David A. Levine, is co-author of the Complete Idiots Guide to Marathon Training, which came out worldwide a few years ago. Runner’s World Magazine quoted him in a December issue. He is a certified Coach, Level Two, with USA Track & Field and Level Two with USA Triathlon, both subsidiaries of the US Olympic Committee. A three-time Ironman and twenty six time marathoner, Levine coached and organized the City Of Angels Half Marathon training group, now USA Marathon Training, for over eleven seasons, originally leading 90% of the experienced runners to achieve a personal record (PR). Now with more athletes, that number has dropped to 60%. With triathlon as a passion, Levine coached a Team-In-Training triathlon group, with similar positive results, and has proudly helped his Sony Tri Team. For over twelve years, he has been coaching weekly track workouts as Coach for the LA Running Club. For nine seasons, he was a Pace Leader with the 1,600 member LA Roadrunners, where he helped on the coaching advisory committee, for two years. Levine has also been a published features writer for numerous publications, including magazine cover articles and newspapers.
Gwendolen Twist has more than 25 years of competitive racing under her belt, she was ranked in the top ten in the state of California in high school for 2 years, held her college invitational course record for more than ten years, has trained under some of the top coaches over the years and is looking forward to sharing her experience as an athlete and as a certified coach with the group. Gwendolen is a level 1 certified coach with USA Track and Field and is a certified coach with Road Runners of America.
Julie Sornberger: Hi! I am an RRCA certified coach and I like to train for marathons. The prospect of racing 26.2 miles gets me out the door to exercise on an almost-daily basis. I have also met the majority of my friends through running, so I would be pretty lonely sitting on the couch. In the past few years, I have completed 8 marathons and have run Boston qualifying times in 4 of them. I look forward to meeting new people and working with them to achieve their running goals. During our first training season, I will be preparing for the Chicago Marathon in October. When I am not running, I am hanging out with my husband and dogs or teaching middle school. Come train with us!
Adele joined the USAMT team a couple of years ago. Not a competitive runner when she arrived, she had been an athlete her whole life and decided to run a marathon. She found the USAMT group in Griffith Park and hasn't stopped running since! In between training runs, she co-hosts a YouTube web series, "Dodger Fan Weekly" with her twin sister Anadel (who does NOT run, BTW); Adele works with Streetlights, a non-profit social justice organization creating careers for low-income minorities while increasing racial diversity behind-the-camera in television, films and TV commercials. She's appeared in TV commercials (i.e. Oreos, Kraft Mac-n-Cheese, Carl's Jr./Hardee’s), on TV (i.e. Cheers, China Beach), and independent features (They Shoot Movies, Don’t They?). She is co-producer and co-founder of Nobody Productions.
In 2000, I watched my daughters cross the LA Marathon finish line. I thought to myself, if they can do - why can't I? This was a few years after kicking a decades-long 2 pack a day smoking habit and being prescribed high blood pressure medication by my doctor. I asked for an alternative to medication, but due to me weight - I was over 200 pounds at the time - he said what I really needed to do was to start exercising. I left his office, never filled that prescription, and decided it was time to start running. I started training with the group my daughters were involved in, Students Run LA, and later moved onto LA Road Runners. It's been a transformative experience to say the least.. I ran with Group 5 (with David) until a knee injury slowed me down for a while. After my recovery, I reconnected with David, and our current running group, and I've been discovering the wonderful trails of Griffith Park ever since. And if I might add my 50+ marathons so far.
I ran seven marathons and seven 1/2 marathons.
Los Angeles Marathon 2008
San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon 2008
Pasadena Marathon 2009
Pasadena Marathon 2010
Pasadena Marathon 2011
Pasadena Marathon 2012
Los Angeles Marathon 2015
I do arts and crafts with homeless children once a week at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission in Northridge.
City of Angels 1/2 Marathon 2008
Los Angeles Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon 2011
Disneyland 1/2 Marathon 2012
Los Angeles Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon 2012
Los Angeles Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon 2013
Hollywood 1/2 Marathon 2014
Los Angeles Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon 2014