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Our Coaches

Whether you are training to improve your 10 km time, to survive your first ultra-marathon, or to crush the beer mile, experienced and knowledgeable Longboat coaches can help get you to the finish line faster.
Every Longboat member receives informal training advice when they run with the club (whether they want it or not). Members who sign up for coaching services are also assigned to one of the club’s coaches (bios listed below), based on their personal goals. The coaches work individually with members to develop a custom training program and offer advice on goal setting, pacing and injury prevention. Athletes are expected to maintain regular communication with their coach and provide updates/reports on their progress.
There is a $75 annual fee for coaching services.  If you are interested in coaching through Longboat or would like further information, please contact us.

Steve Metzger
Steve has coached elementary school cross-country and track and field for the past 16 years and began coaching adults in 2009 with a Running Room Marathon clinic. From the beginning, he has focused on the safe development of athletes whatever the age, focusing on gradual growth, injury prevention, consistent work and personal fulfilment. Currently, he is in the process of being certified as a NCCP Club Coach (Endurance).

George Hubbard

George has been coaching, mentoring and pacing athletes since 1984. Over the last 36 years, he has provided over 300 programs for events from 5k to the marathon. Five of his athletes qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon – in age groups from 30-34 to 50-54.
George was the overall Club Coach from 2007 to 2009. He has been a part of a coaching group at Longboat since 2015, providing weekly guidance to anywhere from 6 to 15 athletes.
He has also held other Longboat Executive roles as well – newsletter editor, Secretary and Vice President.
George joined Longboat in 2000, and has raced track, cross-country and road races in Club colours. Overall, since 1981, George has participated in over 500 races.

Whether you are just beginning your running, or are well established, George looks forward to working with athletes and helping them meet and exceed their goals.

Timo Uuksulainen
Timo has been an active runner since 1969 and coach since 1978. Tim helped co-found the Longboat Road Runners, where he served as the club’s first head coach from 1981- 1995. Tim is a NCCP level 3 certified Distance Coach and has coached at the high school, university levels and at several clubs since 1978. Some of Timo’s athletes have won medals at OFSAA, Canada Games, Ontario University Cross Country Championships, while others have represented Canada internationally at the World Cross Country Championships, Ekiden Relay Japan, road races and International marathons. Athletes he has coached have won the Around the Bay 30km and marathons in Toronto (3 times women, 1 male), Grandmas, PEI, Massey, Hamilton, Niagara Falls with top 10 female placings at Boston, New York, Chicago and Osaka. While many others continue to win and place in their age groups across Ontario. Although Timo has been coaching for a long time, coaching new athletes is always a unique experience as every athlete is different. Each one has their own goals, aspirations and the challenges of juggling work, school and family lives. He thinks Longboat has always been the perfect club to balance running and demands of life. The fun and challenging part has been to work as a team of two, to try and realize an individual’s potential over time. It is always very satisfying when athletes have reached or exceeded their goals. One of Timo’s favourite quotes is “ motivation and discipline = consistency. Consistency and progression = Success. ”  Timo has contributed articles to several running magazines over the years including Runners World, Canadian Running, Ontario Roadrunner, iRun and Athletics Magazine. Having overcome tuberculosis  while in high school, Tim took up running to heal. He has completed over 800 races with personal best times of: 5K 14:58, 8K 25:02, 10K 31:15, Half Marathon 1:11:40, Marathon 2:32:28. Timo can be reached at