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Phillip Buckley

Coach & Founder

Coach Phillip started running as a sophomore at Oakdale High School (CA) in the summer of 1981 after realizing his NFL (or at least NCAA) football career wasn't going to pan out.  Went on to run for the Bulldogs of Fresno State University from 1984 - 1988 where racked up many sub-mediocre times in a variety of distances. 

After college while pursuing career as a CPA, continued to train and race for pure love of the sport.  From 1997 - 2004 had the pleasure of being an assistant high school cross country coach at Smoky Hill H.S. (with the amazing head coach Greg Weich) where we had success with many state champions, state record holders, a Foot Locker Champion and a 2nd Place team finish at the Inaugural Nike 2004 NXN Team Cross Country Championships. 

From 2008 - present, have been coaching at the Highlands Ranch Running Club with great success working at every level from just starting into running to assisting first time Boston Marathon qualifiers.

Nora Erspamer

Athlete & Founder

Nora was introduced to running while conditioning for high school soccer. She began to see glimpses of success and decided to focus solely on running. Her 4x800 team won state her senior year and she took that momentum into her collegiate career at North Central College. At NCC, she earned All-Conference and All-American honors. 


Post-collegiately, she elevated herself to the half and full marathon distance. Moving from Chicago to Colorado January of 2019, Nora was in search for a strong running group to train with. She joined the Highlands Ranch Running Club and is currently training under head coach, Phillip Buckley. Phil and Nora identified that there are women training competitively in the area as individuals – with no structured team environment to leverage. Denver Metro Racing was founded to fill that gap. We are passionate about running and it is our goal to create an opportunity to connect, elevate and inspire the competitive women runners in the area.