MEET THE HOME SQUAD
Erin Clark // @eeclark3
Third Year medical student and up-and-coming runner all in one! Erin played collegiate lacrosse for Cal Poly where she was team captain, all-league midfielder, and voted Most Inspirational Player. She picked up running after graduating in 2015 and in this year alone has set PR’s in everything from the mile to the 50k! Having just started working with a coach one year ago, Erin is a perfect example of what can happen when the right support is in place. We are excited to watch her grow into her potential! Erin has goals to qualify for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon. Fun Fact: during her senior lacrosse season, Erin got the most yellow cards of any player in the league!
- Top 100 female in the 2018 Boston Marathon
- 2016 & 2017 Mill Chill 4-Mile Winner
- 5th at the 2016 City of Oaks Half Marathon
- 2nd at the 2018 Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon
- Oiselle Voleé Team Member
Andie Cozzarelli // @run4acozz
Former engineer turned real estate appraiser, Andie is a semi-professional distance runner for Oiselle (Haute Volee Elite Athlete) and Generation UCAN. In 2015, Andie set big PR’s in the half marathon (1:12:50) to qualify for the 2016 US Olympic Trials Marathon. In 2016 she also won her debut marathon at the Indy Monumental Marathon in a time of 2:38:47. This year she made a big career change to further pursue her passion for running and her stewardship within the Raleigh running community. In June, Andie will be racing Grandmas Marathon in Duluth. Her big goal is to snag the A-Standard for the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon. Fun Fact: Andie used to eat fruity pebbles before every race and never misses a meal.
- 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier
- 2016 Winner of the Indy Monumental Marathon
- Inducted into Apex High School’s Hall of Fame
- 2015 USATF-NC Long Distance Series Champion
- 2x10k All-American in collegiate running at NC State
- 2012 Female Athlete of the Year at NC State
Rita Dorry // @rita_b_dorry
Wannabe collegiate baller who left the sport after a sidelining injury, turned to running while in college kept it going to minimize stress while in law school. Rita is currently rising the ranks with an impressive number of career wins in local triangle races. With a preference of long distance, Rita is training for the marathon and has a goal of qualifying for the US Olympic Trials Marathon in 2019. We think the Raleigh Distance Project is just what Rita needs to reach to the next level! Fun Fact: She won the Krispy Kreme Challenge by eating 12 doughnuts & running 5 miles under 37 minutes.
- 2017 Keep Raleigh Independent Winner
- 2017 Holden Beach Half Winner
- 3 time SAS 5K Champ
- 4 time Cary Road Race 10k Champ
- 4th Female Rock n Roll Raleigh 13.1
Sammy George // @sammyxc1994
Sammy graduated from NC State in the spring of 2017 after a successful collegiate career. Sammy is an inspiration for us all and a great role model for runners of all ages. A local star, Sammy grew up in Raleigh and made a name for herself as a top performer with 4 State titles in the 1600. While at NC State, she furthered her success with a 5k PR of 15:51 and the 5th fastest 1500m time in school history. Sammy is just getting started in her post-collegiate campaign where she plans to focus on indoor and outdoor track in the 1500 and 5k. Her goals include qualifying to the US National Track and Field Championships and in 2020 to qualify for the Olympic trials in the 5k. Fun Fact: Sammy is currently studying to become a certified Health Coach.
- All American and school record holder in the DMR
- 5x All-ACC
- Top 5 1500 time in NC State’s history (4:16:46)
- Key runner in NC State’s 15th place finish at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships
- 2015 Regional Qualifier in the 1500 & 5k
Sarah Rapp // @rapperr
Sarah is a jack of all trades and our wonder woman. She recently accepted a full-time position as Social Media Specialist for the Raleigh Police Department and is the running idol of many in the Triangle area. Sarah is a graduate of Virginia Tech where she was the 2014 ACC Champ in the 5k. Post collegiately, she ran for Adidas Team Green Running in Houston before returning to her hometown in Raleigh. Her fun-loving spirit brought her to a top 10 finish at the Peachtree 10k in 2016, followed by a win in her debut half-marathon. Soon after, she placed top 10 at the USATF Half Marathon Championships in 2017. Sarah raced at the Club Cross Country Championships this winter placing 11th (just 2 spots off making the world team!). Fun Fact: Sarah is an experienced mascot, who has worked for several companies throughout college including Chick-fil-a.
- 9th at the 2017 US Half-Marathon Championships
- 1st at the Tobacco Road Half Marathon 2017
- 10th at the 2016 Peachtree 10k road race
- Ran in the 2017 Sir Walter Miler elite section
- 2014 ACC 5k Champ
- Multiple All-ACC Performances while at Virginia Tech
Tristin Van Ord // @tristinvanord
Our resident mountaineer from Appalachian State University, Tristin gave up her early dancing career to become a runner and it paid off. She may be a native of Chapel Hill, NC but we’ve put that aside because this girl kicks butt. While at App State she was named female athlete of the year and was nominated for 2017 NCAA Woman of the year. She holds the 10k record at App State and was a 9x Sun Belt Conference Champ in multiple events including the 3k, 5k, & 10k. She started her post-collegiate season with a 10-mile road race (her longest race ever and first road race) and placed as the 3rd American finisher and top 10 overall. She followed the 10-miler up with a 5th place finish in her debut Half-Marathon in Richmond. Fun Fact: she loves alligator nuggets with ketchup.
- NCAA Preliminary Track & Field East Regional Qualifier in 2015, 2016, & 2017
- All Region in the NCAA Southeast XC Championships in 2015 & 2016
- 9x Sun Belt Conference Individual Champion in events including 3k, 5k & 10k
- Appalachian State Female Athlete of the Year
- 3rd American and 9th overall at the Genworth VA 10-miler
Philip Latter // coach
A runner, writer, coach, and father, Philip Latter is excited to use his thirteen years of coaching and two decades of competing in the sport to help further the mission of the Raleigh Distance Project.
Originally from the Chicago area, Latter set four school records at UNC-Asheville before taking over as the head cross country coach at Radford University (Virginia) in 2005 at the age of 23. Latter’s coaching went to the next level in 2009, when he and his wife, Macy, moved to Colorado. Residing in Fort Collins, Latter was fortunate to come under the tutelage of Chris Suppes. In their two-and-a-half years together, Fort Collins’ girls ranked No. 3 and No. 6 in the nation, while the boys, after finishing 13th at the 5A State Meet in 2009 were 4th in the nation in 2010.
Following his wife’s medical career, Latter moved back to North Carolina in 2011. He led the Brevard Lady Blue Devils to back-to-back 2A cross country state championships in 2015 and 2016, and guided current N.C. State runner Noah Graham to 9 state titles in a 15-month span. In 2015, he also founded the Running Syndicate, an online coaching and writing website.
An accomplished writer, Latter is best known for coauthoring Faster Road Racing with two-time Olympian Pete Pfitzinger (Human Kinetics, 2015) and Running Flow with world-famous psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Human Kinetics, 2017). He earned his writing chops as a senior writer at Running Times from 2011 to 2015 and as a contributor to Runner’s World and runnersworld.com. His assignments brought him to Kenya and Colorado Springs, where he learned firsthand how several future Olympic medalists trained under the guidance of Renato Canova.
Latter currently resides outside of Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife and two young daughters, Aspen and Willow. He holds PRs of 4:20 in the mile, 8:32 in the 3000m, 14:47 in the 5000m and 1:12:11 in the half marathon.
Angela Angeles // Strength coach // @catalyzefitness
Angela is the official Strength Training Coach of the Raleigh Distance Project. Her expertise as a wellness coach, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor has helped to keep all of us in line (both literally and figuratively). Angela is the performance specialist for RunRaleigh PT, whom RDP is also partnered with. This relationship allows us to better address and prevent injury. As a fitness trainer, her training philosophy and approach emphasizes the mastery of fundamental movement patterns. She helps us identify muscular imbalances, improve posture, develop mobility and sound mechanics, and ultimately build strength by using functional movement exercises.
Angela is also the owner of Catalyze Fitness. Find out more about her and her personal training business here.
- B.S., American University
- Certified Personal Trainer - National Academy of Sports Medicine
- Certified Group Fitness Instructor - American Council on Exercise
- Certified Corporate Fitness Specialist - National Corporate Fitness Institute
- Functional Aging Specialist - Functional Aging Institute
- Medical Fitness Network Member
- First Aid & CPR/AED Certified
Robert Swoap // Sports psychologist
Robert Swoap is the official Sports Psychologist of RDP. Running is as much mental as it is physical making this relationship crucial to the success of RDP and its athletes! Robert Swoap, Ph.D., is a psychologist with specialties in sport and health psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, Bob works primarily with athletes and teams to help them pursue and achieve excellence. He has worked with Olympic, professional, collegiate, and high school athletes. His specialty is working with distance runners and with endurance athletes across several sports. Bob writes about sport psychology and the pursuit of excellence at www.robertswoap.com. He is excited and honored to be a part of the RDP team!
Amanda santamaria // designer // @mandasanta
Amanda kicks our butts each week as our Les Mills CX-Worx instructor at O2 Fitness but more importantly, she is the creative brain behind our team logo. Amanda has a degree in Industrial Design but professionally has excelled in the graphic design/marketing world. Beyond graphic design, she has experience in everything from web design to branding to copy writing and marketing in everything from health clubs to consumer packaged goods. Most recently, she's obsessed with learning everything about digital marketing - SEM, social media, analytics, AdWords, etc. Marrying art with data - creating something beautiful that's functional.
Amanda is available for freelance projects so check out her website to get in touch! http://www.amandadsantamaria.com/