Dan Baur, PhD
Dan is a Lexington, VA native and current assistant professor of physical education and exercise science at VMI. Trained as an exercise physiologist with degrees from James Madison University and Florida State University, he has published numerous articles examining metabolism and performance enhancement. Dan’s work on carbohydrate supplementation has been featured in Outside Magazine and The Atlantic. In addition to his work in the lab, Dan has spent the last 15 years experimenting on himself as a competitive runner and cyclist. Utilizing his academic training and experience, he has developed effective training plans that have led to substantial fitness gains and race wins for himself and teammates. With his knowledge and experience, Dan is eager to help you achieve your goals whether it be setting a new PR or finishing your first marathon.
Katie Baur, MS
Katie has spent much of her life training and competing as a runner. She found her love for the sport in high school, competing in cross country and track & field outside of Philadelphia, PA. She continued her athletic endeavors at the collegiate level, attending James Madison University. At JMU, Katie focused on distance events like the 5,000m and 10,000m. She was a key contributor to the team’s 2011 CAA Women’s Track and Field Championship. Additionally, Katie won the 2012 ECAC Cross Country Championship. Katie’s passion for the sport bled over into her academic pursuits and the result was an undergraduate degree in kinesiology and subsequently a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Florida State University. As a physiologist, Katie has expertise and research publications in gender-specific responses to exercise, nutrition, and hydration. Beyond the science, her experience has also revealed many lesser appreciated and harder to quantify benefits of running – improved confidence, personal accountability, self-awareness, and an opportunity to build deep friendships through the comaradery one finds in a running partner. Running has played a significant role in Katie’s life and she believes that “magic” should be accessible to everyone at every level. Let’s do this!