Lecturers

The ADP Distance Summit brings together a mix of lecturers with a wealth of knowledge and experience working with the best athletes in the world.

Dr. Randy Wilber - USOC Senior Sport Physiologist

Randy Wilber is at heSenior Sport Physiologist at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he oversees the operation of the Athlete Performance Laboratory. Wilber came to the USOC in August 1993 and since that time has worked with Team USA athletes from a variety of summer and winter sports, advising them on the scientific and practical aspects of training. His expertise is in the area of environmental exercise physiology - heat, humidity, cold, air pollution, jet lag, altitude - and their effects on elite athletic performance. In addition, Wilber has provided support for Team USA athletes at five Olympic Games (Salt Lake City 2002, Athens 2004, Torino 2006, Beijing 2008, Rio 2016) and two Pan American Games (Santo Domingo 2003, Rio de Janeiro 2007).


Dr. Wilber’s research interests include evaluating the effects of altitude training on athletic performance, exercise-induced asthma (EIA) in elite athletes, and the use of ergogenic aids for the enhancement of athletic performance. He has authored scientific papers on these topics that have been published in professional journals. Dr. Wilber has authored Altitude Training and Athletic Performance: Theory and Practice, published by Human Kinetics in 2004. In addition, he has been an invited speaker at scientific meetings in Brazil, China, Finland, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Qatar, Spain and Switzerland, and serves as a consultant to the U.S. Navy SEALs on issues related to physical performance at altitude. Dr. Wilber was recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in 1998 and was recently appointed to the ACSM Olympic and Paralympic Sports Medicine Issues Committee. In 2005, he received the Centennial Laureate Alumni Award from Florida State University, and in 2007 he received the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

 

2017 ADP American Distance Summit

US Olympians

Learn first hand what it took to make the U.S. Olympic Team from four of America’s
new distance stars. 


From Paul Chelimo’s historic 5,000m Olympic Silver Medal to Hillary Bor’s 7th-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase and Shadrack Kipchirchir and Leonard Korir’s surprise 2-3 in the 10k at the Trials, listen to what these US Army soldier-athletes have to say about training, peaking and preparation.


 

Coach Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons is the head coach of the American Distance Project which he founded in Colorado Springs in 2011 after a successful career as a collegiate coach which saw over 45 national champions, 5 back-to-back national team cross country titles and an American Record. 

In 2016, Simmons coaching resulted in four Olympic births for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the #8 US All-time steeplechase.

His ADP athletes have earned 28 US national team berths, 4 US national titles and two RRCA Road Runner of the Year awards.  In 2013, under Simmons’ guidance, Betsy Saina posted the fastest 10k in the World for 2014 with her 30:46 win in Tilburg.  Simmons holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Science and pursues innovative solutions to altitude training and heat and humidity racing.


Simmons American Distance Project training group has expanded to include former multiple NCAA champions including Sam Chelanga and Law Lawang, along with 8:18 steepler Stanley Kebenie and 13:29 5ker Biyo Simbassa.

 

Coach Lee LaBadie

Current University of Akron coach Lee LaBadie surprised American middle distance running when his 21-year old charge Clayton Murphy won the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials 800m.  But that surprise would not compare to the shock of Murphy winning Bronze at the Rio Olympics a month later.


LaBadie oversaw the development of Murphy from a 1:54 high schooler to the fifth fastest American of All-time with his 1:42.93, as well as his impressive 1500m mark of 3:36.22. 


LaBadie’s coaching displays exceptional preparedness for championship performances as Murphy also won the 2016 NCAA Indoor 800m and the 2016 NCAA Outdoor 1500, as well as earning Gold in the 2015 Pan American Games 800m and Silver at the 2015 NACAC 800m.


Earlier in his career, LaBadie also coached U.S. Olympic steeplechasers Robert Gary and Mark Croghan.


LaBadie himself was a top-level runner being the first Big 10 athlete to break the 4:00-minute mile with his 3:58.8.

 

Wes Barnett, Vice President of Thorne Research

Retired U.S. Olympic Weightlifter, Wes Barnett, now heads Thorne Research’s Athletic Development Division.  Barnett, the former Head of US Weightlifting and the former USOC Director of International Games and USOC Sports Performance Team Leader, has taken an active role in the development and testing of sport safe supplements.  Not only is Barnett involved in assuring the effectiveness of sports supplements at Thorne, he also has a passion for the protection of Olympic athletes from supplements that contain both banned elements as well as unhealthy elements such as heavy medals and pesticides.


 

Lisa Rainsberger, Kokopelli Kids

Lisa made a name for herself in athletics through a storied career that included three U.S records, two Chicago Marathon victories and culminated with her being the last American woman to win the Boston Marathon. 

Lisa has taken that same passion and applied it to working with developing youth through her Kokopelli Kids program that, in large part, contributed to the progression of her own daughter Katie to performing as one of the best all-time high school runners (2015 Nike NXN Champion, NBNI National Mile champion in Senior Class Record and US High School Outdoor 3,000m national record.)

Rainsberger employs a long term global developmental approach to the middle school and high school athletes she works with whom have themselves garnered national success including the 2016 USATF Junior Olympic cross country champion in addition to six other USATF JOXC All-Americans