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Kick to the Finish was developed with one thing in mind: to bring the passion of racing to all aspects of the race; including timing. Throughout the years, I myself have built my life around running as a competitive runner, XC/Track and Field coach, MTFOA Official, and parent of track athletes.  Timing is the final basis of what we train for, what motivates us, and provides us with a definitive result at the end of day.  Timing is more than just a number.  I think of it as the heartbeat of the race.  Each click of the clock, every chip crossing the mats, and the programs that put it all together make the race complete.

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Derek Ellis


Kick to the Finish is the heart of Derek Ellis.  Track and Field has been his life since 1988.  His love for the sport started by running for North Attleboro High School and then collegiately for Merrimack College.  Derek always knew that he wanted to share his passion for the sport with others.  He became a Physical Education Teacher and then began his coaching career supporting the Mansfield High School team to always strive to be their best.  

Derek has always been driven to learn every aspect of Track and Field to better his craft.  Through his aspirations he has obtained his USATF Level 1 Track and Field Certification, National Federation High School Coaches Certification, and Race Day Scoring Certification.  He was a three time Boston Globe Coach of the Year, Enterprise News Coach of the Year, and inducted into the MSTCA Hall of Fame in 2022.  He is currently the Director of Timing for the MSTCA.  

Jillian Ellis


Jillian’s love of running came later in life.  She was a thrower in high school and began running as a hobby.  Her heart for the sport came through her training for the 2017 and 2019 Boston Marathon as well as the Providence Marathon and endless 5K’s and half marathons.   She began her coaching career at Attleboro High School with the goal of providing the team with a positive atmosphere that celebrated every athlete and every PR.  She continues that joy and excitement watching every participant cross the line.

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Madison has had a love of sports her whole life - focusing the last few years on both Track and Field and Field Hockey.  She was the MVP of the Hockomock League in Field Hockey, Hockomock and Sun Chronicle All-Star, and a D2 National Champion in Field Hockey with East Stroudsburg University.  She is currently aspiring to become a Physical Education Teacher and competing in both Track and Field and Field Hockey at Bridgewater State University. She is a timer for the MSTCA using Hytek and Finish Linx.   She, like her father, loves timing and being part of all aspects of the running world.  



Bob has been the Cross Country and Track coach at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, MA since 1984. He has coached 2 All Americans, including Brian Kelley, who was the first high school male athlete to score over 4000 points (4011 to be exact) in the Pentathlon. This unbelievable accomplishment remained the National High School record from 1990 to 2003. He has coached 18 Boston Globe All Stars. His teams have won 68 league championships, 38 Eastern Massachusetts Championships and 10 All State Championships since 1993. He has been named the Boston Globe Coach of the year 5 times. His girls cross country team in 2012 won their 4th straight State Championship and 5th overall. His boys cross country team has also won 5 State Championships, the most recent in 2011. His boys Spring track team in 2015 won their 115th straight dual meet in a row. The last loss came in 1999. He is in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association's "Coaches Hall of Fame".




Adam gets so much enjoyment out of being part of fitness communities.  He too is a Physical Education Teacher with the desire to have kids want to make fitness a daily aspect of their lives.  He threw the javelin in high school and college.  He coached high school throws and has enjoyed competing in his local road races.  Adam’s positivity and excitement for athletics adds a whole level of joy to our crew and what we strive to be as a company.

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