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.

Michael Fadil

Michael Fadil

Michael joined the RMHP Running Club as a coach in 2020. He started running at age 14 competing in high school (Liverpool High School in New York) and later at Dartmouth College where he was an All-American. He continued running post-collegiately, competing nationally and internationally, representing the U.S.A. on numerous national teams, and competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Michael also helps coach the Rhode Island Track Club runners as well as coach outdoor track and cross-country for the youth team Cranston League for Cranston’s Future (CLCF) where his daughter Zia competes. He still enjoys running recreationally and is counting down the years while he can still stay ahead of his daughter.

Coach’s corner

Goal Setting for Training Motivation

During these times where we cannot meet at the track for a formal workout, motivation to push yourself harder may wane. Indeed, for many club members, motivation to lace up their shoes and hit the pavement comes from preparing for a race and/or running with friends....

Selecting Running Shoes

Running shoes should be selected after careful consideration. With so many brands and styles of shoes on the market today,it is important to find the best fit for your feet and your needs. There is no “right shoe” that fits all runners. However, research and injury...

Safely returning to running after having a baby

As one of the most popular activities in the United States, over 60 million people exercise by running each year, and over 60% of those runners are women. Running is a crucial part of many lives, but many changes can occur for women’s workouts after giving birth....

Maintaining upper body strength

Maintaining upper body strength is essential for runners in order to keep their running posture in the ideal position, maximizing efficiency. Here are three simple upper body exercises from physical therapist Bryan Hay, that will help ward off late run fatigue:  ...

15 Ways to Avoid Overtraining

By Amanda Moran, ATC, LMT and Jared Ferreira, ATC from Performance Physical Therapy Athletes – from students to pros – often believe that the more they train in their respective sports, the more they will excel over their peers athletically. But this isn’t always the...

Self Screening Mobility and Stability

A quick “do it yourself” movement screen to see if you have the mobility and stability to get the most out of your running CAN BE FOUND HERE...

Exercise When Sitting 8 Hours a Day

The average American is sitting for more than 8 hours a day. This results in muscles adapting to a sitting posture and creating an uphill battle for runners to maintain the mobility they need. If you sit for long periods during the day (commuting, desk work, etc.),...

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