Coach Sawchuk - Head Coach DanvilleKevin Sawchuk is a physician who has been a runner since age 7. He loves distance and has competed in over 120 ultramarathons and 24 marathons. He has completed the Western States 100 mile race 10 times including three top-10 finishes. He also occasionally competes in shorter races and has a 2:37 marathon PR and 16:39 5K PR. At age 14 he backpacked the John Muir Trail alone and as an adult set the record on the 223 mile trail in 2004. He continues to love training and running as he approaches 53--setting an example as a lifetime runner.
Kevin has coached youth athletes starting with CYO track and cross country in 2009. He loves to share his passion for running with the youth athletes he coaches! Kevin became head coach for CYO XC and the CYO track distance athletes in 2011 and acting head coach of the Danville branch of Oak Hill Racing (now The Mt. Diablo Heat) in 2011. He received his level I USATF coaching certification in January 2012, his level II USATF coaching certification in endurance in July 2013 and his level III USATF/Level V IAAF certification in endurance in December 2014 after spending New Year's week at the Chula Vista Olympic training center and completing a 6 month project. He took the level III USATF/Level V IAAF certification course in youth specialization in December 2017 during an intensive week of study at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. His background in medicine and physiology gives him special insight into the complex issues of growth, development and injury prevention in youth athletes.
Coach Kevin won the 2018 Positive Coaching Alliance "Double-Goals Coach" Award based on multiple supporting letters from his many years of coaching.