Pioneer Performance Center to Host RUNScience Clinic

News Story: November 6, 2017


Student running

Sacred Heart University’s Pioneer Performance Center will host RUNScience, an annual, evidence-based sports science clinic for local running coaches and athletes,  Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at SHU’s Center for Healthcare Education.

“Participants will learn about the most up-to-date running information in biomechanics, nutrition, physiology and strength and conditioning,” says Rich Marcello, SHU clinical exercise scientist and instructor in the Department of Exercise Science. Connecticut high school coaches and teachers who take part in the clinic will receive certificates of completion for professional development credit.

The clinic will include keynote addresses from Andy Downin, senior manager of global event strategy at New Balance, and Jennifer O'Donnell-Giles, a registered dietician specializing in sports nutrition. Both are accomplished runners and will share their professional and personal experiences; Downin runs professionally and previously competed at Georgetown University, while O’Donnell-Giles is a triathlete.

In addition, there will be lectures on sports science and applied coaching from high school, collegiate and professional coaches.

“We are always excited to organize RUNScience each year. It's a great opportunity for local coaches, athletes and clinicians to expand their knowledge of contemporary science related to running and learn from some of the best,” says Marcello. 

Woodbridge Running Company will sponsor breakfast and lunch that day. Tickets for this limited-seating event are $75 before Nov. 21 and $100 afterward. Parking is free. To order tickets online, visit