity to share my experience and enthusiasm with the runners. I believe that starting the kids at an early age using appropriate training principles & methods, along with promoting character development, self-motivation and a competitive spirit, will provide a solid foundation for the kids to reach their peak potential as runners and as people. Providing this in a fun, caring environment will lead to a lifelong love of running and create a lot of good memories along the way.
Colorado Springs Assistant Coach – Peter Maksimow
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Education: B.A. Whittier College, CA, MS Springfield College
Family: Wife Nora, Cat Olive
It all started for me back in 5th grade when I took part in the 1 mile run on a grass field for PE class. I was skinny, scrawny and my mom wouldn't let me play the "popular" sports, like football. I was not what most would consider an athlete. I ran 7:22 for the mile that day and was the fastest in my class, however, one of the most talented athletes in another class ran 1 second faster than me. That really got my competitive juices flowing and made me realize I could be an athlete, too, not matter how skinny I was. Running has been my passion ever since!
I ran cross country and track in middle school, high school and college. I continue to compete to this day, focusing on mountain and trail running, having had the great experience of representing the USA as part of the US Mountain Running Team and being able to visit amazing places like Switzerland, New Zealand, Austria and all corners of the US. I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Whittier College in the field of Physical Education and Athletics and a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield College. I currently live at the base of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, CO with my lovely wife, Nora, who is a middle school teacher and keeps me in line!
Everything I do in life is running related: I have worked at Running USA and a few of the local running stores, I am the current president a great group of mountain, trail and ultra-runners, Team Colorado, I write about running, I coach people to help them reach their running goals and show that consistency and hard work can really pay off. I am honored to have the support of great people and sponsors that believe in me and my running and help me pursue my goals. You could say I eat, sleep and breathe running, but sometimes it can get a little crunchy in my morning cereal! You can find me out in the mountains and on the local trails and you won't miss me with that handlebar mustache of mine.
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Education: University of Southern Indiana
One of my largest life regrets is that my distance running career did not begin until my junior year. I only regret this because it has been my guiding light since then to guide me towards great friendships, relationships, education and to places in the world I never thought a boy from Gary, Indiana would be.
During my collegiate career at the University of Southern Indiana, I was fortunate to be earn five All-American honors across my seasons. Upon graduation in 2015, I joined the New Jersey New York Track Club (NYNJTC) to begin my professional career. My biggest win of the season was winning the Steeplechase at the Penn Relays and going on to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials. I have now transitioned to training under Scott Simmons and the American Distance Project where I broke my personal record during my season debut and qualified for the 2017 USA Championships.
I love to share my passion and experiences with runners of all levels. Coaching is my way of giving back to the sport that has given so much to me. I have been able to coach many prep, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes over the past few years. I currently coach at Discovery Canyon High School in Colorado Springs. I look forward to being able to share my love of running alongside the Kokopelli family.
Michael is currently the head distance track coach for Discovery Canon High School and was recently named the head XC coach for Discovery Canon.