Meet the Coaches

Alison Nanney

Alison Naney

Owner, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Training Peaks Certified Coach, NCSA CPT, and Licensed Massage Therapist

Growing up amid the wheat fields of eastern Oregon, Alison has always been drawn to open spaces. She spent college under the big skies of Montana where she rock climbed, backpacked, and eventually combined the two for big adventure-filled days, before finding her true love in trail running. She ran her first trail race in 2000, first 50k in 2003, and has been hooked on long mountain days ever since, exploring wild places and challenging her body and mind.

After college, Alison made her way to Seattle where she worked at Seattle Running Company introducing others to the trails by leading group runs and coaching youth and adult programs, all the while completing massage school at Brian Utting School of Massage. The mountains called, and she began her massage practice in the Methow Valley where she continued coaching and teaching new runners to run with more ease. After a recent stint in Seattle, she’s back in Mazama coaching runners to get stronger, find new limits, and accomplish their goals.

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Her comprehensive approach addresses each aspect of her athletes' training: strength and aerobic fitness, speed, injury prevention, running economy and form, event specific planning, and mental preparation. Her professional background as a massage therapist gives her a deep understnading of how the body moves and functions, which informs her athletes' highly individualized workouts. When not coaching, she massages through her business Methow Massage Therapy and trains and competes in races from 5k-100 miles in her backyard North Cascades and further afield across the mountains of the west.

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Sam Nanney

Sam Naney

Owner, NASM CPT

Hailing from the Methow Valley since birth, Sam started endurance training when he began cross-country skiing shortly after he learned to walk. His passion of the sport took him to Dartmouth College where he raced throughout his tenure, then returned west to the Methow to train and race full-time on the national and international professional circuit. After retiring from racing in 2014, he spent two years leading a junior Nordic ski racing team in Seattle before joining Alison full-time with Cascade Endurance.

Sam takes his deep base of endurance and training from skiing and applies it to mountain running races, particularly enjoying the brutal Skyrunning circuit. Sam transfers his deep understanding of endurance and strength training to his coaching of runners, backcountry skiers and other mountain athletes. His clients notice performance improvements by developing a strength reserve which translates to greater economy and efficiency, especially on hilly and steep courses and mountain terrain. In addition to his CE athletes, Sam also coaches for Uphill Athlete. In his off time, he applies his experience to pursue all manners of mountain activity, most happily alongside his family and friends overlooking some epic North Cascades vista. While he is currently not taking on new clients, he can be reached at sam@cascadeendurance.com. 

Jaime Clark

Head Seattle Coach

Brianna Graves

Coach

Jaime will never forget her first trail experience. While at Seattle University's cross country team summer training camp at Crystal Mountain, coached by Trisha and Uli Stiedl, everyday was the hardest and longest run she had ever done. It was also the first time she really felt connected to running, falling in love with the tempo of trails: the burst of fast down hills and slow, exhausting uphills. In the year's since, she's run many 50ks and one 60k, most with a ton of elevation gain on beautiful PNW trails. After an overuse injury in 2014, she began working with Alison at Cascade Endurance to learn to train a new way by listening to her body and adding components like strength training, hill work, and recovery runs to her training. Since then, Jaime has become a role model for balancing running and life; she coaches beginning runners through Fleet Feet Sports' training programs; and is our training group guru. She is constantly inspired by runners taking on new challenges.

A social worker by trade, her philosophy is holistic: she believes that trail running and your life are connected and loves helping people find where they merge. Jaime is passionate about helping people reveal their hidden narratives and can't wait to see you all on the trail!

For as long as she can remember, Bri has been pulled toward trails and running in a passionate way, yet struggled for years with being limited by her physical body. For the first 5 years as a runner she trained for 10k to half-marathon distances while putting up with pain and overuse injuries much of the time, but refused to give up: something inside of her felt there was more- injuries don't just "appear" for no reason, and if there is a reason, there must be a way to fix it.

In 2012 Bri discovered the ultra-marathon and delved into the subject with a deep calling to run one herself. Through many PT visits, books, online research, strength exercises, and a large focus on biomechanics, she made progress on her injury recovery and prevention and ran with more intensity. Between 2013 and 2015 she hiked 4,600 long-distance miles while running in the off seasons, and finally ran her first 50k in 2016. Bri has now run three ultras and is currently training for her first hundred miler, all injury free.

Through her own story of going from injury-prone to injury-free, Bri's passion to see others find their own success story is what drives her coach today. She has a deep belief that running can not only be pain-free, but can be the most freeing experience of your life, and she strives to help other runners reach that place as well.

Bri plans to go back to school in 2017 to finish her degree in Exercise Science to add a scientific background to her experience. In the meantime, you will find her frolicking through the North Cascades and beyond on long mountain days, always with a smile on her face.