Elaina Mertens gives the MRC Running Club reason to branch out to more than just running. An avid tri-athlete and road biker, Elaina has competed in several triathlons and has biked across the great state of Iowa with her Team Updog in the summer of 2009.
Mertens calls Mount Pleasant, Iowa her hometown where she graduated from Mount Pleasant High School before going on to earn her Bachelor’s in Health & Wellness and Strength and Conditioning in 2007 from Coe College. While at Coe, Mertens was a four-year varsity member of the Kohawks XC and track & field teams.
Elaina is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at Springfield College where she is the assistant coach for women’s cross country and track & field.
02/28/2010 – Jones Realty Group 10-Miler: 1:09:27 (First Local Female!)
10/18/2009 – Baystate Marathon: 3:24:17 (Boston Qualifier!!!)