Inspire and Improve

The Sound Running mission is to Improve the sport we love and Inspire runners everywhere. This means giving back to the community through our events and helping ALL runners achieve their goals with smarter training. The Sound Running team combines for over 30 years experience helping athletes become Olympians, win U.S. Titles, World Medals, and set World Records. We are also still learning every day from YOU, and will continue to evolve and provide opportunities for runners.


Jesse - Founder

Coach Williams has worked with athletes of all levels for the past 15 years. He was the Head of Brooks Sports Marketing for 13 years overseeing the marketing and business side of the Hansons-Brooks ODP, the Brooks Beasts, the Brooks PR Invitational and other athlete programs. A competitive runner as well, Coach Williams ran at Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology and a Master's in Biomechanics. As a runner, Coach Williams has run the Boston Marathon 5x as well as the Chicago, London, Berlin, and NYC Marathons. (He won the 2002 OKC Memorial and 2011 Seattle Marathon) Coach Williams has a marathon PR of 2:22 and was once a hand model. Learn more about Coach Williams in the this podcast or follow along


Heather - Coach

Coach Heather’s passion for running started in high school where she won multiple state championships, and earned All-American status all four years. She continued on to Syracuse University where she competed for The Orange in cross country, the 5k, the mile, and the steeplechase. Her passion for running, training, and competition led her to Georgetown University where she began her coaching career working alongside two of the most decorated coaches in the NCAA. After Georgetown, she moved to Seattle to work for Oiselle where she spent three years building the Volée ambassador racing team. Heather has been coaching athletes online for the past six years and loves working with newbies all the way up to elites. Heather’s other great life love is traveling. She’s circled the globe and run in over 25 different countries. Who run the world? Beyoncé of course, and technically also Coach Heather. Contact Heather


Abby - Race Director

Abby has been a huge part of Sound Running from the start. She’s been on the planning team for every event to date and is the race director for the College Invite each year.

Her passion for the sport goes far beyond Sound Running. She joined the coaching staff at California Baptist University in April 2019 after spending time as an Operations Assistant for the Men’s and Women’s Track and Cross Country programs at the University of Arkansas and as a volunteer coach/graduate assistant for Liberty University. She has a degree in Journalism and Communication from Bob Jones University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Liberty University.

Abby is an also avid runner with some big marathon goals in sight! Her current training partner is her puppy Linden (yes, named after the Boston Marathon Champ). Contact Abby

Nick - Coach

Nick Rogers competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic 5000m, is a several time U.S. Champion, and qualified for the 2008 Marathon Trials during his professional running career. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Nick has been involved in the sport since his high school days in Washington and is still active in the SoCal/Southwest running community serving as a the area running rep. Nick’s new passion is coaching runners to new goals when he isn’t surfing or skiing. Lucky guy

Contact Nick


Craig - Apparel

Craig’s leadership vision and mission comes from a lifetime of running, learning, and creating. He’s a runner that has been lucky enough to compete in major marathons and events all over the world. Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia (where he also competed in Track and Cross Country). Craig has many years in the running industry leading running apparel teams at both Brooks and Adidas (spending 10 years in Germany). Now living in SoCal again, Craig spends his time logging miles with his husky Cruz and lending Sound Running his apparel expertise and humor.


Kevin & Keith - Consulting Coaches

Kevin and Keith Hanson are the owners of the Hansons Running Shops in the Detroit Metro area and are the founders of the Hansons Original Distance Project. Since starting the team in 1999 the coaches have seen their athletes compete on World Teams, in the Olympic Games, and even win the Boston Marathon. What makes the Hansons special is not only their knowledge of the sport and training but their connection to the running community on all levels. Kevin was a high school coach from 1982-2016 on top of his duties with the professional Hansons ODP team. They host community groups runs, give talks at events around the country, and are constantly looking to improve the sport for all runners. We are lucky to work with these icons and would be lying if we said that our training plans haven’t been influenced by what we’ve learned over the years from the Hansons systems.

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