Meet the SCRR Advisory Committee

SCRR staffs a phenomenal team dedicated to serving its members and the running community.

Sara Angelilli - Coach

Sara started running in 2013 after finally caving in to the Heckert’s.  It took them three years to convince her that she could run three miles. After running that first race, it was all over.  She was immediately captivated by the energy of race day morning and the enthusiasm of the runners.  She quickly progressed from 5k to marathon in that first year while learning many lessons the hard way.  Since then, she takes a smarter approach to training to keep balance and minimize injury risk.

During that first year, she became an active part of the Steel City community through the group runs. Being a shy person it was nice to have a welcoming and supportive group to push you with your training goals. Later on, she became more involved as a pacer for training runs/races and filled in for the occasional track Tuesday. 

Over the years, her love for running continued to grow and she became a RRCA certified coach in 2017. Obtaining that certification has afforded her the opportunity to take on personal coaching clients.  Coaching runners has truly become a passion.  She enjoys helping them to refine goals, push their limits and achieve their personal bests.  This passion has led to her most recent certification as a personal trainer.  Sara believes that running and strength training should go hand in hand.

When Sara isn’t running or training with her husband Aaron, she is working as a nurse educator.  She also plans to continue her training related education with additional specializations.  She is really excited to continue to give back to the running community and is looking forward to connecting new runners to this network to ensure that they also feel like they belong.

Jeff Cicchini - Ambassador

Jeff found his love for running in high school and college as a sprinter on the track team. After college, he thought his running days were over. In 2013, his wife, Jenn, had joined the Galloway program in hopes of completing a half marathon, and Jeff spent many Saturday mornings waiting in the car, watching all of the runners during the group runs. He finally decided to try to run a mile to see how it would go. It was rough! But the love of running was back and finally Jeff decided to leave the warm car and try a group run. He was hooked! He soon wanted to try a longer distance and joined the Galloway program to train. He has since completed two full marathons, many half marathons and other distances. 

Jeff loves SCRR because of the support and encouragement of all of the members. Regardless of pace or distance levels, we are all one big happy running family! Jeff enjoys being a part of the SCRR Pace Team and the SCRR UCAN2 Program as a way to help others to reach their race goals and give back to the Pittsburgh running community.

Aside from running, Jeff also plays golf and shoots pool. Future goals include completing a beer mile!




Jenn Cicchini - Ambassador

Jenn started walking 5Ks in 2012, and she soon decided to try to run them, even if shecouldn’t run the whole thing, and quickly got hooked. She signed up for the SCRR Campus Challenge in 2013, and timidly went by herself. She met a lot of great, welcoming people there and decided this was something she wanted to stick with and a group she wanted to be a part of, so she joined SCRR! After a couple of injuries while training for a half marathon, she wasn’t ready to give up, so she joined the Galloway group. She's now completed numerous marathons and half marathons. Jenn also enjoys being a member of the Pace Team, along with her hubby Jeff, to hopefully help others reach their race goals.

Jenn works as a teacher in the Monessen City School District and helps with their Kids Of Steel program!

Daniel Heckert - Coach

Daniel has been running for years, though his initial running wasn’t for the love of the sport. As a former high school and collegiate wrestler, running was done as weight control. While in high school, Daniel ran with the York Road Runners and competed in their Winter Series Races numerous times. Little did he know that he was laying the groundwork for a new passion later in life. Due to some injuries from wrestling, he got away from running until the marathon came back to Pittsburgh. The energy around the running community sparked a new fire in him and gave him a way to “compete” in a post collegiate world.

Daniel ended up joining the Steel City Road Runners in its very first year. This soon became more than a bunch of runners, they became family. Some of his closest friends are people he met through SCRR. He loves that regardless of speed or distance, members of SCRR bond together over the common goal of running. Daniel is also very active with the SCRR Pace Team and enjoys that he can help out runners in reaching their goal during race day.

His journey through running started with the 5k and the marathon relay. However, crossing the finish line with the full marathoners while doing the relay sparked Daniel to want to experience the “pain and glory” of running longer. He soon transitioned to running 10k’s and half marathons. Daniel also became a RRCA Certified Coach in 2016. He wanted to better understand his training as well as give back to the running community. In 2017 Daniel ran his first full marathon, however that may be his only one as he enjoys the shorter distances. His favorite race is actually the Liberty Mile because the six minutes of all-out running reminds him of the feeling he had during a wrestling match (also typically around 6-7 minutes).

Daniel has been married to his wife Elisa (fellow SCRR Member) since 2004. Daniel has also been coaching high school wrestling since 2004. He spent 11 years at Pittsburgh Central Catholic before moving to his current position with North Allegheny. When not running, Daniel enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and working on their “small” garden..

Betsy Magovern - Coach

Betsy began running for fun and exercise while in college 44 years ago. She has run more 5k and 10k races than she can remember.  She began long distance running in 1999 at the Montour Trail 1/2 Marathon and has run many half marathons since. She ran her first full marathon at the Pittsburgh marathon in 2000 and has completed 22 with plans for more in the future. 

She joined SCRR in 2013 hoping to find friends who shared her passion for the sport.  She began pacing training runs for the Pittsburgh marathon in January 2015 and local races after that. Pacing training runs and races and coaching runners are two of her favorite reasons to run. She received her RRCA coaching certification in June 2015. She has been a coach for SCRR since then. She has coached the P3R summer junior running camp for four years. 

Other interests include skiing, golf, tennis, travel, amateur astronomy, cooking and entertaining at home with family and friends.  Betsy has four children: Paul, Megan, Charlie, and Molly. Also daughter-in-law Dora and son-in- law Stewart, granddaughter Marin, 6 and grandson James, 3.  

Victor Siclari - Coach

Victor used the Galloway program to get back into running in 2012 after a decade of back issues and a desire to do something longer than a 10K. He wanted a healthier existence, a way to manage stress, and to experience the excitement his wife did in completing several Pittsburgh full and half marathons.

He attended an SCRR orientation meeting in October 2012, listened to a presentation about the Galloway run/walk/run training program and joined on the spot. Anxious to begin, he signed up for the Galloway full marathon training because it was kicking off three months before the half marathon training. By mid-November, every long run became a new PR. By religiously attending training runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, he completed his first marathon in May 2013 at the young age of 51, proving you can teach an old dog new tricks if you have the right training program. He has since completed 4 full and 2 half Pittsburgh marathons, the Gasparilla Michelob Ultra Challenge in 2016 (4 races in 2 days: 15K, 5K, half marathon and 8K for 30.4 miles), PA Ragnar in 2017 (200+ mile relay in 36 hours), Niagara Falls Ragnar in 2018, the 2018 Gap Relay, and multiple Rachel Carson Challenge events. He is a Road Runner Club of America certified coach and enjoys helping others succeed by pacing races, including 5Ks, 10Ks, EQT 10 miler, and half marathons (Boston Harvest, Asheville and Pittsburgh).  He is especially proud that his oldest daughter “followed his footsteps” and completed her first half marathon in 2019 with lots of support and encouragement from fellow SCRR members.

Victor loves the “universa-utility” of the Galloway program with its application to beginners, intermediates and elites to increase distance and performance with lower risk of injury and better post-run recovery.  He has been a lead coach of the Galloway full and half training program since 2014; during that time, program membership has quadrupled (>100 participants), and has been expanded in 2017 to include the EQT 10 miler training program and Great Race.  However, the program wouldn’t be where it is today without its participants’ promotion to others and the support provided by the pace group mentors that help “run” the program.

Sarah Wilson - Ambassador

Between 2004-2014 Sarah ran for fun with no concept of distance or pace.  In 2014 Sarah’s sister approached her with the idea of doing the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Knowing that a jaunt around the neighborhood was not going to cut it as a training program, she decided to start with Couch to 5k in March 2014 then race a 5k shortly after.  A 5k became a 10k, which then became a half marathon test at Buffalo Creek before the Disney Princess Half Marathon. 

After completing the Disney Princess Half Marathon she knew this was an activity that was going to be a part of her life as long as her body would enjoy it.  Since that first half in Buffalo Creek she has ran countless 5ks, three Disney Princess Half Marathons, two Disney Enchanted 10ks, four EQT 10-milers, two Pittsburgh Marathon Relays, one Pittsburgh Half and in 2019 completed her first full Marathon utilizing the Galloway Training Method. In the summers you typically can find Sarah running trails at North Park to train for the Appalachian Trail Ragnar.  

Sarah has settled into the enjoyment of the run/walk method for longer distances but will still straight run 5ks and 10ks.  At home, she has a seven year old girl and a three year old boy.  She finds the Galloway Method allows her to complete scheduled long runs and still have the energy to enjoy and play with her kids. 

When she is not running, Sarah works from home for a consulting firm out of Buffalo, NY.  She also spends many of her days with her two young children and husband enjoying the neighbors and small town life of Zelienople.

  

Jennifer Salamon - Communications Manager 

Jennifer began running in 2011 as a way to try to keep up with and stay healthy for her son with autism. She downloaded the Couch to 5k app to train for the Great Race and caught the running bug after that, joining SCRR in 2012. She has since completed one full marathon, 14 half marathons and countless other races. More recently, Jennifer has really enjoyed being a part of the SCRR Pace Team.

Jennifer loves that running has become a family affair. She regularly runs 5ks with her older son, while pushing her toddler in the jogging stroller. Her husband Mike, also a SCRR member, runs the Pittsburgh half every year, just for “fun.”

When not running, Jennifer is the Communications Director at a local autism nonprofit and serves on the communications committee at her church. She enjoys cooking and dance parties with her two sons, and visiting local breweries with her husband.

Questions? Email her here

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