"When I graduated from high school, I truly believed that I would never run competitively again. Too little time. Too little motivation. Too little expertise. But Dave Rappleyea changed that. By holding me accountable, offering me an individualized training plan, and introducing me to a network of other runners, he has pushed me to my full potential. And while I'll never be the fastest runner in the world, Dave's coaching has helped me set lifetime bests at every distance from 2 miles to 26.2 miles."
"When I made the decision to start training hard again, I really analyzed what has and hasn't worked for me in the past, and what I needed now. I also thought about what kind of person I wanted to work with. It had to be someone with passion for the sport, dedication, who knew what they were doing as a coach, and who I respected. I've been fortunate to find all of these things in Dave. His training has challenged me both physically and mentally, and has given me a renewed excitement for the sport. My running and overall fitness has improved in a way that it hasn't before, and I feel stronger than ever. Dave unknowingly makes me (as well as others) want to work hard and run my best, and that isn't a gift that you can find in every coach. Thanks to his coaching, I have no doubt there are many PRs in my future."
"Throughout my high school days at Fairport, David Rappleyea had the responsibility of coaching many long distance runners both on the Cross country and Track teams. Being a member of both teams, I really came to appreciate his hard work, and care for the people he coached. Although he had many people to keep track of, he impressively kept track of every one of them, and loved to see people improve. No one ever felt left out or as if they weren’t important- no matter the skill level. After high school, I was “coaching” myself for a long time until David reached out and offered to coach me again. Presently under his coaching direction, my training plan is much more organized, and I have newly found motivation. He is patient, understanding, very helpful, and always wants to see you further improve."