Courtney Poullas is a proud Youngstown Resident. She grew up across the state line in New Castle, Pennsylvania. After attending Youngstown State University for both her Bachelors and Masters degrees, she built a life in Youngstown and never looked back.
She began running as an adult at age 27 after the birth of her daughter. She has never been an athletic person (lied to get out of gym class…), so running was an uphill battle at first. Through building physical and mental strength, Courtney has completed five half marathons, decreased her 5k PR by 11:13, and has learned the best ways to care for and work through injuries to get back out on the road/trail. Now, she wants to share it with you!
In 2014, Courtney attended the Level I RRCA Coaching Certification Course in Ann Arbor, MI. She has helped several athletes get started with their running journey and set/meet running goals. Helping others and her community is truly her passion.
In 2016, Courtney (an avid distance runner herself) took on the very first Youngstown Marathon as Race Director and CEO. Leading a team and her city, the Youngstown Marathon garnished nearly 1200 runners, raised nearly six figures, and generated $15,000 in charitable donations in its first year. The Youngstown Marathon is falls under The Youngstown Marathon Foundation, a non-profit founded by Courtney that includes eight strategic board members.
Courtney’s philosophy is that anyone can be a runner despite their ability, body-type, and confidence level. Working with a coach adds the accountability, physical training, and mental training that it takes to succeed in the sport. Your legs may burn out, but that’s when you run with your heart – and Courtney can help you discover that passion.
- Road Runners Club of America Certified Coach 
- Road Runners Club of America Certified Race Director 
- Red Cross Adult & Child CPR/FIRST AID/AED 
- M.A. in English 
- B.A. in Professional Writing & Editing