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Coach Mike Reif is a certified USA Track and Field Coach. He has advanced degrees in Biology, Physical Education and Education Administration. He has worked extensively under the tutlege of Dr. Jack Daniels for nearly 20 years. Dr. Daniel's is a world renown exercise physiologist who is often referred to as the "Worlds Best Running Coach", so Coach Reif feels privileged to have an ongoing mentee relationship with him.

Coach Reif has coached the Genesee Valley Harriers Running Club (GVH) since it's inception in 1996, including it's USATF Elite Development Program for qualifying men and women. He has guided Open Elite runners to place at national championship events, make US Olympic Trials, National teams and participate at World Championships events. GVH's Open Men and Women frequently win USATF- Niagara Association team and individual championships. 
GVH Master's teams have won over 100 USATF National Championship team titles and an equal number of runner-up titles. Individual National Championship titles have been won by numerous GVH master's runners at distances ranging from 200 meters to the Half Marathon.  Several have set World and American Age Group Records, and/or achieved World Master's Rankings.  In 2016 GVH Masters Teams won 2 USATF Master Grand Prix Series Championship titles (Women 40-49 and Women 60-69) and three teams took runner up titles in the GP Series (Women 50-59), Men (50-59) (60-69).  Three Masters athletes won National Individual USATF Grand Prix Series titles including: Missy Senall, 40-49; Audra Naujokas-Knapp and Colleen Magnussen (55-59). Three indivuduals took second place national honors including: Carol Bischoff, 50-54; Sharon Moore, 60-64, Doc Rappole, 65-69. Four individuals won third place honors including:  Mike Nier, 50-54; Cindy Ingals, 60-64, Mark Rybinski, 60-64; and Carolyn Smith-Hanna, 65-69. Coach Reif took 4th in the 65-69 age group.  
Coach Reif has provided spring coaching and clinics to the Greater Rochester Track Club since 1995. Co-coaches have included: Stacy Prey Barkstrom, a three time Division I All American athlete; as well as with age group World Mile Record Holder, Carolyn Smith-Hanna. The clinics focus on developing and experiencing a variety of training strategies, proper bio-mechanics, nutrition, injury prevention and racing strategies. Coach Reif also provides Clinics and Workouts for the Wegmans Food Store's Couch to 5k Fitness program.
As a runner, Coach Reif has been competing in races for over 50 years. A sprinter and middle distance runner in his youth, he did "intervals" on the Streets of NYC as he made deliveries for his parents during summer jobs. In high school and college he was a multi-time cross country course record holder, is a 5 time finisher of the Boston Marathon, is an experienced mountain runner and participates in snowshoe racing to supplement his running. He has been a member of a collegiate State Championship team, AAU Open National Championship team and USATF National Master's Championship teams.  His personal best was an 11th place finish at the USA National 30 K Championship in 1967 to help his Millrose AA team win the National AAU Team Championship title. He continues to run today, setting yearly goals and finding new challenges to feed his passion for running. For 2017 he has qualified for the Boston Marathon to celebrate the 50th Anniversary since his first Boston in 1967. 
Retired from a nearly 40 year professional career as a Special Education Administrator at Monroe #1 BOCES and as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Coach Reif also promotes healthy and positive living for all ages through his 1-2-3 Live Well Now philosophy. In the middle of his professional career he was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo for 4 years as Chairman of the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. He also served a 2 year term as a national advocate for children and adults with developmental disabilities as Secretary of the National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils.  He now advocate for and sponsors many youth and adult running events. This, to encourage others to make running and positive energy a life long pursuit and passion.  Coach Reif takes pride in his three adult children, Gina (44), Christie (42) and Mike Jr. (41) who all enjoyed success as athletes during their childhood and as young adults. Today they model that lifestyle with their six offspring.   
Individualized training plans can be developed for beginner fitness enthusiasts to elite athletes with the overall goal being to improve their overall fitness, speed, endurance and athletic performance. For a modest fee Coach Reif will provide a tailored plan for you and weekly feedback on progress and strategies to improve.

To find out more about developing an individualized plan, joining the Genesee Valley Harriers Running Club or participating in a training clinic, email Coach Reif. See below.

Coach Reif recognized by Running Times Magazine in July/August 2011 Issue

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Link to the Genesee Valley Harriers Running Club

Coach Mike Reif

The Amazing Story of Ben James:
Ben James, age 49, in this picture, (#333) wins 2006 USATF National Masters Indoor Championships in 200 & 400 meters. Ben trains daily and works with Coach Reif twice a week to prepare for National and World Championships. His goal is to repeat that performance in 2007 after a long illness. Can he do it? Stay tuned . . .
The amazing thing that happened took place on March 26, 2007! Unknow to all his competitors and teammates, Ben overcame cancer and chemotherapy treatment between August 2006 and January 2007. He returned to training in January 2007 looking gaunt with no hair, having lost 10 pounds of muscle mass. He trained diligently for three months and went on to win the USATF Masters National Indoor Track & Field Champiionships in the 400 meters as a 50 year old. Truly an amazing and heroic feat! The entire running community is extremely proud of Ben's accomplishments. He went on to the outdoor track . . . and the World Championships in Riccone Italy September 4-15, 2007. Unfortunately, in the finals at the World Championships a judge disqualified Ben and he was unable to finish. All the competitors and spectators said the judges were wrong to DQ him, as he would have won. Competitors awarded him a medal for his efforts and sportsmanship.
Update: August, 2012
Ben James (age 55) recovered from injuries sustained in the winter of 2011. At the USATF National Masters Track and Field Championships (Chicago) Ben won the 400 (55.1) and took second in the 200 (24.16) meter dashes.

GVH's Tim Chichester qualifies for USA Mountain Running Team and 2012 World Mt. Running Championships in Italy


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Carolyn Smith-Hanna only began running at age 48 but broke 12 American Records and 5 World Records from 400 meters to the 5K. She has won over 17 Individual National Championships in 7 years. She is a true example of what hard work and following a strategic training plan can get you.