2023 Women Run NH event | Saturday, August 19th | Bedford, NH

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Holley Samuel

We are pleased to begin revealing our speakers for our 2023 event which will take place on August 19th at Bedford High School. We are excited to welcome Holley Samuel to this year’s Women Run NH event!

Holley Samuel, MEd, RD, CPT, is the CEO of her private practice Holley Fueled Nutrition. She works with runners and endurance athletes of all levels to help fuel for performance, optimize health, and prevent and heal injuries without restrictive diets or crazy fads that are unsustainable. She has previous dietetics experience in diabetes education, weight management and bariatric surgery, eating disorder treatment, and sports nutrition. Holley resides in Durham with her husband and their chocolate lab. She is a marathoner and former competitive equestrian.

Holley will offer sessions on RED-S and optimizing training and nutrition around the phases of the menstrual cycle. Join us on August 19th at BHS. Online registration will open soon!

Bedazzling with the Boston Unicorn!

Yuki Chorney

Yuki Chorney is 19 time Boston Marathon finisher from Mont Vernon, NH. She has been a runner for 27 years and has completed 42 marathons and 22 ultramarathons. She is best known for putting the fun in a run by bringing her big smile and bejeweled race themed outfits. Her journey to finding joy in running through fashion was featured in Women’s Running Magazine and on an episode of Ali on The Run podcast. UltraSignup voted her Best Dressed Runner in 2022. She is a volunteer for Girls on Run and is a member of the the Gate City Striders and Millennium Running clubs.

We are so excited to welcome Yuki back to our event this year for something extra special: “Bedazzling with the Boston Unicorn!“ Bring your favorite running singlet or small piece of apparel, and Yuki will teach you how to apply the rhinestones to create your very own bedazzled singlet. This fun addition to our event is sponsored by our friends at Millennium Running!

NH Elite Panel

Emilee Risteen

Emilee Risteen is a 2:42 marathoner who runs for the Whirlaway Racing Team. She grew up playing soccer competitively, and started running for fun in college to stay active. She ran her first marathon for World Vision in 2019, finishing in just over 4 hours. In 2021 she hired a coach with a goal of running a Boston Qualifying time. She is now on a quest for the Olympic Trials Qualifying time of 2:37. Emilee is a teacher by trade, but she is currently working food service and childcare jobs so that she can focus more time and energy on training. She is also a track & field coach at Concord Christian Academy. 

Emilee will be part of our NH Elite Panel on August 19th. Join us to learn more about her story.

NH Elite Panel

Corey Dowe

Corey Dowe is a member of the 2022 US Mountain Racing Championship Team which took home a bronze medal from the World Mountain Racing Championships in Thailand. Corey is a graduate of Coe-Brown Academy and Cornell University. She lives and trains in the White Mountains.

We are excited to welcome Corey to our event in August. Come hear about her journey to Thailand to take on the World Mountain Racing Championships and her experiences as a small town NH runner. She will also be on our NH Elite Panel.

NH Elite Panel

Courtney Hawkins

Courtney Hawkins runs for the Boston Athletic Association Racing Team and is a Natick store Ambassador for Lululemon. She became a 2:46 marathoner in Berlin in the fall of 2022. Courtney is a NH native and graduate of Milford High School where she won many accolades for her high school running performances. She was the 2011 NH XC MOC Champion and the 2011-12 NH Gatorade XC Runner of the Year. She went on to compete for the University of Rhode Island, where she had to overcome a fractured patella. She graduated with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and a B.A. in Biology and currently works in Engineering Compliance at Moderna. 

We are excited to welcome Courtney to our event. She will join Emilee Risteen and Corey Dowe on our Elite Panel. 

A Mind for the Miles: Mental Skills for High Performance in Distance Running.

Dr. Stephen P. Gonzalez PHD, CMPC

We are very fortunate to welcome back Dr. Stephen P. Gonzalez: CMPC and Assistant Athletics Director for Leadership of Mental Performance at Dartmouth College. Dr. Gonzalez has supported our event since the beginning, and his talks on mastering the mental approach to training and racing have been a staple of the education we hope to offer coaches and athletes. His sessions are in high demand, and we are so grateful for his continued support.

Dr. Gonzalez will offer 2 sessions on developing mental skills for high performance in distance running. Set yourself up for success this season with his tips.

Dr. Annika Michaels PT, DPT

Dr. Annika Michaels PT, DPT is the owner of Evolve Physical Therapy and Personal Fitness in downtown Manchester, NH. She graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and holds a Certification in Personal Training through the American College of Sports Medicine. Her combined experience as both a physical therapist and personal trainer in various settings has provided her with a unique perspective on rehabilitation and wellness.

Annika utilizes an eclectic approach to care, balancing patient education and lifestyle coaching with evidence-based rehabilitation techniques. She is a former Division 1 soccer player who found her love for running a bit later in life after her competitive career ended. She now enjoys treating runners of all levels and teaching them strategies for improving running efficiency and reducing injury risk. She works with her clients one-on-one in a private treatment setting and offers a wide variety of techniques, including: functional dry needling, kinesiotaping, myofascial cupping, compression therapy, blood flow restriction training, and more.

Annika will be offering sessions on myofascial and lymphatic drainage self-treatment techniques in order to facilitate optimal recovery and performance.

Running Safety & Self-Defense

Sensei Rob Fiero

Rob Fiero has earned his 3rd degree black belt from Tokyo Joe’s Studios of Self-Defense, has taught multiple self defense classes, and is an active member and runner for Gate City Striders.

A Renewed Perspective on Perseverance

Meagan Boucher

Meagan is a 2020 Olympic Trials qualifier, and the first to qualify at the Baystate Marathon. She competed at the University of New Hampshire and Manchester Central High School. She is now coaching at Bedford High School. Meagan is the co-owner of Renewal Garden & Compost.

Running, Burnout, and Mental Health

Alyssa Hamel, LICSW

Alyssa Hamel, LICSW works as a Behavioral Health Clinician in Exeter, NH. Alyssa specializes in anxiety and depressive disorders as well as trauma (PTSD), perinatal mood disorders and women’s health issues.  Alyssa will offer a presentation on the wonderful benefits of running and physical activity on the body and brain and will discuss the challenges and pressures of being a student athlete in 2022.

Alyssa has long history of distance running  and continues to balance her love for the sport while raising a family, owning a small business and serving the NH seacoast with mental health support and resources.

Her presentation will focus on supporting both coaches and athletes and some topics and discussion may be triggering.

Alyssa is also the owner of Oh Happy Day Candles. Her candles will be available again this year at our event.

Dr. Danielle Temmen

Dr. Danielle Temmen is a physical therapist and the owner and founder of Revitalized Performance Physical Therapy located in Bedford & Londonderry, NH.  Dr. Temmen has been practicing for over 12 years and her clinic offers full hour, one-to-one sessions with an individualized treatment approach that specializes in treating active individuals and athletes with orthopedic injuries (foot/ankle, knee, hip, low back, neck, shoulder).  Her ultimate goal is to help athletes return to sport or activity as quickly as possible so they can continue being active and doing the things they love, without pain. 

Danielle has completed extensive training to become a Certified Running Technique Specialist through the Pose Method of Running which has allowed her to help runners improve their form to help them run faster, longer and injury free.  Danielle has a strong background in athletics having played Division I softball at Sacred Heart University.  Since collegiate softball, she has become active in CrossFit to satisfy her need for fitness and competition.  In her free time, she enjoys training at CrossFit Amoskeag, snowboarding, paddle boarding, and hiking with her husband, Zack, as well as spending time with her son Giovanni and rescue hound, Grant.

Women Who Go The Distance

Yuma Haidara

Meet Yuma Haidara from Manchester, New Hampshire. She is an over the road commercial truck driver. She’s constantly fighting the norm of a truckers lifestyle by falling in love with activities that keep her moving. She’s a Navy Seabee Vetetan, Runner (has completed 4 marathons and one ultra), Avid Hiker, Entrepreneur, Traveler, and loves seeking new adventures. She truly believes in the power of love and how it’s shaped her into who she is today despite all life’s obstacles.

Yuma will be part of our Women Who Go the Distance Panel! Join us on August 20th at Bedford High School. You can register on our website at www.womenrunnh.org.

Fueling For Performance

Noreen Gallo

Noreen Gallo is a Licensed, Registered Dietitian and has been passionate about helping people reach their health and wellness goals for over 25 years. She received her Undergraduate degree in Nutrition from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters Degree in Nutrition from the University of California at Davis. She has a private nutrition practice, Your Forever Nutrition Counseling, based out of Windham NH. The focus of her practice is medical nutrition therapy, digestive health, family and sports nutrition. She knows how challenging life can be and she makes it her goal every day to help people make the changes necessary to live that life to the fullest.

Noreen will be offering two sessions on Fueling for Performance at our event on August 20th at Bedford High School. Find out more about the Women Run NH Event on our website womenrunnh.org. We hope you will join us!

Andy Schachat

The Greatest Moments in NH Women’s Running! New England road race and triathlon announcer, Andy Schachat, will be joining us at Bedford High School on August 20th to talk about the greatest moments in the history of NH women’s running. Andy’s voice is a familiar one to NH runners who race locally and throughout New England. For nearly 30 years he has been calling us to the finish line. Join us to hear his comments on the history of women’s running in NH. Andy will also be moderating both of our panels.

Women Who Go the Distance

Melissa Cummings

Meet Melissa Cummings! Melissa is a member of the Millennium Running Club, a volunteer for many Total Image Running events, and a model for Her Tribe Athletics apparel. She is a friendly and familiar face on the NH road race scene. If she is not running the race, she is volunteering or cheering. She ran her first race in 2017, the Trick or Trot, and has continued to tackle new challenges and distances on her healthy journey. In 2020, she was named Millennium Club Member of the Year. She is currently training for her first marathon. Melissa’s first career was a veterinary technician, and she now works in project management. Melissa will be a member of our Women Who Go the Distance panel, moderated by Andy Schachat.