Our Team of Coaches include some of the best performers Canada has ever seen at distance ranging from the mile to the marathon. They include; MIKE WOODS – Professional Cyclist & Coach — DYLAN WYKES – Olympic Marathon Runner & Coach — ROB WATSON – International Marathon Runner & Coach.
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. For 2016 he is making the jump to the highest echelon of cycling, competing for Pro Tour team Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team.
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. Dylan has his sights set on taking Canadian marathon running to another level over the next quadrennial.
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.
Want to get in touch with Dylan? Email him at dylan at mile2marathon.com
Kyle Boorsma – Nutritionist/Coach
Kyle is a five-time Canadian national team member who lives and trains in Guelph, ON. While competing for the Gryphons Kyle won thriteen national championship titles in cross-country and track. He is a sub-4 miler and finished fifth at the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials.
In addition to his success on the track at the U of G, Kyle earned an honours degree in Human Kinetics. With a passion for research he pursued a Masters degree in Human Physiology focusing on the impact of nutrition on running performance. During his studies, Kyle worked closely with many elite distance runners including 2008 and 2012 Canadian Olympians. Through his time at the University of Guelph Kyle has first hand experience of high performance athletics on the world stage and the scientific understanding of what drives these performances.