Meet our Coaches

Donnie Cowart
Donnie, a native of Rustburg, VA, is a 2009 graduate of VMI, where he set school records in the indoor mile and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Competing in both cross-country and track, Donnie capped his career at VMI with his 8:44.66 and Division I All-American finish in the steeplechase at the 2009 NCAA Championships.  Since graduation, Donnie made nine USATF Outdoor Championship Finals in the steeplechase, as well as the 2012 & 2016 Olympic Trials Finals where he finished 4th & 8th respectively. In 2014 Donnie became the 425th American to break 4 minutes in the mile (3:58.43) and in 2016 won gold for the USA at the Pan American Cross Country 10K Championships. He is co-owner of Crazy Running and currently chasing a sub-2:10 marathon. Despite his serious commitment to his craft, Coach Donnie loves to bring fun energy and enthusiasm to our youth.

Robyn Land McElwee
 Robyn has been running competitively for over 25 years.  She was a 4-time Western Regional champion and 2-time NC State champion in Cross Country and the 2-mile.  She is a graduate of Virginia Tech where she specialized in the 5000 and 10,000-meter events.  Robyn co-authored My Trainer Fitness for Kids, and has coached many high school runners to Division 1 scholarships.  She is a USATF certified coach, and the founder of Crazy Running.