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Community Highlights: Meet Emily Torrence of Sundog Running

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Torrence.

Hi Emily, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My husband, Ian Torrence, and I have been lifelong runners, starting our personal running journeys in middle school and high school. Over the years, we can begin to share our knowledge with other runners and got into coaching. In 2017, we started our coaching business, Sundog Running.

We named our business after the atmospheric phenomenon, the sundog, which is when light is refracted around the sun, often in pairs. Our mission is to build a community and to offer personalized interactions as runners strive toward their goals, so the sundog to us represents this support and tight-knit community.

Sundog Running started as just Ian and myself, but we have since added four other coaches. We work with athletes of all ability levels, from beginners to advanced, and all race distances and terrain types, from 1-mile to 250-mile events on road or trail.

Our other coaches on our team are Eric Senseman, Ron Hammett, Will Baldwin, and Jim Sweeney.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
We have been fortunate to have had a smooth road as we’ve matured. We believe that personal interactions with our athletes—in a world that is fast-moving and geared towards automation and commercialization—is paramount.

We’ve been impressed with Sundog Running, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Please refer to our story for more details, but we strive to personalize our training for each individual athlete and to approach our training as a partnership between coach and athlete. We are proud we remain grassroots.

For more information about our services, you can find us here:

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Image Credits
1st Photo – Rabbit Wolf Creative
Photo 2-4 – Ian Torrence

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