Born in Boulder.

Established in 2017.

We are not a group, social movement, or track club. We are a team that pushes and cares for each other in pursuit of establishing ourselves as one of the most respected and recognized running teams in the world. 

One of our many team goals is to have ten runners competing for spots on the line in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

our mission:

We strive to push each other and the sport of running forward.

We will be uncompromising and certain in our values and goals, we expect the best from all Tinman athletes on and off the track.

We work to bring out the best in ourselves through a steadfast belief in one another, a positive training environment and trust in our coaching.

We aim to inspire runners through confident, gritty performances in competition and a fun-loving approach to the sport outside of competition.

Our goal is to make running accessible and relatable through honest connections with runners at all levels of the sport—creating fellowship between runners of all abilities.


Our vision:

To raise the standard of elite distance running by training a wide range of successful athletes covering distances from 800m to the marathon. 

We see an opportunity to provide steady and realistic development for runners who have proven to be able to run at the professional and Olympic level.


A true Tinman expects the battle to be hard, and they can’t wait for it because they know that they will find strength inside to battle hard and never give up the fight.”
— Tom Schwartz, Tinman Elite Head Coach



  • 2017 USATF Club Cross Country Champions

  • Qualified all four members of Tinman Elite to the 2018 USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships across three events, finishing 4th, 6th, 8th and 15th respectively.

  • 800m: 1:48—Drew Hunter (2016)

  • 1500m: 3:35—Drew Hunter (2017)

  • 5000m: 13:29—Sam Parsons (2018)

  • 10,000m: 28:38—Reed Fischer (2018)

  • Half Marathon: 62:57—Reed Fischer (2018)

Tyler mueller, Pennsylvania

Born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, Tyler brings a hard-nosed Philly attitude to the group. Tyler epitomizes the blue collar runner. He's retired from the sport twice only to return after rediscovering his love for running—all while holding down a full-time job. As the oldest member of the team, Tyler is the mentor and running encyclopedia of the squad.



The OG Tinman, and the reason we're all here. After putting together one of the most impressive high school careers in history, Drew flipped the running world on its head by signing a contract with adidas at the age of 18. We like to think of him as a young LeBron James. Drew brings a ferocity and work ethic that empowers the team to achieve individual and collective goals.


REED FISCHEr, Minnesota

Reed was a 4:29 miler when he showed up at Drake University. With a level-headed, nose-to-the-grindstone, Midwestern approach to training and racing, he willed himself into one of the NCAA's best. Reed placed higher at NCAAs than he did at the Minnesota State Meet. A believer in betting on yourself, he turned down several funded groups to work full-time in Boulder and become a founding member of the team. Reed brings a "no bad days" attitude and an analytical, uplifting presence to the team.



Sam learned the importance of camaraderie while at NC State, where he served as captain for three years. An adventurer at heart, he decided to quit running after college to experience the world and find his path in life. After traveling to 16 countries in four months, Sam realized the sport wasn't done with him and decided to put his shenanigans aside. He now serves as proof that with the right mentality, people behind you, and an unwavering self-belief, you can reach new heights. Sam brings a fun-loving, yet compassionate leadership to the team. 


KYle Medina, california 

After growing up in between homes, campsites, and his mother's car with his younger brother, Kyle settled down with his family in SoCal where running found him. The sport became his outlet to better his life from the one he was dealt. He proved himself throughout his time at Chico State, where he became one of the most versatile and consistent runners in DII history with five top-four finishes in three different events. Kyle brings an unmatched loyalty, humility, and drive to Tinman Elite.



Jeff thies, california 

Growing up in Surf City, USA—Jeff ignored the beaches, opting for the track. After a successful high school career, he found a new home at the University of Portland. While a Pilot, Jeff asserted his range with All American finishes in the 1500m and cross country—both in 2017. Despite having big dreams, a broken foot derailed his final collegiate season and he was left with an undeniable chip on his shoulder. Jeff is one of the most overlooked up-and-coming talents in American distance running. Jeff brings an ambitious spirit and an uncompromising hunger for excellence to the team.

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Jordan Gusman, australia 

Hailing from the Land Down Under, Jordan developed his work ethic while working 12 hours a day of hard labor with his parents for their property maintenance business, then heading to an 800m loop down the block to do his workouts at night. Jordan’s hard work culminated with runner-up finishes in the 1500m and 5000m in the Australian National Championships in 2016 & 2017 respectively. Jordan brings a headstrong and unrelenting approach to running that embodies the Tinman mentality and will take him to the upper echelons of our sport.



The man, the myth, the mind behind Tinman Elite. Tom embodies what it means to be a student of the sport. He has learned, listened to, read, and archived every piece of running knowledge possible in order to bring all of his athletes to their best. And it's paid off. In his 29 years of coaching experience, he has developed dozens of NCAA DI runners, national champions, and national record holders. Tom coaches runners from youth to masters, across every distance and platform of running from the track, road, and trail. His training philosophy can be distilled into one phrase: "Keep the ball rolling." Consistent, tough, healthy, and smart training in order to feel your best year-round.

Tom is a competitor to his core, even refusing to take painkillers while fighting through a brain tumor a few years ago. His fighting, loving spirit is the reason we are called Tinman. It is an honor for us to bear the "Tinman" name and represent Tom in training and competition. Tom's passion and love for his athletes is unparalleled. As a team, we get our gritty and tough, yet loving team culture from the man who brought us all together. He currently lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife, Tammy, and son, Teigon. Tom brings tenacity, compassion, and an inquisitive mind to Tinman Elite that shapes all team members.


  • Pursuing PhD in Health & Human Performance—Concordia University-Chicago
  • Master's in Business Administration—Marylhurst University
  • Master's in Human Performance—University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Bachelor's in Exercise Science w/ Coaching Minor—University of Wisconsin-La Crosse



  • Franz Stamplf
  • Pat Clohessy
  • Percy Cerutty
  • George Gandy


  • Don McMorris 
  • Arthur Lydiard 
  • Bill Bowerman
  • Harry Wilson
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TEAM Fall Racing Schedule:

USATF Colorado Cross Country Open Championship - Boulder, Colorado

  • November 3rd 2018

USATF Club Cross Country Championships - Spokane, Washington

  • December 9th 2108

Reed Fischer:

  • Indy Monumental Half Marathon

  • USATF Club Cross Country Championships

Kyle Medina:

  • Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

  • USATF Club Cross Country Championships

  • USA Cross Country Championships

Jeff Thies:

  • Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

  • USATF Club Cross Country Championships

Sam Parsons:

  • Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

  • USATF Club Cross Country Championships