Robert Flanigan's endurance sport career began in high school where he participated in Track and Cross Country. His love for running soon helped him earn an athletic scholarship. He found success after redshirting his freshman year and was named MVP of his NCAA Qualifying Cross Country team the following season. This accompanied his multiple All-conference titles (Steeplechase & Cross Country) and NCAA Championship appearances. During the summers in college Coach Flanigan was an Ocean Rescue Lifeguard in Myrtle Beach, SC which started his love of competitive swimming.
With his college years behind him, Robert needed to channel his competitive energies somewhere, but struggled with the burnout of single sport training. He decided to give the world of multisport a try and he never looked back. Now, a certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Professional Coach, he decided to begin Central Virginia Endurance and Black Dragon Racing so that he could share his passion and knowledge of endurance sports with athletes ranging from "newbies" to seasoned "elites". In the past few years Coach Flanigan qualified and raced Ironman World Championships (2011) , Ironman World Championship 70.3 (2008, 2009, 2011) was a member of the US National Duathlon Team, 2010 Team Duathlon National Champion, and a multiple USAT All American. Although the Ironman Distance is his true love (9:38 PR) , Coach Flanigan participates in everything from Cyclocross, MTB Racing, and Open Water Swim Races.
Shortly after moving to Richmond in 2009, he and his wife Kirstin found Central Virginia Endurance and joined the Chester Club Team. He was immediately hooked and ever since, has immersed himself in the world of triathlon.
As an athlete, Matt has trained for and competed in both short course and long course triathlon while becoming a student of all things triathlon. Matt’s ambition and pure love of the sport is evident and is what has drawn him to begin his triathlon coaching career. He is currently coaching the CVE Midlothian and Chickahomony Tri Club Teams, both in their inaugural seasons and recently completed his USAT Level 1 Coaching certification.
Ruthie Burke discovered endurance running in 2007 and after completing her first marathon she was hooked. She dedicated herself to the sport and RVA running community as she continued train and learn the sport of marathon and ultra distance running. Ruthie discovered CVE in 2012 when she extended her endurance sport experience to the 1/2 Ironman and Ironman triathlon races.
She is a certified USAT & Road Running Club of America Running Coach. She coaches our CVE Beginners Triathletes as well as the more elite distance runners. She is also a founder and coach of the Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire young girls to be healthy, active and confident. A native of Richmond, Ruthie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, husband and three labs. Whether working with adults or young children, Ruthie relishes any opportunity to pass on her knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for running and an active lifestyle.
Amy Ford began her competitive life in sports at the age of 7. She quickly moved from gymnastics to a long life of competitive swimming. During the off-seasons, Amy excelled on the track, running sub 60 seconds for 400m. Her love of adventure and the great outdoors led her to white water kayaking, rock climbing and endless hiking,
including a 4 month excursion through Central and South America. The draw of the James River led her to Richmond which she now proudly calls “home.” In 2008, after having 2 children and realizing she wanted to try
something differnt, Amy entered the world of triathlon and immediately fell in love! In her first race at the I Love The Tavern Sprint, she won the “Newbie Award,” her second race found her on the podium and then she completed her first 1/2 IM at Mooseman. She finds every day of training to be a joy and sees it as an opportunity to learn something new, both about herself and the world around her.
Amy graduated with a BS from Philadelphia University and worked as an Interior Designer in an architectural firm for 8 years. She worked for both Peak Experiences and Passages Adventure Camp, fullfilling her desire to “do what she loves”. There is nowhere she would rather be today than at Central Virginia Endurance, helping the greater community of triathlon.