Mindy Solkin began her coaching career in 1992 and since then has coached over 12,000 runners helping them to achieve their goals whether it is running their first mile or pursuing their personal best in the marathon. Mindy has a USA Track & Field, Level 1 running coach certification since 1991, a Level 2 running coach certification since 1998 and a Level 3 running coach education since 2000. She was certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for 20 years. Her innovative and personalized training programs for groups and private clients combine a keen understanding of both the sport of running and the principles of health and fitness.
In 1999 Mindy founded The Running Center from a home-based office and in 2006 she fulfilled her dream and opened New York City’s first and only training studio for runners. With her vast experience, she expanded her services and staff to include running clinics, Runditioning™ classes and Sports Lab Services such as Running Form Analysis, Maximum Heart Rate Testing and VO2 Max testing. Other classes include Fitness Walking for active adults and Youth Running programs. In 2014, The Running Center expanded to the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey shore areas.
She is an original, as she has successfully combined her knowledge of both the running world and the fitness/wellness/business world to develop runners into all-around healthy individuals.
Once a frequent age-group award winner, she has devoted herself to her runners and the running community-at-large, becoming a knowledgeable resource to a generation of runners. As one of the country’s leading running coaches, she has coached runners near and far to cross the finish lines of races and marathons in such cities as Anchorage, Berlin, Bermuda, Boston, Chicago, Dublin, London, Medoc, New York City, Paris, Prague, Vancouver and many more.
Known as "Coach Mindy", she has transformed the sport with her TRC Training System which insures that runners at every level will achieve their goals. Her programs have been imitated but never equaled.
Mindy's altruistic personality led to the creation of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society's Team In Training marathon program (TNT) in New York City where she served as its first head coach and marathon consultant from 1994 to 2001. Her expertise in both coaching and sports marketing led to the mentoring of dozens of the Society’s staffers nationwide and the accomplishment of successfully coaching over 3,000 marathon runners who collectively raised over $8 million dollars for the Society. Much of what you see today at TNT and other charity marathon programs is a direct result of her efforts.
Serving the running community in many capacities has led to various appointments. From 1994 through 2000, Mindy served as a clinical advisory board member for the American Running and Fitness Association, and in 2001 she received the American College of Sports Medicine’s Community Service Award for her service to runners and sports medicine professionals in New York City. She has left her coaching stamp on many health club facilities in New York City including Reebok Sports Club/NY, New York Sports Club and Crunch, and has been a PowerBar® Team Elite sponsored athlete since 1995.
As a former fashion designer and sports marketing executive, Mindy has worn many hats throughout her career. She created the Polar® Heart Bra, a bra that secures the heart rate monitor into place, and is a contributing writer and spokesperson on the sport of running, with many of her articles, training schedules, and quotes appearing in national publications such as Runner's World, Fitness Runner, New York Runner, Women's Running, Fitness, Self and Shape. See Media to read the 68 articles and be sure to check out the first article, the Brooklyn Spectator July 1992. Additionally, Mindy has appeared on the television shows LXTV, Access Hollywood, CNN, Today In New York, 20/20, Good Day New York, Good Morning America and The CBS Morning Show. Coach Mindy can also be seen adorning the label of Owater, an energy sports water. You can read her blogs on philly.com and The Running Center.
Her passion for the sport of running and her compassion for her runners is what truly make her a special coach. But more importantly, she'll make YOU feel special.
One of my first races, the
Pepsi Challenge 10K in Phila 1983
Racing in the L'Eggs 10K
Mini Marathon in NYC 1990
The morning of my first marathon,
the NYC Marathon 1990
At the Start of the
Boston Marathon 1997