Run Coaching

“Again, thanks. This exchange is beyond discussion I would have had with any other coach, but yet it brings incredible value to the overall scene. Isn’t it interesting that the part of your mission at YT that many would resist in the beginning is being shown to be the essence of progress in sport and in life?” – Bill

Being on Team YogiTriathlete means that you will be held accountable and supported every step of the way. You will be challenged and encouraged to deepen your curiosity around what may be holding you back. And you will be a part of a very powerful community of athletes who move mountains on a daily basis.

Team YT athletes have contact with their coach through text, scheduled calls, and email. All athletes are encouraged to join Team YT’s Facebook community for BJ’s Monday morning live, and weekly coaches chat on Fridays. Also, the team receives special offers through YT partnerships.

YT run coaches:

BJ Gumkowski


BJ is YogiTriathlete’s head coach and co-founder. He is an 19x Ironman triathlete, Ironman Kona and 70.3 World Championship Qualifier, Boston Marathon qualifier, and triathlon/run coach. He finished 3rd overall in his first ultra-marathon race in 2022 and says he has no plans of stopping anytime soon. His mindset is tuned to limitlessness.

He is a 200-hr Live Love Teach trained yoga instructor and certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. BJ’s coaching is all-encompassing – nutrition, mindset, and fitness.

Melissa Gansz


Melissa is a nature-loving triathlete and long-distance runner. She holds a Master’s in Clinical Herbal Medicine and is a 70.3 World Championship Qualifier.

Melissa has been an avid runner for 10 + years, with more recently focusing on marathon, ultra, and Olympic to 70.3 triathlon distances. Melissa’s coaching surrounds running in addition to strength training, cross-training, mobility, and herbal medicine support.

She is focused on whole-body wellness and can offer her athletes the option to incorporate herbs into their training program for optimal human performance.

Melissa has her Master’s in Clinical Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrated Health, a regionally accredited university. She is available to assess your health goals and concerns. Through herbal consultations, she will put together herbal, nutritional, and lifestyle protocols to further support your health, well-being and endurance training.