Dina Lastner-Sandruck

The first time I competed in an athletic endeavor, I knew I was “home”. The spirit of sports gives everyone the opportunity to be creative. It knows no sex, age, race or religion. We can test ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally in a way that cannot be replicated in any other aspect of our lives. Sports give us confidence, and is a portal to many great things.

Throughout my life, I have competed in many athletic endeavors: ballet, gymnastics, horseback riding, martial arts, soccer, lacrosse, diving, track and field, competitive rock climbing and mountain biking, and now, distance running. The reason I am telling you this is simple; I have had numerous coaches throughout my life (good and bad). Each of them influenced me. They molded me. They lit a fire in me that helped me realize that I had a passion…a goal. I decided my goal was to inspire others.

At the age of 15, I began volunteering as a coach for soccer (which is my first “true love”). This coaching continued throughout my college career, where I earned my B.S. in Health and Physical Education, as well as minors in coaching, athletic training, and fitness management. I continued to coach while working on my Master’s degree, at the collegiate level, at Frostburg State University. After graduation, I began working in physical therapy and in the fitness field (health club facilities). I quickly realized it was not my passion. I knew I belonged in the classroom. I have been a coach and health and physical educator, in Harford County since 1997. I have had the pleasure of teaching, coaching, and training many young adults throughout my career in both soccer and track and field.

A few years ago, I decided it was time to focus on family and my own well-being. This is when I discovered training groups at Charm City Run. When I walked through the doors, I knew I was, once again, “home”. I had run in numerous 5 and 10k’s, and trained for a 1/2 marathon on my own; however, I was missing “the team” dynamics. Joining the CCR training group was just what the doctor ordered. Since that time, I have run many 5 and 10k’s, well over a dozen 1/2 marathons, and finished my first full marathon, (crushing my goal time); however, most importantly, I have teammates for life. I have a family. People that genuinely care about my wellbeing and success. They celebrate my wins and failures, on and off the course.

With all of this being said, I hope you can understand why I coach for Charm City Run. Without them, I wouldn’t be “me”. Let us help you find the best “you” you can be.

It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” -Paul “Bear” Bryant

Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results.” -Unknown