Professional Runner, Coach, Sponsored Athlete
Founder of RUNLAB and Pro Trail Runner
Competing at an elite level and coaching runners for over 15 years, Vlad combines experience and an in depth knowledge of running with his passion to help runners strive to achieve something otherwise possibly out of their reach. Best said by his favourite quote “Achieve your impossible”
With over 15 years of coaching experience and competing at the highest levels in both Triathlon and Distance road and trailrunning Vlad is a professional runner and member of Team Solomon and Team Lebent who created Runlab and Pro Trail Runner. He delivers leading training methodologies to his team and the athletes he coaches.
Vlad continues to be at the forefront of all things running in Australasia and has partnered with Pont 3 as co-owner and Race director of the Coastal Ascent, Hunter Valley Ultra trail running events and more. Vlad continues to be the trainer for the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival and his professional qualifications and experience as an Engineer and Business Improvement Consultant continue to complement his development of products and services now all things running.
After completing the 2015 Berlin marathon in a PB of 2:18 (Olympic qualifying standard), Vlad knows what it takes to set a goal and really work towards it. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having trained with many of Australia’s best runners and coaches, and he has a passion for running like no other.
Since 2016 Vlad has specifically worked on creating and modifying training principles to help trail runners improve physically and mentally, and Vlads specialty is very much now preparing trailrunners to achieve their best results.
Vlad has trained runners of all abilities. Whether it’s those looking to compete in the local fun-run or a full marathon, or just simply looking to run a little faster. He is also the official training partner of multiple running festivals and events including the Blackmore’s Sydney Running Festival.
“My running career started slowly – after undergoing surgery at the age of 10 to alleviate joint fusions in both ankles, I was told it was unlikely that I would be able to make a career out of the sport that I loved yet caused me so much grief”. Undeterred, as a young teenager growing up on a sheep property in South Eastern NSW, “I continued to push my body, enjoying the freedom that running provided”.
“Not only have I successfully competed in many individual road races, but also I am proud to have helped many people, from absolute beginners to seasoned runners, achieve personal bests in both running and triathlons”. I’ve watched these people achieve, from 5K fun-runs and sprint distance triathlons all the way through to 100km Ultras and Milers.
“I’m passionate about helping and working with other people to achieve their goals and continually strive to align myself with those individuals and organisations that are pushing the boundaries. I know that running requires not only a structured approach to training, but also a support network of services and equipment to supplement your training.
My mission is to provide every runner the opportunity to “Achieve your impossible”
Some of my most significant achievements came during the Covid-19 Pandemic starting in 2022. Unable to travel and at times unable to effectively train I still completed an Everest in March 2021 a virtual solo Marathon 2:29 in September 2021 and a Great North Walk FKT 270km in November 2021.