Matt has been a competitive runner for 20 years. He has competed at the junior high, high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate levels, racing at distances ranging from the 400 meters to the marathon. He has also coached at the high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate levels. Matt holds the fourth fastest times in Valparaiso University history for the indoor 5000m, outdoor 5000m, and 3000m steeplechase. He placed 36th overall and 3rd among Illinois finishers at the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and has a personal best marathon time of 2:22:44.
Matt first got involved with Team One Step in 2012 as a team coach. He continues to be drawn by the awesome opportunity that Team One Step provides, allowing him to pursue his passion of helping runners reach their goals while also raising funds for an amazing cause. He is looking forward to working with all of the great people who have chosen to be a part of such an amazing team and to giving more kids than ever the opportunity to attend camp!
Though running has always been a family affair, Wes only began making running a regular part of his life about five years ago. Before that, he was out of shape and living the life of leisure on the couch. The decision to make running a conscious daily activity has changed his life in many ways. Wes relies on his background to relate to the casual, everyday runner, and he loves helping other people discover the same freedom through running that he has experienced.
For Wes, running is not about setting records and being married to the watch. He runs for the social bonds, the spiritual transformation, and the lifestyle that comes with it. He has run in over five "official" marathons, though he's been known to run 30 miles from one end of Chicago to the other...just for kicks. Wes has also shared his running philosophy with athletes from beginner to advanced, coaching them through 5Ks, first marathons, and championship triathlons.
Wes loves most things related to running, but he HATES injuries and is a stickler for proper form and recovering right. Don’t let his talk scare you…it’s all out of love. Plus, you’ll be thanking him for it at Mile 20!
Hailey is a runner and world class triathlete who has been racing for the last five years. She ran her first marathon for Team One Step in 2013; the following year, she broke the marathon world record for above-knee amputees. Though she loves the marathon distance, Hailey's primary focus is short course triathlon. She has competed internationally on the Elite Paratriathlon circuit since 2012, including winning the Paratriathlon World Championship in 2013. She is currently a member of the US National Team, with her sights set on the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Hailey is passionate about helping others achieve their fitness goals and introducing them to the multisport lifestyle. As a former One Step camper, counselor, and staff member, she is equally passionate about the mission of One Step, and has a deep understanding of the life-changing power of its programs. Hailey is excited to share both of these passions with the members of Team One Step.