About I'm Freakin Awesome

Our Awesome Story

IFA was established in 2019 from a vision to promote Virtual Health and Wellness activities and provide accessible fundraising opportunities for schools and other community groups.  Ed’s experience with live events was a natural fit to partner in this endeavor. Because of our combined experience and passion for giving back to the community, IFA has created opportunities for organizations to raise awareness and funds, removing common limitations normally associated with having to go to a physical location..  We also wanted to allow people to continue to feel that they were part of a community, even if they can’t be together, have goals, encourage each other and receive support virtually.  

Our Awesome Team

Mary Yetsko-Krol

Co-Founder

Mary first got involved in races as a way to stay engaged and motivated on her path to a healthier lifestyle. This provided Mary an opportunity to be outdoors at races or training as a great way to stay in shape and meet more people. In the last 15years, Mary has been involved as part of the race/timing teams and or part of the volunteer leadership in many races across the East Coast. In 2016 Mary started a foundation in honor of her parents through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, the Jerome A. and Frances D. Yetsko Family Scholarship was created to benefit HS seniors who need financial assistance for secondary education. This  catapulted more of her volunteer work at races as a way to fundraise for the foundation. As she began to travel excessively for work, her ability to attend events and stay consistent in working with a trainer was impacted.  This set her on a course to research ways to overcome these obstacles, and the idea of IFA was born. This combined the ability to help other organizations fundraise, as well as, keep people motivated to keep moving and not have limitations with schedule or locations.  This is something that can be done anywhere, any time!

 

Mary’s personal favorite saying is… I’m Freakin Awesome!  ( repeat until you believe) plant the seed in your mind and it will become your truth…

Mary’s personal motivational quote/mantra is…Don’t change, Grow !

Ed Hartwell

Co-Founder

Ed has been an active runner since high school.  He continued his love for running into college and ran track and Cross Country at Villanova University.  His commitment to running drove him to compete in countless endurance events including 10 marathons. Ed is the owner of NOVA Timing Systems which he founded in 2009.  NOVA has timed or been part of the timing team for over 1000 races across the eastern seaboard, most notably: Boston Marathon, Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, Across the Bay 10k, Delaware Marathon, Rehoboth Marathon, Brooklyn Marathon just to name a few.  Ed has a deep commitment to community which is reflected in his reasonable pricing to local races in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. To-date, Ed has 10 years of race management experience and is a well-known player in the racing community. Ed’s experiences participating in several endurance races over the years fueled his decision to use the best timing equipment available for NOVA Timing.  This ensured accurate, timely results which helped lead to the ultimate overall participant experience. He brings that same drive to the virtual race community to ensure the best possible experience in all facets of each event.

 

Ed’s running mantra is…”It’s always too early to quit”

Ed’s personal motivational quote/mantra is…”Today decide that the rest of your life will be the best of your life”

Ed’s best race experience was “finishing my first marathon in Philadelphia.  I accomplished my goal to complete a marathon before I was 30 and do it under 4 hours….even though my training didn’t go as planned.  I proved my mind was the most powerful muscle in my body that day.

Ed loves races because of being surrounded by people chasing goals and dreams that lead to a stronger self.

Justin D'Angelo

Co-Founder

Justin has been entrepreneurial since he was 10, living in Singapore. There he started his first business importing candy from the USA to sell to his classmates during recess. He has gone on to found several other small business ventures over the years, all with a common element of charitable giving. Justin’s’ professional experience is centered in IT applications, and project management. Justin loves all things tech, and enjoys playing video games and boating. Justin completed his first 5K in 2018 as part of a corporate run in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

 

Justin’s favorite motivational quote is ““You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss

 

Nick Cruz

Run Coach

Nick is a former Division I runner who competed for Stony Brook University. He primarily ran 5k’s and 10k’s in college and now he trains for marathons and ultramarathons. With nearly a decade of experiencing running at a high level, experience coaching Division I athletes and racing at distances from 1 mile to 12 hour Ultramarathons, Nick knows how to best train people to reach their running goals. Whether your goals are to run a new PR, qualify for Boston, or just plain “get in shape” he’s the coach for you.

Staci Valone

Athletic Trainer

Hello! My name is Stacie Valone and I am a licensed certified athletic trainer. I graduated from Temple
University with my Bachelors of Science degree in athletic training and went on to pursue my Master’s
degree in athletic administration with concentration on education from Goucher College in Baltimore
Maryland. After Graduate school I moved to Florida where I lived for 6 years working in the college
setting working with many different collegiate athletic programs such as; volleyball, beach volleyball,
women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse, baseball, wrestling and women’s basketball. I recently moved back to
the Philadelphia area to pursue my PHD in Athletic training. Having been an ex-college athlete myself, an
avid runner/exercise enthusiast and an athletic trainer working with college athletes, I’ve become very
big on recovery methods and injury prevention techniques on how to help heal your body after
competition. Having done my graduate thesis on the importance of recovery I find this is where my
strong suite is and I want to be able to help people recover and prevent injuries. 

Staci’s favorite motivational quote is “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is what makes it great.”

Sean Robb

Athletic Trainer

Sean is a former Division I soccer player for Jacksonville University. After his first year of collegiate soccer, he was medically disqualified from athletic competition due to his numerous concussions. It is because of his catastrophic injury history that he got into the medical field as an athletic trainer. He has been a certified/licensed athletic trainer for a decade, working with athletes from the professional level all the way to the youth league and weekend warrior level. His passion is medicine within the sports world – helping people understand their injuries, how to prevent injury, and how to find novel/innovative ways to rehabilitate people back to full health. He wants to bring his knowledge on the kinematics of running, and the full-body effects of healthy running, to as many people that will listen.

Shelby Cropper

Nutritionist

Shelby has always been devoted to helping others become healthier, happier versions of
themselves. This passion started with becoming a Registered Massage Practitioner in 2015.
Shelby then went on to continue her education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
where she graduated from a Didactic program in Dietetics in December of 2019. She enjoys
running and staying active and has completed multiple 5k’s and intends on completing her first
half marathon in April of 2021. She is passionate about teaching others that healthy food is not
only easy to prepare, but also delicious! She believes that becoming healthier is all about
enjoying the process and evolving along the way. Her nutrition counseling will hold you
accountable to your goals and help you to stay positive in your journey to the best version of
yourself.
Shelby’s favorite motivational quotes
“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think about what could go right.”
“Most everything that you want is just outside your comfort zone.”- Jack Canfield

We are always happy to chat

Get in Touch

At IFA we are always looking to expand our offerings and build great partnerships. Give us a shout using the form on the contact page, or reach out to any of us directly. We are all based in the USA, but we all work from home, because just like our events and races,  we believe virtually anything is possible