Meet our Coaches
Here at The Runner’s Soul we work closely with coaches and personal trainers to provide a great pool of resources to our avid runners. They specialize in everything from marathon training, short and mid distance running and high performance racing.
Coach Dave Polkow
David’s passion is multi-sport training and racing. David has been a USA Triathlon coach since 2005 and has been coaching swimmers since 1996. He has raced in over 100 triathlons since 1991 in the Midwest area from sprint to Ironman levels. Starting in 2005, Dave started racing Ironman triathlons annually working his way through the North America series of races. He has also completed multiple Marathons and numerous other running events. His philosophy is to make any sport a fun part of your life that will change your lifestyle for the better. He enjoys both helping athletes achieve their goals whether they are a first timer or experienced racer.
USA Triathlon Level 1 coach since 2005
American Swim Coaches Assoc. Level 2 coach since 2012
Areas of Specialty
Beginner to intermediate Run Coaching through The Runner's Soul
Swim Coaching from Child through Adult
Coach Master Swim group out of York High School
Racing triathlon since 1991having done over 100 triathlons
Multiple Ironman and Marathon finishes
Active member of the Elmhurst Bicycle Club
Founding member of the Elmhurst Triathlon Club
Coach Jessica Niekrasz
Jessica is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach and has been running for the past 9 years. Not a life long athlete, Jessica has embraced running and triathlon since the birth of her son and in the process shed over 90 pounds. Jessica loves helping her athletes reach their goals- from getting started to setting a personal record.
USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach
200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Heartsaver CPR/AED Certification
Areas of Specialty
Stretching and Flexibility
Coach Judy Polkow
Judy Polkow PT, MHS, CFP has been coaching running with her husband Dave for 4 years at Runners Soul. She has been a Physical Therapist for 33 years and can add a medical perspective to training such as proper stretching, core work and injury prevention. She has also worked to return marathoners to running after injury and even rehabilitated Michael Jordan in 1986. Her specialty is working with beginning runners as she has a first hand perspective on back of the pack mentality and people who don't think they can run
Illinois licensed Physical Therapy,
Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner,
2010 70.3 Ironman race in Racine finisher,
3 half marathons
numerous 5K and sprint triathlons.
Coach Julie Hossack
Julie is an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer, accomplished Ironman triathlete and marathon runner. With over 15 years of experience, Julie has motivated individuals to accomplish goals as diverse as completing a first 5k or triathlon to gaining enough strength to bow hunt for water buffalo! With her experience in functional and sport specific training, drive and passion, Julie encourages others to reduce body fat, improve BMI, increase speed and improve cardiovascular endurance. As an active community member, Julie organized the Women’s Wellness Walkabout for 3 years in LaGrange.
A.C.E. Personal Training Certification
Heartsaver CPR/AED Certified
Schwinn Spin Instructor
AEA Aqua Aerobics Instructor
Areas of Specialty:
Beginner to intermediate Run Coaching
Group Fitness Instructor
Ironman Wisconsin 2012 and 2013
Marathons including Boston and Chicago (2 times), and U of I
Over 30 sprint/Olympic distance triathlons with numerous podium finishes
Numerous 5k, 10k, half marathon races with consistent top age group finish times