Coach Toby Tanser
"90% of life is showing up...so why not show up, and live your life." - Coach Tanser
He is a former professional runner, sub-2:20 marathon runner (63-minute half marathon) and has competed and coached in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Tanser has been the FIT Cross Country/Half Marathon coach since 2004. He is a wonderful coach with a unique and inspiring story. The FIT student athletes have the opportunity to train with a world renowned athlete/coach; more importantly, they are able to witness firsthand that we all can make a difference and make the world a better place by being coached by Toby, who is changing Kenyan lives for the better through his non for profit organization, Shoe4africa.
Tanser has a unique and inspiring story. He is the director of Shoe4Africa, which he founded in 1995. He is also director of the New York Road Runners (the world’s largest running organization) and Achilles International, the world’s largest running organization for athletes with disabilities. He sits on the coaches advisory board of Runner’s World.
Tanser is the author of three books, the best selling Train Hard Win Easy the Kenyan Way, and The Essential Guide to Running the NYC Marathon. His latest book, More Fire, How to Run the Kenyan Way, will raise money to build a children’s hospital in Kenya. Tanser’s articles about running have appeared in journals worldwide as well as in Runner’s World, New York Runner, and Metrosports magazines. He wrote and co-produced the global Puma Trainway series and the New York Road Runners audio guide for the INGNYC Marathon. He has done TV and Web commentary for marathons in America and Europe.
He coaches New York City’s largest running team, the NY Flyers. He also coaches various charity organizations, including Team Lifeline, and is the race director of the Hope and Possibility, an annual race in NYC that supports athletes with disabilities.
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Student Assistant Coach Maria Paolillo
Maria is joining the FIT Tigers team for one year from West Lafayette, Indiana. Maria is a junior participating in the One Year Associate’s Degree Program for Fashion Merchandise Management. At Purdue, Maria studies Apparel Design and Technology and plans to graduate with a Bachelors of Science in May 2015. Maria also runs Track and Cross Country for the Boilermakers. During her sophomore year she was awarded Academic All Big Ten and earned her first Varsity Letter. Maria has been running ever since she can remember, as both of her parents were All-Americans and she grew up around the track. She is excited to help grow and work with the Tigers Cross Country and Track Teams while she spends a year perusing her dreams in the Big Apple.