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Beth Elyard

Nelle was referred to me by my chiropractor. She thoughtfully designs workouts for my needs by corroborating with my Dr. and by perpetually seeking my feedback. Nelle is skilled in adjusting exercises on the fly as my changing needs require. Her studio is inviting, private, and clean. I’ve noticed a gain in strength over the past two months, and no longer take OTC painkillers since working with Nelle. She is willing to learn and grow alongside me as we work together to keep me active in this stage of my life.

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Casey Lucas

I have been working with Nelle for almost a year now. When I started with Excel Rock Town I had been coming off consecutive season-ending injuries putting me out of two club cross-country seasons at JMU. I was out of shape and I lacked a lot of my old self-confidence that I had in high school when I was a dual sport athlete. I also lacked self-confidence in my body in both the sense that it could keep me healthy and in the way it looked. Nelle helped me to understand both injury prevention when training and helped me conquer my fear of running a college 8k. She also gave me a plan to tackle my body composition goals and pushes me every day to reach these goals. I owe a lot of my success in the last cross-country season to Nelle and I owe her for my continuing success. Nelle helped me regain my self-confidence she is a great coach and has helped me reach heights that would not have been possible without her training plans. Without Nelle’s teaching and confidence in me, I am not sure if I would still be running. After almost a year of hard training with Nelle, I love my sport more than ever and I am confident in my racing abilities again.

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Dr. David Glazer

Nelle's top notch coaching helped me push the limits and run faster than I thought I'd ever be able to in the Shamrock Marathon. I ended up with a PR, beating my previous marathon by 32 minutes!

Her background in movement and exercise training was helpful in allowing me to execute the training plan even when some aches & pains popped up.

I highly recommend her whether you're a seasoned runner or just starting to run!

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Emma Thacker

I am so thankful for Nelle's coaching and the supportive community she has cultivated through Excel Rocktown Running. Her positivity, encouragement, and welcoming attitude had me hooked after attending my first Saturday group run! Nelle helped me with a tailored training plan for the 2023 Harrisonburg Half and while I was pleased with my faster time in the race, I was even more pleased that with Nelle's help I was and am injury-free. Now, I'm training in a way that suits my hectic schedule and my goals and looking forward to positive, healthy, sustainable results.

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Kelsey Kadow

Nelle is so helpful getting people prepared for races. While I have never been the fastest runner, I started going to run group in order to train for my first half marathon in 2022 and have now successfully done two full marathons since. I always look forward to the encouraging group runs on Saturday and have made some great friends since moving to the area because of it!

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Mory Lowe

[Magnum Opus] is the heart and soul of the Harrisonburg running community. Nelle’s passion and enthusiasm are matched by her coaching knowledge and empathy in designing training programs that complement her client’s work/life demands….whether it’s for beginners just starting their running journey or experienced runners looking to maximize their abilities and reach for big goals.

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