Who We Are

Melissa Paauwe

UESCA Certified Coach and Founder

While studying for her Professional Accounting Certification (CPA), Melissa found running to relieve stress and bring inner peace, and hasn't looked back since. With passion and dedication came results, and she has found herself racing at elite levels in full and half marathons, road cycling, and has represented Canada at Multisport World Championships (Elite Duathlon, after claiming the national title in 2017). 
Melissa feels that a coach is an essential part of any athlete's life, whether the athlete is just starting out or competing at a professional level. A coach should help you stay focused and motivated, ultimately mapping out the path for you to achieve your individual goals. A coach should educate you so your workouts have a purpose. Further, a coach should help you stay healthy and avoid injury by building you a plan that is within your capacity. "My ultimate goal is to have all my athletes trust their training so that when they show up to a start line they are confident in what they came there to do. I want every person I coach to feel like they are able to accomplish so much more."

Laura Henderson

Assistant Coach

Laura is a CPA who is happily married and a mother of two young children (plus a big fur baby). All of that keeps her pretty busy, but she's also passionate about travel, sports of almost all varieties, and, of course, running! She has run to some degree for most of her life, but her true love affair with running started when she ran her first half marathon in 2011. Anyone who knows her knows that she can talk about running for hours, because she truly believes in the positive power that running brings to our lives. She's so excited to join WRTWC as an assistant coach so that she can help others experience this. She wants to help people see that anyone can be a runner, you just need the right motivation, training plan, and community to support you!


Christina Saviskoff

Dedicated, hardworking, and always positive, Christina exudes the kind of qualities that every runner should have!

John Bird

Meet John Bird, he is one of the most encouraging people you will ever meet. You probably already have or have at least have heard him cheering for you on course. 

Matija Tiani

Matija is one fierce lady, taking down BQs and PRs every time she lines up to a start line it seems. She thought her best years of running were behind her...and then she PRd her half and full marathon this past year.

Stephen Kallir

As someone new to the sport of road racing, Stephen has jumped right in this past year taking every opportunity to learn from and encourage others around him. For those of us still figuring out how to perfectly pace a marathon, talk to Stephen

Dawna Wetherell

 If you want to know how to have fun while kicking some serious ass, be sure to ask Dawna next time you see her out running. This mom of 3 has spent the last 11 months juggling her job and being a “mom taxi” all while taking down her 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon PRs.

Ally Johnson

If you’ve never met Ally, you need to! This woman is a wealth of information and inspiration. Her happy place is outside where she can dance and be free in nature. Ask Ally to tell you a story, or just say hello…you’ll be entertained for hours and leave with a smile on your face.

Catrinel Popescu

Cat was told by a sports med doctor that she should never run again and that her body wasn't built for it. What did she do with that information? Sought out a coach and ran her first marathon pain free. Cat is everyone's cheerleader, even getting up extra early on race day to cheer on her fellow teammates.

Brianne Cooper

Brianne has spent this past year proving to herself and all her teammates that hard work reaps amazing results. Fueled by her positive attitude and desire to better herself constantly, we have no doubt she is just getting started...

Amber Vrataric

Amber is a mom of two, wife, and CA. She's a perfect example of juggling multiple roles while still finding time for her physical and mental health. Amber set a sub 90 min virtual half marathon PB this year just months after coming back from injury proving that anything is possible when you set your mind to it. 

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