Members & Coaches

Our Members

The RMHP Running Club welcomes runners of all ages and abilities. Members range from preteens to octogenarians, and from casual runners looking for a fun fitness group to elite sprinters, distance runners, and triathletes. A few are nationally competitive within their age groups; most compete only with themselves.

Over the years we have grown from a small, dedicated group to more than 300 runners. Members work together both to reach their full potential and to help the community by raising awareness and funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Providence.

Our Coaches

Bob and Anne Rothenberg

Bob and Anne Rothenberg helped to initiate the RMHP Running Club in 2007 while volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House of Providence. The duo began coaching together in 1971 while teaching in Maryland. Their high school teams amassed 18 state championship titles in cross country and track & field.

Bob became the director of cross country/track & field at Brown University in 1983, and Anne was the named the men’s and women’s jumps coach. Over their 20 years at Brown, their squads won 11 league championships and 4 New England titles, and Bob was named NCAA Regional Coach of the Year five times. Both Anne and Bob are members of the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame. Together, Bob and Anne continue to direct a major high school cross-country invitational and officiate at high school and collegiate meets in RI and NY. Bob also coaches with NE Distance.

Jon Barnes

Jon has been a coach with the RMHP Running Club for seven years. A runner since age 14, Jon competed both in high school (at Branford High School in Connecticut) and in college (at Lafayette College). He is a member of the Hall of Fame at both Branford and Lafayette, and he was a college All-American in the indoor 1000.

A former self-coached marathoner, Jon ran a personal best at the Boston Marathon with a sub-2:29 time. Over the past 40 years, he has mentored many marathoners of all abilities. Jon retired from a banking career specializing in business lending in early 2009 and continues to serve as a volunteer coach for female distance runners at Barrington High School, which he has done for nearly a decade.

Peter Sedgwick

Peter Sedgwick

Peter Sedgwick started running in high school and returned to the sport at age 46 after a long hiatus. He joined the club a year later, running in everything from 5K races to a full marathon. He started to help with coaching in 2016 after an injury and two surgeries, which gave him insight into the importance of cross-training and downtime for maintaining running health. With this knowledge, he helps club members avoid the mistakes of over-running or running through injuries.

Peter also serves on the club’s executive committee. His broad experience with the club—as a runner, committee member, and coach—lets him say with confidence that it is the best running club in the area, hands down. He is proud to serve with the committed people who volunteer their time and talent to making it special.

Nell Smith

Nell Smith recently joined the RMHP Running Club, working Monday and Wednesday mornings with members who are interested in sprints. At Wheaton College, Nell was named Academic All-American, All-American Indoor and Outdoor, and All-Conference and All-New England. As a graduate student at Columbia University, she earned indoor national records in the 60m and 200m. She also has the fastest recorded times in El Salvador in the 100m and 400m, and in 2017 was ranked 4th in Central America in the 200m and the 400m.

Nell was a 2016 Olympic qualifying finalist. She is currently the project manager for Complete Track and Field (CTF), the editor of the website blog, and an assistant track & field coach at Hope High School.

Coach’s corner

PETER K. KRIZ, MD March 2018 Presentation

Here is the link to Dr. Peter Kriz's presentation at the March 2018 annual RMHP Running Club meeting. Common Running Injuries PETER K. KRIZ, MD ASSISTANT TEAM PHYSICIAN, BROWN UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS MARCH 19, 2018  ...

Tapering before your marathon: How to do it and why it matters

Tapering for a half or full marathon is a critical part of any runner’s training program. As we approach spring and racing season, it’s important for runners to understand the reasoning behind – and the importance of – a proper taper. Read the article...

Peter Sedgwick talks about the 2018 Boston Marathon

April 17, 2018 Yesterday as many of you are aware I ran the 122nd Running of the Boston Marathon, it was my first Boston and my last marathon. What a humbling experience to run in the footsteps of all the great runners of the past, Billy Rodgers, Meb and our own Jon...

Running Myths and Facts

Debunking the common 'running myths' by Dr. Brian Hay MS, DPT, OCS: Running Myths & Facts

Running Tip – Hamstring Power & Mobility Video

Power = Speed When running the more power we can generate from our muscles the more forward movement we generate with each stride.  The more forward movement we generate with each stride the more distance we cover and that equals SPEED.  Stronger glutes and hamstrings...

What is Core?

What is Core?  Just take a deep breath and read on "Core" is one of the most overused and misunderstood terms in health and fitness today.  The term is so overused it has almost lost its legitimacy, so when my patients say, “I am doing core exercises” I tend to be a...

Running Injury Prevention

Download this paper from by Dr. Brian Hay MS, DPT, OCS and Performance Physical Therapy about Running Injury Prevention: RMHRC Running Injury...

How to Recognize a Running Injury

by Brian Hay MS, DPT, OCS Runners are constantly battling aches and pains.  How do we know what pain is ok to push though and what pain is not.   As a physical therapist I always educate patients that symptom recognition is the most important part of training.  It is...

Injury Check

No pain, no gain? Not always true—while any vigorous exercise may lead to some muscle soreness, pain is often a symptom of injury. Check out this article for more information about the types of pain that you should NOT ignore:...

Racing in Hot Weather

Water, water and more water: start drinking lots of water NOW. If you fill a one or two liter bottle of water in the morning and keep drinking small amounts from it, then you’ll know how much you drank over the course of the day. Don’t go to the beach, do lawn work,...

Hot Weather Training Tips

Rule #1 is to remember that “discretion is the better part of valor.” Common sense—NOT your training schedule, weekly mileage goal, 3,282-day running streak, weight-loss campaign, etc—needs to be your guide. Be alert to THI (temperature-humidity index or “feels like”...

Member profiles and stories

The Jerusalem Marathon by Ivy Marwil

I ran the Jerusalem marathon on Friday, March 21st, my 30th marathon. I lived in Jerusalem for a summer when I was 8 years old, I attended University in Jerusalem in the early 70's and I volunteered on a Kibbutz between college and graduate school. Jerusalem has...

I’M A RUNNER: Patricia Sullivan

by Michaeline Nelson Patricia Sullivan started running on August 17, 2008. She had always been athletic. In her youth Patricia raced on the track until 8th grade, but her high school years were pre-Title Nine, when she says, “Women had to play half-court basketball...

I’M A RUNNER: Jan Parillo and Preston Hare

by Michaeline Nelson Jan Parillo and Preston Hare are regulars at the track on Monday and Thursday morning practices before going to work. Together they own a company, Parillo/Hare Realtors, working across the state of Rhode Island. Jan says she is a people person and...

Peter Sedgwick’s Come Back

by Peter Sedgwick I am writing this open letter to discuss what I have been doing this year to improve my running times and abilities. First off so you all understand until this year I had not broken my PR from my first half marathon run in Hartford in October of 2008...

100 on 100 Relay

by Ellen Foley. I ran the 100 on 100 relay with five friends last Saturday (Aug 13th). Here’s the website: http://www.100on100.org/. We came in 6th of 12 women’s teams (we were something like 89th overall however). This is a great race that starts at the stunning Von...