TCTC Winter Seminar Features Abbey Cooper

Abbey Cooper at 2020 Olympic trials. Photo by Jason Suarez, @notafraid2fail.

The Winter Seminar is back for 2022, and our speaker has a great message for the running community after the challenges we’ve all faced since our last seminar in early 2020. 

Abbey Cooper is a decorated Ivy League athlete, having won a total of seven NCAA titles, including being the first Ivy League athlete to win an NCAA Cross Country National Championship in 2013. In 2014, she became a professional runner for New Balance. She is well-known for her display of sportsmanship at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, for which she and fellow Olympian Nikki Hamblin received the Rio 2016 Fair Play Award from the International Fair Play Committee. In August of 2021, she achieved a new personal best of 14:52.37 in the 5,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic.

These days, Abbey and her husband, Jacob, live in Boone, where Jacob works as a clinical sport psychologist for private clients and the director of sport psychology services at Appalachian State University. Both have a vision for helping athletes thrive physically, psychologically and spiritually, and this passion will be woven into Abbey’s presentation.

Join us for a fun evening with social time, drinks, dinner and a captivating presentation. Space is limited, so sign up before it’s too late! Registration will remain open until February 17 or until all 100 spots have been taken. The event will be held at the Bermuda Run Country Club.

There will be a social fun run with the speaker at an easy pace on Saturday morning. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the courtyard outside of Dough Joe’s at Reynolda Village. There is no charge for the fun run and everyone is welcome to join.

If you have any questions about this activity, please contact the activities director at