Tracy Cooley's running journey began more than 20 years ago and since then, she has run dozens of marathons and ultramarathons on both road and trail. Her performance ranges from securing podium finishes occasionally to missing time cutoffs periodically, but persistence continues to guide her as a runner. Her motivation is also driven by wanting to set a strong example for her pre- teen daughter, Josephine.
Several years ago, Tracy became a Road Runners Clubs of America certified coach and since then, she has coached dozens of runners of all levels of experience. Coaching has given her a broader perspective of the sport as she believes every runner is unique. Her approach is guided by having an open mind and working with runners individually to identify what will work best for them to achieve their running and fitness goals. In addition, Tracy focuses on mastering the mental game to uncover any limitations based on misguided perspectives and enhance the mind-body connection.
Previously, Tracy worked as a caregiver for patients with a wide variety of chronic conditions. Since 2016, Tracy has worked with the Lupus Foundation of America to raise awareness and encourage research towards a cure. She has organized several personal fundraising campaigns and raised thousands of dollars for the foundation.
It is this motivation that drives the Team Make Your Mark training program.