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William Elkins developed an unshakable passion for running and triathlons While living in Key West, Florida . For the last 10 years, he has been coaching and mentoring athletes, in addition to building a highly successful training business.
In 2014 Elkins relocated to New York, bringing with him the same passions for helping others achieve their running and fitness goals. Now in his second year as Head Coach of the Paragon Sports Running Team, Elkins took the club to the top of the B-Division among the New York Road Runners, with the belief it is just a snapshot of the achievements in store for 2017. Elkins is certified by the USA governing body as a triathlon coach and mentor, USA Track and Field and Jack Daniels VDOT.
When not out running, biking, or swimming around the city, you can catch Elkins planning Paragon’s next moves or other fitness activities as the Athletic Director for the New York Health & Racquet Club.
Brian McGregor defines running as a lifestyle, not a hobby. A dedicated and goal-oriented pacer and coach, he doesn't just talk the talk but he runs the run. McGregor ran his first New York Marathon in 2011 – one that he will never forget. Despite a hit-and-run that ended his training for over two months, McGregor still earned his finisher’s medal. Before the Philadelphia marathon a year later, he trained with a coach – and it was the race during which he felt he could make that difference for someone else through coaching. McGregor has his own interpretation of a Personal Record, or PR, however. To most runners, it means a faster pace; to him, it means to have more fun than your last race. Whether outfitting someone in a new shoe or helping a veteran runner with a new stride, McGregor’s favorite part, however, is hearing his customers’ personal running journeys. In turn, they help keep McGregor on his toes regarding the latest technology and trends in running.
Alex Davis began pacing for the Paragon Sports Run Club in 2013, after returning to New York City upon completing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. A long- and short-distance runner since middle-school, Davis pause only to dabble in wrestling and to pursue theater while attending Bard College in upstate New York. Some of his favorite running experiences include Ragnar Relays, the Bear Mountain Endurance Challenge, and the New York City Marathon. He helps lead the Paragon team by encouraging his teammates to have fun achieving their goals, one race at a time. When he's not running, Davis, works in sales, and spends his spare time reading and seeing plays.
James Pelletier: Since running his first track meet at the Pratt Institute in the fifth grade to waking Bedford Avenue while watching the marathon, NYC has provided the backdrop to pacer James Pelletier’s life. Pelletier, a run specialist at Paragon, has also experienced great fortune through his sport, from running with NCAA champs at the University of Connecticut to meeting his fiancé, the winner of the 2009 Knickerbocker 60K race, in Central Park. Prior to joining Paragon in 2011, Pelletier was the Director of Logistics at CytexOne, a provider of smart technology to homes and businesses. To this day, Pelletier still thinks of the Litchfield Hill Road Race – 7.1 miles through New England’s toughest terrain – as a birthday present.
Angelo Nunez honed his short-distance running skills on the baseball field until he dipped his toe into long-distance running two years ago while working at Paragon Sports. Starting with a 5K, Nunez quickly grew into a 10K, a half marathon and then when a charity spot opened up for the 2014 New York Marathon – just three months before the race – a marathon, too. Emerging from New York a competitive runner, Nunez now has his eyes on qualifying for the Boston Marathon after running a time of 3:23 at the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon. For Nunez, pacing the Paragon Running Team isn’t a job; it’s his spiritual and therapeutic release. But nonetheless, every Tuesday night when Nunez heads out with his group, he still means business, expecting his runners to be “huffing and puffing” when they return to the store.
Allison Abriss, Running Specialist, began running nine years ago to lose weight and stay in shape, then moved from the treadmill to racing with her first 5k in upstate New York two years later. In January 2016, when Abriss joined Paragon Sports, her running kicked into second gear and she started pacing for the Paragon Run Team. She sees the duty as a tradeoff: a NASM Certified personal trainer, Abriss helps runners stay strong and injury free; in turn, her runners keeps pushing her to take on the next race or marathon. Since running the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon on behalf of the Pegasus Therapeutic Horses Program for Veterans, Abriss has combined her passion for travel and running, venturing to several states and Puerto Rico for half marathons. Abriss will run her fourth marathon, the 2017 Chicago marathon, in October.
Adrian Brune is a freelance writer living in and running in New York. A tennis player since adolescence, Brune picked up running at the age of 38 and finished her first marathon, the New York Marathon, in 2014, followed by Rome, with a time of 3:52. She joined Paragon Run Club in 2016 to recuperate from hip surgery and has since run a dozen half marathons and four marathon runs in the Middle East, about which she wrote for Foreign Affairs magazine. Brune has also written for The NewYorker, the Guardian, and Guernica, among other publications and works as the U.S. Correspondent for South Africa’s CapeTalk Radio.
Denny Moran’s passion for running began in high school. A track and field runner, she continued in college, concentrating on shorter distances for her team at SUNY Binghamton, while harboring a deep desire to complete a marathon. Moran finished her first marathon in Panama in 2011, and since then, she has run more than 15 marathons including New York City, Boston, and Chicago, and more than 150 half marathons; for 2017, Moran aims to complete both the London and Berlin Marathons. Moran has run with several other New York area clubs, but was attracted to Paragon by the welcoming running staff and teammates, the multiple pace groups and the social connections. Moran never finishes a workout run without taking a group picture and several selfies.
Chelly Park ran on and off throughout high school and college, but it wasn't until 2015 that she truly fell in love with running. After a friend persuaded her to sign up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon – an intimidating distance at the time – she sought guidance from the Paragon Run Club. In addition to a sub-two-hour time, the Paragon Run Club helped keep her injury-free, as well as introduced her to a group of people she now calls her friends. A year after joining Paragon, Park ran her first New York Marathon under her goal time and is making plans for a second. Raised and schooled in Virginia, Park, a graduate of Virginia Tech, works as a financial assistant for a Manhattan hedge fund.
Nelson Villarreal, a freelance cameraman and photographer in New York, joined the Paragon Run Club in 2014 to finish his first marathon and stayed to achieve peace of mind and an active lifestyle. A native of Medellin, Colombia, Villarreal came to New York in the early 1990s to study at Pratt Institute and has since run around the world in-between jobs with Reuters Television, the BBC, the New York Times and other media outlets. When not out for a stress-free run, Villarreal is training for his next marathon, most recently the 2017 Colombia International Marathon, and or picking up a substitute pacing shift.
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The Paragon Run Club is a New York-based running team that was founded upon – and is directed by – the distinction of our members, as both people and runners. Since its beginning, Paragon has celebrated its teammates, who hail from every corner of the world. Our club continues to build its strength on not only our diversity but also on the shared appreciation each of us has for the sport of running. Our common goal is to help each other achieve athletic success in running, as well as to foment friendship and camaraderie on- and off- the beaten path. Paragon is open to all who want to participate in the New York running community at no cost.