Coach Rochon, the owner/director of Run After Fitness and guest coach for Whistler Sports Legacies programs and camps, welcomes all runners to the 2017 Nike Whistler Cross Country Camp.
Coach Rochon graduated from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba with a Bachelor of Physical Education (emphasis on Athletic Therapy) in the late 1980’s. She was a proud member of the Bison’s Track & Field Team including the 1987-1988 CIAU National Track & Field Championship Team. Coach Rochon competed in the 1500m, 3000m and Cross-Country during her university career. After graduating, she continued running cross-country and also moved to the road & trails to tackle 5km – 10 km, eventually moving on to marathon distance.
Post-university her first coaching experience was with sprinters in Thunder Bay, Ontario where she ran the Lakehead University Sports Medicine Clinic. Gradually the training group grew to include mid-distance, cross-country and distance athletes. Upon moving to Whistler, she began a series of running clinics and programs in the community and spent a few years as the Race Director for the Whistler Valley Trail Run. She has previously coached the Whistler Half-Marathon’s Lil’ Rippers Running Club at Myrtle Philip Community School; is in her first year as Head Coach of Whistler Secondary School’s Cross-Country program and third year with the Track & Field Team; and continues to privately coach developing youth and master’s runners for cross-country, trail running, triathlon/ironman and various road race distances.
Coach Rochon’s philosophy is based on the concept that to be a successful runner you need to be a better athlete. So her runners always mix-it up with road & trail & track workouts for the variety of experience and challenges that each brings. Physical literacy assessments, strength training, speed/agility/quickness sessions, yoga & pilates and other sport games are also part of each runner’s athletic development.
As an NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach she has had the opportunity to work with athletes from a wide variety of summer and winter sports from provincial and national teams, including Olympians. Coach Rochon is regularly invited as a guest coach to Triathlon, Alpine Skiing, Skeleton and Multi-Sport dryland camps to coach running and sprinting to development athletes.
Running is still the joyful experience it was when Coach Rochon first started competing way back in elementary school. Besides with her athletes, she can be seen sharing that joy with her dogs Jordie and Snow around the many on-road & off-road trails of Whistler.