Tom Nobbs – Ottawa Running Coach

5.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

From: $60.00 / month and a $19.00 sign-up fee

Elite athlete and coach helping you find the best version of yourself in physically and mentally – from 1500 to the marathon!



Ottawa running coach Tom Nobbs specializes in either helping beginners make that first steps towards a 5k or in helping intermediate to advanced runners make a breakthrough performance with a focus on strength, nutrition and injury prevention. Reach out to Tom below to get started!

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LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
TYPES: Road, Trail, Track
DISTANCES: 5k/10k/Half Marathon, Marathon
TRAINING PLAN: Individual, customized training plan
COMMUNICATION: Unlimited email, unlimited phone, unlimited text
RESPONSE TIME: Within 24 hours
LOCATION: Ottawa, Ontario
IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Yes, meet at either The Louis Riel Indoor 400m track or at the Dominion Arboretum for a personalized session tailored to your needs and goals. Reach out to Tom below for more details.


Most of my life is devoted to the passion of running and endurance sport, which I have lived and breathed enough to hopefully label myself as a connoisseur of distance running. My dream is to continue to provide tailored coaching for both beginners taking their initial steps and advanced runners aiming for new peaks leveraging the next percent in their continual development.

Whether your preference is the rugged trail or the smooth asphalt, I offer specialized training regimes, incorporating strength training, nutritional guidance (through experience as an educated athlete/coach), and strategies for post-injury and preventative injury running strategies.

With a focus on mental and skill-based training, I ensure a comprehensive approach to your running journey. I have successfully coached novice marathoners targeting sub-5 marathons and elite athletes running sub-63 minutes in the half marathon and am energized by all athlete’s journeys I am fortunate to take part in.


My coaching philosophy is a harmonious blend of mental resilience and skill-based training rooted in small victories in training, life, and routine habits that build as close to a bulletproof athlete as possible. I firmly believe in the importance of early detection of injuries and overtraining, guiding athletes to navigate through these challenges seamlessly. With a focus on fostering a holistic relationship with fueling and enjoyment of food, I create an environment where athletes can openly discuss and recover from energy-deficient hormonal decline, a common challenge among endurance athletes.


I have always worked to act as a community builder and leader with the hope of giving back to the running community for a diverse range of athletes – from children taking their first running steps to adults pushing their limits. I’ve led school programs and have been a pivotal figure for individual runners, providing expert guidance and support. As a former Head Coach at Vancouver Thunderbirds Track & Field Club, I successfully planned and executed track meets and events, overseeing a team of over 40 athletes.

In addition, I’ve directed track meets and orchestrated track and field outreach programs to elementary and high schools, spreading the love and knowledge of the sport. Furthermore, I coached high school varsity track athletes for the Vancouver Olympic Club from 2016-2020, nurturing young talents and helping them unlock their full potential. Finally, having expanded my range of coaching to collegiate and adult runners targeting events from the 5k through to the marathon.


Originating from the vibrant city of Vancouver, I began my running journey at the tender age of seven. I love to travel, hike, spend as much time outdoors, and am constantly refining my skills in cooking. My story is one of triumph over adversity, transitioning from facing challenges related to early sport specialization to mastering the art of injury prevention and recovery.

Beyond the track, I serve as a brand ambassador and am a proactive member of the running community, contributing significantly to the growth and development of running as both a sport and a lifestyle. I was also honored to be a team captain for the UBC track team, leading by example and inspiring my teammates to strive for excellence.


My coaching style is a unique amalgamation of various influences from renowned figures in the running world. I have absorbed and integrated the philosophies and practices of coaching legends like Nic Bideau, Jack Daniels, Arthur Lydiard, Brant Stachel, Andy and Maurica Powell and Besnik and Tatjana Mece. Each of these esteemed individuals has contributed to my distinctive and effective coaching approach and knowledge.


My racing career is a tapestry of diverse and impressive achievements. I secured 6th place in the 2022 Pan-American XC Championships 10km, a feat that I hold dear. During high school, I was a multi-time national champion and was honored as the Canada West Region Cross Country Athlete of the Year, with each race serving as a testament to my determination and limitless passion for running.

A notable moment in my career was my triumphant return to racing post-COVID. I won the men’s title in the 34th TC10K in 2023 with a time of 29:43. This victory was swiftly followed by placing in the Top 5 at the 2023 Canadian 10k Road Nationals with a time of 29:36 and winning the 2023 edition of the Vancouver Half Marathon in 1:05:16.

Moreover, I secured the 4th place at the Pan-American Cross Country Junior Championships in 2018. Representing Team Canada across multiple championships has offered proud moments for me, which I hope showcases my experience and commitment to the sport. Each of these accomplishments has not only shaped my career but also deepened my love and understanding of running.


  • NCCP Coaching Level 1 Track and Field Certificate
  • Certified Level 1 Track and Field Official


  • ½ marathon: 1:05:16
  • 10,000m: 29:31
  • 10km road: 29:36
  • 5000m: 14:12
  • 3000m: 8:15
  • 2000m Steeplechase: 5:54
  • 8km XC: 23:37


Finding a coach who is a great fit for you is really important. We encourage you to email your coach prior to signing up so you can connect, communicate, and ensure a good athlete/coach fit.

Give us a brief history of your running, and this can include what distances and/or races you’ve run, how long you’ve been running, any past or present injuries, if you’ve worked with a coach or a specific training program before, etc.
Any short term or long term goals?
Describe your ideal coach/athlete relationship.
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1 review for Tom Nobbs – Ottawa Running Coach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katie Willmot

    I have been working with Tom for the last couple of months and have been really happy with the results so far. Tom quickly replies to any questions I have and is great at tailoring the plan to fit my needs. It was amazing to see that after only a month of a structured running plan with Tom, I am already seeing huge improvements on my speed and how I feel running!

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