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21st in 2001 AL 2A XC State Championship

3rd in 2002 4x800 AL 2A Indoor State Championship

1st in 2002 4x400 AL 2A Outdoor State Championship

3rd in 2003 4x200 AL 2A Indoor State Championship

2nd in 2003 4x400 AL 2A Indoor State Championship

1st 2014 AL Xterra Trail Championships

1st 2014 Sizzling Hot Trail Series 5 milers (2x)

1st 2015 Light Your World 5K

1st 2015 Trail Blazer Treks Half Marathon

1st 2015 Valley Vines 5K

3rd in AG Shamrock Marathon -BQ

1st 2020 Wine Lovers 5K

3rd 2021 Terrapin Half

3rd 2021 Conquer the Cove 25K

4th 2021 Bruce Barnes Mile

8th 2020 Hellgate 100K

9th 2018 Holiday Lake 50K

9th 2018 Promise Land 50K

11th Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon -BQ

4th Grindstone 100 Mile Endurance Run

15th Charlottesville 10 Miler

4th 2022 Hellgate 100K

Course Record 2023 Holiday Lake 10K

RRCA Certified Run Coach

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

TRX Qualified Coach

IIN Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

USATF Level 1 Coach

V.02 Certified Run Coach

UESCA Endurance Sports Nutrition Coach

"Ensnare your goals with an approach that both enhances your wellness and optimizes your potential."

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MEET THE

MAGNUM OPUS COACHING TEAM

Our dedicated and knowledgeable coaches can't wait to support you on your journey! 

NELLE FOX

Founder/Owner

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While I competed in cross country and track teams during my middle and high school years, becoming an all-state athlete and state champion on multiple occasions , I only began calling myself an endurance runner after my second child was born in 2013. Between middle school and before baby number two, I had dabbled in sprint triathlons, 5K's, and 10K's, but still never truly considered myself an endurance runner.

As a postpartum mother of two, I was like many, motivated to lose my "baby weight", in the aftermath of my natural birth experiences to explore what other amazing things my body might be capable of. I had seen inspiring posts from many friends as they ventured into the half marathon/full marathon world, and I decided that I wanted to go for it (the half marathon), too. Therefore, I perused the internet and ultimately, developed my own plan to hold me accountable to my goal and keep me motivated, safe. Ultimately, I was transformed by this sport along the way, setting PR's in many distances and even winning a trail championships in addition to other local road and trail races within 10 months to 13 months postpartum.

Along the journey to my first half marathon, I had discovered and fallen in love with the practice of running and the community, but I also had researched and learned that training safely for races requires an ongoing balancing act between scientifically-supported training approaches as well as running socially and/or for enjoyment to avoid burnout.

Years later, I continue to evolve as a runner, having become a 5x Boston Qualifying marathoner and completed 30+ marathon/ultra marathons. In my thirst to learn more about helping others develop their running practice, I became a certified running coach through RRCA, a TRX qualified coach, a certified Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, a NASM certified personal trainer, and a USATF Level I Track & Field Coach. I continue to grow in my advocacy for healthy runners everywhere, based out of Harrisonburg, VA.

I am passionate about sharing and promoting running as a sustainable, yet in-flux activity that can positively influence health and lifestyle as well as develop a greater sense of belonging in a much larger community. I also want my athletes to feel supported, empowered, and enriched along their pursuits to maximize their potential and achieve their greatest goals!

Together, we can tackle mental and physical challenges in a way that leaves you feeling accomplished, disciplined, and powerful.

RACHEL

SPAULDING LEMCKE

Run Coach

Rachel is one of our amazing run coaches. She's had success in distances 50K-100 miles but enjoys the longer 100k and 100 mile distances the most because of the problem solving and strategic thinking that goes into it. Rachel coaching background includes high school and middle school cross country coaching, including a conference championship win for her girls team in 2021, and coach of the year award for Blue Ridge conference

  • College athlete 2014-2018 with many swimming awards, acknowledgements, and records

  • 1x open water marathon swimmer and podium finisher

  • 2x Boston marathon finisher

  • 16 ultramarathons to date with 14 being top 5 finishes (Race Results)

  • Rabbit Elite Teammate since 2021

  • Smokies Challenge Adventure Run FKT 2022: 72 miles on AT with 18,600 ft gain, Three Ridges and Priest FKT 2022:  24 miles with 7.300 ft gain

  • Personal success in distances 50K-100 miles but enjoys 100k and 100 mile distance the most because of the problem solving and strategic thinking that goes into it

  • BS in Human Services with a minor in youth development Masters Public Health

  • UESCA Ultra Running Coach Certification

  • NASM Women's Fitness Specialist Certification

  • Certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor ISSA

  • COROS Evolab coach and content creator

  • Former high school and middle school cross country coach; 2021 girls conference champions 

  • Coach of the year award for Blue Ridge conference 

  • College swim coach previously at University of Lynchburg (2018-2020)

Zach Mathias

Coach

I was first introduced to the sport of track and field as a freshman at Spotswood High School. While track was in my blood, I had primarily been a baseball player up until then. But in the spring of my 9th grade year, I made the switch to outdoor track and never looked back. After 4 wonderful years of outdoor track, and 3 years of indoor, I made the decision to run at the collegiate level and signed with Concord University in Athens, WV as a dual sport athlete. It was during my freshman year at CU when my athletic career and my future got turned upside down, after sustaining a career ending spine injury in football season. I didn’t know it then, but that injury would lead me down the road to where I am today. With losing my ability to play sports, I lost all motivation in school, and ended up coming home after the fall semester of my third year.

I had no idea what I was going to do, but about 2 months later I received a message from one of my high school coaches, who was now the Head Track Coach at the newly opened East Rockingham High School. They were in need of another assistant coach for their upcoming inaugural season. This was it, this was my chance to reconnect with the sport I once fell in love with. Fast forward 13 years, and the rest is history!

I’m not just a high school coach, my passion has grown into so much more.. enter Excel Rocktown, now Magnum Opus Coaching! Coaching isn’t just my job, it's who I am. And I look forward to sharing this passion of mine with my new Magnum Opus Coaching Family!

​Coaching Specialties:

  • Track & Field

  • Cross Country

  • Football

  • Baseball

  • Power Lifting

Coaching Highlights

 3x 4x100m Relay VHSL Class 2 State Champions (2017, 2018, 2019)

2x Bull Run District Men’s Outdoor Track Coach of the Year (2022, 2023)

2x Shenandoah District Men’s Outdoor Track Coach of the Year (2016, 2017)

3x Conference 36 Men’s Outdoor Track Champions (2015, 2016, 2017)

3x VHSL Region 2B Men’s Outdoor Track Coach of the Year (2019, 2022, 2023)

2x Bull Run District Men’s Outdoor Track Champions (2022, 2023)

3x Shenandoah District Men's Outdoor Track Regular Season Champions (2013, 2016, 2017)

2x Shenandoah District Men’s Outdoor Track Championship Meet Champions (2016, 2017)

3x VHSL Region 2B VHSL Men's Outdoor Track Champions (2019, 2022, 2023)

Vhsl Class 2 Men’s Outdoor Track State Championship Runner up (2017)

12 Individual VHSL State Champions

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