Kokopelli Racing Team Coaches:
Head Coach – Lisa Rainsberger
Hometown: Battle Creek, Michigan
Education: University of Michigan
Family: Husband Bud, Katie (19), Ian (16), Puppies Ledger and Lola
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 (17), Leah (15), Turner (13), Carly (10)
My wife Jen and our 4 children have been living in Colorado for 7 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.
Biya was born in Ethiopia but emigrated and became a United States Citizen. Biya ran for and graduated from Oklahoma University. He is a professional runner and currently a member of the American Distance Project training for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Personal Bests: Mile: 4:05.5; 3k: 8:04.44; 5k: 13:25.79; 10k: 27:45.78
- 4th-place 2017 US Outdoor Championships (10,000m)
-2016 US Olympic Trials Qualifier 5,000m
- 2015 Big 12 10,000m 5th
- 2015 Big 12 5,000m 3rd
- 2015 Big 12 3,000m 5th
- 2014 Big 12 3,000m 3rd
- 2014 Big 12 5,000m 3rd
- 2014 Big 12 Cross Country Runner-up
Hometown - Colorado Springs, CO
2016 graduate of Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, CO. While attending Air Academy, she was a member of the winning 2015 XC state team. Ran 5:14 at the state track and field championships (2016) in the mile, taking 5th place. Additionally, ran 2:15 in the 800m, finishing 2nd. Competed in the Desert Twilight meet in Arizona, finishing in 18:23 for 5k.
Kayla is entering her Junior Year at Michigan State University and runs cross country and track for the Spartans. Kayla is studying psychology.
Hometown: -West Bloomfield, Michigan
High School Accomplishments:
-3 x All State Cross Country
-Foot Locker Nationals Qualifier 2013
-NXN Nationals Qualifier 2014
-15:03 personal best (Terre Haute, Indiana) 5000m
-3 x All State Track
-State runner-up 3200
-Midwest Meet of Champions runner-up
-Personal Best 3200 8:56
-Personal Best 1600 4:10
-All Big Ten Cross Country while competing for Michigan State University
-All Region, Great Lakes Cross Country
Amanda first discovered track in the seventh grade ?and has since competed at the high school, college and professional level. While competing for Florida State University, she was a seven-time All American in cross country and track, served as team captain, and helped lead her cross-country team to four consecutive NCAA podium finishes. During her senior year she finished 2nd in the mile running the 10th fastest time in NCAA history. In her first season running professionally, Amanda lowered her mile PR to 4:26, ranking her top 3 in the world for the event, and placed 4th in 1500m at the 2014 USA Indoor Championships.
Throughout her running career Amanda has always had a desire to give back to the sport through coaching, which lead her to earn her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. She has served as a volunteer assistant coach with UCCS for three years and also coached Girls on the Run, and served as head of the Boys & Girls Club Running Club. She continues to train and run professionally for Pikes Peak Elite Track Club.
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.
Growing up I was a club swimmer, but my sophomore year of high school my brother and best friend got me to try out for the cross-country team. I immediately fell in love with the sport and the people that it draws. My freshman year of college, I ran for Colorado Christian University and earned First Team All-RMAC in 2014 Cross Country. My sophomore year I transferred to University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and have run for them for the past three years. I have competed in two cross country national championships (2016, 2017) with the team. I have coached for Colorado Springs Christian High School Cross Country for two years. In the spring I will be graduating with an Exercise Science degree with a nutrition minor. My hope is to be able to educate and influence athletes about the importance of nutrition as well as hard training.?