Contact/About Us

Head Coach: Coach Dave Van Sickle, email -

Assistant Coach: Jocelyn Gaffney, email -

A Message to Parents and Young Athletes

          Are you tired of the typical sports clubs? Tired of the expensive fees, politics, injuries involved with many sports clubs? There’s an alternative. Tens of thousands of kids across the country are discovering the lifetime sport of distance running and racing. Arizona, especially Phoenix is in the back of the pack compared to most major cities for participation in youth cross country racing and distance racing on the track. Now more than ever in Phoenix there is a need for running clubs for kids. Many adults have been bitten by the running bug through participation in the Rock and Roll Marathon and other popular local races. Through parents, kids too have been exposed to the excitement that comes with setting a goal, training for that goal then achieving the goal. In times of epidemic obesity in children, a safe training program that progresses over time prepares kids to continue participation in high school, college and throughout life.
          Overbearing ‘career’ club coaches, monthly fees exceeding triple digits per month, politics of playing time, diminishing playing time, torn ACL’s and other catastrophic injuries from contact sports, can all be eliminated

Coaching Staff

          Go The Distance (GTD) is the first of it’s kind offering competitive training for cross country, road racing and distance only races on the track for this age group (10-14 years). 

          The Head Coach of
GTD is Dave Van Sickle a 40+ season Head Track and Cross Country Coach at distance running powerhouse Xavier College Prep in central Phoenix. Coach Van Sickle has coached literally thousands of high school aged girls while at Xavier.  Click here for a more complete biography for Coach Van Sickle.  

          Assistant Coach Jocelyn Gaffney brings her lifelong running and coaching experience to GTD!  Coach Gaffney has been coaching distance runners for several years including time with
the Phoenix Bobcats team who’s distance runners posted many of the top times Arizona USATF over the past several years. 

          A more qualified group of coaches would be hard to find anywhere.



          GTD (club number 48-0375) falls under the jurisdiction of United States of America Track and Field (USATF).  The Arizona USATF is the local affiliation which provides Cross Country races in the fall and Track and Field in the spring.  Including state, region and national competition.   

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